Buckwalter Veterinary Clinic
"Where smart pets take their people."
Dr. McGinnis has been practicing integrative medicine since 2016. She studied chiropractic medicine at Options for Animals College of Chiropractic and achieved certification with the International Veterinary Chiropractic Association. Dr. McGinnis went on to study acupuncture at the Chi Institute of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine where she became a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.
Chiropractic and acupuncture therapy are a whole body approach to improve wellness, comfort, and mobility. They can be used alone to treat a variety of ailments or in conjunction with a more traditional (western medicine) approach.
Chiropractic medicine is about restoring normal motion of joints throughout the body. The spine is a complex framework of numerous joints and nerves that exit the spinal cord. When those joints become restricted in motion, or commonly referred to as “out of alignment”, then inflammation will result which negatively affects the performance of the nerves. This can result in the loss of normal mobility, resulting in stiffness, tension, pain, and even organ dysfunction. When this is left untreated, it will ultimately impact your animal’s entire wellbeing and quality of life.
Acupuncture is a component of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine that involves the insertion of a thin sterile needle into specific points (acupoints) throughout the body. Acupoints have a high density of free nerve endings, white blood cells, small blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels. Stimulation of acupoints has been scientifically proven to release a variety of neurotransmitters to promote pain relief, relaxation, tissue healing, anti-inflammatory effects, immunoregulation, antifebrile effects, hormone and reproductive regulation, and regulation of gastrointestinal motility. Acupuncture is commonly and effectively used to treat a variety of issues including, but not limited to: pain, osteoarthritis, behavioral issues, chronic disease (heart, lung, kidney, liver, digestive, allergy, hormonal, reproductive), performance enhancement, prevention of disease, neurologic disorders, and hospice care. Both acupuncture and chiropractic are best used in combination with a western medical approach to achieve optimum health for your animal.
Call and schedule your consultation today to learn more about the amazing benefits that chiropractic and acupuncture can have on the wellbeing of your animals!