WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.
The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.
WILL MY ANIMAL SIT STILL AND WILL IT HURT?
Amazingly, most animals will sit very still for the acupuncture treatment! Rarely have I not been able to treat an animal. Often, animals will actually present to me the areas that need to be treated! Over 90% of animals are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Some animals will fall asleep during the treatment, and many times clients comment that animals go home and are very rested.
HOW LONG DOES EACH TREATMENT LAST?
Each session usually takes about 30 minutes.
HOW SAFE IS IT?
Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure. Very few side effects have been found in clinical cases.
WHAT ACUPUNCTURE TREATS
>> Musculoskeletal Problems
>> Hip Dysplasia
>> Back Pain
>> Muscle Soreness
>> Disc problems
>> Urinary Problems
>> Chronic Renal Failure
>> Respiratory & Intestinal Problems
>> Chronic Vomiting
There are numerous reports from veterinary clinical practices, and others published in texts and journals, that list hundreds of clinical conditions that respond to acupuncture therapy. However, it is not a cure all. There are numerous conditions in which conventional medicine would be more appropriate, for example broken bones, internal injuries, or infections.
Chiropractic is based on the scientific fact that your body is a self-regulating, self- healing organism. These important functions are controlled by the brain, spinal cord and all of the nerves of the body.
Animal chiropractic care may be appropriate in the treatment of:
>> Neck, back, leg, and tail pain
>> Urinary incontinence
>> Muscle spasms, nerve problems
>> Disc or joint problems, limping
>> Injuries from slips, falls and accidents
>> Jaw, TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
>> Event or sports injuries
>> Any recurring conditions such as vomiting, respiratory or urinary infections, diarrhea or constipation
>> Seizures or neurological problems
You will be surprised how much your dog will enjoy an adjustment!
Chinese Herbs have been used for centuries, dating back to 168 BC. In China approximately 80% of all traditional Chinese medical patients are treated with herbs, while only the remaining 20% are treated with acupuncture or other manual therapies.
Herbal formulas are typically composed of 8-12 substances, ranging from plants and minerals to animal parts and insects. Herbal medicine is distinct from medicine based on pharmaceutical drugs. Firstly, because of the complexity of plant materials, it is far more balanced than medicine based on isolated active ingredients and is far less likely to cause side-effects. Secondly, because herbs are typically prescribed in combination, the different components of a formula balance each other, and they undergo a mutual synergy which increases efficacy and enhances safety. Thirdly, herbal medicine seeks primarily to correct internal imbalances rather than to treat symptoms alone, and therapeutic intervention is designed to encourage this self-healing process.
Herbs are not expensive and generally run about $25 for a 50lb dog for a month.
The father of western medicine, Hippocrates, said, “Let food be your medicine.” We’re told that humans need to eat whole, minimally processed fresh foods, and that we should vary our diets. We often get different advice for our animals.
“Experts” say never to change your animal’s diet. Never feed him people food. “Feed your dog complete food in a bag.” Most of us accept this – although we would look for another doctor if we got this advice from our pediatrician. Would you eat the same food day in and day out from a bag? NO – of course not, so why would you feed your pet this way!
A fresh food diet is best for all living beings. A fresh, species-appropriate diet provides support for the body to maintain a vibrant state of being for many years.
It is my goal to educate you on what and what not to feed your pet. In all of my years of being a veterinarian I have never been so amazed on what a change in diet can do for your pet! It is truly the single most important piece of health. If you must feed kibble — always look for a NO GRAIN kibble!
>> Orijen, Before Grain, Evo, Life’s Abundance
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