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Resolution of Orthostatic Intention Tremors in a 3-week-old Male Great Dane Following Chiropractic: A Case Report & Review of the Literature

Gene Giggleman, D.V.M. & Ashley Shiver, D.C.

Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research ~ February 5, 2018 ~ Pages 29-37



Objective: To review the resolution of tremors in a canine following chiropractic care.

Clinical Features:
A three-week-old male Great Dane canine presented to a private veterinary and animal chiropractic clinic with symptoms of orthostatic intention tremors and signs of vertebral subluxation.

Intervention and Outcomes: Vertebral subluxations were managed using an Activator Adjusting Instrument. Analysis of the subluxations were through static and motion palpation, muscle tone and the presence of pain. After chiropractic adjustments and low level laser therapy, the canine immediately fell asleep. Three days after, the canine showed marked improvement and two-weeks later the tremors were resolved.

Conclusions: Research related to animal chiropractic management is limited. More research is necessary to explore the role of chiropractic in canines.

Key words:
Animal chiropractic, intention tremors, low level light therapy (LLLT), Activator Adjusting Instrument, B Complex Vitamin, L-phenylalanine, subluxation, adjustment, orthostatic tremor, generalized idiopathic tremor syndrome