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Holistic Veterinary Treatments

Acupuncture

Acupuncture is a classical medical treatment which has been used for over 4,000 years to prevent and diagnose many types of disease, provide pain control and encourage the body to heal itself. Fine needles are inserted into specific points of the body that are connected with the central nervous system and that trigger a desired physiological response. The process is mostly painless, usually only with some minor discomfort as the needle passes through the skin. Sedation is never used and rarely needed.  We use acupuncture for some major conditions, including musculoskeletal problems, chronic degenerative diseases, allergies, asthma, kidney failure or depressed immune system function. Acupuncture is a healthy alternative or adjunct to conventional treatments with anti-inflammatory agents or other pharmaceuticals, which tend to have side effects.

 

Alpha-Stim

The Alpha-Stim is an electrical device that uses microamperes of electricity, an amount so small; most people don’t even feel it. The Alpha-Stim is based on the concept that the biophysics underlying the body’s biochemistry plays a significant role in regulating all of life’s processes.

The Alpha-Stim works by moving electrons through the body and brain at a variety of frequencies.. It appears that the Alpha-Stim microcurrent waveform activates particular groups of nerve cells and changes their electrical and chemical activity. The neurological mechanisms that are occurring appear to decrease stress-effects, reduce agitation and stabilize mood, and control both sensations and perceptions of particular types of pain. These effects can sometimes be produced after a single treatment, and repeated treatments have been shown to increase the relative strength and duration of these
effects.

Bach Flower Remedies

Bach Flowers varieties were discovered in the early 1920s and initially researched by British healer Dr. Edward Bach. Bach flowers are mainly used for emotional and psychosomatic conditions including, but not limited to: depression, anxiety, insomnia, and stress. Bach flowers can even treat even organic disease via the mind and emotions. The flowers are gentle, effective, typically have no side-effects, and are well-suited to the intuitive nature of animals. The only real difficulty is in determining the relevant emotion or mental state of the patient in order to select the appropriate remedy.

For more information on Dr. Edward Bach click here.

Chinese Herbology

Chinese Herbology is the Chinese art of combining medicinal herbs and is utilized in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Each herbal medicine is a blend many herbs tailored specifically to the individual patient and the illness, and can be given in pill, capsule, or powdered form. Chinese herbs are used for a large variety of medical problems and diseases including pain, allergies, endocrine disorders and organ dysfunction.  It can even help with behavioral disorders such as fear and anxiety among others. The balance and interaction of all the ingredients are considered more important than the effect of individual ingredients and in this way Chinese Herbology supports the body in its self-healing.

Herbs (Western)

Western Herbs are medicinal herbs utilized in Western medicine. Each herb specifically targets one or more symptoms. Although studied and dosed similar to regular pharmaceuticals, western herbal medicine uses only herbs and plants.  Western herbs can be given individually or as a combination and is usually dispensed in capsule, powdered or liquid form.

We use a variety of Western Herbs for a large variety of medical problems and diseases. Some examples include: Echinacea, Calendula, Astragalus, Milk Thistle, Arnica, Goldenseal, Olive oil, Aloe, Alfalfa, Licorice, Dandelion, and Slippery Elm Bark.

Massage Therapy

Therapeutic massage is a hands-on form of stimulation for muscles and tissues that can help alleviate sore joints, muscle stiffness, break down trigger points, and prevent or treat disease. Several basic massage strokes are generally used in combination on pets including: gentle kneading of skin and muscles, fast strokes with the balls of the fingers or hands, movement of the skin in small circles, or stretching of the skin. We also use Chinese manual therapies such as Acupressure, which applies pressure to various points on the body, and Tui-na Massage, a variety of limb-stretching movements. Massage stimulates the lymphatic system and blood circulation, helping remove toxins from tissues and supplying nutrients so that proper healing may occur, and can help to increase trust in cases of behavioral problems. Massage is extremely valuable in helping make an early diagnosis if the pet has potential health problems, such as a sudden painful area or a lump. Regular massage therapy will enhance your animal’s health, quality of life, general well-being, and immune system. Massage is quite complementary to chiropractic and acupuncture treatment.

Network Chiropractic

Traumatic physical and even emotional events can be stored in the physical body. These can manifest as “stuck” areas of the spine. Network chiropractic is a gentle method of adjusting misaligned vertebrae back into place or relieving the tension on the vertebrae so that the bones move back into alignment of their own accord.

Network chiropractic can decrease pain, increase energy, and assist with a variety of physical injuries.. Network Chiropractic can help individuals become better able to adapt to their environment and free themselves from unhealthy patterns of motion in which they were “stuck”.

Whether the underlying causes are physical, emotional, or a combination of both, Network spinal care provides effective and lasting changes using only the amount of force necessary.

Dr. Mark Haverkos, a veterinarian trained in Network Chiropractic, visits our office seasonally to perform adjustments.

For more information on Network Chiropractic click here.

Ozone Therapy

Ozone is like a super potent form of oxygen. Extensively utilized and studied abroad, medical ozone therapy has been around for over 100 years. Ozone therapy can: inactivate bacteria, viruses, and fungi; enhance circulation; activate the immune system; break down pollutants in the body; stimulate the body’s protective enzyme systems; clean wastes from the body; and activate energy production. Ozone dramatically increases the effects of most hormones, drugs, vitamins, and herbs. Conditions that respond very well to ozone therapy include: infections, tumors/cancers, circulation disturbances, Cushing’s disease, and other hormonal abnormalities. Ozone therapy has consistently been demonstrated to be safe and free of side effects when administered by a properly trained medical professional. Very effective for a wide variety of disease conditions, ozone therapy can be administered intravenously, topically, by inhalation, rectally, or by surrounding the area to be treated with a specially designed bag filled with ozone.

Reiki

The word Reiki (pronounced Ray-Key) is Japanese for universal life-force energy. Reiki is a light-touch, energy-based treatment which works as a support mechanism to the body by re-establishing a normal energy flow of Qi (life force energy) throughout the system–enhancing and accelerating the body’s own healing ability. Patients who receive Reiki are less emotional, less anxious, more relaxed, have more vitality, less or no pain, a lessening of allergy symptoms, and more ease of movement. Reiki energy works without harmful side effects and is a wonderful compliment to many other medical treatments. It affects the whole patient – mind, body, and spirit.

Tui-na Massage

Tui-na is a Chinese hands-on-body treatment often used in conjunction with acupuncture and Chinese herbs to help the body remove blockages while stimulating energy and blood flow to promote healing. The practitioner may brush, knead, roll/press, and rub areas to get the energy moving in both meridians and muscles. In Tui-na, the practitioner uses range of motion, traction, and massage, along with stimulating acupressure points to treat both acute and chronic conditions. Tui-na has been used to treat or complement the treatment of many conditions such as musculoskeletal disorders, and chronic stress-related disorders of the digestive, respiratory, and reproductive systems.

Tui-na is an integral part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) which has been used extensively in China for over 2,000 years.