Dr med vet Julia Behrends, MRCVS CERP
Chiropractic, Acupuncture, Massage, Electromagnetic, Low-Level-Laser Therapy, Ultrasound, NMES, Equitape, Nutrition & Exercise Programs
Acupuncture is the placing of needles into specific areas of the body to evoke a healing affect. It can be very effective at relieving pain but also stimulates the immune system so having a beneficial effect on the patient’s health. The animal will often feel better in itself after Acupuncture.
I mainly use the Western Scientific Approach, which is predominantly used in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders and, in particular, chronic pain states in animals. The effect of acupuncture is largely segmental, that is nerves, muscles and acupuncture points are needled in the same spinal segment as the affected or painful area. “Pain gating”, as well as descending pain inhibition are involved. Acupuncture also stimulates the release of pain relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord which produce more generalised or extra segmental analgesia (painkilling effect). These effects, combined with local needling of painful trigger points in taut muscle bands, result in exceptional relief of pain.
Dogs with any chiropractic based problems can present with a variety of symptoms, most commonly presenting with pain. The dog will attempt to compensate for the pain by changing its posture and gait (style of walking) and this can show as other secondary problems. There are numerous common stressful or traumatic situations that can affect our dogs such as boisterous play, car accidents, age, and handling methods. These can cause abnormal or restricted movements to occur in the spine. This change in proper movement in the spine, refered to as ‘subluxations’, creates a loss of normal flexibility within the spine. This results in stiffness, which further leads to resistance and decreased performance. These changes can then cause stress in other joints and muscles, and a deterioration pattern ensues.
Once the subluxation pattern has been established and the practitioner is content that chiropractic care is appropriate then the dog will be treated using a series of spinal adjustments. After treatment and depending on the condition, it is normally advised that the dog is rested with only light exercise for a day or two. Advice will then be given on a suitable exercise regime to help compliment the treatment and maintain improvement.
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17th March 2018
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