Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response - different points have specific actions when stimulated. Acupuncture can be used alone or in conjunction with Western medicine.
It can assist healing by stimulating nerves, increasing blood circulation, relieving muscle spasm, and causing the release of hormones such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid).
Acupuncture treatment can also treat minor sports injuries as they occur and help to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as racing, jumping, or showing, acupuncture can help keep them in top physical condition.
The length and frequency of the treatments depends on the condition of the patient and the method of stimulation - a simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may need several treatments.
Canine rehabilitation adapts human physical therapy techniques to increase function and mobility of joints and muscles in animals. It can reduce pain and enhance recovery from injury, surgery, degenerative diseases, age-related diseases, and obesity.
The focus of canine rehabilitation is on soft tissue rather than on bones and joints. Treatment goals are functional, designed to optimize movement and quality of life for the patient. Dr Wilkie is a Certified rehabilitation professional who completed many hours of coursework and hands-on training. She performs in-depth evaluations, manages treatment, and objectively measures progress. She is highly skilled in manual therapies including joint mobilization, therapeutic stretches and exercise.
Animal Chiropractic offers non-surgical, drug-free options for correcting bone, disc, and soft-tissue disorders related to altered spinal alignment and movement. These problems can manifest as neck and back pain, muscles spasms and nerve problems, and joint or medical problems (bladder and other internal problems). A veterinary chiropractor can also be extremely helpful for maintaining active sport animals.
Most animals accept the exam and adjustments, without pain. When a painful area is found, the doctor will use the gentlest techniques to reduce pain before delivering an adjustment. In cases of acute or extreme pain, the doctor will often delay the complete adjustment until your companion can be relaxed.
We are proud to announce that we now have a therapeutic laser. Laser therapy can be effective in treating acute pain, chronic conditions, and post-operative pain. Some conditions it is effective at treating include:
- sprains and strains
- degenerative joint disease
- hip dysplasia
Laser therapy utilizes the body's own healing mechanisms by stimulating cellular activity. Despite short treatment times, laser therapy treatments initiate a healing process that continues to actively reduce inflammation for up to 24 hours after treatment.