Alternative Medicine

Alternative medicine program imageThe Elkhorn Veterinary Clinic offers alternative forms of therapy to complement its traditional western medicine approach. Acupuncture, herbs, cold laser, and Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) may help relieve the symptoms and lessen the discomfort for many of the health problems that afflict our companion animals, horses, and livestock. Our clinic has two veterinarians on staff with a keen interest and additional education in alternative medicine; one veterinarian is certified in Veterinary Acupuncture and another veterinarian is certified in Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy.

Conditions that may respond to alternative and complementary forms of therapy include:

  • Acute musculoskeletal inflammation
  • Ring bone
  • Navicular syndrome
  • Arthritis
  • Acute or chronic back and neck pain
  • Reproductive disorders
  • Dermatologic disorders
  • Gastrointestinal disorders
  • Allergies
  • Recurrent urinary infections
  • Neurologic disorders

Alternative medicine program doctorAcupuncture and Traditional Chinese Medicine emphasizes assisting the body to heal itself. The stimulation of nerve endings by acupuncture needles increases blood flow, changes local immune responsiveness, and increases relaxation of the muscles and tissues in the area. The goal of acupuncture is to balance energy and reduce pain and inflammation.

Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) is a holistic approach to health care, similar to chiropractic therapy in human medicine. VSMT focuses on the patient’s joints, particularly those of the spine. Because nerves travel from the spinal cord to other parts of the body, a subluxation (malalignment) of the spine may also affect the surrounding nerve. Since the nervous system controls all systems of the body, it must be functioning properly for optimum health.

Class IV Therapy Laser stimulates the body to heal from within. Non-thermal photons of light are absorbed by the injured cells which respond with a higher rate of metabolism. This results in increased circulation, an antiinflammatory reaction, relief from pain, and an acceleration of the healing process.

Herbs may be used in conjunction with the above modalities.