Dogs are living longer and there are age related changes that we all go through. Alternative medicine can help to keep our beloved pets comfortable into their later years.
Some illnesses don’t have an easy treatment or answer. Some don’t have any treatment options. Alternative medicine can help to provide comfort and a better quality of life in many cases with no other option.
Just because there is a surgical repair, doesn’t mean that the patient is cured. Rehab can allow optimal results from procedures and allow better healing times.
Integrative medicine is the collaboration of traditional veterinary medicine with holistic veterinary medicine. This integration allows more options for my patients. It can help support an animal post operation or it can help support an animal who doesn’t have a surgical option.
Rehabilitation is the most variable of the treatments as this depends on the injury. Rehab can be started as soon as the injury occurs and can continue until the animal is back to its normal self.
Manual Manipulation is to animals what Chiropractic is to humans. Manual Manipulation uses gentle techniques and quick adjustments to allow joints all over the body to move like they should allowing the body to be fully utilized.
Adjustments normally take 15-30 minutes. I recommend regular adjustments especially for sporting animals. Initially, adjustments may need to be more frequent (normally every other week) to get the muscles trained and keep the adjustment. Many of my patients are on a 4-8 week schedule to maintain alignment and maximum performance.
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) that uses needles at points all across the body to help heal and balance. The basis of this type of medicine is to balance the energies (Chi) of the body to aid in health and wellbeing.
Acupuncture treatment times vary from 30 minutes to an hour depending on what is going on and what treatments are performed at the time of visit. I recommend most issues have at least 3 treatments to get the best results. These treatments can be spaced 1-3 weeks apart. Many chronic cases have good results with monthly to quarterly tune ups. Some issues respond quickly to treatment (within hours) and others may take days or even several treatments before results are noted.
Class IV Laser Therapy uses light energy to stimulate cells and circulation to aid in healing. This improves the quality of healing and sometimes speeds the healing process up. Laser therapy has been shown to stimulate stem cells in some studies. Wounds and soft tissue respond very well to laser therapy. Laser therapy can benefit acute and chronic injuries and improve comfort in patients. The laser can also be used to stimulate acupuncture points in those individuals who do not tolerate traditional needling.
Class IV laser therapy takes 5-20 minutes depending on the area/areas being treated. Wounds will do best when treated 1-3 times per week. Soft tissue injuries will also benefit from more frequent treatment. Arthritis treatment, I normally recommend weekly or biweekly treatments. I have also had luck alternating acupuncture with laser therapy or combining laser therapy with manual manipulation.