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Chiropractic Journal of Australia : December 2011
134 Chiropractic Journal of Australia Volume 41 Number 4 December 2011 Following examination and appropriate spinal adjustments, the demeanour of both the cat, and subsequently also the lad's, rapidly returned to their normal contented selves. (McKibbin MR. Personal communication, 2 July 2 2011.) The possibility of a form of symbiosis existed here due to a close relationship of the cat to the seven-year-old. Case 14. Pomeranian Cross - Post-Surgical Paresis, Cauda Equina, Incontinence, Sacroiliac. 'Basil' is a six year-old Pomeranian Cross. Some four years earlier he had undergone an emergency right-sided hemilaminectomy and discectomy at T12/13. He was left with a great degree of bilateral paresis in the hind quarters, had little to no bladder and bowel control, plus signs of a cauda equina syndrome.4 It took four years of regular chiropractic adjustments, with his main problem being the left sacroiliac joint. He is now continent4 in both functions, and has enough muscle control and strength to ascend and descend stairs independently. Basil has had occasional relapses, but responds very quickly following adjustments. (Roppola J. Personal communication, 21 June 21 2011.) Case 15. Horses - Performance and Behaviour One equestrian veteran of 30 years stated that both she and her horses depend on chiropractic care. She stated that "Chiropractic treatment makes a huge difference to my horses in their performance level, development and in some behavioural issues." (McKibbin MR. Personal communication, 10 June 2011.) Case 16. Snake - Apparent Lassitude A zoo owner in Victoria, Australia, thought that his python seemed to be "unwell". He suspected a 'problem' with one of the snake's 421 vertebra. The keeper's chiropractor was consulted, and after a 'lengthy' examination, an activator adjustment was carried out. (at T 276 !) The snake seemed to respond very rapidly, and resumed its normal movement and 'lifestyle.'26 Case 17. Kangaroo - Cervical, Lumbar, Pelvis Dysfunction, Cataracts A Wildlife Information Rescue and Education Service (WIRES) volunteer recovered a joey that had been picked up from the road following an accident. It had been in its mother's pouch, the mother having been fatally struck by a vehicle. The volunteer had spent considerable time, money and effort on this orphaned joey. The vet who had conducted surgery to pin its pelvis and femur that had been broken in the accident, declined to proceed further with the joey, and suggested that a chiropractor might help. The joey had lost its appetite and was forming scat (pelletised faeces), was becoming blind with cataracts, was lying persistently on its side, its hind legs were stiff and diffcult to fex forward. An examination using surrogate muscle testing revealed subluxations of the pelvis, as well as lumbar and cervical spines. The testing was found to be remarkably defnite on all three regions -- especially on a lateral atlas. Adjustments were carried out using an Activator instrument. On rechecking, the fndings had cleared. Over the following days the joey would crawl out of its temporary pouch - a bag, and graze in the backyard. Further adjustments were carried out in an attempt to improve the fexibility of its hind legs. In addition, its sight slowly returned as the cataracts cleared. (O'Dwyer P. Personal communication, 22 June 2011) Case 18. Kangaroo - Cervical Subluxation A small 1.5metre, 3 year-old (approximate) kangaroo had been tethered to a post by a rope. Following a fright, it struggled and injured its neck as the rope became taut. The animal was presented by a farmer who casually tipped the kangaroo out of a hessian sack. It was too lethargic to hop away. In appearance, its head was foppy, and its ears drooped. It also tended to persistently lick its proximal paws, and the tip of its nose was particularly dry. The owner then held the animal's hind legs with its body resting supine. On palpation, it reacted to pressure over the left lamina of C2. This was quite prominent, with the spinous process distinctly rotated to the right. The posterior cervical musculature was hypertonic. A listing of C2 LI (left lamina posterior-inferior) was adjusted using the Diversifed technique. The segment adjusted surprisingly easily. A check-up was carried out on the penned animal a week later. It's head and ears were upright, its nose was moist and it no longer licked its paws. It was remarkably agile in the pen, and was too lively to catch and physically re-check.23 Case 19. Alpacas -- (i) Torticolis, Skin Lesions, (ii) Pelvis Utilising an Activator on the cervical and dorsal regions, another chiropractor adjusted a young alpaca (a 'cria') which had a 'wry neck', and skin lesions around the eyes. After a single session, all the clinical signs improved. The chiropractor dodged the protective mother's aggressiveness, and just managed not to get kicked. The mother herself had a 'rotated pelvis' that was also adjusted. Both animals responded well, and the baby alpaca's skin lesions around the eyes also cleared after only a few days following the adjustment. (Stephenson R. Personal communication. 21 June 2011) Case 20. Cat -- Personality Disorder A chiropractor reports adjusting 'Lucinda', her 8-year-old cat a number of times. The cat fell some 3 metres as a kitten. Her upper dorsal spine was the primary area of fxations, although ilium, sacrum and cervicals were also adjusted at times. The contact to the cat was applied using either fnger pressure adjustments, or an Activator. The cat preferred the fnger adjustments to the clicking sound of the Activator. Indications for an adjustment were evident when the cat was in a 'foul mood,' and basically being 'a naughty terror.' Following her adjustment, she generally sleeps soundly - and is a 'purrfect' cat. (Stephenson R. Personal communication, 21 June 2011) Case 21. Red Kelpie - Maintenance Care The chiropractor reported conducting dorsal adjustments and massage on "Bess," a 6-year-old Red Kelpie. She would ANIMAL PATIENTS IN CHIROPRACTIC ROME • McKIBBIN
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