The chiropractor sat on a sort of long ottoman and held Sara next to her, and then just sort of petted her. Of course, she wasn't JUST petting her - she was feeling things at the same time, and then making adjustments when she felt something. She said that generally with a small animal like a cat, a little thumb pressure was often all it would take for an adjustment. And although this was not massage, she did feel some areas of muscle tension (mainly around Sara's shoulders) where she'd probably been compensating for her hips, and she did a little massage there to help relieve the tightness.
Sara wasn't being awful, but she wasn't just settling in and enjoying it, either. Basically, when she would start to express too much restlessness, the chiro would let her down to wander around for a while, and then after a little bit we'd gather her back up and start again.
One way to tell that Sara was stressed was when the chiro offered her a treat and she turned it down. Sara! Turned down a treat! I think the earth shifted on its axis!
Anyway, when it was done and we set her down, I could tell that she was actually taking longer strides with her hind legs. The chiro noticed it, too. So it was good to be actually able to see something.
The chiro said Sara would be tired, and she was right. Sara came home and pretty much crashed. Of course, she sleeps a lot anyway, but this seemed more pronounced.
It will be interesting to see what additional changes, if any, I see in the coming days. The chiro wants to see her two more times at fairly short intervals (~two weeks to the next appointment) and then I'm not sure what happens.
Anyway, so far, so good.