Have you heard about the integrative medicine options available at Magnolia Springs Veterinary Center? Our hospital in Mount Pleasant is excited to offer a variety of unique therapies to help improve your pet’s health. We understand that you may have some questions about integrative medicine and how it can help your pet. This article will help answer these questions and show you the many things Magnolia Springs has to offer.
What is Integrative Medicine?
The idea of integrative medicine is to incorporate various complementary therapies with traditional medical practices in order to improve a patient’s overall well-being. Over the last 20 years, this approach has gained recognition in the human health care field. According to the National Institutes of Health, integrative medicine places emphasis on treating the whole person rather than a single organ system. This same approach is being used to provide better care for our pets.
The Benefits of Integrative Medicine
Integrative medicine can provide a variety of benefits to your pet’s health and well-being. These benefits include providing a complete picture of your pet’s health, providing more treatment options, and potentially decreasing some of the side effects of more traditional medical treatments.
When evaluating your pet’s health, our doctors consider more than just their physical exam findings. As part of our integrative medicine approach, we will assess other aspects of your pet’s daily life, including their lifestyle and diet. Food can play a significant role in your pet’s overall well-being and the success of their medical care. We think of food as medicine and consider it a critical part of maintaining your pet’s long-term health.
In some cases, traditional medicine can be invasive and come with a variety of undesirable side effects. The use of complementary therapies can provide less invasive alternatives for some patients. Acupuncture is commonly used to treat pain from spinal disease and arthritis. Not only does acupuncture provide lasting relief, but it also comes without the side effects commonly associated with the long-term use of pain medication. When used in combination with traditional therapy, your pet’s pain may be better controlled, and lower doses of pain medication may be necessary.
Understanding all the different treatment modalities associated with integrative medicine can be overwhelming. However, it can be helpful to think of these various therapies as tools in a toolbox. If something is broken, you may need to use multiple tools to fix the problem, and it always helps to have a larger toolbox to work with. Our integrative therapies have expanded our toolbox and will help your pet receive the best possible care.
Schedule Your Appointment Today!
At Magnolia Springs Veterinary Hospital, we offer a variety of integrative medicine modalities, including Acupuncture, Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, Massage, Rehabilitation Therapy, and Veterinary Spinal Manipulation. The doctors who perform these therapies have undergone rigorous training and have received various certifications to ensure your pet receives the highest quality care.
If you are interested in learning more about our integrative medicine services or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 262-770-3106. We look forward to seeing you and your pet soon!
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