by Caroline von Fluegge-Chen
Thirteen-hours of nearly non-stop play over Memorial Day weekend was too much activity for Raider, the black lab. He could no longer walk. His owners, Cliff and Christy, literally carried him into the office and asked if I can help. I’ve taken enough animal adjusting classes to be somewhat knowledgeable. By no means am I an expert. Dogs are loyal, trusting and honest. I would do anything for a dog.
I gently palpated Raider’s spine and hip joints. He winced at the slightest touch. With intuitive hands, I used one of my chiropractic instruments to adjust the misplaced vertebrae and to release pressure on the nerve. Immediately, the leg Raider was guarding relaxed. His whole body melted as tension was released. Everyone was amazed. Raider passed some gas, stood up and ran to the door as if nothing had ever happened.
As a good patient, he had a follow up adjustment the next day. Raider is now perfectly happy and mobile. His body knew exactly what to do when the nerve system was properly restored to health. A patient asked why his result was immediate. Because Raider is only 4-years old, he receives affection daily, he eats, he sleeps, he plays, he is happy, he has loving parents, he’s a dog. Little stress = fast results.