Founded by Marc L. Sommer, DC, DAAPM, CAC in 1993, Little Critters Chiropractic Services provides gentle, painless chiropractic treatment to animals varying in size from hamsters to horses, and all sizes in between.
Dr. Sommer earned his BA from the University of Hartford and his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree from the New York Chiropractic College. In 1993 he pursued advanced training in animal chiropractic, receiving his Diplomate as a Certified Animal Chiropractor from the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association.
Some of the conditions from which animals may suffer which usually respond well to gentle chiropractic treatments are: arthritis, disc problems, back and joint pain and stiffness, unequal limb weight distribution (limping), ataxia (reduced balance and equilibrium), neuropathies and myelopathies, lameness, altered gait, musculoskelatal problems, and connective tissue (tendons and ligaments) strains and sprains. These conditions usually manifest as some form of an alteration in the proper use of body mechanics.
It is the job of the Doctor of Chiropractic to determine if any bones are out of their normal position (misaligned or subluxated), and are causing pressure to be placed on a nerve, that can alter normal function and health. The affected bones are gently placed back into their normal position with an gentle adjustment.
It is been our experience over the past 20 years that animals usually respond dramatically faster than people do, for the same condition, possibly because their spines are horizontal and supported by four legs and our spines are vertical and supported by two legs.
On the first visit, we will conduct a consultation, perform a bio mechanical evaluation and provide gentle chiropractic treatment. Please bring with you, if available, any x-rays previously taken, the most recent blood tests, a list of medicines and supplements being taken and a description of the food and exercise you provide. The fee is $95.00. Future appointments for chiropractic treatment is $45.00. When more then one patient from the same house are treated at the same time, the fee is reduced.
Dr. Sommer is conveniently located at 90 Hamburg Turnpike, Riverdale, New Jersey (near I-287 and Route 23), in the center of the northern half of the state.