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Does Manual Manipulation work on animals too?


Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) about Manual Manipulation and Chiropractic:

1. What is Veterinary Medical Manipulation (VMM)?

Medical manipulation is a therapy that uses motion palpation to find joint restrictions and then uses a high velocity, low amplitude (HVLA) thrust directed in the plane of the joint to help restore normal range of motion to the joint. Medical manipulation restores freedom of movement, relaxes the muscles and relieves the pain of a restricted joint.

2. Is medical manipulation and chiropractic the same thing?

No. Chiropractic, as defined by law, applies specifically and only to humans. A chiropractor is someone who has completed human chiropractic training and is a Doctor of Chiropractic degree (DC). When similar techniques are applied to animals, it is correctly called spinal manipulation or medical manipulation.

3. What are the prerequisites for this course?

In order to take any courses through IVMI, you must be a licensed veterinarian, or a 3rd or 4th year veterinary school student. This way, the material starts at a more in-depth level and is able to go even deeper and into more detail than would be possible if there were non-veterinarians in the course.

4. How does VMM differ from massage and Tui-na?

VMM uses a HVLA thrust to directly affect the joint and the mechanorecepters around the joint. Tui-na and massage do not use HVLA thrust, and affects the muscle. However, all three of these modalities work very well together and the combination can be beneficial for many patients.


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