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                                   FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

You will find answers below for the following questions:

My animal

1.    Why is my pet moving differently - are they in pain?

2.    What happens when an animal is out of alignment?

3.    Can my dogs symptoms / problems get worse?

4.    Is it normal for symptoms to come and go?

5.    I can’t isolate where the pain is coming from / or what is causing it

6.   What causes a dog to go “out of alignment”?

7.   How can I fix my dog?

8.   Could my dog have other problems too?

9.   What about medication?

10. Will rest fix my dog?

11. Can I keep exercising my pet?

12. What do you think about what “my vet said”?

13. Should I try other treatments before seeing Doc, or at the same time?

14. How young can my dog be adjusted?

15. How many treatments will my dog need?

16. What if my dog bites-s/he is hard to handle / my dog doesnt like men?

Doc and your dog

17. What does Doc do?

18. Does Doc need to see xrays?

19. How fast will Doc fix my dog?

20. How does Doc adjust animals? Does he use implements?

21. Will Docs chiropractic adjustments hurt my dog?

22. What do Docs treatments include?

Docs appointments

23. How do I make an appointment?

24. Should I have a mobile house calls or should I visit Docs clinic?

25. How do I pay?

26. Can I claim Docs treatments on my pet insurance?

How you can help your pet

27. What can I do, as a pet owner, DURING DOCS TREATMENT, on my animal?

28. What can I do, as a pet owner, IN BETWEEN Docs treatments?

29. What can I do, as a pet owner, to help my dog IN THE FUTURE? 

30. What can I do, as a pet owner, to help my dog NOW?


My animal

1.  Why is my pet moving differently – are they in pain?

The only reason a pet starts to move in ways that are “not normal” is normally due to the fact that it “hurts them to move normally”.  They change the way they move little bit by little bit to avoid pain.  Because you see your animals every day it makes it very hard for you to notice the little changes they are making to the way they move.  Our dogs pain tolerance is so high that they don’t show obvious symptoms until the pain gets too much – this means the problem may have been with your dog for a while now. They put up with these problems without you being able to notice because they are pack animals and are reluctant to show weakness.  They live with the pain/problems symptom-free until something triggers the pain off (a big play time or winter).  When their symptoms become obvious to you it is when they can no longer avoid pain by changing their movement.  It might seem like this has just “happened overnight” however it generally means that your pet has been “out of alignment” for quite some time.  This can be evident by muscle wastage in their limbs which occurs from them not walking properly (not reaching as far forward with their front legs or pushing as far back as they should with their rear legs) for a long period of time.  If, for example, a nerve in the back is pinched it will mean that your dog may not be able to push back as far with their rear legs as they ordinarily would be able to.

2.  What happens when an animal is out of alignment?

When an animal is “out of alignment” they suffer from pain associated with pinched nerves.  Particular movements will trigger muscle spasm (muscles spasm to protect the nerves), which hurts and makes life very uncomfortable for them which explains any yelping or strange movements you may have seen/heard.  Your pet will learn new ways to move to avoid this pain.

3.  Can my dogs symptoms/problems get worse?

Secondary issues can arise (eg cruciate ligament problems) and they symptoms can continue to get worse if you change nothing in your/your pets life.  This will mean it will take longer to fix your pet. 

4.  Is it normal for symptoms to come and go?

After rest your dog may become more mobile.  This is because inflammation may have subsided however when they have pinched nerves if they exercise without the nerves being released by an animal chiropractor, the symptoms will re-occur.

5.  I can’t isolate where the pain is coming from / or what is causing it

It will be hard for you to move your dog to find out exactly where it hurts, to pinpoint/isolate the pain.  Doc does not recommend you try to do this because some dogs will react by biting from the pain, you can also cause more problems and discomfort for your pet. 

6.  What causes a dog to go “out of alignment”?

Once, these problems were never heard of.  This was back when our dogs were out in the backyard all the time.  Since then our pets have evolved to become more a part of our family and now live inside our homes.  Our homes unfortunately are built for people with 2 legs and are not very good for our 4 legged friends.  Slippery floors and stairs, as well other changes in pet world are to blame (eg off lead dog parks, new collars/harnesses/halty contraptions, doggy doors).


