When it comes to our pets, we are willing to take any and all necessary steps to assure their physical and mental well-being. It should come as no surprise, then, that alternative medicine is becoming more and more popular. Here are five alternative medical treatments that may benefit your pet:
- Message Therapy: Message therapy has long been used to provide relaxation and stress relief. In both humans and animals, a message can also improve circulation, increase the release of endorphins, reduce stiffness, and strengthen the immune system. This leads to better performance, focus, posture, and balance. Message therapy is also a great way to relieve certain symptoms of age, such as arthritis pain.
- Acupuncture: The stimulation of specific points on the body using sterile, thin, stainless steel needles is known as acupuncture. This therapy helps release neurotransmitters, relieve pain, decrease inflammation, and increase blood flow.
- Chiropractic Manipulation: Gentle spinal adjustments help relieve neck and back pain by restoring the natural range of motion of the vertebrae. This therapy also optimizes the function of the lymphatic system, blood vessels, and nerves, improving the functionality of various internal structures within the body.
- Reiki: Reiki promotes deep relaxation by allowing the natural flow of energy through the body. As blockages are released, so are toxins, allowing the body to receive and store more energy. This therapy can help boost the immune system, and relieve acute and chronic pain, anxiety, and depression.
- Laser Therapy: This therapy uses low-level red and infrared light to stimulate tissue at and below the surface of the skin, aiding in tissue repair and providing pain management. Laser therapy increases the production of cellular energy, which promotes cellular regeneration, the production of collagen, and increased circulation.
Alternative medical treatments should not be considered a replacement for proper medical care. Used together, however, alternative and traditional medicine can increase the overall well-being of your pet.
*Photo courtesy of Alternative Medicine Direct.
Nick has been working at Braxton’s since 2009
and is currently in charge of the store’s monthly
email newsletter, the Pet Gazette.