Integrative Medicine FAQ
What kinds of diseases/problems can you treat?
The simple answer is that by offering chiro, rehab, and TCVM we can treat anything from pain to cancer, and often do. If western medicine offers a better solution, like surgery, we refer to a doctor to provide those services.
What do you use the treadmill for?
It is used in post-surgical animals to help speed recovery, in weak animals to rebuild strength and function, and in athletes for conditioning.
How do you get a dog/cat/horse to stay still for acupuncture?
Because acupuncture needles tend to be less uncomfortable than hypodermics, the vast majority of animals don't mind the procedure at all. Acupuncture also causes the release of endorphins, so many patients actually relax, and some even sleep through the procedure.
How can a veterinary chiropractor adjust something the size of a horse?
Even though horses have a very large, thick muscle mass over the spine the vertebral joints are flexible and relatively easy to manipulate with minimal force. If the correct technique is used the ligaments are not adversely affected.
How many treatments will my animal require?
This question must be answered on an individual basis for each patient. In most cases, a single treatment is not enough to eliminate the problem. Most animals show significant improvement after 1 to 4 treatments. Chronic problems usually take longer to resolve requiring more chiropractic treatment, whereas animals with acute problems often respond more quickly.
The goal of chiropractic treatment is to address neurological dysfunction in the spine and restore mobility. It is then the task of muscles and ligaments to support the spine and maintain this new realigned position.