Dr. Susan Fife has successfully completed her certification in veterinary
acupuncture, homeopathy and chiropractic. Using these modalities, she
helps to alleviate pain without the use of drugs and to increase the
performance of working and athletic animals.
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese
medical technique used for over 3,000 years in China, Japan and Korea.
Needles are placed in designated points to effect various changes in the body
to decrease pain, help heal injuries or disease conditions, stimulate or
regulate immune responses, and/or decrease anxiety or behavioral issues.
Acupuncture has been shown to increase blood and lymphatic flow to tissues,
stimulate nerve function, increase the release of neurotransmitters and pain
modulators, influence inflammatory responses and help the release hormones.
It can be used in a variety of conditions.
Common conditions that respond well
to acupuncture include:
Musculoskeletal conditions (arthritis, spinal disease,
trauma, muscle atrophy problems)
Immune system disorders (allergic dermatitis, chronic
allergic diseases, immune diseases,lick granulomas,chronic skin
Neurologic problems (nerve injury, paresis, paralysis,
degenerative neurologic conditions)
Systemic diseases/urologic diseases (chronic kidney
disease, liver disease, incontinence, bladder problems)
Acupuncture includes treatments
Dry needles to stimulate points directly
Laser acupuncture to stimulate points
Aquapuncture, which uses a liquid (such as vitamin B12,
Traumeel, saline or other appropriate substances) injected at acupuncture
sites, rather than leaving needles in place
Electroacupuncture to stimulate points with a mild
Acupressure used both in the facility and points can be
shown to owners for home use
Moxibustion to stimulate points or areas using heat
provided by a coal made of Chinese herbs
Veterinary Spinal Manipulative
Therapy (Veterinary Chiropractic)
The Beneficial Affects of
Chiropractors use spinal "adjustments" to reduce subluxation and help restore
vital nervous system communications.
Why is a chiropractic adjustment
Joints become hypomobile for a variety of reasons. The hypomobilty results in
degenerative changes (such as entrapment of the synovial folds, adhesions,
vascular and neuronal dysfunction, spondylosis, etc). When the adjustment
is performed and the joint is gapped many things happen. The movements
stimulate mechanoreceptors in the joint capsules and/or muscles of the spine
which then go on to send signals to the spinal cord and higher centers to
decrease pain and influence somatic and/or visceral efferents to improve
overall function. The other aspect of the adjustment is to break-up
adhesions and re-establish joint motion. This action helps to increase
joint motion to normal ranges and slows (or reverses) degenerative changes.
A subluxation is a misaligned bone (vertebrae) which cause compression, tension,
irritation and damage to the Central Nervous System (brain, spinal cord, and
spinal nerves) and dysfunction of the muscles around the vertebrae. These
subluxations can cause interference to the central nervous system, causing
organs and muscles in the body to malfunction and heal poorly due to the
interference in creates in the central nervous system.
How can chiropractic or spinal
manipulation help with pain?
The chiropractic method of pain inhibition is a combination of mechanical, soft
tissue, neurological and physiological aspects. Mechanically the adjustment
forms a negative pressure inside the joint, gas is liberated from the synovial
fluid, joint gives away and joint surface move slightly apart, which helps to
remove synovial tags.
Soft tissue: stimulates the muscle
spindle cells, which helps to decrease capsular cross link and fatty
Neurological: stimulated the
mechanoreceptors around the synovial joint and allows normal function of
On examination, Dr. Fife looks
for muscular problems, lameness and gait changes. Lameness can be seen in gait
changes such as a head bob, hip hike, limb weakness and/or decreased ability to
place one's feet properly.
To schedule an appointment on a Thursday with Dr. Fife call (937) 878-4009
For appointments on days other than Thursdays with Dr. Fife at Towne and Country Animal Clinic call (847) 757-6654
For more information please visit Dr. Fife's website http://www.animal-acu-chiro.com