Acupuncture is performed with sterile, single use fine needles inserted into specific acupuncture points which are located in areas where there is a big density of free nerve endings. Most animals tolerate it very well and in fact, many will rest or fall asleep during their treatment. It is used to treat pain, musculoskeletal injuries, neurologic disorders, as well as internal medicine disorders (gastro-intestinal, endocrine, kidney disease, skin…).
Physical Rehabilitation is just like physical therapy that you would get if you are injured or having physical difficulties. It consists of thorough history taking and physical examination as well as review of any available x-rays, surgery reports, or medical records, which will lead to a specific therapeutic plan. Targeted therapeutic exercise makes up the main stay, but manual therapy (mobilization, manipulation, massage) and various modalities may be utilized. A specific home exercise program will be developed so you can work with your pet on a daily basis to maximize results.
Braces to help support joints are often used either post operative in some instances, or in lieu of surgery. Examples include carpal braces and stifle braces. Often, a custom brace is best which requires a cast impression be made of your pets limb and this impression is sent off to an orthotist who makes a custom brace.
Mobility carts are like wheelchairs for pets. They can assist in rear limb problems, front limb problems and all 4 limb issues.
Nutritional and Herbal Support
Review of current diet, and recommendations for adjustments as needed to optimize your pets health and recovery. Herbal support is often used in conjunction with acupuncture, but can be used on it’s own to support your pets health.
Pain management is vital to maximize quality of life and recovery. A multimodal approach is often most affective. Medications, neutraceuticals, herbs, modalities such as heat and cold therapy, electric stimulation among others, massage, and specific exercises may be prescribed.