Acupuncture and Electrostimulation
Mountain View Veterinary Services is proud to offer Animal Acupuncture and Electrostimulation to our patients. Acupuncture has an increasing number of medical applications with information and data regarding its use in veterinary medicine becoming more widely available. Dr.Hinton’s training was Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians at the University of Colorado. The main goal of acupuncture is to set the body back to its normal state and relies on the basic principle that nerve signals travel from one point on the body through the spinal cord and finally to different regions of the brain. The complexity of the nervous system is well-documented, and can allow us to utilize a point in the knee to affect abdominal organs as well as the immune system. When an appropriate point is needled, the body will produce pain inhibition as well as stimulation which can aid in providing comfort as well as encouraging healing. Typically painful, inflammatory, or neurologic conditions have the best response, but acupuncture can aid in the treatment of conditions affecting any body system.
In general, 3-5 treatments are needed to see a response, but response time depends on what condition you are treating and the animal’s level of cooperation. Most treatments will take 12-30 minutes in the relaxed environment of our Comfort Room. Acupuncture may not be the ‘magic cure’ for all illnesses but it certainly can help to improve the quality of life for our pets. We believe that there are certain benefits to combining the ideas of Western medicine with scientifically supported alternative and homeopathic treatment modalities.
If you are unsure whether acupuncture is right for your pet, please call our office at 717-477-8938 to schedule a consultation with Dr.Hinton.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points on the body to cause therapeutic effects such as pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects and in some cases immune system modulation.
Veterinary Acupuncture can treat a variety of diseases including but not limited to pain, lameness, neurological disorders (seizures, vertebral disc disease, Wobbler’s disease), dermatological disorders, gastrointestinal disorders, and improvement of quality of life in geriatric and/or cancer patients.
Yes, there are usually minimal to no side effects if performed by a professional. There is the potential for rare and minor side effects such as local infection or bruising in the area where the needle is inserted.
The insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy. However, it does cause an energetic sensation which may be uncomfortable to some animals.
Yes, Acupuncture is commonly used in conjunction with traditional modalities and medications.
Cold Laser Treatment
Your pet deserves the very best that veterinary care and medicine can provide. At Mountain View Veterinary Services, we use a therapeutic technique that involves the use of specific wavelengths of light (red and near-infrared) to stimulate healing. Therapeutic lasers supply energy to the body as light is transmitted through the layers of skin, stimulating and accelerating the healing of damaged cells. Therapeutic laser treatment is a painless procedure used for post-operative care, treatment of arthritis, skin wounds, and other select conditions.
Laser therapy causes no adverse effects on healthy cells. During each painless treatment, the energy from the laser increases circulation, creating an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. In addition, it can accelerate tissue repair and cell growth, reduce scar tissue formation, and help the immune system fend off infection. Furthermore, laser therapy can improve circulation and nerve function in certain conditions. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved, allowing your pet to quickly return to his or her normal activities.
What Conditions Do Laser Therapy Treat?
Wound healing, including:
- Post-operative surgical incisions
- Contaminated or infected wounds
Skin conditions, including:
- Atopic dermatitis (Allergic dermatitis)
- Pyoderma (bacterial skin infections, including hotspots)
- Pododermatitis (inflammation of skin on feet)
- Other inflammatory or infectious skin conditions
Pain caused by musculoskeletal disorders such as:
- Cruciate ligament injury
- Hip Dysplasia
- Elbow dysplasia
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Neck pain
- Back pain
- Degenerative joint disease
- Postoperative fracture repair
What Conditions Should Laser Therapy Not Treat?
- Diseases of the eye