Acupuncture for your dog can help relieve pain and discomfort in targeted areas.
How does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is an ancient Asian healing technique that involves inserting extremely fine needles into specific points on the body to relieve pain and cure various maladies, and also incorporates external electrical muscle stimulation and exercise. These techniques can be especially helpful in therapeutic situations.
Acupuncture acts as an analgesic, working primarily through the central nervous system affecting the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. It helps reduce pain by stimulating certain acupoints which correspond to specific nerves and blood vessels, through the insertion of needles. A message is sent to the spinal cord and in response, neurotransmitters are released that block pain messages. The brain also releases B-endorphins (the body's natural painkilling hormones) into the blood stream and spinal column. Acupuncture has numerous beneficial health effects including increased circulation, relief of muscle spasms and stimulatation of nerves and the body's defense systems.
What conditions respond to acupuncture?
Some of the most common ailments of dogs that Dr. Gladstein routinely treats are musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease and neuropathies as well as skin problems, nervous disorders, and respiratory problems.
Massage & Chiropractic
Chiropractic is a system of skeletal manipulation. It helps to restore normal joint function, range of motion and improves spinal nerve function. A chiropractor uses adjustments on specific joints to reduce pain by increasing joint range. There is immediate reduction in pain and increased range of motion. Each spinal nerve leads directly or indirectly to a specific organ. After chiropractic adjustment there is improved organ function.
There is a direct relationship betweeen joint angles and weight bearing. Hip and elbow dysplasia are at the head of the list as causes of abnormal gait issues in dogs.
By increasing treatment options and reducing the emphasis on drugs for treatment regimens, your dog can benefit from preventative and complimentary options to solve health problems. Chiropractors are trained in physiotherapy modalities — stretching, massage, and other forms of musculoskeletal nerve rehabilitation.
Indications of pain in your dog:
1. Your dog bends one leg when standing
2.When standing on all feet, one paw is smaller than the other
3. An unusual head position
4. One hip is higher than the other while standing
5. Feel down the spine gently and find "hot spots" when the animal flinches
Massage & Stretching
Massage promotes circulation and lymphatic drainage which decreases muscle spasms. It is a systematic manipulation of soft tissues. Trigger points or knots from tense muscle can be gently released by applied pressure. This technique of manual therapy is an art of pressure traction, rubbing and compressing soft tissue. Effective massage can speed up recovery. Therapeutic massage promotes relaxation, pain relief, and reduction of scarring and edema. Massage helps to restore range of motion.
Stretching is done with all chiropractic and massage appointments. Stretching restores normal muscle length which avoids stiffness and protects from strains. Chiropractic manipulation, stretching and massage are performed for the health and wellness of your dog.
Ultrasound is a physical therapy treatment for tendon and ligament injuries. It also helps to control the pain connected with arthritic joints. Human physical therapy modalities have employed it for 20 years. Extensive research confirms its benefits. It allows tendon injuries to heal more rapidly, and it promotes collagen fiber formation to maximaize the long term ultimate tensile strength of the tendon.
Ultrasound (acoustic energy) simulates cellular activity by increasing cellular protein synthesis. Its high frequency sound waves cause mechanical vibrations that micro massage at a cellular level. Ultrasound effectively treats joint conditions and soft tissue injuries, as well as chronic conditions. It promotes healing of sores and surgical wounds by improving vascularization, decreasing swelling and resolving them with minimal fibrosis.
Conditions which can benefit from ultrasound therapy are:
- Tendinitis & ligament injuries
- Arthritic joints
- Muscular pain
- Wound healing & reduction of scar tissue
- Pain & muscle spasm
- Reduction of swelling
- Post surgical healing
Wellness is of huge importance to health and a major factor in your dog’s happiness. Just like us, an aging enervated dog often feels gloomy, while an invigorated dog faces daily life with a smile.
We can help ameliorate the aging process – and help your senior dog age gracefully and enjoy his/her Golden Years – by creating and implementing a specifically designed wellness program. We have found that senior dogs benefit greatly from such specifically designed wellness programs.
Because no two dogs are exactly alike, no two wellness programs are exactly alike. We suggest lifestyle changes such as diet and exercise, and also employ physical therapy to help older dogs feel and perform better in their daily lives.
Is my dog aging gracefully? Ask yourself:
- Is my dog moving slower or having trouble getting up after naps?
- Does he/she have trouble climbing stairs?
- Has my dog become less playful?
- Has my dog stopped running?
- Is my dog having “accidents” in my home?