Petsecure Pet Heath Insurance
| Mar 20, 2011
For some, the most common ways of managing pain or healing disease is through modern medicine. A visit to the doctor, a drug prescription along with a healthy diet and exercise may be a solution to better health. For others, who suffer from aching joints, tight muscles, back pain or serious illness, a drug prescription may not be enough.
Humans have discovered other forms of therapy that focus on healing problematic areas using manual therapy. Over the years, these types of therapies have been proven to help our furry loved ones as well.
As alternative therapy became increasingly recommended by the veterinarian community to help heal animals, Petsecure pet health insurance recognized the importance of this type of therapy and offers this type of coverage to all their members.
Here are some of the most common types of alternative therapies for pets:
Similar to human treatment, physiotherapy is used for prevention and rehabilitation of injured muscles and joints. Physiotherapy is usually recommended for tissue injuries, fractures and trauma or after surgery. The techniques used to help heal the wounded area include stretches, heat and ice treatment, ultrasound and underwater treadmill activity to help strengthen the muscles with little strain or pressure.
Physiotherapy is used to help alleviate discomfort caused by hip dysplasia, arthritis, joint deformities, back pain and spinal surgery.
Chiropractic therapy focuses on aligning the vertebrae so that the rest of the body, from nerves to muscles and joints, performs in its ideal state.
Chiropractic therapy may be required if your pet is showing signs such as discomfort while sitting, sensitivity to touch or abnormal posture while standing.
One technique used to help the veterinary chiropractor with treatment is with the help of a new instrument called the ‘Activator’. This spring loaded instrument, similar to a syringe in appearance, when deployed gives a shock-like feel to help set the alignment in place.
Through repeated treatments and specific stretches, chiropractic therapy helps to relieve tension and realign the body.
Massage therapy is a versatile treatment used for relieving discomfort, aiding in metabolic and other digestive conditions and soothing after abuse or trauma.
Massage therapy encourages healing through blood flow, tension relief, loosened muscles and stimulated nerves.
Overtired and overworked muscles are manipulated using either long and slow strokes or deep pressure strokes. To increase the effectiveness of the treatment, sometimes hot and cold treatments are incorporated to help loosen muscles, reduce swelling or relieve tension, all in an effort to regain a healthy strong status.
It’s important to note, massage therapy doesn’t heal disease. It simply offers relief. In some cases, a veterinary massage therapist may incorporate acupuncture for further treatment of pain relief.
Acupuncture derives from traditional Chinese medicine and has been in existence for over 3,500 years. By using smooth, thin needles, inserted into specific pressure points in the affected area, the nerves become stimulated, increasing blood flow and redirecting energy within the body to heal itself.
Because it offers short term relief, acupuncture does require repeated treatments and is usually combined with massage therapy and physiotherapy, depending on the veterinarian.
Hip dysplasia, digestive conditions and epilepsy are some conditions that have been treated with acupuncture. Studies have shown positive changes in a pet’s personality after acupuncture treatments; however research is ongoing to determine the effectiveness of this treatment in relation to the healing process.
Other forms of Alternative Therapy
There are two less common forms of alternative therapies that are worth noting, due to their increasing popularity and recent research.
Homeopathy is a more organic way of treating an unhealthy body. It focuses on balancing energy levels within the body so that the body can heal itself. By consuming plants, herbs, vitamins and minerals and following a natural diet and eliminating processed foods, some believe that this is an effective and safer way of treating disease.
VetStem RC Regenerative Cell Therapy is being researched due to its controversial findings. Stem Cell Therapy involves extracting valuable cells from a pet’s harvested fat and given back to the pet to help heal their disease. This treatment is used to help mobility in arthritis sufferers and in pets with joint and ligament injuries.
Some researchers believe this is a risky procedure as there are no guarantees that the regenerated cells are indeed healthy and therefore may cause more harm than good.
Alternative therapy aids in the healing process of your pet’s health. Each form of therapy requires repeated treatment which can range from months to years, depending on the severity of your pet’s condition.
Alternative therapy requires a recommendation from a veterinarian to determine which form of therapy is best for your pet’s condition. To learn more about alternative therapy for your pet, contact your veterinarian.
To learn more about Alternative Therapy coverage with Petsecure pet health insurance, visit: www.petsecure.com