Dr. NATALIA Lavallie
Dr. Natalia LaVallie is a lifelong equestrian and animal advocate who believes in the power of the body to heal and adapt to the environment when the body is moving well and the nervous system is functioning optimally. She founded Barnyard Chiropractic as a mobile chiropractic practice to support animals in the comfort of their own home. She is passionate about health, wellness, and education, and she travels throughout Illinois caring for clients and hosting clinics and workshops.
Dr. LaVallie graduated cum laude as a Doctor of Chiropractic from Life University and received advanced training in animal chiropractic from Parker University. She is certified in animal chiropractic by the Animal Chiropractic Certification Commission (ACCC) of the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA). She has also published research in the Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research supporting the efficacy of animal chiropractic.
She also works with her husband
Dr. Connor LaVallie at Greater Good Chiropractic Care at 240 W River Drive in St Charles, Illinois.
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Chiropractic is a philosophy, science and art. We understand that every living organism is a self-regulating, self-healing entity controlled by the nervous system. If nerves become irritated, communication throughout the body is disrupted affecting function of cells, tissues, and organs.
Scientific research has shown that chiropractic adjustments support health and vitality by removing interference in the nervous system and allowing for improved neurological control of the body. Interference may be caused by physical, chemical and emotional stressors such as injuries, nutritional imbalances and mental fatigue. If interference is not removed, it often leads to more issues like pain, stiffness, delayed healing, inefficient digestion, sleep disruption, and behavioral changes.
Many different chiropractic techniques have been developed to evaluate and address neurological interference. We primarily us our hands to perform examinations and adjustments. In some cases, x-rays are necessary to further evaluate internal structures or an instrument is used to augment an adjustment.
Chiropractic is helping creatures great and small function better and live happier lives by correcting a condition called vertebral subluxation. It is a condition characterized by lack of motion in a joint, and it interferes with the function of the nervous system. Because the nervous system controls all bodily functions, subluxation can lead to a multitude of issues including dysfunction and disease.
Animals can tell us a lot without using words. Signs of subluxation include muscular imbalances, gait irregularities, lameness, and resistance to certain movements. Loss of normal mobility causes stiffness and pain, which may lead to changes in behavior and progressive dysfunciton throughout the body. Many issues resolve with chiropractic care because the body is better able to heal and self-regulate when the nervous system is clear of interference.
Humans ask animals to perform tasks and fill rolls that add to the typical stress of living in the world, so we believe it is essential for animals to receive thorough neuromusculoskeletal evaluation and chiropractic care for the purpose of restoring optimal nerve function and supporting optimal performance.
Please CALL to schedule an appointment and ask questions about chiropractic care for your animals!
It is essential to coordinate care for animals with treating veterinarians. All animals must have a completed referral form prior to chiropractic examination. When you call to schedule, we will discuss how to complete the referral form. Links to the forms are below:
After scheduling an appointment, please review my PRACTICE POLICIES and
complete a registration form for your animal. Links to these forms are below:
preparing for your appointment
Initial appointments for both small and large animals usually take about 1 hour to discuss current concerns and health history, perform a detailed exam, and provide a chiropractic adjustment. Follow-up appointments are approximately 30-45 minutes.
In your home, small animal examinations are best performed in an area with carpeting and ample space to work together with your animal. Please have a soft collar on your dog (no harnesses, and please let me know if you only have a prong, choke or e-collar). Please catch and contain your cat in an area that makes them easily accessible prior to appointment.
Horse and large animal examination are best performed in an aisle, arena or protected outdoor space in the event of weather. They should have clean coats and hooves, but please do not apply any sprays or ointments. Anything that makes their coat slick can make adjusting very difficult. If fly spray is necessary, please have it available, and we'll apply it together. Please have a halter on your animal that will allow you to safely lead/lunge them during examination.
We learn the most about animals from how they respond to initial care. Many animal experience positive change after just one adjustment, which is wonderful! Depending on their condition, it may take 2-3 adjustments to see outward changes. Expect to schedule follow-up appointments, so we can evaluate their changes together and create the best plan for correcting vertebral subluxation.
YOU are essential during the time between adjustments. I will provide home care and exercise instructions as applicable, so you can support your animal optimally.
small animal initial exam + adjustment
small animal adjustment
horse initial exam + adjustment
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Animal Chiropractic Resources
Models of Vertebral Subluxation: A Review by Christopher Kent, DC