We are excited to now have Dr. Beth Ferris, a veterinary acupuncturist, offering her expertise in Eastern Medicine.
Acupuncture is the oldest form of medicine, used in veterinary practice in China for at least 3000 years. Acupuncture works primarily via the central nervous system and is known to affect all major physiologic systems (musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular). This therapy can be used by itself or in conjunction with Western medicine. Acupuncture enables the body to heal itself by stimulating specific points on the body that have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiologic conditions.
Acupuncture can relieve or eliminate many common problems:
- Musculoskeletal (arthritis, bursitis, vertebral disc disease, hind end weakness)
- Skin problems (itching and scratching, allergies, lick granulomas)
- Respiratory (such as feline asthma)
- Digestive (diarrhea, vomiting)
- Internal Medicine (heart disease, kidney disease)
- Neurologic Disorders (degenerative myelopathy, muscle atrophy, laryngeal paralysis)
Dr. Edwards and Dr. Ferris offer chiropractic services to all of our patients. Animal chiropractic focuses on the spine and its relationship to the nervous system and motion. It involves adjusting spinal segments, extremity joints and skull bone junctions by hand in order to correct misalignments and restore proper nervous function. The health of any animal depends upon the correct alignment of their body parts. Since each spinal nerve leads directly or indirectly to a specific organ, chiropractic treatment can improve organ function. It does not replace traditional veterinary medicine, but the two work closely together to offer optimal care for our pets.
Potential health benefits for conditions involving the following:
- Muscle spasms, nerve problems
- Disc problems, joint problems, limping
- Jaw or TMJ problems, difficulty chewing
- Event or sports injuries
- Gait abnormalities
- Age related degeneration
- Neck, back, shoulder and leg pain
- Maintenance of joint and spinal health
- Wellness and preventative care (particularly important for long backed breeds such as Daschunds, Welsh Corgis, Bassett Hounds, etc.)
Laser therapy is a non-invasive and effective way of using specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate therapeutic effects such as more rapid healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.
Treatments are painless as laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissue. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness and pain. During laser therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
- Osteoarthritis, disc disease, joint pain
- Edema and congestion
- Muscle, tendon and ligament injuries
- Post-surgical pain and inflammation
- Neck and back pain
- Chronic wounds
- Post-orthopedic surgery recovery