Some dogs are also out of alignment since birth from their mum stepping on them in the litter and issues with movement and composition are often overlooked by professionals.  Other “events” may be the reason for a sudden decline in your pets health like rough play or another dog jumping on them, falling down off something or jumping badly, slipping over etc.  None of these things cause problems for dogs who have been in alignment their whole life because they have muscles that are built up properly to hold their own bones in place.   Once your dog is in alignment for a period of time this will be the case.

7.  How can I fix my dog?
With a dog that is out of alignment, a good animal chiropractor can gently manipulate your dog to release those pinched nerves at which time their muscle spasm and any rigidness in their body will disappear, their pain will cease and their normal movement and temperament will return.  Without the nerves being released this cannot happen and nothing else can work.
8.  Could my dog have other problems too?
Regardless of other issues it is a good idea to have your dog adjusted to ensure that being out of alignment and having pinched nerves is not contributing to other identified issues.  It is also good to remember that your dog needs to be 'in alignment' for their immune system to function at its best for better overall health.
The results Doc achieves are good - regardless of other issues which are usually already identified with dogs such as joint problems /arthritis / displaysia / x-ray determinations.  A lot of dogs that Doc has seen have arthritis and hip / elbow displaysia however it was not these things that were causing lameness, it was being out of alignment that contributed to most of their symptoms.

Doc has treated a range of ailments, dogs that have severe displaysia, arthritis, other bone/joint issues, cruciate ligament problems, undiagnosed problems said to require mri scans etc - all have fully recovered and gone on to live full happy healthy lives without needing what was recommended in the first place, but every situation is different.

9.  What about medication?
Doc never sells or administers drugs or products.  If you require medication please see your vet.  Pain killers /anti-inflamatories only mask up the problem and do not address the cause, which ultimately will not go away on its own or with drugs alone. Drugs will never completely fix any problem.  Anti-inflammatories / pain killers are not the complete solution or the best way to go to help your dog however they may help alleviate pain for them whilst you wait for Doc to visit.

10.  Will rest fix my dog?
Rest does not address the cause of these types of problems, or the associated symptoms.  If anything, Doc sees dogs that have been rested to fix issues coming out of that resting period worse off!!  Symptoms may get slightly better for a little while due to a reduction in inflammation however symptoms quickly return, because the cause of the problems cannot be eliminated by rest alone. Doc does not suggest crate rest like others do.  This does not help animals to rehabilitate if they want to move around naturally. 
11.  Can I keep exercising my pet?
It is important to let your dog rest until Doc can visit him.  Dogs are their own worst enemy, some just want to go and go and go regardless of their problems.  With exercise (eg when you mention going for a “w-a-l-k” or throwing the “b-a-l-l” their body gets flooded with adrenalin when they get excited.  This allows them to push through the pain barrier (eg the pain that muscle spasm causes) and instead of restricting their movement to avoid it they are able to run full stretch. Muscles will still spasm because of their pinched nerves however basically something has to give.  This can result in tearing the cruciate ligament which is a common issue today. This can all be avoided if your dog is put in alignment by Doc and he stays that way.

12.  What do you think about what “my vet said”?
Docs treatment work well in conjunction with vet advice, which you should always follow.  Many vets and vet specialists have been referring their clients to Doc for years.  Doc is not a Vet. He cannot provide you with advice that is not related to the work he solely performs. If Doc attends to your animal and he believes your pet has a problem that is not in his line of expertise he will advise you to take your animal to a vet ASAP.

13.  Should I try other treatments before seeing Doc, or at the same time?
Swimming, massage, physio and many other practices/treatments WILL NOT WORK unless your dog is in complete alignment.  Think about it....if your dogs movement is restricted by pain caused by pinched nerves ...and you take them to hydro therapy or go swimming – when your dog moves with full movements it will cause them pain.  Their muscles will spasm, you will cause them a lot of discomfort and symptoms will flare up.  Please also do not massage your dog where they appears sore until their pinched nerves are released and no using heat packs.

