Understanding chiropractic requires some knowledge of your dog's back and
anatomy. The back consists of 7 cervical vertebrae, 13 dorsal vertebrae
(ribs) and 7 lumbar vertebrae (rump bones).
The skeleton consists of 300 bones whose function is to support and protect.
The vertebral column is the suspending structure, the FRAME of the dog, and
round about it are bones, joint capsules, tendons, ligaments and muscles.
Between the vertebrae are discs of connective tissue/cartilage, and in the
middle the jelly-like core, as a shock absorber. If it is punctured, there
is no shock absorber in the vertebral bodies and they rub against each other
– this is DISC COMPRESSION and often squeezes a nerve that radiates from the
brain's central nervous system out through the spinal marrow, the cervical
vertebral column and the vertebral column of the back.
There, circulation will be cut off to the area that this nerve supplies with
oxygen and motion impulses. This leads to metabolic disorder.
Bleeding can occur, swelling, heat, inflammation, and in persistent
secondary conditions inflammation can occur.
The musculature in the area with the metabolism cut off because of nerve
blockage due to locking of a vertebra can experience resulting muscle
decay, atrophy. A vertebra that is pressed forward creates spondylosis –
a gap appears between the vertebral bodies and calcium is formed and
deposited between the vertebrae.
The body's natural defence is to form new material where there is a lack of
it. A nerve that is blocked for too long becomes inflamed. After treatment
by a chiropractor and release of the nerve, the convalescent period is about
3 weeks with laser treatment as a complement and to accelerate the healing
Checks of the back are important in preventive health care.