Holistic Therapy for Animals
Dr Michaela Schmidt, a veterinary surgeon and certified veterinary acupuncturist (IVAS), specialises in acupuncture and other holistic therapies for horses and small animals. She has been treating animals with acupuncture for more than 14 years. During that time she has treated horses, dogs, cats, rabbits, goats, a ferret and some rescued chicken.
Michaela visits her patients at home. In their own environment the animals feel much more relaxed and happy, and they benefit more from the treatments. They also don’t have to experience a journey or getting in the car, which can be difficult for some of them.
My philosophy is to use the best combination of holistic therapies to make the patients experience as comfortable as possible and to increase the overall quality of life.
Acupuncture can assist the body to heal itself by affecting certain physiological changes. It can stimulate nerves, relieve pain, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins and cortisol.
Acupuncture is typically carried out with needles. Since 2008 a low energy laser has been available and is proven to be a better experience for the animal as it reduces any discomfort caused from the insertion of the needles. That makes the treatment in sensitive animals much easier.
Laser acupuncture uses low-energy laser beams instead of traditional acupuncture needles to stimulate the acupuncture points. L.A.S.E.R. or light amplification by stimulated emission rays is a means of directing highly concentrated coherent light at a concise wavelength to the muscles, tissues, organs, connective tissue, formed elements of the blood and the living matrix of the body. Laser light then communicates to the cells on a very basic and powerful level. Laser acupuncture is normally used to treat cats and very sensitive dogs or horses.
Low-level laser therapy, also known as cold laser therapy, uses low-intensity lasers to a whole range of conditions. The laser, which is a concentrated form of light, penetrates the skin, reaching the tissue it is meant to help. Cells absorb the light and turn it into usable energy that can go toward reducing pain and inflammation and speed up wound healing. The therapy has been applied to animals of all shapes, sizes, and species, including dogs, cats, horses, birds, rabbits, guinea pigs, wildlife and other exotic species.
VOM was developed by William L. Inman BS, DVM. VOM is a healing technique that uses a handheld device to reduce subluxations present in the joints of animals (A subluxation means a joint is not exactly in line as it normally would be).
VMR was developed to enhance the healing benefits of the VOM Treatment Technology. Specifically the skeletal muscle tension associated with subluxation was being addressed.
One of the goals of VOM subluxation reduction is to return the muscle to its original tone. VMR can easily accomplish this effect without any trauma to the pet.