House call appointments help to reduce the stress associated with traveling to a clinic. Your pet can have a more relaxed and, subsequently, therapeutic experience. To schedule an appointment, call, email, or submit a message below. The initial consult visit will take 45 to 60 minutes and will include treatment with both acupuncture and chiropractic. Follow up visits are 30 to 45 minutes. If there are additional pets in the house that need an integrative consult or follow up treatments, they can be scheduled at the same time for a discounted price. If your pet needs only chiropractic care, this can be scheduled without an initial consult.
Dr. Amy Everly will review your pet's medical history, provide a comprehensive initial exam, and discuss a treatment plan. A treatment of acupuncture, chiropractic, myofascial trigger point therapy or a combination of the 3 will then be performed. At the end of the visit, follow up treatments will be discussed and can be scheduled.
Acupuncture is a part of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) that utilizes the insertion of needles into specific points along the body to stimulate the nervous system, increase blood flow, and release hormones responsible for relieving inflammation and pain.
These combine to produce a healing response in the body. We use acupuncture to help treat many conditions, including arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract disease, cancer, and many others. We also use acupuncture as a preventive medicine.
It is a safe, effective form of treatment that is commonly used in conjunction with other treatments, but can also be used as a sole treatment. Acupuncture has been used in China to treat people and animals for thousands of years.
Veterinary chiropractic care restores proper alignment to the joints in the spinal vertebrae, restoring the natural function of the nerves exiting these vertebrae. A healthy nervous system is required for the normal function of the body. When nerve impulses are altered due to a misalignment of a joint (called a subluxation), this can lead to pain, weakness, disease, suppression of the immune system, and other imbalances.
Through the wear and tear of normal activity, and especially following an injury, the normal motion of the body can become altered. This can be obvious, such as a limp, or it can be subtle, with a slight shift of body weight away from the source of discomfort. Realigning the spinal column with chiropractic helps to prevent further injury that will occur if the normal motion of the body remains altered.
Using chiropractic therapy following an injury can help to prevent further injury from occurring in other areas of the body. Utilizing it as part of your pet’s regular wellness care is an excellent way to increase the energy, disease resistance, and health of your companion.
Muscles make up a large percentage of an animal’s body; however, they are often not considered to be a source of pain for our pets. The most severe pain may, in fact, be coming from the muscles, in the form of myofascial trigger points.
Myofascial trigger points are contracted muscle fibers within a muscle, resulting in painful knots and tightness in the muscle (myo) and its surrounding connective tissue (fascia). These trigger points develop when a muscle becomes stressed or injured, and if they remain within the muscle for an extended time, they can inhibit the muscle from functioning normally.
This inhibition leads to secondary issues with that muscle and the surrounding tissues, such as weakness and wasting of the muscle mass (atrophy). Myofascial trigger point release therapy is used to unlock the contraction of the muscle, releasing the trigger point and allowing the muscle to return to normal function.