Dr Phillips has treated thousands of animals, and combined with Acupuncture, has improved the quality of lives of many pets, and helped the performance of a great many Equine Athletes.
Animal Chiropractic is an adaptation of Human Chiropractic, and is the health management of Chiropractic applied to animals. While many people refer to themselves as "horse chiropractors" or "dog chiropractors", trained Animal Chiropractors have a first degree in either Veterinary Science, Chiropractic or Osteopathy and then have undergone extensive training in Animal Chiropractic. Dr Phillips has a Postgraduate Diploma in Animal Chiropractic, having completed the two year course at RMIT in 1999. Since this time Keith has treated thousands of animals, and combined with Acupuncture, has improved the quality of lives of many pets, and helped the performance of a great many Equine Athletes. In horses it is mostly used to manage back pain and perfromance problems, in dogs it is part of our treatment for spinal injuries & back pain at one end of the spectrum, and is also used as a treatment and preventive therapy to keep agility dogs on track, and is part of our treatment plan for dogs with lameness problems.
So, what is it? In simple terms it is a treatment method aimed at keeping the spinal joints working well and moving properly, as this reduces inflammation in these joints, reducing back spasm, spinal pain and inflamed nerves. The treatment is an adjustment- a specific & controlled movement of each spinal joint that is suffering from reduced movement, to facilitate its return to normal mobility and function.
Initial treatments involve a very thorough assessment, adjustments as necessary, and repeat treatments over the first few weeks. Continual assessment is made to ensure we are making progress, and Keith will discuss any need for X-rays or further imaging.
Many of our patients with spinal injuries come to us seeking an alternative to surgery. Our advice is always the same. If there is a spinal injury with significant spinal function impairment, or any degree of paralysis, surgery is always the very best option, and it is always best to go down that path early, so we would never advise against that. Our treatments here with Chiropractic and Acupuncture have had some great results, but our advice is always to go to surgery if it's an option for you. If cost prohibits surgery or if your dog is of an age where you are reluctant to put them through it then we are happy to do what we can, and many times we have managed to restore good function even in what have looked to be a lost cause.
The first step is a consultation, where we can discuss what is the best way to manage your friend's problem.