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Animal Chiropractic in Canberra

Providing Quality Care and Optimal Health for Your Beloved Pets

Chiropractor adjusting a dog

Have you ever considered chiropractic care or physiotherapy to address pain or improve your health? Well, now you can provide the same level of care for your furry companions! At Canberra Spine Centre, we offer animal chiropractic services, a valuable and emerging field that allows pets to achieve optimal health. With non-surgical and drug-free options, our animal chiropractic services provide effective solutions for correcting biomechanical, neurological, disc, and soft-tissue disorders, as well as rehabilitation programs.

Restoring Optimal Function and Rehabilitation

When animals experience trauma, injury, or degenerative wear and tear, their vertebrae can become immovable, leading to jammed joints and affecting the nerves in these congested areas. This interruption in communication from the joints to the brain and spinal cord may result in pain and loss of function.

Animal chiropractic aims to restore optimal function by gently adjusting affected areas of the spine and returning the joints to normal motion. Our care includes spine and joint adjustments, stretching, myofascial release, exercise programs, and rehabilitation advice. By addressing these issues, we help your pets regain mobility, reduce pain, and improve overall function.

What to Expect

During the initial visit, your pet will receive a thorough evaluation, including a history review, posture and gait analysis, and examination of spinal/joint motion and muscle palpation. If indicated, our experienced chiropractor, Dr Andrew, will gently adjust the affected areas of the spine, ensuring your pet’s comfort throughout the process.

Care plans are tailored to each pet’s specific needs and may include adjustments, stretching, myofascial release, exercise programs, and rehabilitation advice.

The first visit typically lasts up to an hour, and subsequent visits usually take up to 15 minutes.

Benefits You Can See

Animal chiropractic offers numerous benefits for both injured and healthy animals. Regular check-ups help ensure proper structural alignment and improve the function of muscles, nerves, and joints in healthy and athletic animals. Additionally, this service provides broader advantages such as superior immune function, a healthier metabolism, and a vibrant nervous system. It’s important to note that our chiropractic services do not replace veterinary medicine but rather integrate with concurrent veterinary primary care.

We aid and help with various conditions, including pain, sprains/strains, arthritis, muscle atrophy/imbalances, muscle spasms, cruciate injury pre/post-surgery, abnormal gait, lameness, weakness in the limbs, disc compression, urinary incontinence in older dogs, behavioural problems, and lick granuloma.

Whether your pet requires enhanced performance, injury or illness management, or preventative care, our animal chiropractic services help make a positive difference in their life.


Is It Possible to Avoid Surgery With ABM (Animal Biomechanical medicine)?

Surgical Conditions Could ABM Be Used As An Alternative For?

  • Partial cruciate tears
  • Minor disc protrusions
  • Inoperable large disc protrusions
  • Mild to moderate hip dysplasia
  • Elbow Dysplasia
  • Non-specific back or joint pain

Do I Take My Pet to a Vet or an Animal Chiropractic?

More and more often veterinarians are utilizing animal chiropractors in their offices. By working in conjunction with veterinarians, animal chiropractors examine and treat areas of biomechanics and the functional nervous system that often go unnoticed by traditional veterinary care.

How Soon Do You Expect Results?

Depending on the problem, some can get instant results, others take a few sessions. It’s not unusual to have a short term (less than 48 hrs) slight increase in pain while your dog settles down post-treatment.

What Conditions Can Animal Chiropractic Aid/Help?

  • The inability to sit square
  • Pain
  • Sprains/Strains
  • Arthritis
  • Muscle Atrophy / imbalances
  • Muscle Spasm
  • Cruciate injury pre/post-surgery
  • Abnormal gait (walking)
  • Lameness
  • Weakness in the limbs
  • Disc compression
  • Behavioural problems—undiagnosed pain can be a source of sudden poor/aggressive behaviour
  • Lick granuloma
  • Urinary incontinence in older dogs

What’s the Difference Between Animal and Human Chiropractic?

Adjusting an animal is somewhat similar to adjusting a human in that once Dr. Andrew finds an area in the spine that has decreased motion, he applies a gentle thrust to restore normal function. Where things differ significantly is the anatomy and biomechanics of an animal compared to a human. Therefore, it is important to only trust a qualified animal chiropractor to adjust your pet. Make sure your animal chiropractor:

1. Is a Chiropractor, osteopath or a Veterinarian that has completed Animal Biomechanical Medicine (ABM) or has a master’s in Animal Chiropractic.
2. Dr Andrew has completed an Animal biomechanical medicine qualification (ABM) Which is a 2-year postgraduate qualification completed by experienced chiropractors, osteopaths and veterinarians.

Do I Need a Referral From My Veterinarian?

A referral from a Veterinarian is not required to see an Animal Chiropractor. However, chiropractic is not a substitute for Veterinary care and Dr Andrew likes to work with your Veterinarian to obtain optimum results for your animal.

Who Can Be a Qualified Animal Chiropractor?

A qualified animal chiropractor may be a Veterinarian, Chiropractor or Osteopath who has completed either the 2 year post graduate Animal Biomechanical Medicine (ABM), or a Masters of Animal Chiropractic.

Experience the Difference at
Canberra Spine Centre

At Canberra Spine Centre, we understand the importance of providing quality care and optimal health for your beloved pets. Our informative, professional, and empathetic approach ensures you and your furry companions feel comfortable throughout the treatment process.

Contact us today to schedule an evaluation and discover the benefits of animal chiropractic for your pets.


Animal Chiropractic Canberra ACT | (02) 6257 9400