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Alternative treatment methods, such as chiropractic and acupuncture, are gaining more acceptance in conventional medicine. Although many don’t think about these techniques in terms with pets, they do offer significant benefits. Acupuncture and chiropractic care are drug-free and non-invasive methods, which can be a better option for animals that do not tolerate medications well or may not be able to handle a long surgical recovery period. Gainesville chiropractic and acupuncture for pets offers relief from pain and improved physical function for animals.
Chiropractic care for animals parallels the same methods that are done on people, but with consideration of their specific anatomy. Adjustments are done by using short, fast movements with the hands or with devices to correct structural misalignments. The methods can be used to treat pain located in the neck, back, tail or legs of the animal. It can also correct muscle spasms or nerve compression. Chiropractic care is sometimes used after surgery, to facilitate healing and range-of-motion. It can also be used to treat bowel or bladder problems, sprains from accidents or jaw problems. Chiropractic can also be used to aid in the treatment of diseases of the internal organs.
Your Gainesville veterinarian can provide information about how and when chiropractic care can be of value in improving function and relieving discomfort.
Acupuncture is an ancient Asian technique used for pain relief and healing. In this traditional method, very thin needles are inserted at specific points in the body, to increase energy flow and allow natural endorphins to be released to provide pain relief and improved function. For pet owners that are concerned about the use of strong painkillers for their animals, acupuncture offers a drug-free option that can provide relief from arthritis pain, cancer pain or neurological problems.
Contact our Millhopper Veterinary Medical Center today at 352-373-8055 for an appointment to discuss how chiropractic care or acupuncture can help improve your pet’s quality of life.