Chiropet aims to provide treatment options that are based on maximising an animal`s wellness by utilising their innate healing potential rather than relying on medication to manage the symptoms of disease. For each individual patient a specific treatment program is tailored to suit the particular problems that are affecting that individual. This may involve the use of Chiropractic and/or Acupuncture treatment. The aim of a treatment program is to help the patient to achieve the best health possible not just relieve the symptoms.
Chiropet has been established to provide a professional Chiropractic and Acupuncture service for dogs and cats in Adelaide, South Australia. The service is provided by Dr. Matthew Condon who is a qualified Veterinarian, Animal Chiropractor and Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
Dr. Condon has over 30 years of experience working with dogs and cats after graduating from Melbourne University as a Veterinarian.
Recognising the health benefits of Chiropractic and Acupuncture treatment for his patients he has undertaken the 2 year Animal Chiropractic course at RMIT University in Melbourne. This course is recognised world wide as one of the few university based training programs for practitioners wanting to provide Chiropractic treatment for animals.
Dr Condon is also a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist, having succesfully completed the IVAS certification course. The IVAS certificate is an internationally recognised qualification for Veterinary Acupuncturists. Acupuncture compliments Chiropractic treatment and the two approaches to health care have many similarities despite the very different philosophies and backgrounds.
All living organisms inherit the ability to heal themselves via their genetic material. This ability is known as "innate intelligence" or "intelligent design". This allows the body to maintain a stable state of health (homeostasis) and to recover from injury or illness. Chiropractic and Acupuncture both assist the bodies normal healing response and a return to homeostasis. Chiropractic and Acupuncture are said to be like a hand and glove - they are different but fit together and compliment one another perfectly.
Chiropractic involves examining muscle and joint function with an emphasis on the spine to determine areas of abnormal motion. These areas of abnormal motion are often associated with dysfunction of the nervous system which can lead to symptoms including pain, altered sensations, weakness or paralysis. Untreated motion disturbances lead to altered nerve function which will progress to deterioration in cellular health and ultimately structural or organ degeneration.
The causes of motion abnormality or "subluxation" can include injury or trauma, response to toxins and other chemicals and the stress of daily activities and living.
There may not be any obvious symptoms in the early stages to indicate that the nervous system function is being compromised.
Physical symptoms indicate deterioration of nervous system function and are warnings that the body is being affected by potentially damaging influences.
The aim of treatment is to restore normal motion to the identified areas or joints which leads to improved nervous system function and a resolution or reduction of the symptoms.
Animal Chiropractic treatments have been developed specifically for the different needs of animals and their specific anatomy.
The training program for animal chiropractic is conducted by RMIT University in Melbourne and it is a 2 year Post Graduate program. RMIT University training is based on the pioneering work of Dr Sharon Willoughby an American Veterinarian and Chiropractor.
Treatment of animals is still a relatively new field of Chiropractic and new methods or techniques are being developed within the small group of practitioners who are trained and qualified to treat animals.
As with treatment of people there are many different Chiropractic techniques that are used by individual practitioners but the end result of treatment is usually the same – better health.The techniques used by Dr. Condon are aimed at maximising an individual patients health potential and are aimed at resolving the presenting symptoms as well as minimising the possibility of symptoms recurring at a later stage.
Acupuncture is based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). Health relies on maintaining the balance between organs of the body and the smooth regular flow of Qi (energy) , Blood and body fluids. Acupuncture technique involves the insertion of very fine sterile needles into specific points on specific channels on the body to stimulate or sedate the point. Each point has very specific actions on each of the bodies organs. By altering the balance of the organs and normalising the smooth flow of Qi and Blood the body is able to return to its normal state of health (homeostasis).
Training for Veterinary Acupuncture involves one year of additional study organised by IVAS (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society) which is based in the United States.
Signs to indicate that your pet might benefit from Chiropractic or Acupuncture treatment include:
- stiff or sore getting up from a lying position
- reluctance to jump up or down
- crying or yelping for no reason or when touched
- loss of interest in walks and exercise
- localised skin irritation
- loss of bladder control
- recurring gastrointestinal disturbance
- chronic breathing difficulties
Other indications for chiropractic or acupuncture care include:
- diagnosed arthritis
- recovery from orthopaedic surgery eg. Cruciate
- known accident or injury
- health/wellness promotion
- all race or performance dogs
All animals will benefit from regular chiropractic care throughout their lives to ensure optimum health. Chiropet aims to maximise your pets health and wellbeing and encourages owners to be focussed on wellness of their pets and not just concerned about managing symptoms of disease.
Chiropractic care does not replace normal veterinary care but compliments it. However chiropractic treatment can help some conditions that traditional veterinary care cannot or in situations where owners do not wish to use drugs or surgery on their pet.
In general younger animals will need minimal care while performance dogs such as greyhounds and agility dogs or older animals will benefit from more frequent care.
Many animals also have inherited problems such as hip dysplasia or luxating patellas which can be managed much better with regular chiropractic care.
With Chiropet you can be confident in the care your pet receives:
- Qualified Veterinarian with 30 years experience
- Qualified Animal Chiropractor
- Qualified Veterinary Acupuncturist
- Registered and insured
- All services recorded and accounted
- Commitment to professional development/education
- Compassionate and caring attitude
Chiropet provides treatment options that are not readily available in a conventional Veterinary practice or from a human Chiropractor. The aim is to provide a holistic health care program tailored to meet an individuals specific requirements utilising primarily Chiropractic and Acupuncture techniques as well as dietary, behavioural, herbal and natural therapies.
The most common treatment performed is the Chiropractic “manual adjustment”. This treatment is performed with a hand contact delivering a specific impulse to a specific area of the patient's spine or joints in a specific direction. The aim of a chiropractic adjustment is to restore normal motion to the area causing problems to the nervous system function. Often a small pop can be heard as the treatment is performed but this is not essential for an effective outcome. Usually there is minimal discomfort associated with chiropractic treatment.
Most animals relax and enjoy this form of treatment.
In some cases the treatment can be performed using an instrument called an Activator. “Activator” treatment uses very low force to achieve good outcomes and can be used in very young or very old patients that may not tolerate manual treatments.
Acupuncture is also used to compliment chiropractic treatment and can be very helpful in managing many painful conditions and other health disorders that are often difficult to manage with conventional Veterinary care. As with chiropractic, acupuncture assists the body to activate the bodies healing response.
The technique for acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine sterile acupuncture needles into specific points on the body. The insertion of acupuncture needles into these points stimulates a number of chemical and nervous system changes that relieve pain and improve organ function. Animals generally find acupuncture a gentle and comfortable experience. Acupuncture was developed in China and has been used for thousands of years in people and animals. There is strong scientific evidence to explain how acupuncture works.
Acupuncture points can also be stimulated by injecting substances such as Vitamin B12 or homeopathic medicines (aquapuncture), or by using low voltage electrical stimulation (electroacupuncture) and by illuminating the points with a laser.
How do you know your pet needs to see an animal chiropractor?
As with ourselves health care starts at birth and continues all the way through life. Most people become aware of the need for their pet to see a chiropractor because of symptoms such as pain, lameness, stiffness or poor performance in a racing, show or agility dog. Many people are unaware of the role of chiropractic care especially in the older animal, believing that the symptoms are a normal part of old age.
Preventative care is a very important part of looking after every animal and regular check ups can identify problems before symptoms develop.
Chiropractic care does not replace an animal's veterinary care but compliments it to ensure the very best health for the whole of the animal's life.
With an extensive background in veterinary care if the problem requires veterinary management then that can be identified early and appropriate help sought.