Once pinched nerves are released and your dog goes through the healing process (depending on how bad they are / how long they have lived with pinched nerves for) they will regain full movement and THEN they will be able to walk and swim properly and at that time they will benefit from other therapies once their muscles are working fully.

14.  How young can my dog be adjusted?
Doc works on puppies from 8 weeks - 3 months of age as a routine thing. A puppy sitting in the corner being unsociable and looking unhappy was adjusted by Doc – he squealed when he was picked up. After being adjusted he bounded over to his litter mates, little tail wagging, had a big drink and crash tackled his brothers and sisters – a different little dog. It is highly likely your boy may have been that little one sitting there needing help back at that age – a lot of dogs that Doc treats have been like that little up their whole lives!

15. How many treatments will my dog need?
As a rule of thumb, a longer duration of care is required the longer the animal has had the problem, and the older the pet is as well as the less fit / more out of condition the animals is.
Doc works on the theory that there are 3 layers of nerves. By the time symptoms become obvious to you it shows that the issues which need addressing are in the deeper layers down, not just on the surface. The amount of care needed varies from animal to animal. After one treatment a reduction in symptoms are obvious however to ensure all problems are fixed and the symptoms don't return after a short period of time it is wise to have at least 3 treatments to deal with problems deeper down. If there is a problem later in life it will then take Doc less treatments at that time to fix your boy (like this dog: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GqlaB7_S35I). Doc treated a 12 year old german shepherd a few months ago that was half paralysed and dragging itself around getting worse every day - after one treatment the dog jumped up on its back legs and walked away. All animals are different but there is not one dog, regardless of age/verdicts etc that Doc hasn't got walking well again.

Doc will be able to diagnose your dogs issues and advise you about the number of recommended treatments in relation to your dog at the time of his appointment once he has seen them in the flesh. 

16. What if my dog bites-s/he is hard to handle / my dog doesnt like men?
Docs bond with animals is evident during his treatment - animals relax and respond well to him. Most owners are extremely shocked at how their dogs, who normally will bark and growl at men or strangers, melt in Docs hands. Doc may muzzle your dog, but not all dogs require this. When handling and manipulating an animal in extreme pain a muzzle is used purely to remove the defence mechanism from your dog so that they relax and benefit from the treatment more than trying to instinctively bite out of fear.  Doc has years of experience manipulating security dogs, police dogs and attack trained dogs, as well as large dominant pets who are in extreme pain.

Doc and your dog
17.  What does Doc do?
Doc has treated a lot of animals with a wide range of symptoms which are mostly relieved after his treatment. All dogs benefit from Docs treatments.  Docs chiropractic adjustments assist because nerves must be released for pain to cease which is the cause of many of the symptoms we see exhibited in our pets, and the symptoms which you have explained your dog is exhibiting.  Doc does not suggest medication / injections like others do. If a dog is adjusted properly these things are not necessary.  You should see results instantly after a treatment.

Doc performs chiropractic adjustments and muscle manipulation techniques, involving inspection and identification of muscle soreness and injury, and appropriately treats individual conditions with his years of hands-on experience and vast knowledge.  Docs chiropractic treatments are a holistic approach requiring stimulation and gentle handling, starting from the base of the skull opening up the Atlanto-Occipital joint, then going down the spine to the tail bone.
Once Doc releases your dogs pinched nerves, movement can return to normal due to pain being reduced / eliminated almost immediately. Moving with full movement, free of pain, your dogs muscles will tone up. Toned muscles hold bones in place thus eliminating the problem from re-occurring.
Please ensure for the safety of your animal that any person you consult about this problem can show you proof of their success that they have had and that they can point out to you where your dogs problems are without you saying a word (they should be able to watch your dog walk and spot where their problems are, tell you why/how they got the problems and state how they can fix them). I have had some scary reports of people "trying" and causing more damage! 
Have a look at the "video" page to view Docs treatments.

18.  Does Doc need to see xrays?
No.  Doc will assess each dog with his years of knowledge and hands on experience by the way your animal moves and the symptoms s/he exhibits.  If there are any concerns Doc will instruct you to visit your vet.  For those people who get Xrays and are told they have been inconclusive and do not show there are any problems - xrays do not show nerves so they will not correctly define this (being out of alignment and having pinched nerves) as the problem your dog has, when thats all it might be! 

