Depending on your pets symptoms and illness, the veterinarian will use or suggest one or more of these modalities.
Acupucture (Dry Needle)
Medical technique in which needles are inserted into the skin and underlying tissues, devised in China before 2500 BC. One or more small metal needles are inserted at precise points along 12 meridians (pathways) in the body, through which the vital life force (qi) is believed to flow, in order to restore yin-yang balance and treat disease caused by yin-yang imbalance. Acupuncture also relieves pain. Theories to explain its effects include stimulation to release natural opiates, and blockage of pain-signal transmissions.
Form of acupuncture that involves the hypodermic injection of substances (e.g., vitamin preparations or liquid herbal extracts) at acupuncture points, purportedly to "stimulate" them by pressure from the injected substance. Candidates for this procedure are pets that don't hold still very well for acupuncture needles or the points are difficult to leave acupuncture needles in for the extended time period.
"Electroacupuncture is quite similar to traditional acupuncture in that the same points are stimulated during treatment. As with traditional acupuncture, needles are inserted on specific points along the body. The needles are then attached to a device that generates continuous electric pulses using small clips. These devices are used to adjust the frequency and intensity of the impulse being delivered, depending on the condition being treated. Electroacupuncture uses two needles at a time so that the impulses can pass from one needle to the other. Several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously, usually for no more than 30 minutes at a time."That article adds:
"According to the principles of traditional Chinese medicine, illness is caused when chi does not flow properly throughout the body. Acupuncturists determine whether chi is weak, stagnant or otherwise out of balance, which indicates the points to be stimulated. Electroacupuncture is considered to be especially useful for conditions in which there is an accumulation of chi, such as in chronic pain syndromes, or in cases where the chi is difficult to stimulate."Electroacupuncture is also variously termed EA, electro-acupuncture or incorporated under the generic term electrotherapy. It is often used to help stimulate nerve functions.
Food Therapy is a practice in the belief of healing through the use of natural foods instead of, or in addition to medications.
Chinese food or Nutrition therapy, is a modality of traditional Chinese medicine. Central to this belief system is the idea that certain foods have a "hot" or heat-inducing quality while others have a "cold" or chilling effect on the body and its organs and fluids. An imbalance of this "heat" and "cold" is said to increase susceptibility to sickness or to directly cause disease itself. Such an imbalance is not necessarily related to the subjective feeling of being hot (tending toward sweating) or cold (tending toward shivering).
Dr. Schafer will recommend what foods and treats your pet should be eating depending on her Chinese Diagnose.
These services are done by Dr. Pam Buss, DC. She is a professional member of American Veterinary Chiropractic Association. You have to have a veterinary referral to use her services. This is a State Law of Indiana. If you do not have a veterinary referral then you will need to be scheduled to see Dr. Schafer first.
Definition of Chiropractic: System of healing based on the theory that disease results from lack of normal nerve function, often caused by displaced vertebrae putting pressure on nerve roots. Treatment involves manipulations of body structures, primarily the spinal column, and use of other techniques when necessary. It concerns the relationship between musculoskeletal structures and functions of the body and the nervous system. The chiropractic method was propounded in 1895 by Daniel David Palmer (1845–1913). Practitioners are trained at accredited chiropractic colleges.
Cold Laser Therapy Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) is a medical and veterinary treatment that uses low-level lasers or light-emitting diodes to alter cellular function. It is often called cold laser because it does not produce heat. Thus, it will not cause burns. The goal of laser therapy is to deliver light energy units, in the form of photons, to damaged cells. The effects of LLLT appear to be limited to a specified set of wavelengths of laser, The consensus of experts is that photons, absorbed by cells through laser therapy stimulate the mitochondria to accelerate production of Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP). This biochemical increase in cell energy is used to help transform cells from a state of illness to a stable, healthy state. It is a drug free, non-invasive, side-effect free, pain free, safe and effective therapy that controls inflammation, speeds healing, accelerates pain relief, and increases joint flexibility. Pet conditions often treated using LLLT are arthritis, lick granulomas, acute and chronic otitis, gingivitis and periodontal disease, hot spots and dermatologic disorders, degenerative and acute disc disease or injury, soft tissue injuries(sprains and strains), hematomas, chronic pain, burns, neuropathy and myelopathy, pre-surgical analgesia, post-surgical trauma, oral lesions and stomatitis, back and muscle pain, wounds and fractures, and many more. Ask us about laser therapy and what it can do to help your pet.
Herbal medicine -- also called botanical medicine or phytomedicine -- refers to using a plant's seeds, berries, roots, leaves, bark, or flowers for medicinal purposes. Herbalism has a long tradition of use outside of conventional medicine. It is becoming more mainstream as improvements in analysis and quality control along with advances in clinical research show the value of herbal medicine in the treating and preventing disease.
Homeopathy is a system of medicine which involves treating the individual with highly diluted substances, given mainly in tablet or liquid form, with the aim of triggering the body’s natural system of healing. Based on their specific symptoms, a homeopath will match the most appropriate remedy to each patient.
The Alpha-Stim® SCS is a medical microcurrent device that uses tiny electrical currents similar to those found naturally in the body. It is a proprietary waveform that works with the body to help regain a healthy circulatory current, stimulate endorphin release, and rebalance firing patterns. Alpha-Stim technology is FDA cleared. These prescription medical devices have been used to help people suffering from pain, anxiety , insomnia and depression since 1981. In veterinary medicine the Alpha-Stim has been used with great success to treat pain (chronic or acute), inflammation, anxiety, nervousness and tension. In horses it is used for stall cribbing, pacing and stall walking, stomach distress, pulling back or flipping over, arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, sprains and strains to muscles, and wounds that fail to heal or slow healing wounds. In pets it is used to treat anxiety associated with fear of storms, stress, separation, obsessive compulsive disorders, insomnia related to adrenal malfunction, cancer pain, chronic or acute pain, arthritis, inflammation, cognitive dysfunction, depression from loss or separation, and cellular healing. Cranial electrotherapy stimulation (CES) is another term and method of Alpha-Stim. Learn more at http://www.alpha-stim.com. Alph-stim and CES is efficacious, easy to learn, can be administered in the clinic or at home, and highly cost effective. We carry these devices and will sell or loan the devices for a rental fee.
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