Chiropractic Care for Dog Walkers

Chiropractic care is very beneficial to dog owners because the pulling and tension that takes place, especially those in the training stages, can cause neck, shoulder and back problems.

When joint function is impaired, there is reduced range of motion, inflammation, calcium buildup, and scar tissue. This can be caused from repetitive motions such as leash pulling, improper sitting, overexertion, slips, falls, accidents, and other causes. Awareness of these types of problems has become more common with terms like 'tennis elbow,' 'runner's knee,' 'frozen shoulder,' and 'carpal tunnel syndrome.'

The traditional treatment of these problems involves splinting the joint to reduce movement, pain medications, muscle relaxants, steroid injections, and even surgery!

Today, a more common sense approach is being taken. Joint mobilization, like chiropractic care for the spine, is being used in the care of elbows, wrists, and other joints of the body. Helping to restore normal range of motion to joints that have become 'locked up,' 'jammed,' or injured, seems to improve blood circulation, reduce scar tissue, and speed the healing process.

Dog walking involves use of the shoulder and arms for control and direction. The shoulder is a very complex area of the body. It is here that the humerus (upper arm bone) articulates with the glenoid cavity of the scapula (shoulder bone). The joint is considered a weak ball and socket joint. Other than the bones that make up the joints there are many ligaments, tendons and muscles from the chest, back and arm that all cross this area. Injuries to the shoulder area are common considering the complex structure of the area and the frequency of use.

The medical approach to shoulder injuries includes muscle relaxants, painful cortisone injections, surgery and a variety of other medications. All of which can involve harmful side effects. Chiropractic offers a gentle, natural and effective approach. The shoulder can be adjusted to maintain proper alignment and increased mobility. Also adjusting the neck will ensure healthy nerve flow into the shoulder and ensure supple nerve supply to the supporting structures. Exercise is often discussed to give strengthening tips to help the healing process along.

Walking your dog is a wonderful part of the day and with chiropractic care, is healthy and fun for both you and your faithful friend!


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