19.  How fast will Doc fix my dog?
The speed at which your dog returns to full / normal movement depends on their age and other issues AND how much you change what has caused your dogs problems in the first place.  (See: “What can I do, as a pet owner, to help my dog NOW?”)

20. How does Doc adjust animals?  Does he use implements?
Go to the "media" page to watch videos on Doc adjusting animals.  Every animal is different however you will see that Doc works with each individual animal gently and carefully at their pace.  Doc DOES NOT use tools to adjust animals, he uses his bare hands to gently manipulate them.  Doc may muzzle your dog, but not all dogs require this. When handling and manipulating an animal in extreme pain a muzzle is used purely to remove the defence mechanism from your dog so that they relax and benefit from the treatment more than trying to instinctively bite out of fear.

21.  Will Docs chiropractic adjustments hurt my dog?
It is explained that there may be a short sharp and very small amount of discomfort when nerves are being released in some cases.  This is not evident though as most dogs turn around give Doc a big kiss as soon as he has finished working on them!

22.  What do Docs treatments include?
Before any program of care is initiated Doc will diagnose and determine what he believes are the problems with your pet, within his scope / ability to deal with, and from the information you provide about your animal and their history.  

Each time Doc sees your dog his treatments will include diagnosis of symptoms by Doc observing their gait / movement / stance / composition and demeanour.  Full body chiropractic adjustments to release pinched nerves (not just one body part like others do, because they are all connected!), laser acupuncture, magnetic therapy pulse machines and the application of anti-inflammatory cooling gel (if required) to help reduce inflammation and increase blood flow.  Doc is also a Reiki Master/spiritual healer with a unique psychic/intuitive healing ability. Doc will do anything within his skill set that is required to be done to fix your pet the fastest and the best that he can. 

Docs appointments
23.  How do I make an appointment?
Appointments are organised by emailing mail@docjamieson.com with the details of your pet and whether you are interested in Doc visiting your home or whether you would like to travel to Doc. You will receive a reply within 12 hours with all of the details relevant to your specific needs.

Additional dogs or cats treated at the same appointment/visit time (whether mobile or at Docs clinic) are $65 each. Fees are the same regardless of whether Doc does a treatment afterhours, on a weekend or a public holiday. There are never any extra fees or charges over price quoted.

Mobile house visits

Doc operates in a mobile capacity doing callouts to residential addresses in and around south east Queensland and northern New South Wales.  If you are outside of this area please dont hesitate to email mail@docjamieson.com to enquire if Doc will be travelling to your location soon as he will be travelling further around Australia in the near future.

Docs rehabilitation boarding kennel and clinic
Doc also operates from a rehabilitation boarding kennel 30 mins south of Brisbane airport.  
You can attend here at Docs clinic for him to treat your pets.  Your pets can also stay for more intensive daily treatment, if travelling back and forth is difficult for you, and if changing your pets home environment is too hard to do (eg keeping off tiles, keeping on flat ground, keeping off stairs, keeping separate to other pets).  

For quotes from Doc please follow the instructions here:  CONTACT ME/BOOK

24.  Should I have a mobile house calls or should I visit Docs clinic?
If you have an older pet or one that is very lame a house call to your home would be best to achieve better results and recovery.  Improvements are faster and it means no bundling them in and out of the car which doesn’t do them any good if they have been out of alignment for a long time and have muscle wastage.  This can also undo the work just done if your dog has been out of alignment for a long time with muscle wastage/weakness. Your pet will be able to relax immediately after a treatment and not get injured getting in and out of your vehicle or sitting in start-stop traffic.  Animals benefit from being treated in their home environment which is why Doc provides this service, as well as helping "time poor" busy owners with this convenient service. 
If Doc attends at your home address it also provides you with the opportunity to have Doc assess your pets home environment to be able to suggest specific changes for you to make, to help stop your pet from going out of alignment as easily again and see them through a much more pain free rest of their life once they are on the road to recovery! 

