Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care
Panther Pet Hospital is one of only a handful of "Integrative Medicine" providers in Mississippi. We can use Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Chinese herbal medications and whole food therapy in conjunction with traditional veterinary care to help balance and heal your pets both inside and out. Dr. Christine is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and a Certified Animal Chiropractor. In addition to her DVM degree, she completed rigorous training in dry needle and electroacupuncture techniques at the Chi Institute for Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). She received chiropractic certification with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association at Options for Animals Chiropractic College.
Amazingly, acupuncture and chiropractic sessions are very relaxing for pets! Many pets fall completely asleep with acupuncture. Tiny stainless steel filaments - the acupuncture needles - are placed into specific points in the muscles and cause the body to release serotonin and endorphins, the body's natural pain killers.
These integrative therapies help to 'reset' the nervous system and are commonly used for a variety of painful conditions and lamenesses.
Some conditions that can be helped with acupuncture and chiropractic include:
- Neck and back pain
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Hip dysplasia
- ACL tears
- Post surgical rehabilitation
Acupuncture and Chinese herbal therapy is a really great drug free option for treating urinary incontinence! Pets with storm phobias and allergies can also benefit.
Your pet's initial integrative therapy evaluation will include a complete orthopedic and neurologic exam as well as a full TCVM and dietary evaluation before the first session. Dr. Gibson usually does acupuncture to relax the pet before any chiropractic adjustments. Dry needle acupuncture therapy for 10-15 minutes completes the first session. A therapeutic plan is then made with the pet parent for additional sessions. Most pets with neuromuscular conditions improve after three sessions and then require periodic "tune ups" to keep the body balanced and pain free.
If your pet is suffering and you would like to learn more about alternative treatment options to strong medications please call us to set up your consultation with Dr. Gibson today.