Following a freak accident which resulted in the removal of my agility dog Sage’s right eye, I took her to Mountainside Veterinary Rehabilitation for assistance in regaining balance and depth perception. This was in addition to the pain she was experiencing in her body. Dr. Carlson provided Sage with acupuncture and chiropractic treatments as well as assisted us with exercises to help her regain balance again. Dr. Carlson’s compassionate nature and quiet demeanor assisted in the progress Sage has made as well as my ability to view Sage’s “single view” as a strength.
Acupuncture allows the patient’s own body to participate in the healing process via the nervous system. Medical/Western acupuncture is based on the neurological interaction of nerves, vessels, fascia and muscles to promote balance of various body systems. The neuromodulation can improve function and balance of the nervous system as well as reducing pain, supporting the immune system and digestive system. The parasympathetic system is responsible for rest as well as digestive processes and function. Whereas, the sympathetic system is responsible for the fight or flight mechanism. This system can be in overdrive with patients experiencing pain. Some conditions treated with acupuncture are: pain from arthritis and/or muscle tension, post-surgical/traumatic pain, nerve injury (weakness, paralysis), disk disease, cystitis (bladder inflammation), allergies, lameness incontinence, immune issues, reproductive issues, wound healing, digestive disorders, cranial and peripheral neuropathy, respiratory disorders, and dermatological issues.