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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 133 ANIMAL PATIENTS IN CHIROPRACTIC ROME • McKIBBIN appeared happier, would wag his tail, wanted to play, and was generally much more active. (McKibbin MR. Personal communication. Letter and DVD, 10 June 2011.) Case 6. Cat -- Poor Demeanour A cat of unspecifed breed and age had been a placid one. Of a morning, it would climb in a bedroom window and sit on its owner's bed. Inexplicably, it stopped its morning climb, it became intolerant to patting, and had become markedly apathetic. Following a single spinal adjustment, all its symptoms diminished and its activities returned to normal.73 Case 7. Galah - Vertigo The owner of a Pink and Grey galah -- a species of cockatoo, was lying in his backyard getting some sun, whilst his galah was happily walking around near him. He turned over to lie prone, and in the process rolled on the galah, momentarily squashing him. From then onwards, the galah lost its balance. In trying to walk, it would stagger to one side, and then fall over. It would get up and repeat the process. It could not sit on its perch without falling off. A chiropractor examined the bird and it seemed as if its entire head had slipped laterally - i.e. an occipital slippage. The chiropractor held the bird by the shoulders in one hand, and with the other grasped it's head and applied an adjustment. He then placed the bird on the ground. It squawked, shook itself, and walked away normally The problem never returned. (Vagg K. Personal communication, 1 July 2011) Case 8. Cat with Leukopenia A patient brought her cat to her chiropractor. She had spent in excess of $3500 on veterinary bills in an effort to save the cat. The diagnosis was one of leukopenia resulting in severe reduction of immune system function. The cat was dying, and apparently nothing could be done to save it. The vets had told the patient that the cat would be dead within the week. On examination a severe atlas subluxation was identifed. The cat's atlas was adjusted, and two days later the vets gave it a clean bill of health. The cat lived to a ripe old age. (Vagg K. Personal communication, 1 July 2011) Case 9. Grey Nurse Shark -- Scoliosis A chiropractor was asked to look at a three-metre Grey Nurse shark at the then Underwater World in Perth. The shark exhibited a C curve scoliosis. Apparently this is a common problem in juvenile grey nurse sharks in captivity. No one knows the cause. The shark was brought into a holding pool about three metres square and 3/4 of a metre deep. Once in the holding area, it was anaesthetised. The marine biologist held its head whilst the chiropractor held it by the tail with one hand, and applied an adjustive thrust to the apex of the scoliosis with the other hand. After the anaesthetic had worn off, the shark was released back into the main aquarium. This process was repeated about six times. There was a noticeable improvement in the scoliosis after every adjustment. After the sixth adjustment the scoliosis had disappeared. The marine biologist had been gathering data pre and post adjustment, associated with the shark's eating and behavioural habits. Pre adjustment, the shark had gone off its food, ate sporadically, and exhibited antisocial behaviour toward other marine life. Post adjustment, the shark's eating habits had returned to normal and it was exhibiting normal behaviour. A month later the shark was put in a boat, taken out to sea and released overboard. At that time the scoliosis had not returned. (Vagg K. Personal communication, 1 July 2011) Case 10. Pigeon - "Wing Dysfunction" A chiropractor was asked if he would look at "Pidge". “Pidge” could not fy after injuring itself by fying into a window. When Pidge was brought into the clinic, the only test that seemed applicable was the “…can you fy test.” In this, Pidge was thrown gently into the air only to have him/ her futter to the ground in a spiral dive. A diagnosis of brachial nerve dysfunction due to lower cervical subluxation was made. It was frmly believed that this injury to the bird was due to the striking angle of impact when it crashed into the window. The diagnosis of a lower cervical subluxation was made using a Toftness detector. While the patient held Pidge, it was adjusted employing a Toftness style technique with very mild fnger pressure. In rechecking, it was found that the subluxation had "cleared", and no other subluxations were present. It was time to reapply the fy test. Pidge few straight and level. This outcome would tend to confrm an absence of any placebo effect! (Robb P. Personal communication, 21 June 2011) Case 11. Saint Bernard - Asthma Muffn was a Saint Bernard of unknown age. It attended a chiropractor because her owner noted that Muffin's asthma was relieved following its spinal adjustments under chiropractic care. (McKibbin MR. Personal communication, 12 June 2011.) Case 12. Miniature Fox Terrier Post-surgical Moodiness, Lower Back, S/I Dysfunction 'Hollie' was a 11-year-old miniature fox terrier. She ruptured her cruciate ligament, and following surgery, had become unusually quiet. She had uncharacteristically developed a 'moodiness', and also became aggressive towards the owner's other dogs. She was also lame after the surgery because she would not put weight down on her affected hind leg. Prior to a scheduled follow-up to the veterinary surgeon, her lower back and pelvis were adjusted by a chiropractor. Immediately following this procedure, Hollie began behaving like a little puppy again, full of life and enjoyment. In addition, before her adjustment she had trouble hopping into the car, but after the procedure she would spring into the car frst, waiting for the family to follow. Hollie continues with symptom-based maintenance care, indicated by an occasional recurrence of nocturnal enuresis. This is readily controlled by these maintenance adjustments. (McKibbin MR. Personal communication, 5 June 2011.) Case 13. Cat A patient observed that her seven-year-old son was not 'his usual self', and was 'out of sorts'. It was also revealed that their once affectionate 1-year-old cat "Shiraz," had become aggressive and unsociable. The chiropractor wondered if the cat’s conduct had infuenced her son’s behaviour.
CJA March 2012