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Animal Chiropractic – Yes, it’s a thing. | Hands for Life

Animal Chiropractic – Yes, it’s a thing.

Dr. Alissa Grover


Did you know that our very own Dr. Alissa Grover is an animal chiropractor? Like all vertebrates, animals can use occasional care in the spinal department. Dr. Ali works with dogs, cats, horses, reptiles, rabbits, and more!


Dr. Ali graduated Valedictorian of her class from Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport, Iowa, where the chiropractic profession was founded. She completed an additional 220-hours of continuing education on animal chiropractic from Parker College of Chiropractic in Dallas, Texas. She is a certified animal chiropractor by the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). Currently, Dr. Ali is one of only a handful of AVCA-certified doctors in the entire state of Utah, and is proud to be the only chiropractic physician to hold that title. Also a certified Reiki master, Dr. Ali enjoys using energy work and kinesiology testing in addition to chiropractic.


What is animal chiropractic?


Animal chiropractic is similar to human chiropractic and is done for similar reasons. This specialized branch of chiropractic appeared in publications as early as 1944, but was not recognized officially until the 1980s (Willoughby 2002). Chiropractors had found that animals, particularly race horses, could benefit from chiropractic. This had proven difficult for many veterinarians and doctors to get behind, though, due to skepticism regarding chiropractic in general. With much work and dedication, animal chiropractic became an official branch of chiropractic, complete with certifications and specialized classes.


Like human chiropractic, animal chiropractic focuses on the health of the neuro-musculo-system. This system controls the body and, when there is stress or damage to the nervous system, the entire body experiences negative effects. Immune systems become compromised, pain becomes prevalent, and immobility is often a result. By working with veterinarians, animal chiropractors are able to identify the root cause of the animal’s discomfort or illness and (with a referral from a vet) the animal chiropractor can treat that cause.


Does it work?


Dr. Ali has a proven record of success that is reflected across the animal chiropractic community. Here is what her patients’ owners have to say:


“Dr. Ali has a very gentle, intuitive, patient approach with the horses-being equally good with the pushy pocket ponies and the very nervous horses. She asks lots of questions regarding any issues I’m dealing with to guide her. She handles my friendly, pushy, but surprisingly sensitive horse with tact and patience. She has made an enormous difference in Frisco’s level of comfort. The adjustments have helped him remain supple and willing to work even with an extremely heavy workload. Frisco earned four major championships in 2014, and we could not have done it without Dr. Ali’s help! Frisco has even learned to help Dr. Ali with some of his adjustments! I have also benefited from her treatments and her work has improved the symmetry in my hips. Frisco and I always look forward to her visits!”
~Stacy Williams: USDF Certified Instructor/Trainer; USDF “L” Graduate; USDF Bronze Medalist
~Frisco Bay: 2008 Westfalen gelding-winner of numerous local, state, regional and national championship titles in Dressage


“I wish you could have been here to see Colby (15-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Whippet mix) run into the backyard – romping and bounding and leaping in pure joy!  He played with Cassie (our 10-year-old Australian Cattle Dog/Border Collie mix) as he raced around the yard, executing sharp turns. I went out to join them, and Colby deliberately jumped over a small bush in his excitement to come see me.
The adjustments made a huge difference in his activity level within a very short time. He is also much more balanced when walking or standing on the smooth floors inside the house. Even his “sit” isn’t as slow and awkward as it has been recently. As I was preparing his dinner, he briefly stood on his hind legs to get his nose a little closer to the counter, which he has never done before! Given his incredible improvement, I will definitely be bringing him back.
Thanks for all you’ve done for Colby!”


You can learn more about Dr. Ali and animal chiropractic at Utah Animal Chiropractor as well as the services she offers via our Hands For Life program.



“Animal Chiropractic History” Sharon L. Willoughby D.V.M., D.C.  April 20012 at

“What Is Animal Chiropractic?” Options for Animals 2017 at

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