Mountain View Services
Mountain View Animal Hospital provides both Western Veterinary Medicine (WVM) and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) as an integrative approach to prevention and treatment for our patients. The results of these therapies works best when used in conjunction together. It is the best of both worlds -
Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) is a form of medicine practiced for thousands of years in Chinese medicine which is being applied to Veterinary Medicine. The theory is based on forces that govern the external world and the body's internal environment. The life-
Acupuncture originated in ancient China to treat patients by manipulating thin, solid needles which have been inserted into acupuncture points in the skin. The general theory of acupuncture is based on the idea that bodily functions are regulated by an energy called qi which flows through the body. To fulfill its functions, qi has to steadily flow from the inside of the body to the "superficial" body tissues of the skin, muscles, tendons, bones, and joints. It is assisted in its flow by "channels" referred to as meridians. The meridians are believed to connect to the bodily organs, of which those considered hollow organs (such as the stomach and intestines) were also considered yang while those considered solid (such as the liver and lungs) were considered yin. Disruptions of this flow are believed to be responsible for disease. The goal of acupuncture is to correct imbalances in the flow of qi by stimulation of anatomical locations on or under the skin.
The precise start date of acupuncture's use in China and how it evolved from early times are uncertain. Sharpened stones known as Bian shi have been found in China, which may date to the Neolithic or possibly even earlier in the Stone Age. The earliest example of metal needles was found in a tomb dated to c. 113 BCE, though their use might not necessarily have been acupuncture. The earliest written record of acupuncture is found in the Huangdi Neijing, translated as The Yellow Emperor's Inner Canon, dated approximately 200 BCE.
Current scientific research indicates that traditional forms of acupuncture are more effective than placebos in the relief of certain types of pain and post-
Serious adverse events are exceedingly rare—on the order of five in one million and are usually associated with poorly trained, unlicensed acupuncturists. There is general agreement that acupuncture is safe when administered by well-
Chinese Herbal Medicine
Chinese herbs are used in formulas to treat a particular disease found on the patient during an examination. The herbal formulations we provide are mostly a mixture of multiple plants. They can be used alone or combined with other therapies to treat most conditions recognized by conventional medicine. Often they are used in combination with a conventional prescription as an integrative approach.
TCVM herbs are especially helpful in the treatment of chronic diseases and for diseases of the geriatric animal. They are most often used to relieve pain, help improve and restore organ function, as well as strengthen and support the immune system. TCV M herbal prescriptions are specific for the individual patient and are directed at the root cause of an illness to correct it, and are not given to control symptoms alone.
Chinese herbs have a long history of safety and efficacy. The most common side-
Chinese herbs can be used as part of an integrative approach with other systems of medicine for a greater therapeutic effect and improved treatment outcomes.
Veterinary Spinal Manipulation / Animal Chiropractic
What is Animal Chiropractic?
Veterinary Chiropractic or Spinal Manipulation as a treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine; however, it can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal problems as well as biomechanical related musculoskeletal disorders. Veterinary Chiropractic can often eliminate the source of acute or chronic pain syndromes.
The foundations of chiropractic philosophy are based on the intimate relationship of the spinal column to the nervous system, as well as the role of the spinal column in biomechanics and movement. Chiropractic is concerned with the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disorders of the neuromusculoskeletal system and the effects these disorders have on general health. The main chiropractic technique involves manual therapy, including manipulation of the spine, other joints, and soft tissues. Further treatment includes exercises, health and lifestyle counseling.
Chiropractors believe that the spine and health are related in a fundamental way, and this relationship is mediated through the nervous system. They emphasize conservative management without the use of medicines or surgery. Instead, Spinal manipulation, "spinal adjustment" or "chiropractic adjustment", is the most common treatment used in chiropractic care. Spinal manipulation is a passive manual maneuver during which a three-
Chiropractic care in general is safe when employed skillfully and appropriately. Spinal Manipulation is regarded as relatively safe, but as with all therapeutic interventions, complications can arise, and it has known adverse effects, risks and contraindications. Therefore, it is important that you make sure the individual performing the technique is properly trained in the diagnosis and adjusting technique.
What to expect on your first visit?
The first visit includes acquiring a history on the patient, an examination prior to the adjustment to assess posture analysis, gait analysis, palpation of the vertebrae, extremities and cranium. This allows for a diagnosis and proper course of action to proceed with adjusting vertebral subluxation complexes and future recommendations to achieve optimal health of your pet.
Veterinary Chiropractic Treatment Can Be Used For:
Therapeutic Laser is a non-
L.A.S.E.R. (Light Amplification by Stimulated Emission of Radiation) is therapy using a high energy beam of light. Therapeutic laser is a therapy that has been used for many years in Europe to treat a variety of conditions. Use of this therapy began in the United States in 2003. It has been shown that use of the laser decreases the time it takes to heal, reduces inflammation, and reduces pain. Laser therapy also has the benefit of being a drug-
Light within certain wavelengths and frequencies has the ability to cause photochemical reactions within tissue, known as photobiostimulation.
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Some of the conditions that the therapeutic laser is used for are:
The average treatment schedule involves six, fifteen minute appointments over the course of three weeks. These numbers can vary depending on the severity of the condition being treated. No sedation is required for this procedure; and in fact most patients have demonstrated that it has a calming effect. We encourage owners to be present with their pets during the treatment.