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Welcome to caninechiro.com

"TO RELIEVE SUFFERING, RESTORE QUALITY 
OF LIFE"

These were my goals more than 25 years ago when I began chiropractic training to help people and pets. I have been richly blessed as a chiropractor with seeing the positive results of my training and practice. 

As a Chiropractitioner, my life work is devoted to the health and well being of your canine companion......Steve Wasserman, RN, DC, CVCP

Located in Los Alamitos and Fountain Valley,CA, I are proudly serving the Orange County and Long Beach areas.

*See Below Disclaimer

 

Chiropractic Care for your Pet 

Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that the nervous system controls the function of every cell, tissue, organ, and system of the body.  

Your pet's brain is protected by the skull, and the spinal cord is protected by 27 moving bones of the spine. Many everyday activities and injuries can cause these spinal bones to lose their normal position or normal motion and when this occurs, a spinal subluxation results. This can result in nervous sytem dysfunction due to nerve impingement and ultimately may alter health and/or cause pain. 

Chiropractic is a science which consists in having the understanding of altered health, causes of pain, and the ability to correct these subluxated segments of the spinal column by a chiropractic adjustment, thereby removing nerve interference.

The chiropractic approach to better health is to detect and reduce nervous system dysfunction.
 

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Some of my personal philosophies as a pet Chiropractitioner:

1.  What is the best course of treatment for the health of your pet?

2.  Wherever there is life there is hope.

3.  Have you the owner done everything possible that you can do for your beloved pet?

4.  Your loving pet can't ask for help, but you can!

 
I never give up on my little friends, ...their unconditional hearts and souls depend on us 100%... Lets not ever let them down...

  

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http://healthypets.mercola.com/sites/healthypets/archive/2012/01/17/chiropractic-care-for-pets.aspx

How Chiropractic can help your Pet: by Karen Becker, DVM

 

In this video above, Dr. Karen Becker discusses how veterinary chiropractic care can help pets with a wide range of health conditions – everything from joint problems to urinary incontinence.

By Dr. Becker

Chiropractic comes from the Greek words 'cheir' (which means 'hand'), and 'praxis' (which means 'done by hand').

Chiropractic has been a popular form of therapy for humans for centuries, but veterinary chiropractic has only gained acceptance in the traditional vet community in the last 15 years.

Chiropractic is based on manual spinal manipulation.

It uses the body's own healing abilities and the relationship between the spine and the nervous system to restore and maintain good health.

Chiropractic therapy focuses on the vertebral column.

The goal is to alter the progression of the disease process and restore the critical relationship between the spine and the central nervous system.

Chiropractic actually has its own language. Vertebral lesions are called subluxations and describe vertebra with an abnormal positional relationship.

In other words, when bones in the spine are out of position in relation to one another, and if they are not moving properly, then this vertebral alignment problem creates disturbances in the way the body moves, which interferes with nerve function.

These disturbances are called vertebral subluxation complexes or VSCs. They are also called segmental dysfunction.

Signs Your Pet May Have a Subluxation

Symptoms in a pet with a subluxation can range from mild to severe. Generally, if there is pain, you'll notice a change in your pet's behavior.

A dog in pain will often pant more than normal. He also might pace or yelp. He may sit or stand in an abnormal, awkward position. He might also show problems with his coordination.

He might drag a foot, or move his head or tail strangely. Sometimes there is discomfort when a collar or harness is put on.

Dogs and cats may refuse to jump up on things or move in normal ways. Some pets will develop fear biting because of the pain. Many show sensitivity to being touched in certain places on their body.

Sometimes you can even detect a pain response in your pet's facial expression.

And then there are the sort of normal signs of pain like excessive vocalizing – yelling, yowling, and even screaming.

All these signs are indications your pet is having a pain response, and in fact, she may be in much more pain than you're aware of.

Subluxations can cause other problems as well, including stiffness, lameness, difficulty going up and down stairs, muscle atrophy, changes in gait like 'sidewinding' or 'crabbing', stumbling, weakness and paralysis.

Diagnosis and Treatment

When you take your pet to a veterinary chiropractor, the first thing he or she will do is get a history on your pet, including information about her lifestyle and her overall health status. The chiropractor will also want to see any prior x-rays taken on your pet.

A chiropractic exam includes a neurologic assessment, an evaluation of stance and gait, motion, and static palpation.

Each abnormality in positioning that is discovered during the exam will be corrected through manipulations, which are called adjustments.

The American Veterinary Chiropractic Association defines an adjustment as, "a short lever, high velocity controlled thrust by a hand or instrument that is directed at specific articulations to correct vertebral subluxations."

Adjustments can be performed on vertebral joints, extremity joints, and cranial sutures. The goal of an adjustment is to restore normal position and movement of the vertebral column, which in turn improves neurologic function.

Most animals respond well to adjustments. They are instinctively aware of the problem in their body, and most of the time they are pretty tolerant of the chiropractor's manipulations. In fact – and I've seen this in my own practice – some pets actually adjust their position to help the chiropractor in treating the subluxation.

