What Is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy that enlists the body’s own healing mechanisms to maintain balance and manage disease processes. Acupuncture consists of stimulation of a specific point on the body (acupoint) typically with a very small needle. We can also inject B12 into these locations and use electro-acupuncture techniques. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years and remains an important part of veterinary medicine in China today. Acupuncture has been used successfully in the US for decades, as well.
What Does Acupuncture Do?
From a western perspective, the stimulation of these acupoints results in the release of beta-endorphin, serotonin and other neurotransmitters. This results in pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects and immune regulation among other positive effects. The traditional belief is that the needles stimulate the energy force (Qi) which flows through the body along specific pathways or meridians. If this flow becomes obstructed or imbalanced, then discomfort and/or disease results. By stimulating specific points, balance and healing can occur.
When Can We Use Acupuncture to Benefit Our Pets?
Clinical trials have shown a positive benefit of acupuncture for musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, disc disease), neurologic disorders (seizures, laryngeal paralysis), gastrointestinal disorders and many other chronic conditions.
What is Involved in an Acupuncture Treatment?
An acupuncture session lasts about 40-60 minutes. You should plan to commit to 3-4 sessions weekly to every other week to get the maximal benefit and then we can decrease the frequency of the visits to every 3-4 weeks. The first visit involves a complete examination and evaluation of all medications and conditions for which your pet has been treated.
Why Animal Chiropractic?
Animal chiropractic involves gentle mobilization of the spinal joints and extremities to restore proper biomechanics and nervous system function in your pet. Whether your pet is athletic or geriatric, chiropractic care may help to reduce pain and promote optimal function of the musculoskeletal system. We work on all vertebrates; however, dogs, cats, horses, alpacas, pigs and cattle are the most common.
It is important to have your pet examined by a certified animal chiropractor regularly, even when there is nothing obviously wrong.
Much like chiropractic care for humans, your pets can benefit from chiropractic adjustments to keep them healthy and well throughout their life. Pet owners often report seeing increased energy, reduced pain or wagging tails after just a few treatments.
If your pet is showing signs of problems, then animal chiropractic may be needed now!
You know your animal better than anyone. A change in behavior or mood is often a symptom that your pet is in pain and might be caused by a joint that is not moving properly. Sometimes they may experience changes in appetite.
Chiropractic benefits pets with both acute Injuries and chronic conditions. Your pet may benefit from chiropractic care if you notice any of the following:
- Your pet has difficulty rising from a lying down position or from sitting to standing.
- Your pet has muscle stiffness or weakness.
- Shaking /tremors in the limbs or the body.
- Mobility and gait abnormalities or limping.
- Different posture, i.e., hunched back, sitting on one hip rather than squarely.
- Your pet has been injured or there is a decreased performance in athletic ability.
- Bowel or bladder control problems.
- Changes in behavior, mood, or appetite.
What Conditions Respond Well to Animal Chiropractic Care?
- Osteoarthritis (Arthritis)
- Pain associated with hip dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease (slipped disc)
- Idiopathic Lameness
- Weakness in a leg
- Urinary Incontinence
- Sports injuries
- Other neurological conditions
Pet owners report the following benefits and changes in their animals after they have received animal chiropractic care:
- Less pain medications required (or none at all)
- Pet is more comfortable and happier!
- Improved mobility
- Improved gait
- Improved bladder control
- Increased energy and improved health
- Better temperament and mood
- Improved athletic performance
- Pet is more playful
The (non)cutting-edge of veterinary science
Laser therapy is an innovative technology used to treat acute and chronic injuries. The non-invasive treatment stimulates cell regeneration by increasing blood flow to the targeted area. This is used to accelerate the healing process following surgery, alleviate joint pain and treat degenerative diseases.
How It Works
Low-level, also known as cold, laser therapy focuses red and infrared light on tissue at and below the surface of the skin. The light energizes the cellular mass, producing a structural protein called collagen used to repair tissue. Lasers continue the healing process by supporting vascular dilation and synthesis, increasing blood circulation to the affected region. The stimulation releases the body’s own pain-relieving hormones, generating mild pain management properties.
The process generally takes between 5-10 minutes, with most patients seeing positive effects after 3-5 uses. The treatment continues to relieve pain and fight inflammation for up to 24 hours following the session.
Conditions Benefitted by Laser Therapy
- Hip dysplasia
- Post-surgical incisions and soft-tissue trauma
- Arthritis and degenerative joint disease
- Musculoskeletal injuries
- Neuromuscular disease
Low-level laser therapy is normally combined with other types of veterinary medicine including pharmaceutical regimens and alternative therapies. The broad biochemical benefits, and lack of adverse side effects, have made laser therapy the preferred post-operative rehab method in veterinary medicine.