- Consultation and adjustments by IVCA-certified chiropractor, Dr. Melissa Georgevitch
Dr. Melissa Georgevitch, DC
Dr. Georgevitch started at Fox Creek Veterinary Hospital in 2009, working part time as an assistant. She graduated from Logan University in August 2016 as a Chiropractor. From there, she decided that she needed to fulfill her passion for animals, and pursued an additional certification at Options for Animals in Wellsville, Kansas. The course consisted of 210 hours of instruction and hands on learning for animal chiropractic, working with both small and large animals. She then became certified through the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association (IVCA).
Dr. Georgevitch has always had a passion for animals. Her family has a farm where they raise cattle, have horses and 4 dogs. Dr. Georgevitch knew that being able to communicate and treat animals with chiropractic care could have a positive effect on many pets’ health, in conjunction with regular veterinary care, creating a special bond with each animal.
What is Chiropractic?
Chiropractic is a manual therapy that treats dysfunction of the spine and influences the function of the spinal cord and nervous system.
Chiropractic will not cure any ailments; however, being properly adjusted allows the body to heal itself, boost the immune system, and have proper communication within.
Chiropractic assesses for neuro-musculoskeletal imbalances within the body. This means that chiropractic looks at the spine for imbalances of the nervous system, which can have an effect on an animal’s health. An animal chiropractor works with Veterinarians to assess the animal and to see if they are candidates for chiropractic care to assist with ailments they may be experiencing, improve performance, or for wellness care.
Chiropractic treats vertebral subluxation complexes. A vertebral subluxation complex (VSC) is a fixation within a joint, causing decreased motion and communication with the nervous system. With decreased communication, many signs and symptoms can be noticed by the owner or rider.
Indications an Adjustment may be beneficial:
- Changes in gait/lameness
- Sitting off to the side
- Difficulty going up/down steps or getting in/out of a vehicle
- Pain when being pet or lifted
- Changes in eating or elimination
- Licking/chewing paws
- Changes in performance
- Pre and Post-surgical care (to boost immune system, promote proper healing, and biomechanics)
- Lameness/changes in gait
- Resistance to riding
- Difficulty flexing at the poll
- Reduced performance
- Inability to take a lead
- Pain when moving/being touched
- Changes in behavior during work
Please note, this is a basic list covering common signs and symptoms. If any unusual behaviors are noted by an owner, please consult your veterinarian.
What to Expect
A thorough history will be obtained prior to an exam. A chiropractic exam can consist of a posture assessment, gait analysis, spinal temperature assessment, static and motion palpation. Static and motion palpation will assess the joints of the vertebral column and extremities for abnormal motion and position, as well as muscular imbalances.
Based on the findings of the exam, an adjustment will be performed, where indicated. The adjustments are safe, gentle, subtle and effective. Each adjustment is done using the Chiropractor’s hands, in a specific manor, catered to the joint being assessed. Most animals tolerate adjustments quite well!
A recommendation will be made for any follow up visit(s). This is case by case and depending on the performance level of the animal.
All animals must be examined by a Veterinarian at Fox Creek Veterinary Hospital within one year, prior to receiving chiropractic adjustments. Each animal must be up to date on all annual vaccinations.