Dr. Rachel Bentley

  • After completing degrees in both Ancient History and Biology at Trent University in Peterborough, Rachel graduated from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in Toronto with Clinic Honors.
  • Successfully completed the Canadian Animal Certification Program at the Veterinary Chiropractic Learning Centre.
  • Certified Animal Chiropractor with the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC).
  • Over 20 years experience, riding, training, and showing her three horses in hunters and dressage, and coaching riders of all ages in a variety of disciplines.
  • Associate at Core Chiropractic in Peterborough.
Dr. Rachel Bentley, BA, BSc, DC, CAC

About Chiropractic

  • Chiropractic involves the assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of disorders of the musculoskeletal (bones, muscles, and joints) and nervous systems. It is a holistic manual therapy that detects and corrects areas of “subluxation” or joint restriction and improper bio-mechanics in the spine and extremities. Subluxations between adjacent vertebrae in the spine can cause interference and irritation to the nerves that exit between the vertebrae. This can lead to symptoms of pain, weakness, and decreased function.
  • Chiropractic adjustments are quick, gentle, specific, and low-force maneuvers that restore motion, reduce muscle spasm, decrease pain, and improve nerve function.

About Animal Chiropractic

  • Animal chiropractors are licensed Doctors of Chiropractic or Doctors of Veterinary Medicine who have undergone extensive additional training in anatomy, neurology, bio-mechanics, pathology, rehabilitation, and chiropractic adjusting techniques. Further competency board examinations are completed with the College of Animal Chiropractors (COAC) and the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association (AVCA).
  • In addition to adjustments, many other soft tissue techniques as well as stretching and rehabilitative exercises are used in the treatment of your animal.
  • Animal chiropractic is NOT a replacement for traditional veterinary care but is a complimentary and integrative therapy. I welcome the opportunity to work with your veterinarian to provide your animal with the best and most complete care, to achieve their optimal health and wellness.

Indications for Chiropractic Care:

  • Neck, back, or tail pain
  • Neurological issues
  • Injuries/falls
  • General stiffness
  • Difficulty with stairs or getting up and down
  • TMJ or dental issues
  • Sensitivity to touch
  • Recent surgery
  • Limping or abnormal gait
  • Change in behaviour
  • Chronic health problems
  • Diagnosed conditions (hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis, intervertebral disc disease, etc.)

Horses may also benefit from chiropractic care if they have any of the following signs:

  • Refusal to pick up a lead or leg
  • Head shaking
  • Bucking under saddle
  • “Hunter’s bump”
  • Muscle imbalances
  • Unequal bending, inability to flex or collect
  • “Girthy” when saddled
  • Sensitivity when groomed
  • Injuries after a fall

Chiropractic is also important for wellness and maintenance care, to promote:

  • Proper development in young animals
  • Optimal performance in working, show, and competition animals
  • Geriatric mobility and function

What to Expect

On the first visit, Dr. Bentley will take a full health history of your animal and perform a physical examination. This could involve watching the animal’s gait, performing ranges of motion, neurological examination, and palpation to find any areas of pain, restriction or muscle tightness.

 After the adjustment, some home-care exercises or stretches may be prescribed. Dr. Bentley will tell you how your animal might expect to feel after the adjustment, and may recommend a short walk for your pet or controlled turnout for your horse. This will allow their body to adjust to the changes they have experienced with the treatment.

 Follow-up visits can be booked at any time. Some animals only require a single adjustment, and others respond well to an ongoing maintenance or preventative care schedule. The amount of time between adjustments is also different for every animal and depends on many factors such as severity or chronic nature of complaint, general health, age, previous treatment, etc. Dr. Bentley will individualize a plan of management that will work best for your animal.

 The initial assessment and adjustment takes about 40 minutes and subsequent visits are generally much shorter.