Traditional Chinese Medicine theory holds that Qi (vital energy) flows throughout the body along energetic channels called meridians. Each meridian is also associated with a specific internal organ which reflects the physiological and pathological conditions of that organ. The meridians connect the exterior of the body with the interior.
Acupuncture points are located along these meridians, and when stimulated can relieve pain and restore normal body functions. Acupuncture points have specific locations and effects. From a Western perspective, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate a variety of sensory nerves in the body that transmit the signal through the nervous system to the brain, which then releases various chemicals that produce multiple physiologic effects that activate the body’s homeostatic regulatory mechanisms.
Dr. Greear has had great results with acupuncture on a multitude of medical conditions. Most dogs fall asleep during the treatment and cats sometimes purr. It is very safe and relaxing for your pet.
Dr. Patricia Odette is a human chiropractor as well as a veterinary chiropractor. She has been in practice for 37 years and is extremely skilled at locating the vertebrae misalignment and reducing the subluxation thereby reducing the pressure off of the nervous system. Dr. Odette uses VOM (Veterinary Orthopedic Manipulation) which uses an activator device to make the spinal adjustments.
A chiropractic adjustment or spinal manipulation is aimed at specific joints to correct subluxations or misalignments of the spinal column to relieve pain and restore normal range of motion and neurologic function to the area being treated. Chiropractic care is designed to stimulate a natural healing response and return the body back to normal as quickly as possible without harmful side effect. Just some conditions that respond favorably to Chiropractic Manipulation are:
Acure and Non-Acute lameness
Hip Dysplasia-like syndrome
Progressive myelopathies (down the rear)
Diseases of the knee
One of the best things about herbal medicine is that the formulas are safe when used correctly. Many times the side effects found with modern drugs can be avoided while still achieving very good results. We use herbal formulas to treat many different things including cancer, allergies, skin diseases and infections, behavior problems, and gastrointestinal diseases. The ‘herbs’ consist of many different things, the bulk of which are plant leaves, stems, roots, bark and fruits. The herbal formulas are usually part of a comprehensive plan to address both the immediate needs of the patient to provide relief of their symptoms and to also address the primary cause and prevent the problem from returning.
Herbs can be used to support the body in many ways. They can be used to supplement conventional medicines in the treatment of acute disease, or as long-term, “tonic” formulas to help strengthen an aging patient. Poor digestion, chronic infections, arthritis, and asthma are only a few of the many disorders that respond to herbal medicine. In addition, herbs are often used as adjunctive therapy for our patients that are also undergoing chemotherapy, to help minimize the side effects of that therapy, and to improve their overall health.