New Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT)

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Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT)

What is VSMT?

Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy is a therapeutic assessment and treatment of the animal’s musculoskeletal system.  It is similar to the chiropractic assessment and treatment done on humans.  The goal of VSMT is to ensure motion within all vertebrae or to bring back motion to fixed or hypo mobile vertebrae.  This is accomplished by applying a directed force at a specified anatomical location.  Performing VSMT allows the release of entrapped joint or disc tissue, stretches and breaks up adhesions (scar tissue) and stretches the muscles.  This stimulates the brain as well as specific muscle receptors that can dampen pain, increase range of motion of the joint and, therefore, improve mobility. 

What are the indications for VSMT?

Unexplained lameness

Muscle weakness


Behavioral changes

Sport injuries

Urinary or fecal incontinence

TMJ problems (jaw pain or discomfort)

Dr. Jamie Zarda is a member of the College of Animal Chiropractors.  She has completed the Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy certification program at the Healing Oasis, the only nationally accredited institution for VSMT.  Dr. Jamie Zarda is now accepting appointments at Great Lakes Veterinary Clinic for this new service.