25.  How do I pay?
Doc does not have credit card facilities at present so cash/cheque payment is all that is accepted.

26.  Can I claim Docs treatments on my pet insurance?
Many clients claim Docs treatment fees successfully on pet insurance.  This obviously depends on what insurance fund your pet is insured through, what level of cover and what they provide for etc.  Doc can assist you with completing the necessary forms for doing so.

How you can help your pet
27.  What can I do, as a pet owner, DURING DOCS TREATMENT, on my animal?
So many owners want to leave the room and say they "cant watch". It is best that you do watch so you can learn because Doc will point out things you have never noticed about your pet and teach you about things to look out for in the future. It is important throughout the treatment not to talk to your pet. Repeatedly saying "good boy/good girl" can give your pet reason to fear what is about to happen, this is what most pet owners do when they take their dog for their annual injections or to other vet visits! The idea is to have your animal as relaxed as possible. If you talk to Doc and Doc just talks to you, your animal will relax.

28.  What can I do, as a pet owner, IN BETWEEN Docs treatments?
After the first treatment you will see an instant improvement.  Your dog will have a big shake (just like after a bath), and will walk with much more free movement and better composition.  Doc has however only released the top/surface layer of nerves, being the more recent problems.  Remember that by the time symptoms become obvious, the issues are deep down and most likely your dog has hidden symptoms by making tiny changes to their movement for quite some time by this stage (usual muscle wastage from not walking properly for a lengthy period of time is a sign of this).  (**Clients that don't come back for another treatment (as many are very impressed with the changes in their pet already) usually come back later and have to get that same work repeated because symptoms have returned.  It is best to have all 3 layers of nerves (3 initial treatments) done and then later if your dog hurts itself they can come back for one treatment to fix all because all of the long standing issues were fixed initially).

What you should do is limit stair use, keep off slippery floors, no toy playing or rough playing with other dogs and gentle lead walking rather than allowing your dog off lead to gallop around and potentially go out of alignment.  Every step on a lead is usually better than off lead, you are then toning muscle to hold your dog in alignment (whilst they are in alignment after Docs treatments) rather than toning muscle to hold them 'out'.

Doc recommends treatments close together because most people do not have a perfect environment for their dog to live in (eg no stairs, no slippery floors, flat grass area, no other dogs to play/push around etc).  By having the treatments close together there is less chance that they have already gone out of alignment.  

Try your hardest to give your animal the perfect environment in between treatments so they don't flare anything up - you want Doc to get into the deeper layers of issues at the next appointment.

29.  What can I do, as a pet owner, to help my dog IN THE FUTURE?
It is best to have your dog treated at least once a year, either before winter or prior to kennelling. It is an easy thing to remember your dogs annual vaccinations to how about get an annual adjustment done at the same time too?
30.  What can I do, as a pet owner, to help my dog NOW?
If you have already taken steps to fix your dogs problems you should immediately assess what is and is not working.  Results should usually be fairly evident immediately if you are on the right path with whatever treatments you have tried.
It is also important to figure out what might have caused your dogs problem in the first place. These are things you should change so that the problem does not continually reoccur and to reduce the healing process/time.  Doc may point out some things in your home environment that could have contributed to your dogs problems and provide you with advice on what you can change to help ensure they don’t go out of alignment as easily again
Right now, some of the things you can do is:
·         avoid stair use (put a baby gate at the top and bottom of the stairs and limit the number of times your pet goes up and down in a day.  Walk them up and down on a lead in a slow controlled manner if you can’t carry them).  Don’t let them jump down from the last few stairs!
·         have your pet sleep on a bed flat on the floor.  The hessian/metal frame hammock beds are no good.
·         No heat packs
·         Do not massage your dog or pull your dogs limbs around to find the problem – you have identified that your dog is doing something that is “not normal”, this is enough.
·         Keep your dog quiet but not confined
·         Keep your dog on a non-slip floor surface (off tiles and wooden floors) so when they move they don’t slip and it will help them to not deteriorate further and will also help them to be fixed faster.
·         Put food and water bowls at head height
·         Lift him/her up and down onto things rather than let them jump if they must get up. 
·         no doggy doors
·        Take their collar off (unless you have containment issues and they need identification on) 
·       Don't use head halters / harnesses of any kind


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