Focusing on the rehabilitation and preventive health aspects of the veterinarian industry, AWCOC provides several alternative or Eastern-inspired services and treatments.
Offering a natural drug-free approach for relieving pain in cats and dogs with arthritis and other issues, acupuncture stimulates specific points on the body to release endorphins, serotonin and natural opioids. Acupuncture is often a very successful tool for arthritis management in cats and dogs and can improve your pet’s comfort and quality of life. Initial treatment sessions are generally best at weekly or bi-weekly intervals but can then be adjusted for the duration that works well for each animal.
Focusing on the spine and nervous system to maintain joint health, chiropractic adjustments help correct misalignments that disrupt neurological communications between the brain, organ systems, and tissues in the bodies of cats and dogs. Chiropractic Care focuses on the role of the spine and nervous system in maintaining joint health. Many dogs and cats experience excellent results, and sometimes dramatically improved mobility and comfort.
HYDROTHERAPY & AQUATIC CONDITIONING
Hydrotherapy, or water therapy is used for the treatment of chronic conditions, post-operative recovery, and pre-operative or general fitness in animals. When combined with veterinary treatment it can significantly improve the quality and rate of healing following surgery or traumatic injury. Controlled swimming helps to improve cardiovascular stamina, muscle tone, range of movement and is particularly helpful in aiding recovery from injury or surgery whilst also improving general fitness.
Aquatic conditioning including swim lessons and fun swims are also great for your pet’s preventive healthcare. Swimming is excellent aerobic exercise for low-impact body conditioning, fitness, and weight loss. It also helps your four-legged friend build strength without harming bones or joints.
Laser therapy works with light wavelength energy to support healing and decrease pain. This is achieved by increasing blood flow and oxygen delivery to tissues to reduce inflammation. Laser Therapy is now commonly offered in both conventional veterinary hospitals as well as holistic practices. Laser Therapy sessions are generally done once or twice each week for best results, but this depends on your pet’s needs.
Massage Therapy increases blood circulation, bringing strength to weak muscles, dispersing muscle tension and restoring proper mobility and flexibility. For rehabilitation from injury, Massage Therapy improves strength, prevents muscle atrophy, reduces pain, and increases range of motion. Dogs and cats can greatly benefit from massage, and many enjoy it. You can also do simple massage techniques yourself.
PHYSICAL THERAPY & REHAB
Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation is becoming increasingly popular for animals—and for good reason. The benefits of PT include improved strength, prevention of muscle atrophy, and improved range of motion, pain reduction, good mental stimulation, improved overall health, and extended quality of life.