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Pet Integrative Medicine

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Pet Integrative Medicine

Integrative medicine utilizes a typical western medical approach in combination with a more holistic approach, or eastern medicine. By combining the two forms of medicine, it enhances our ability as clinicians to target the root of the problem and not just treat the symptoms. All the modalities discussed below can be used individually or in combination for a synergistic effect.

Acupuncture, one of the five branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), is the insertion of small needles or a substance into certain acupoints to treat imbalances or disease within the body. The acupoints are chosen based on a thorough examination and a TCVM diagnosis. This exam is different than but compliments a western (traditional) medical examination. Acupuncture can be used to treat a multitude of issues. Acupuncture is most used for pain, osteoarthritis, and neurologic conditions, such as disc disease. However, acupuncture can also be highly effective in aiding the treatment of kidney disease, renal disease, gastrointestinal disease, disorders of the skin, and cancer (particularly the side effects of chemotherapy).

Tui-Na is another branch of TCVM that helps to improve blood flow and mobility through massage and myofascial release. This modality can be used to alleviate stress and anxiety prior to attempting other treatments (such as acupuncture or chiropractic) and release muscle spasms/strains/tension and trigger point pain. Some Tui-Na techniques can be demonstrated to the owner to use on their pets in between treatment sessions. The best benefit of Tui-Na is that the patients LOVE it.

Chiropractic care addresses restrictions within the spine, muscles, and fascia. Nerves exit the spinal cord through holes between the vertebrae and go on to innervate various organs for normal body function. When the spine has restrictions, there is inflammation around these nerves, which can negatively impact their ability to function. By addressing the relationship between the structure of the spine and the function of the body, we can positively impact all body systems including the musculoskeletal system, gastrointestinal system, immune system, neurological system, respiratory system, and cardiovascular system.

“Cold” laser therapy is a wonderful adjunct to the above treatments or as a standalone treatment. It uses light therapy to accelerate the body’s natural healing processes subsequently decreasing inflammation and pain.

Veterinary Services

Below are all of the veterinary services we offer at Hilton Head Veterinary Clinic. If you have any questions regarding our services, please feel free to call us.