Holistic & Complementary
Options in Veterinary Care
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting very fine, sterile needles into strategic places in the body known as acupuncture points. Research has shown that these acupuncture points have increased numbers of small blood vessels, nerve endings, and lymphatic vessels when compared to surrounding tissues.
The insertion of the acupuncture needles stimulates the nervous system, increases blood circulation to an area, and releases endorphins and other substances that are the body’s own pain relievers, anti-inflammatory agents, and immune system stimulants. Acupuncture can be combined with other traditional forms of medical care to achieve optimal health. We invite you read Veterinary Acupuncture by Dawn Mogilevsky, DVM, for more information.
Acupuncture is effective in treating:
- Musculoskeletal disorders
- Arthritis, dysplasia, muscle tension, weakness, pain, and injuries
- Nervous system disorders
- Seizures, intervertebral disk disease, lumbosacral symptoms, pain from nerve root compression, weakness from nerve deficits, and megaesophagus
- Respiratory conditions
- Asthma, sinusitis, and bronchitis
- Gastrointestinal disorders
- Gastritis, inflammatory bowel conditions, colitis, and constipation
- Urinary tract disease
- Inflammation, recurrent infections, and incontinence
- Skin problems
- Allergy related skin problems and granulomas
- Behavior problems
- Internal organ disease
- Support for kidney and liver health, for example, and to address symptoms related to the illness
- Cancer patients
- Acupuncture and herbal therapy provide supportive care, reduce some side effects of cancer medications, and improve appetite and energy; excellent therapy for hospice care
While placement of the needles and duration of treatment are based on your furry friend’s individual needs, most sessions last 30–40 minutes. Your pet will feel little to no discomfort from the needles; in fact, most patients either relax or fall asleep during treatment.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT)
Your pet’s spine is a complex structure made up of bones, ligaments, muscles, and nerves. It supports the muscular, joint, and skeletal actions of the body during movement. In healthy animals, the bones of the spine are held in a specific alignment by the surrounding muscles and ligaments. Changes in the positions of these bones can have a detrimental effect on the muscles and nerves in the affected region and other areas of the body due to changes in balance and weight distribution. If not corrected, the misalignment could lead to long-term health conditions, including chronic musculoskeletal problems, arthritis, degenerative joint disease, back pain, and certain neurological conditions.
Veterinary spinal manipulative therapy (VSMT) uses gentle, controlled manipulation techniques to restore normal alignment to the spine. This allows the adjoining muscles and nerves to resume their normal functions. Before VSMT is prescribed, the patient must undergo a thorough examination to determine if treatment is indicated. VSMT is often used in conjunction with other traditional veterinary modalities. Most dogs and cats accept the treatments readily and often display rapid relief from discomfort.
Signs Your Furry Friend Might Be A Candidate For VSMT:
- Decreased performance in athletes and working dogs
- Exercise intolerance, reluctance to go on walks or play with toys
- Recovery from surgery or injury to neck, back, leg, or tail
- Difficulty getting up or lying down
- Head tilt or neck stiffness
- Tail held down or to one side
- Flinching of skin when touched
- Lack of body symmetry when standing or in motion
- Behavior or mood changes
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