Family claims dog is better through chiropractic

Hmm. Me thinks this isn’t so straightforward as they say.

Family Uses Chiropractor To Save Dog’s Life « CBS Los Angeles.

Chomp started having problems with his legs shortly before the family noticed that they started giving out. In addition, he became excessively sensitive to the touch, and would wimper loudly when anyone tried.

Mike Bjorkman and his wife, Anne-Marie, suspected they would have to put him down — until they had an idea.

They called the chiropractor.

Chomp now has regular chiropractic sessions…

The owners note that they see a difference after he’s been “adjusted”. I’ll admit, I can not grasp the idea of chiropractic “adjustments”. If my bones are misaligned, isn’t that a SERIOUS medical problem? If my spine was out of whack, wouldn’t I be PARALYZED? Cracking joints doesn’t push them into “place”.

This piece is missing critical points. What was wrong with the dog? What did the vet say? What other treatments were given? It’s very much an anecdote that is useless to those of us seeking a measured, controlled result to truly see if there is an effect. There is far too much subjectiveness and missing information here. However, people like their news easy and breezy. A happy dog makes us happy too.

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  5 comments for “Family claims dog is better through chiropractic

  1. RDW
    March 5, 2013 at 10:11 AM

    When I was in the 9th grade,( a long time ago ) I had helmet to helmet contact while practicing for football that gave me a concussion and left me with an undiagnosed neck injury. This is speculation, now, but I’m pretty sure what happened was that my skull was knocked ever so slightly out of alignment with my last vertebrae, lodged there, and calcified. I grew about three inches that year and put on about twenty pounds, all the time with my neck slightly out of alignment. It stayed that way for decades, without being all that noticeable. Several years ago, my neck sort of POPPED back into relatively good position. It made a sound like the loudest you could snap your fingers, audible from across the room. I can’t provide documentation or notes from a doctor or anything. Back in those days, the catch phrase was “Get up and walk it off.” But I’m pretty sure that both Buster Keaton and Peter Fonda both had broken necks in their careers, and in fact, got up and walked away. Having access to doctors, as it were, their injuries were diagnosed and treated. Mine never was. I still get a sore neck from time to time. A wet washcloth microwaved until hot and applied to the back of my neck is the only thing that seems to help.

  2. Kristen
    March 5, 2013 at 11:26 AM

    Chiropractic is very popular with animal owners, particularly for horses. I volunteer at a barn that does therapy riding, and the chiropracter volunteers his time, comes by once a month to use this strange springloaded tool that ‘thumps’ the spot it’s pressed against – not repeatedly like a massage, but just once – ‘thump’! He pushed it against my hand so I could feel it (apparently without throwing my hand out of adjustment – lol) and it’s not even a very hard thump. They poke the horse in ten or so places around the shoulders and hip with the tool, and move on to the next one. The barn owners are convinced it helps the horses move better. I can’t see any difference. I also can’t see any way that that little ‘thumping tool’ can do anything to an animal as sturdy as a horse. After all, if they were that delicate, wouldn’t they be constantly out of whack from the pressure of saddles and riders and little kids kicking on their sides while learning to ride, or even from getting kicked by another horse? They can play pretty rough out in the pasture. The horses don’t object and it doesn’t seem to hurt them, so I guess it’s harmless in this case, though I can’t see that it could possibly make much more difference than waving a magic wand over them.

  3. One Eyed Jack
    March 5, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    This is a scam, but not the one you might be thinking.

    I suspect the dog is faking to get free massages.

  4. Brian
    March 5, 2013 at 9:08 PM

    I have been worked on (and over) by chiropractors over the years- and well…. there’s no improvement in my back pain. The last one especially screwed me up massively.

  5. oldebabe
    March 6, 2013 at 4:29 PM

    Well, all the anecdotal stuff aside, this is a story about a dog. And as you say, Sharon, the most important thing is what was wrong with the dog, and what did the vet say.

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