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Alternative Therapies

Acupuncture | Laser Therapy

Acupuncture

There are four main “branches” of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and include acupuncture, herbal therapy, food therapy and Tui-na (massage therapy). Each modality can be used as a sole therapy but often a combination of modalities are used to yield the best results.

Acupuncture, one of the four branches of “Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine” (TCVM), has been practiced for over 2,000 years. The benefits and effects of acupuncture therapy extend beyond just anecdotal reports of people receiving treatment. Within the past 30 years there has been a significant amount scientific research to substantiate many of the physiological effects acupuncture has on the body. For example, research has shown that acupuncture helps control pain by increasing the release of beta-endorphins (natural pain relievers in the body). There is also evidence to support the effects acupuncture has on immune regulation giving merit to the effects acupuncture has on allergic type diseases such as irritable bowel disease (IBD) and skin allergies as well as slowing down the rate of certain types of cancer progression.

Acupoints are areas along the external surface of the body that contain a high density of free nerve endings, blood vessels and mast cells. Acupoints are connected by channels, or meridians, that travel throughout both the external and internal aspects of the body. When the body is balanced (healthy) there is a continuous and unobstructed flow of Qi (pronounced “chee”) circulating throughout the channels. The goal of acupuncture treatments are to restore the flow of Qi and allow for homeostasis, or balance, to return.

At Stack Veterinary Hospital, Dr. Hurley will use acupuncture as either an adjunctive medical therapy to currently employed conventional treatments or as sole therapeutic approach. Acupuncture, and other types of TCVM modalities, can be used in patients that are not responding well to conventional Western medical therapies, patients who are not candidates for conventional therapy (i.e. patients with osteoarthritis that cannot tolerate certain pain medication) or for clients who are looking to explore an alternative medical approach for their pets for any type of reason.

Conditions that acupuncture therapy may benefit include:

  • Arthritis
    Back Pain
    Tendon/Ligament Problems
    Respiratory Problems
    Neurological Problems
    Hip or Elbow Dysplasia
    Spinal Problems
    Gastrointestinal Problems
    Feline Asthma
    Skin Problems
    Anxiety

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Dr. Hurley would be happy to see you and your pet for a consultation appointment to determine if acupuncture would be beneficial for your pet. To schedule an acupuncture visit please contact our office at 315-478-3161. For further questions feel free to contact Dr. Hurley at acupuncture@stackvethospital.com.


Laser Therapy

Laser therapy is a surgery free, drug free, noninvasive procedure to reduce pain, inflammation, healing time, as well as enhance effects when combined with other treatments.

The laser light is delivered through a non-invasive hand piece to treat the area of concern. All your pet will feel is a gentle, warm sensation. Treatment protocols are tailored to your pet and the condition being treated. Laser therapy has also been proven to be successful at treating post-surgical pain and is utilized after all orthopedic procedures performed here at Stack Veterinary Hospital.

The following list contains only a few of the many conditions that can be treated with laser therapy.

Acute Conditions: Wounds | Allergies | Infections | Cuts/bite wounds | Inflammation | Tooth Extraction Pain Relief | Sprains, Strains and Fractures | Post-Surgical Healing and Pain Relief

Chronic Conditions: Degenerative Joint Disease | Inflammatory Bowel Disease | Periodontal Disease | Lick Granulomas | Geriatric Care | Hip Dysplasia | Feline Acne | Tendonitis | Arthritis | Otitis

When can I expect to see an improvement? What might I see?

You may see relief in the first treatment or so as pain and inflammation are reduced. You might see a change in activity when your pet comes home such as increased activity, while others may be more relaxed. This is due to the pain relief and reduction in inflammation. For example: better mobility for joint conditions, drying and healing of dermatological issues, faster healing for wounds and incisions, or your pet just seeming more relaxed and comfortable . For some conditions, a series of treatments may be necessary before you see results due to the severity or complexity of the condition. Each pet is different, and treatments are unique for your pet's specific needs.

To set up appointment for laser therapy please call us or e-mail us at stackteam@stackvethospital.com

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