Veterinary acupuncture is a modality that is used to help a variety of conditions in pets. It is not to be used as a sole therapy, but as complementary treatment to traditional medicine. It should only be performed by a veterinarian that is certified in veterinary acupuncture. Additionally, the pet's primary care veterinarian should approve acupuncture before starting treatment.
Acupuncture involves needling of a very specific point on the body that corresponds to nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatics. There are hundreds of acupuncture points that correspond to certain meridians. These are channels that are named after organs such as the bladder meridian. After the acupuncture points are stimulated, nerve impulses, endorphins, and hormones are released.
Acupuncture is good for treating musculoskeletal disorders, GI problems, allergies, neurologic issues, incontinence/urologic problems, prevention of disease, and for immune support. It is contraindicated with open wounds, pregnancy, some infectious diseases, and for some tumors/cancer.
It is imperative that a Western or traditional diagnosis and treatment plan have been in place prior to starting any acupuncture therapy. Acupuncture should be used as ancillary treatment, not primary care. The needles are usually in place for about 10 to 15 minutes, while the pet is supervised. However, the session itself can often last for an hour, with extensive history taking and follow up recommendations such as nutrition and supplements. The positive effects of acupuncture can last for 2 days to 2 weeks, and sometimes longer. The frequency of the sessions are scheduled depending on each pet and how they respond.
Acupuncture can provide much needed help. Feel free to visit the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society's website at www.ivas.org for further information.
Animal chiropractic is a modality that is used to help a variety of conditions in pets. It is not to be used as a sole therapy, but as a complementary treatment to traditional medicine. It should only be performed by a veterinarian or chiropractor that is certified in animal chiropractic. Additionally, the pet's primary care veterinarian should approve chiropractic care before starting treatment.
The chiropractic treatment is known as an adjustment. The adjustment is a very specific, controlled thrust to correct misaligned vertebrae. It works within the normal anatomy of the joint and is gentle. Only the subluxated vertebrae are adjusted. Some massage techniques are often employed during the chiropractic session.
Animal chiropractic care can help treat spondylosis, lick granulomas, lameness, musculoskeletal problems, chronic anal gland impactions, urinary problems, and neurologic deficits. It is contraindicated in cases of fracture, pregnancy, acute intervertebral disc disease, and some tumors/cancer.
It is imperative that a traditional diagnosis and treatment plan have been in place prior to starting chiropractic care. Chiropractic should be used as ancillary treatment, not primary care. The chiropractic session usually takes about 15 minutes. However, the appointment itself can often last for at least 30 minutes, with extensive history taking, gait evaluation, and follow up recommendations. The frequency of the sessions are scheduled depending on each pet and how they respond.
Chiropractic care can be quite beneficial for your pet. Feel free to visit the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association's website at www.ivca.de for further information.
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