Frequently Asked Questions

What is Chiropractic?

Chiropractic is the science, art and philosophy addressing the well being of the nervous system through manually adjusting the spine.  By adjusting the spine, the chiropractor is restoring proper function of the nervous system thereby enhancing the body’s innate ability to heal without the use of drugs or surgery.

Who can benefit from chiropractic care?

  • Anyone with  a spine, both animals and humans
  • Agility and performance dogs
  • Working animals such as service/guide dogs, police dogs  and ski patrol dogs
  • Puppies and kittens following a traumatic birth
  • Senior animals to maintain mobility of joints
  • Family pets looking for a long and healthy life

Conditions chiropractic care may help ….

  • Musculoskeletal injuries
  • Arthritis
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Soreness due to over exertion
  • Ear Infections
  • Musculoskeletal complications due to neurological disease
  • Anxiety
  • Poor digestion
  • Lick granulomas (raw patches on the skin due to excessive licking)
  • Allergies

What chiropractic technique does the doctor use for humans?

Dr. Labadie D.C.  practices Sacral Occipital Technic (SOT).  After graduating from Chiropractic College, Dr. Labadie D.C. remained in St. Louis to work under her former profession and mentor,  internationally renowned practicioner Dr. Joseph Unger D.C.  Dr. Labadie D.C is pleased to bring the skills she learned under Dr. Unger’s tutelage to the Vail Valley community.

What is Sacral Occipital Technic?

Sacro Occipital Technic (SOT® Methods) Definition as defined by SORSI:

The Sacro Occipital Technic is a system of chiropractic and chiropractic Craniopathy that integrates art, science and philosophy of optimizing the human innate healing systems. SOT® Methods utilizes a systemic and systematic approach to removing neurological/structural/functional interferences thereby returning the innate healing capacity to the system.

Specialized integrated procedures include chiropractic biomechanics, nutrition, functional neurology, soft tissue reflexes and chiropractic Craniopathy addressing the craniosacral respiratory mechanism.

SOT® Methods and SOT® Methods Craniopathy is the philosophy of art and science of restoring the innate healing capacity in humans utilizing a systemic and systematic approach to diagnosis and treatment of the neurological, structural and CSF flow mechanisms from a functional perspective.

Restoration or maintenance of health is accomplished through specialized integrated procedures including functional chiropractic neurology and biomechanics, nutrition, soft tissue techniques and the diagnosis and treatment of the craniosacral respiratory mechanism (CSRM). The techniques utilized in SOT® Methods promote optimal innate healing mechanics for the spine, pelvis, cranium, organs, extremities, nervous system, brain and muscles. These techniques promote balance, neurological integrity and integrated function of the organ structure and neurological mechanism.


How often does my animal need to be adjusted?

Animals typically respond much faster to chiropractic care than humans.  Therefore, they are usually treated less frequently.  However, every case is different and the doctor treats each patient as an individual.   The doctor will customize a treatment plan that will best fit the needs of your pet.

How often does a human need to be adjusted?

The doctor will determine the frequency of treatments based on the individual needs of the patient.

How long will an average appointment last?

The appointment time depends on who is being adjusted, in what setting and the needs of the patient.

  • In clinic, small animal adjustment is typically 20-30 minutes
  • Please allow up to 45 minutes for a first time small animal appointment
  • Human adjustment 30-45 minutes

Why do I need a veterinarian’s referral prior to treatment?

The state of Colorado requires a certified animal chiropractor to have a referral from a veterinarian prior to chiropractic treatment.  This ensures the highest level of care and safety for the patient.

Where can I purchase copies of the photos used in The Dog Blog?

Photos used in The Dog Blog are provided by Ben Koelker at Ben Koelker Photos.  If you are interested in purchasing a photo or having a photo session for your pet please go to or email Ben at