Acupuncture and Chiropractic Treatments & Functional Exams for Dogs and Cats
There's a saying, "We are afraid of that which we don't understand," and some veterinarians simply do not understand the concept of spinal & neurologic function & manipulation, and Holistic whole body health as it relates to our dogs, cats and pets.
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine recognizes the many patterns of disease and imbalances that weaken the immune system and affect the body. These can be very different among individuals. Not only do Acupuncture and massage & rehab help restore balance to treat disease, they also help to relieve the stress that impedes the body’s ability to heal.
Every muscle and bone and organ and hormone in the body is controlled by billions of nerves that course very closely along bones and joints (the spinal cord runs through the vertebrae in the back). Any restriction (mal-alignment) in any bone or joint or the back can inflame or aggravate these nerves. Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation keeps all body parts correctly aligned & moving to allow uninterrupted blood flow and nerve function.
Some medical issues in dogs, cats and other pets that respond to the effectiveness of Acupuncture and Chiropractic adjustments include arthritis, back injuries and paralysis, seizures, behavior problems, endocrine disease, internal organ problems including kidneys and liver and heart, auto-immune disease, atopy, skin allergies, recurrent ear and skin infections!
And, let's not forget Functional Medicine; the root cause of your pets' problems may be due to environmental chemicals (herbicides, pesticides, flame-retardants, etc...), Heavy Metal toxicity, environmental molds, microbiome imbalance, and plenty of other things caused by humans that not only affect our pets, but also ourselves and our children!
More and more Conventional veterinarians and surgery specialists are accepting the usefulness of Acupuncture & Chiropractic to treat paralysis in dogs due to back/neck injury, and for chronic arthritis pain and stiffness. This is great, but, most veterinary clinicians still think of Acupuncture & Chiropractic as a last resort or an afterthought. And there is SO much more that these modalities can do. Let’s not forget Acupuncture is only part the vast knowledge and experience that Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine brings to the table.
Whether it be Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Massage & Rehab, Functional Medicine, or any other Holistic approach, they are all designed to PREVENT Disease and PROMOTE Balance & Health. Therefore, they ALL have much greater efficacy when used early in life before or immediately at the onset of ANY potential problems. Holistic Medicine is not intended to be a last-ditch effort!
Many surgery specialists and emergency clinics have been using a Chinese herb that promotes blood-clotting to help prevent bleeding for YEARS (American soldiers supposedly learned about it during conflicts in Asia). And now they wouldn’t dare be without it on their shelves. Yet, they seem to have no interest in learning about other herbs!
Short of emergency veterinarians that are using this one herb—and other veterinarians and surgeons "allowing" Acupuncture for paralysis and pain when their Conventional Medicine and surgery can’t help—many veterinary medical professionals (AND human health professionals!) still regard Acupuncture and Chiropractic Adjustment as some sort of quackery, or, they simply don’t believe in it. (It’s not entirely their fault. Most veterinarians were taught in Conventional Veterinary Medical School and by their trusted mentors that Western science is always right and Holistic Medicine is not real. However, there are thousands of scientific papers proving the merits of Acupuncture & other Holistic Principles, and more importantly, thousands of years of first-hand experiences!)
Recent renewal of interest in Holistic Medicine
There are now several veterinary practices starting to integrate Acupuncture and herbs or Chiropractic Spinal Manipulation into their Conventional treatments. This is largely due to the recent realizations among forward-thinking & open-minded veterinarians that seek out experiences to learn alternative medicine and then start using it in the Conventional practice where they work.
But, in the fast-paced world of American Veterinary General Practice it’s difficult to find the time to use Acupuncture for more than just back injuries and weak legs and arthritis.
Of course, there are always exceptions to the rule. There has been an increasing number of veterinarians using Acupuncture and other holistic therapies (including Chiropractic) in the United States since the 1960’s, the same time that many American’s began seeking alternative answers.
These pioneers, among others, use Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine to its fullest potential to treat Constitutional issues and internal medicine and endocrine problems. These pioneers and experts can use Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and/or Veterinary Spinal Manipulation to treat almost anything. And lucky for us, they are happy to share this gift with those of us who are willing to learn!