How Chiropractic Care Helps Pets

Chiropractic care is an excellent way to prevent and treat joint degeneration in your pet. Proper vertebral alignment keeps the body from shifting into unhealthy positions to compensate for joint pain caused by injury or degeneration.

Regular manual orthopedic manipulation, especially with large and giant breed dogs, will help keep the musculoskeletal system from degenerating as the aging process occurs. It can also help keep your pet moving comfortably throughout her whole life.

Dogs with floating kneecaps can benefit greatly from chiropractic adjustments to keep the hips and knees in alignment and to help prevent the condition from progressing.

Dogs with hip dysplasia can avoid compensating injuries through chiropractic adjustments as well.

Some pets with urinary incontinence are helped by chiropractic adjustments, and I have seen many cases in my practice of improved bladder tone and neurologic function through maintenance chiropractic care.

If your pet has been injured, a veterinary chiropractor can help realign the spine to avoid compensating injuries from occurring in addition to the underlying primary injury.

If your pet has had surgery with general anesthesia, I always recommend a visit to the veterinary chiropractor afterwards to realign a body that has potentially been flopping or jerking around while the animal was anesthetized.

I also recommend maintenance chiropractic care proactively for all my patients to reduce the risk of injury and joint degeneration. This is especially good for puppies and kittens because they are 'loose' – their joints are not yet completely formed. Their bones are still growing and they're prone to subluxations.

Other conditions that often respond well to chiropractic care include:

  • Neck and back pain
  • Difficulty chewing or swallowing
  • Tail injuries
  • Sporting or working dog injuries
  • Muscle spasms and nerve problems
  • Bowel, bladder and other internal organ disorders
  • Injuries from slips, falls, accidents
  • Maintenance of joint and spine health
  • Jaw or TMJ problems
  • Post-surgical healing

I have also seen dramatic improvement using chiropractic for patients with internal medical issues, for example chronic constipation.

Finding a Licensed Practitioner

If you decide to explore chiropractic care for your pet, it's important to find a practitioner who is licensed for pets.

Human chiropractors can become licensed to treat pets, but only after special training. Two-legged animals (humans) have an entirely different biochemical system than four-legged pets. So you must insure that the practitioner you choose to care for your dog or cat, whether it's a veterinarian or a chiropractor, is certified to perform chiropractic on animals.





*Disclaimer

 

Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, is not a veterinarian, nor does he practice veterinary medicine.

The Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner title and CVCP lettering indicate that he has completed the coursework and requirements for accreditation as a Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner. Dr. Wasserman holds an international certification since Sepetember 26, 2001, certificate # 10101, directly from the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractitioners/W. Inman, D.V.M..

Dr. Wasserman, is a chiropractor that consults with veterinarians under veterinary written referral ONLY and ONLY at a veterinary facility.

To enhance the quality of veterinary care, Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, utilizes a non invasive technology called Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation or VOM. It is a technology that was developed in 1983 by W. Inman, D.V.M. that provides an alternative, non-surgical approach to spinal disorders and lameness. Many neuromuscular disorders can be treated by VOM, a non-invasive, non-painful, and inexpensive healing alternative. The services rendered by Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, are restricted to the VOM technologies.  As with all clinical procedures, this technique is being applied without guarantee of cure or promise of relief.

Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, will work directly in close cooperation with your veterinarian or the VCA facilities veterinarian. Dr. Wasserman always recommends to follow your veterinarian advice and prescribed medications and to seek specialty veterinary professional opinions if needed regarding the condition or treatment of your companion animal(s).

 


 


 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

Disclaimer

Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, is not a veterinarian, nor does he practice veterinary medicine.

The Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner title and CVCP lettering indicate that he has completed the coursework and requirements for accreditation as a Certified Veterinary Chiropractitioner. Dr. Wasserman holds an international certification since Sepetember 26, 2001, certificate # 10101, directly from the International Association of Veterinary Chiropractitioners/W. Inman, D.V.M..

Dr. Wasserman, is a chiropractor that consults with veterinarians under veterinary written referral ONLY and ONLY at a veterinary facility.

To enhance the quality of veterinary care, Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, utilizes a non invasive technology called Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation or VOM. It is a technology that was developed in 1983 by W. Inman, D.V.M. that provides an alternative, non-surgical approach to spinal disorders and lameness. Many neuromuscular disorders can be treated by VOM, a non-invasive, non-painful, and inexpensive healing alternative. The services rendered by Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, are restricted to the VOM technologies. As with all clinical procedures, this technique is being applied without guarantee of cure or promise of relief.

Dr. Wasserman, Chiropractor, will work directly in close cooperation with your veterinarian or the VCA facilities veterinarian. Dr. Wasserman always recommends to follow your veterinarian advice and prescribed medications and to seek specialty veterinary professional opinions if needed regarding the condition or treatment of your companion animal(s).

 

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