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post #11 of 133 (permalink) Old 12-23-2007, 07:49 PM
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oooohhhh, what a terrible experience. I hate that "assembly line" mode -- and clearly it wasn't helpful for your boy!!

I don't know why they don't do any muscle work either -- my human chiro doesn't, but I tried to do some work on them the night before the adjustment (to get them ready) and the night of the adjustmeent (to help their muscles relax into the adjustment.

I'm a huge believer in hearing a few referrals for any practitioner, though sometimes it's not possible. The vet/acupuncturist that I use now I just found and have been very fortunate. Luckily, I did have a good referral for our chiro.


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It's been my experience that different chiros have different modes of working. The guy that has done the most good doesn't do the heat treatment (at least not for what I was seeing him for.) He is pretty amazing both with me & my dog.
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i can't imagine myself being adjusted without heat or electrical stimulation before hand. its got to be alot more uncomfortable.

Lisa, good idea for you to work the muscles before hand. this is what i would do if we have to use a vet chiro again that doesn't use heat/stimulation before hand.

unfortunately there are vets out there that go to quicky weekend seminars to get certified for pet chiro just to make big $$$$$ on the side. and then use your pet for practice. i could have done a better job then what this guy did with my dogs. anyone that is looking into chiro for their dog wants to check into how much schooling and experience, credentials, etc. not just a weekend or two certification.

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Just took Kai for his adjustment the other day. He had an episode when my girlfriend closed the storm door on his tail and she didn't realize it. My human Chiro adjusted me and him. Both of us were pretty messed up. She even adjusted 3 places on his tail !

There are not too many vet chiros in our area. Both of the chiros that have worked on me and my dogs have been for humans. Both Dr. Hoff and Dr. Therkelsen have been excellent with me and my dogs.

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My best experience with a chiropractor has been with the one (human chiro) who does Network Spinal Analysis. He didn't use any conventional adjustment methods, just "tapped" the spine on certain locations. With humans they also learn how to breath. I still use the spot along the spine on my dogs and it helps. It's much gentler, but also effective.
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I've always been intrigued by the Network Spinal Analysis, I don't understand it!

debbie, the certification and training is why I always recommend someone that has been through the AVCA chiro training -- it is extensive. You're right about some of those weekend seminars!!


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Well, unfortunately I am in Montana and limited. The vet I go to is the closest to homeopathic that there is in the area. And even that's not 100% or anything (hence the Deramaxx prescription).

I really would like to get an appointment with the other guy. . .but I've heard nothing. Maybe I'll ask about it when I call for Ris' Heartguard refill--which I still haven't done yet. Crazy holidays.

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agree, crazy holidays!


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Just for the record - My chiro/accupuncture vet spent a year working with a chiropractor learning her techniques. Neither of them used heat with the dog(s) or me. No, it wasn't painful at all although he said it might be (it was feet and legs I was having worked on.) The results were outstanding - stuff that an orthopedist physician had worked on without very good results was taken care of so I felt better almost immediately.

I know what you mean by having limited availability - even in Arkansas it's limited. In Wyoming it was conventional only and specialists were two hours away - either East or West...
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i still don't get it about not using heat or massaging areas for a better more comfortable adjustment. any living thing with muscles or tendons, etc would only benifit from using this before hand. i have had adjustments myself both with and without heat/and or muscle stimulation. i definitely saw a difference both in comfort and the effect with the stimulation before hand.

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