Glenwood Veterinary Clinic is pleased to offer an array of integrative therapies for horses and small animals. Integrative therapies that we offer include acupuncture, mesotherapy, and laser therapy.
Why integrative care? Integrative therapies play an invaluable role in maintaining and enhancing the performance of athletes, preventative care/soundness maintenance, injury or post surgery rehabilitation, pain management, geriatric care, behavior changes, wound healing, and more.
GVC is unique in that we offer specialists in traditional western diagnostics and treatments, as well as an integrative therapies specialist, all under one roof. This allows for collaboration on all cases so we can tailor care plans for your animals’ specific needs.
We look forward to the opportunity to bring your animals the best of both worlds!
Acupuncture uses small, thin, sterile needles to stimulate nerves at acupoints. By influencing the nervous system, effects can be seen locally (in the region of the acupoint) and globally (throughout the body). Acupuncture, like all medicine, has been evolving for over 3,000 years. It can be a highly effective therapy for performance enhancement, pain management, and gastrointestinal disorders, among many others.
Animals generally love their acupuncture treatments, and improvements can be seen as early as after the first session. Greater effects are often noted with a series of treatments. Acupuncture can be useful to:
- Increase circulation
- Promote wound healing
- Improve musculoskeletal and neurological disorders
- Manage acute and chronic pain, including pain from arthritis and intervertebral disc disease
- Promote healing of nerve injuries/paralysis
- Enhance performance for both canine and equine athletes
- Improve suppleness, stride length, engagement, collection, and attitude
- Address gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, vomiting, and motility disorders
- Enhance the immune system
- Improve fertility
Our Class IV Companion Therapy Laser uses a drug-free, surgery-free beam of laser light to deeply penetrate tissues. The laser energy is absorbed by the cells, and this initiates a chemical change in the cells that reduces pain, reduces inflammation, and speeds healing.
The powerful, yet painless, laser light is delivered through a non-invasive hand piece. Many animals feel some immediate relief and are often calmed by the treatment. Human athletes receiving similar treatments report soothing warmth.
Treatment protocols are unique to each patient and the patient’s condition. For some, a single treatment may be all that is needed. For more chronic conditions, a series of treatments may be more effective to achieve maximum benefit. The laser can be effective in:
- Relieving pain
- Reducing inflammation
- Accelerating tissue repair and cell growth
- Improving circulation
- Reducing scar tissue formation
- Improving nerve function
- Accelerating wound healing
- Soothing skin problems and lick granulomas