Acupuncture has been practiced for over 3000 years on humans and animals in traditional chinese medicine. It has become accepted as a viable treatment option by AAHA and most pet insurance companies. The ancient practice assumes the existence of vital energy, the “Qi” (pronounced “chee”), essential for life to circulate throughout the body via a network of meridians. These meridians carry the energy around the body. Acupuncture points are found along the path of the meridians at specific locations. All species of pets have been found to respond to acupuncture with varying degrees of success between individual patients. Acupuncture involves introducing fine needles at strategic points of the pet's body to restore energy balance and relieve pain and dysfunction.
Cold Laser Therapy
A therapeutic class III Cold Laser is used in our practice regularly to treat pain and inflammation. We use it to treat arthritis, neck and back pain, chronic lick granulomas and other wounds that are slow to heal' We use it routinely on all surgical procedures to aid with faster healing.
Herbal treatments may be recommended for pets in addition to or in place of conventional medications. Herbs in the form of chews, pills or essential oils often allow us to avoid conventional medications that may have serious or undesirable side effects, treating the cause rather than the symptoms of disease, and sometimes treat problems that would otherwise not be treatable with conventional medicine. Herbal treatments for pets are used for a variety of conditions, including allergies, arthritis and pain relief, chronic digestive problems, anxiety, weakness, cancer, poor immune function, and to suppress inflammation. Many herbs and essential oils are the immune system of a specific plant distilled down to it's concentrated essence. Just about all conventional medications have their roots in herbal medicine.
Massage & Essential Oils
Massage is a soft tissue work technique that focuses on muscle tissue. Massage releases the chronic patterns of tension in the body through slow strokes and finger pressure, thereby removing toxins, while relaxing and soothing the muscles and promoting the flow of metabolites and toxins into the lymph system for elimination from the body. Massage can be used as a preventative, corrective or therapeutic modality. Jin Shin Jyutsu defined as “the Art of releasing tensions which are the causes for various symptoms in the body”, it is another modality that is based on the theory that energy flows along certain pathways in our bodies, like acupuncture and acupressure.
Philosophy is based on the relationship of the spinal cord to the nervous system of the entire body. It primarily involves manipulation of the spine but can also involve manipulation of the leg joints and skull, strengthening or stretching muscles, and post-manipulation exercise. Most animals show no signs of pain or discomfort during therapy.
The function and structure of the spine, extremities, and skull are evaluated. Based on the examination and the pet’s history and symptoms, any subluxations are adjusted (vertebrae and joints that are out of alignment or abnormally positioned are corrected). Subluxations are manipulated back into a normal position by using a short “thrust” that is applied very specifically in the correct direction. Because of the expertise required for this technique, manual therapy should only be performed by a qualified doctor.