Dr Jaco Blaauw
Dr Jaco Blaauw is a Registered Chiropractor and Animal Chiropractor
What we offer
Depending on your animals needs, we have three different treatment packages to ensure peace of mind and optimum care.
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Frequently Asked Questions
A chiropractic adjustment is a very specific, low force quick thrust along the plane of the joint that helps to get the joint moving again. Adjustments influence bones, muscles, tendons and ligaments. They do not hurt your animal. Only subluxated vertebrae are adjusted.
Even though horses have a very large, thick muscle mass over the spine the vertebral joints are flexible and relatively easy to manipulate with minimal force. If the correct technique is used the ligaments are not adversely affected.
All animals can benefit from chiropractic care, just like humans! Since the ultimate goal of the adjustment is to allow the nervous system to run at 100%, chiropractic can have an impact on nearly every function of the body. Common problems that are helped by chiropractic treatments include:
- Neck and back pain
- Limping and lameness
- Muscle spasms or weakness
- Post-surgical recovery
- Disc problems
- Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
- Injuries from slips, falls, and accidents
- Chronic illnesses like allergies
- Bowel, bladder, and internal disorders
- Arthritis and stiff joints
- Changes in behaviour, mood
- Avoid being touched or held
- Most animals enjoy being adjusted!
- I use my hands to palpate, or feel, the joints and their movements.
- If a correction is needed, a gentle and specific thrust is applied.
- Sometimes a cavitation (“pop” or “crack” noise, which is gas being released) will be heard as the joint releases, but not every time.
- Licking and chewing, yawning, and shaking off after a correction is a good response.
- Areas of misalignment may be tender, but the animal will usually tolerate it—and feel much better afterwards!
- Most animals, especially dogs and cats, give a full-body shake off.
- Following the adjustment, many owners report that their pet is more tired than usual, and takes a nice long nap or sleeps the night through. This is because their body is taking time to heal.
- Your pet may be sore for 24-48 hours, similar to having a deep massage or a physical therapy session.
- Usually within a day or two you will see the effects of the adjustment and your pet may be more energetic than usual!
- Depending on the case, some animals may need follow-up adjustments.