Ancient Wisdom, Modern Insight
Acupuncture is the insertion of small needles into specific points on the body to cause chemical and electrical reactions. Acupuncture increases circulation and relieves muscle spasms by causing a release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, including endorphins which are a natural painkiller. Acupuncture is not a cure-all, but another treatment option that can be very helpful.Conditions that are treated with acupuncture include:
- Musculoskeletal problems
- Hip Dysplasia
- Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Nerve injuries — particularly certain types of paralysis.
- Feline asthma.
- Lick granulomas and other skin issues.
- Gastrointestinal problems.
- Renal disease.
The length and frequency of acupuncture treatment depends on the condition of the patient. Typically, a dog or cat is treated once or twice a week and a positive response is usually observed after the first to third treatment.
Fit for Athletes, Fit for Pets
Laser therapy stimulates bloodflow and promotes healing in affected areas. This non-invasive therapy has long been used by professional athletes. More recently, human and animal medical practices have begun to use laser treatments to speed healing from injuries and incisions, and to reduce inflammation. Laser can decrease healing time for involved wounds such as degloving injuries. Laser therapy can also be extremely helpful in chronic musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis.