The word chiropractic is derived from the Greek words cheir meaning “hand” and praktike meaning “business or to practice.” The practice of chiropractic focuses on the relationship between structure (primarily the vertebral column) and function (as coordinated by the nervous system) and how that relationship affects health. Chiropractic is a form of manual therapy that uses controlled forces applied to specific joints or anatomic areas to cause a healing response. This response is due to changes in joint structures, muscle function and neurologic reflexes. The principle common to all chiropractic theories is that joint malfunction affects the normal neurological balance found in healthy individuals. The theory of a “bone out of place” is outdated and not supported by current spinal research.
The goals of chiropractic treatment are to restore normal joint motion, stimulate nerve reflexes and reduce pain and abnormally increased muscle tone. Successful manipulation requires proper technique (i.e., correct direction, force, amplitude and speed) and increased psychomotor skills. A thorough knowledge of vertebral anatomy and joint biomechanics is also required for proper chiropractic evaluation and treatment. During a successful adjustment, a “release” or movement of the restricted joint is often felt. An audible “popping” sound may also be heard during treatment as the applied force overcomes the joint’s resistance.
The origin of acupuncture dates back to ancient China. For centuries the healing art of acupuncture has been practiced on animals. This form of alternative medicine is based on bio-energy. Acupuncture can unblock healing energy in addition to boosting the immune system, which aids in self-healing. Acupuncture stimulates your pet’s own immune system to release endorphins and hormones, while at the same time decreasing inflammation both internally and externally.
The Chinese discovered that animals have similar acupuncture points called “meridians”, just as humans. These “meridians” are the physical point of energy flow. “Meridians” correspond to specific internal organs, nervous system, and muscular & joint structures.
When an animal is unhealthy, there is an imbalance or interference with their energy flow. The veterinary Acupuncturist manipulates your pet’s healing energy by stimulating specific acupuncture points, which alleviates the blockage or imbalance.
In order for your veterinarian to diagnose your pet, it’s important for you to have a thorough understanding of the body’s meridians and the relationship of those meridians to your pet’s corresponding condition or illness.
Here is a list of areas that respond favorably to veterinary acupuncture:
MUSCULAR and/or SKELETAL
- These are the areas most commonly treated with veterinary acupuncture in western medical practice.
- All female reproductive conditions are acknowledged to respond to acupuncture treatment including anestrus, metritis, dystocia, retained placenta, agalactia, mastitis and mesalliance.
- Almost all of your pet’s hormonal systems can be affected, including all of the pituitary functions, thyroid & parathyroid functions, including adrenal functions. It is also possible to normalize blood sugar levels.
- Anxiety, epilepsy and behavioral disorders, have all responded well to veterinary acupuncture treatments.
- The skin can tell us if our pet is getting proper nutrition and how well they are disposing of waste through the respiratory, digestive and urinary systems. If an Acupuncturist can keep these organs and systems in good condition, this will be reflected in the skin.
HERBAL & NUTRITIONAL THERAPY
Almost any problem that can be treated by traditional western medicine can be treated by veterinary nutritional therapy such as herbal medicine. Examples of chronic diseases that respond to nutritional therapy include skin allergies, ear infections, asthma, diabetes, inflammatory bowel disease, epilepsy, thyroid disease and a host of other conditions. Veterinarians who practice nutritional therapy according to academy standards have found that many otherwise chronically ill patients, can be restored to health. They have also found that proper herbs for animals can rapidly and gently treat a diverse array of acute conditions from traumatic injuries to infections and poisonings. Veterinary nutritional therapy is a holistic discipline and the principles of good health such as diet, exercise and removal of stresses are also part of the process or restoring health.