Chiropractic Care for our Companions:
Chiropractic is a hands-on form of complementary healthcare that locates and corrects joint dysfunction. When a joint isn’t functioning properly, there is a disruption in the communication between that part of the body and the brain, a process called dysafferentation. Dysafferentation leads to aberrant postures, movements, and ultimately may lead to pain. We commonly see consequences of this in humans as low back pain or neck pain. The biggest difference between pain in humans and pain in animals is that it is more difficult for the pet parent and then for the practitioner to understand and identify the source of pain. As much as we’d like them to, our dogs cannot directly tell us “my pelvis hurts right here” and our horses cannot say “it doesn’t feel very comfortable when I turn my neck that way.” Pain in dogs and horses does not always manifest as a clear lameness either. Pain can present in other ways that reflect changes in behavior such as increased anxiety, head shaking, refusing obstacles, etc. Chiropractic training allows practitioners to put the history together with a comprehensive physical exam to identify the affected areas of the body, locating the joint(s) that isn’t functioning properly and correcting it through the use of a gentle manual adjustment.
What to expect
An initial exam will usually begin with gait analysis and then may be followed by a neurological evaluation. The movement of each joint of the spine (and sometimes extremities) is then evaluated. The adjustment is given through a HVLA (high velocity low amplitude) force, meaning that it is given manually with small and quick motion which restores movement and function back to the joint.
What we’ll provide
Along with chiropractic assessment and care, other modalities that may be indicated include:
Exercises to do at home
Low level laser therapies
Initial - 30 min
Recheck - 20 min
Initial - 20 min
Recheck - 15 min
Request a Chiropractic Consult:
DIRECTIONS TO FCVC:
If you are coming from the North:
Head south on Orcutt Road out into the wine country, among the vineyards. You will pass Wolf
Family Vineyards on the left side that is about 2 miles before our driveway. Pass Morretti
Canyon Road on the left and our driveway is the very next left that you can make. You will see a
pipe and cable fence lining the front of the property and the address is hanging on a address pole
out front by mailboxes. Address is 6886 Orcutt Road.
If you are coming from the South:
Head North on Orcutt Road surrounded by vineyards. You will pass Chamisal Vineyards on the
left side of the road that is about 0.5 miles before our driveway. You will see a pipe and cable
fence lining the front of the property on the right and the very next driveway that you can turn
right into is our driveway. Address is 6886 Orcutt Road.
Please contact Dr. Aubrey or Dr. Lilly for the gate code. Drive slowly -15 mph - as cattle, sheep,
horses, cats, dogs and children all share the road. Keep to the gate on the right at the top of the
hill where their are 2 matching automatic gates (no code needed). Take that gravel road down to
the barn with the red roof, staying to the left as the road curves around left.
Please park/pull trailers behind the barn and park. We are happy to help further direct where to
and not to park if needed. ***Please do not block the circle drive around the barn by parking on sides of the arena.***
Aubrey Hefner, DC, CAC
Aubrey Hefner, DC, CAC was introduced to the chiropractic profession at a young age by an animal chiropractor who was caring for her family’s horses. She quickly decided that a career in human and animal chiropractic was the path for her. She graduated from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo with a degree in Biological Sciences in 2015 and continued on to Life Chiropractic College West in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated from LCCW in 2018 with honors and simultaneously completed complementary training in animal chiropractic at Animal Chiropractic Education Source in Meridian, Texas. Dr. Hefner earned her AVCA certification in 2018. Shortly after, she moved back to the San Luis Obispo area to begin practicing human chiropractic. She has now teamed up with FCVC to provide chiropractic care for our four-legged friends.