Veterinarian Becomes an Animal Chiropractor

Sue Manning from the Associated Press wrote on article about Veterinary Chiropractic, which I loved and wanted to share with you.

Thirty years ago, veterinarian, Dr. Gene Giggleman thought chiropractors were quacks! Now he is a professor at Parker University in Dallas, which specializes in chiropractic care. His first success of adjusting an animal was decades ago when a cocker spaniel named Sparky appeared to be having seizures. He was on three drugs from three different vets and was about to be euthanized if Dr. Giggleman could not help him.

During the examination Dr. Giggleman could tell that Sparky’s neck was out of whack as when he went to pet his neck it hurt him so bad that he flipped over and started shaking. Right then and there Dr. Giggleman performed his first adjustment and Sparky lived another 6 years without any seizures. This incident is what converted him to believe in chiropractic and then he went on to co-found the Parker University animal chiropractic program.

Dr. Giggleman notes that chiropractic care is a drugless, non-surgical approach to treating animals and much cheaper than traditional medicine. One day a week he sees animal patients and the rest of the week he teaches. His patients are 90% chiropractic and the other10% need traditional care. He does whatever it takes to help the animal and through out his career he has straightened out thousands of dogs and cats along with the occasional snake, hamster, gerbil and guinea pig.

About once a month a pet owner comes in and says that if he can’t do anything they will have to put their pet to sleep. Dr. Giggleman says he is able to help about 80% of the time, which he sees as a double blessing, making the pet better and saving their life. For the others he is able to help reduce pain and prepare the families for the inevitable.

Over a decade ago Dr. Giggleman began to teach a course in how to adjust animals and the majority of his students at that time were chiropractors; now more of the students are veterinarians. There is also a one year intensive course with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association, were the AVCA has certified over 1000 veterinarians or chiropractors since 1989.

One of the ACVA certified students is chiropractor Dr. Rod Block. 30 years ago Dr. Block became a human chiropractor and then 20 years ago became certified to work with animals. He currently works with several veterinarians and limits his practice to house calls in Southern California. He says it is important to be in tune with the being of the animal he is working with and that he is more concerned with the quality than the quantity of the pet’s life. For example, one of his patients is a 38-year-old horse who is not ride able any more but is mobile, off of steroids and free to roam around and enjoy the rest of his life relatively pain free.

Dr. Block wrote the book “Like Chiropractic For Elephants”. In the book he describes the work he did with a gimpy elephant at a sanctuary whose herd accepted him and how the elephant used her body language to help him find her pain. Dr. Block wrote his book to help demystify chiropractic because many still think it is dangerous and quackery. His book helps to explain the difference between chiropractic and allopathic medicine and how they can be integrated even though they are on opposite ends of the pole.

Dr. Block describes that chiropractic promotes the flow of energy within the body and anywhere there is an obstruction or blockage of energy due to the vertebrae being out of line or due to muscles being dysfunctional, the chiropractic adjustment helps normalize that function.

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One Response

  1. Pain, especially chronic back pain is influenced by stress. Stress is a natural reaction i the body which can bring about pain, tension, and tight muscles. Chiropractic reduces stress in the body by allowing the body to achieve an internal balance.

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