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What is Animal Chiropractic ?

Written by Dr. Keenan Massey DC, CAC, Hoof n Paw Animal Chiropractic.

What is animal chiropractic? That’s a question I get asked quite often in my attempts to market my Animal Chiropractic business. I think it would be a safe assumption to make that most people have heard of chiropractic and that many people utilize it every day. It’s a wonderful medicine that can help reduce the aches and pains in our bodies in a non-invasive and more holistic way than traditional medical care. And if it works so well for us then it would make sense that it would work for our four-legged family as well, right?

Animal chiropractic is a relatively new branch of chiropractic, only having officially been around for a few decades now. To be an animal chiropractor you first must either be a Doctor of Chiropractic or a Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and then take a post graduate course to become certified in the field. Like with people, animals’ bodies are controlled through their nervous system which is housed in their spinal cord, wrapped up in vertebrae. If any of this comes out of alignment it can impinge the nervous systems ability to send and receive signals throughout the body which can impede the bodies ability to function normally, which can lead to loss of function or disease. Chiropractic looks to help keep the nervous system working to the best of its ability

When you think about it, it makes sense that animals would benefit from chiropractic. While built slightly different from our own, an animals’ body still works in much the same way as ours. While it’s obvious to us that something is painful and could use the benefit of chiropractic, we don’t always notice that our furry loved ones might be in pain as well. An animal in the wild wouldn’t make it very long if it showed any sign of weakness, and our pets still have that drive to act like nothing is wrong even when they might be in some pain. Often, we don’t notice the limp or see signs of pain until the cause of that pain has gotten bad for the animal. I will always promote preventative care to help keep anything bad from happening and while chiropractic won’t always cure an issue, it can help to lessen the symptoms and help the body get back to a better place.

Animal chiropractic can help with all types of animals with all different kinds of lifestyles. From performance and show animals to a typical lazy couch potato family pet, all animals can use some form of adjustment from time to time. Animal athletes are always pushing themselves which could lead to injury and chiropractic can help keep them going as long as possible or help the healing process when an injury does occur. Even the typical house pet goes through more trauma than we would assume they do. Long bodied breeds like Dachshunds are prone to vertebral disc issues and chiropractic can help those disc issues to heal more rapidly. Even jumping down from couches and beds can be hard on a dog’s spine, and chiropractic can help to take some of that trauma out of their bodies.

Chiropractic is really a wonderful medicine, and when used along side traditional veterinary medicine can help keep our fur babies live a long healthy life.

Dr. Keenan Massey DC, CAC developed a love of working with animals when he was an employee of the Brookside Barkery’s Lee’s Summit store back between 2011-2013. Dr. Keenan Massey He left the store to pursue his degree as a Doctor of Chiropractic in 2013. During his last year of school, he decided to put his prior work experience and love of animals to use and become an animal chiropractor. He graduated from Cleveland Chiropractic University in May 2018 and got his certification to practice on animals later that summer. He opened Hoof n Paw Animal Chiropractic in October 2018 and works out of Arrowhead Veterinary Services and Country Kennel with Dr. Steve Epstein DVM.
If you would like to schedule an appointment with him, you can call or text him at (816) 507-9296 or email him at