Longwood Veterinary Center proudly offers laser therapy and veterinary acupuncture near Chadds Ford, PA. These treatments are used to manage a variety of conditions and are generally well tolerated by the patient. Many of our senior pets have symptoms that could benefit from one or both of these services. In fact, acupuncture and laser are often part of a multi-modal pain management plan.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is among the oldest healing practices in the world. The stimulation of acupuncture points has shown to increase blood flow, decrease inflammation, and increase the levels of endorphins and enkephalins circulating in the blood. Endorphins and enkephalins are powerful compounds that are used by the body to decrease pain.
What can Acupuncture Treat?
In human and animal patients, research has shown acupuncture to be an effective treatment in musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, and neurological disorders. There is ongoing research to explore its effectiveness in other conditions, as well.
What will Happen During an Acupuncture Session?
During the first appointment and assessment, the doctor will prescribe a specific plan for your pet. Multiple very small, thin, sterile needles will be inserted into certain points of the body (acupuncture points). Needle insertion is generally well tolerated in most pets. Treatment time will vary depending upon the animal, technique, and condition being treated. Effects of acupuncture are cumulative, and several treatments are necessary for chronic conditions. These treatments are then tapered for maintenance. Treatments cause relaxation. As patients become used to the visits, they appear to enjoy the experience and have been known to nap during the procedure!
Who Performs Acupuncture?
Here at LVC, we are proud to have Dr. Corrina Parsons, a certified acupuncture practitioner, available to our clients. She received her training and education from Colorado State University. Learn more about Dr. Parsons here!
What is Laser Therapy?
Laser therapy is a non-invasive treatment that sends photons, or light energy, deep into tissues. These photons are absorbed and used to produce ATP (cellular energy). ATP is needed for cellular repair and rejuvenation. See our veterinary laser therapy in action!
What can Laser Therapy Treat?
- Arthritis, degenerative joint disease or hip dysplasia
- General pain management for sprains, strains and stiffness
- Post- surgery pain
- Skin problems such as hot spots, lick granulomas, and infections
- Relief from fractures, wounds, bites, abrasions, burns and lesions
- Ear infections
What Happens During a Laser Therapy Session?
Your veterinarian will identify a specific treatment plan for your pet. They will determine if single or multiple treatments are necessary. A nurse will use the Companion Laser machine to administer the treatment protocol. Safety glasses are worn as a precaution, to protect people and pet eyes from the light beam. Duration of treatment depends on location and condition, ranging from 5-30 minutes. You may see relief after the first treatment. However, for some conditions, like arthritis, a series is necessary for improvement and maintenance. As the laser therapy is administered, many pets will relax, much like you would when experiencing a good massage.
Who Performs Laser Therapy?
Veterinary nurses are trained in administration of laser therapy protocols. The nurse will perform the prescribed treatment protocol given by the veterinarian and communicate the results to them. If a series of treatments are needed, the veterinarian will perform a medical progress exam after every 6 sessions and the treatment protocol will be modified, as necessary.
Aging dogs and cats are prone to arthritis, stiffness, and other medical conditions. Acupuncture and Laser Therapy are often used alone or in conjunction with necessary medications, diets, and supplements. If you think your pet is suffering from chronic pain, and believe they would be a good candidate for one of these unique services, contact us at Longwood Veterinary Center to set up a consultation.
Information Provided by Companion Animal Health, American Academy of Veterinary Acupuncture
Written By: Tara Corridori, LVT