SOURCE: Omni Wellness Center

March 01, 2012 10:00 ET

Charlotte Chiropractor Announces Adjustments for Animals in Addition to Humans

CHARLOTTE, NC--(Marketwire - Mar 1, 2012) - Omni Wellness Center announced that Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner is a certified animal chiropractor. Dr. Ladner provides spinal adjustments for horses, dogs and cats in addition to her human patients. According to Dr. Ladner, adjustments can provide immediate pain relief for animals and also correct defensive posture brought on by physical, emotional or chemical stresses. Muscle contraction due to stress, a traumatic injury, or even natural wear and tear can affect an animal's alignment. Dr. Ladner applies precise force to misaligned joints, which can help relieve pain and restores a full range of motion. Omni Wellness Center and Omni Animal Chiropractic serves the Charlotte, Monroe, Huntersville, Statesville, Raleigh, Banner Elk, and York communities.

Animal owners have treatment options to helping their pets and horses manage pain. Chiropractor Dr. Darcey Walraven Ladner is a board certified chiropractor as well as an internationally certified animal chiropractor (IVCA). In addition to providing spinal adjustments for humans, Dr. Ladner provides Charlotte chiropractic care for horses, dogs and cats.

"Just like in humans, proper alignment of the musculoskeletal system is essential to an animal's overall health," said Dr. Ladner. "When an animal's body is misaligned, the animal may experience aches, pains and difficulty moving. This can be especially painful for active animals. Gentle, hands-on adjustments from a certified animal chiropractor can make a tremendous difference to the animal's well-being."

Dr. Ladner treats back pain and neck pain in animals by identifying the underlying spinal subluxation. Since animals are unable to verbally communicate the source of their pain, it is essential that animal owners pay close attention to symptoms of musculoskeletal pain. According to Dr. Ladner, symptoms include an uneven gait, a reluctance to run or jump, abnormal posture, sensitivity to touch and lying only on one side.

"Over time, physical, emotional or chemical stresses can cause animals to adopt a defensive posture, locking tension into the joints and muscles," said Dr. Ladner. "My job is to identify and unlock this tension by gently manipulating stuck joints."

According to Dr. Ladner, a physical injury or even natural wear and tear over time can intensify locked tension in the muscles. When the muscles are locked in unnatural positions, the spinal joints can become stuck, pinching or irritating nearby nerves. A herniated disc can also be caused by a traumatic accident, such as being hit by a car.

"In order to maintain peak performance, horses, dogs and cats require the same level of care that humans do," said Dr. Ladner. "For example, there are over 100 joints in a cat's spine. If a single one of these joints become misaligned, the cat may not only suffer from pain, but also be at increased risk for injury and illness."

Dr. Ladner emphasized that spinal adjustments in animals are intended as a complement to traditional veterinary care.

"A combination of veterinary treatments and spinal adjustments typically produces the best outcome for injured animals," said Dr. Ladner. "Even if an animal does not currently experience symptoms of spinal misalignment, regular wellness treatments can help prevent future problems."

Dr. Darcey Ladner is a board certified Doctor of Chiropractic and has had specialty training in animal chiropractic. Dr. Darcey Ladner is not a veterinarian. Please see your Doctor of Veterinary Medicine for the primary care of your animals.

Animal owners who wish to learn more about spinal adjustments may contact the office or visit the website at

Contact Information

  • Omni Wellness Center
    Charlotte, NC