Veterinary Acupuncture & Therapeutic Laser

Veterinary Acupuncture

We are always looking for new and better ways to provide quality, up-to-date veterinary care for our patients. As a result, we are proud to offer veterinary acupuncture, therapeutic laser treatments, herbal medicine and more! Learn more about us by visiting our FAQ page!

Pet Acupuncture

  • Acupuncture involves the insertion of sterile needles into discrete and specific points.
  • Incorporating electrical stimulation, moxibustion and aquacupuncture may also be indicated for specific conditions.
  • There are 361 acupuncture points (“acupoints”) in the human body and 173 acupoints in animals. Request an appointment!

Acupuncture Uses

  • Musculoskeletal disorders such as:
    • osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease, muscle soreness, back pain
  • Neurological disorders including:
    • seizures, intervertebral disc disease
  • Various acute and chronic conditions such as:
    • renal failure, chronic liver disease, various metabolic diseases, geriatric weakness, skin problems, chronic cough & various gastrointestinal imbalances
  • Quality of life maintenance, hospice & palliative care

Other Holistic Therapies

  • In Chinese Medicine, a patient’s tongue & pulse can tell you a lot of underlying disease.
  • With each acupuncture session, Dr. Hemsley performs an examination, which differs from the traditional “Western Medical” exam.

Therapeutic Laser Treatments

The Drug Free, Surgery Free Solution

Laser therapy, or “photobiomodulation,” is the use of specific wavelengths of light to create therapeutic effects. These effects include improved healing time, pain reduction, increased circulation and decreased swelling.

  • Laser Therapeutic Effects
    • During each painless treatment, laser energy increases circulation, drawing water, oxygen, and nutrients to the damaged area. This creates an optimal healing environment that reduces inflammation, swelling, muscle spasms, stiffness, and pain. As the injured area returns to normal, function is restored and pain is relieved.
  • Cellular Effects of Laser Therapy
    • During laser therapy the infrared laser light interacts with tissues at the cellular level, and metabolic activity increases within the cell, improving the transport of nutrients across the cell membrane. This initiates the increased production of cellular energy (ATP) that leads to a cascade of beneficial effects, increasing cellular function and health.
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Joint Pain
  • Tendinopathies
  • Edema and Congestion
  • Ligament Sprains
  • Muscle Strains
  • Puncture Wounds
  • Post-Traumatic Injury
  • Burns
  • Chronic Wounds
  • Post-Surgical Pain
  • Neck and Back Pain
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Rehabilitation
  • Post-Orthopedic Surgical Recovery

Acute conditions may be treated daily, particularly if they are accompanied by significant pain. More chronic problems respond better when treatments are received 2 to 3 times a week, tapering to once every week or two as improvement is seen.

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Yes. There are thousands of published studies demonstrating the clinical effectiveness of Laser Therapy. Among these, there are more than one hundred rigorously controlled, scientific studies that document the effectiveness of laser for many clinical conditions.

There is little or no sensation during treatment. Occasionally the patient feels mild, soothing warmth, or tingling. Areas of pain or inflammation may be sensitive briefly before pain reduction.

During more than twenty years of use by healthcare providers all over the world, very few side effects have ever been reported. Occasionally some old injuries or pain syndromes may feel aggravated for a few days, as the healing response is more active after treatment.

This depends on the nature of the condition being treated. For some acute conditions 1-2 treatments may be sufficient. Those of a more chronic nature may require 5 to 8 (or more) treatments. Some conditions may require ongoing periodic care to control pain.

Your pet may feel improvement in their condition (usually pain reduction) after the first treatment. Sometimes they will not feel improvement for a number of treatments. This does not mean that nothing is happening. Each treatment is cumulative and results are often felt after 3 or 4 sessions.

  • There is no patient sedation or restraint required and the experience is usually pleasant and comforting to your pet. Although improvement is often seen after the first visit, most patients require several treatments (3 to 8) for greatest benefit. 

    For most conditions, we recommend a multi-visit treatment plan. Treatments vary in length, but most sites require 2 to 8 minutes. A majority of patients exhibit greater comfort and mobility within 12 to 24 hours after a laser treatment.

     

    Class IV Laser Therapy treatments are cumulative in nature. The length and frequency of treatments varies with your pet’s condition.

    A sample treatment schedule is as follows:

    • Every other day for one week (3 total)
    • Twice the second week (2 total)
    • Once the third week (1 total)
    • Boosters as needed