Dr. Greenbank offeres both acupuncture and chiropractic services for your dogs and cats.
In concert with appropriate veterinary care, many specific musculo-skeletal conditions are well addressed by animal chiropractic. In addition, numerous animal care-takers understand the value of chiropractic in the over-all health and wellness of their dogs and cats. Benefits of animal chiropractic include, enhanced performance, function and quality of life.
Acupuncture may be defined as the insertion of needles into specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China, in a very limited form, to treat certain ailments. The major emergence of veterinary acupuncture did not actually take place until the early 1970s. This did not occur in China, but in the United States. Veterinary acupuncture was introduced into the United States in 1971 by members of the National Acupuncture Association's research team: Dr. Gene Bruno and Dr. John Ottaviano. In the process of treating thousands of small animals and several hundred horses, Bruno and Ottaviano trained veterinarians who later founded the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS).
Veterinary acupuncture is used all over the world to treat a wide variety of maladies in every species of domestic and exotic animals. Acupuncture is used mainly for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions that are treated with acupuncture:
- Musculoskeletal problems, such as arthritis or vertebral disc pathology, and hip dysplasia
- Skin problems, such as lick granuloma
- Selected reproductive problems
A consultation with Dr. Greenbank is required before treatments are given to assess your pet's condition and determine which treatment is most beneficial.