Acupuncture is an ancient therapy dating back many thousands of years. It is also one of the most intensely researched areas of complementary medicine in modern times.
At Aligning Canine Chiropractic, we focus on acupuncture treatment for musculoskeletal and some neuro-musculoskeletal problems.
The aim of musculoskeletal & neuro-musculoskeletal acupuncture is not only to reduce pain, although yes this is often an objective,
At this practice, canine acupuncture is generally used in conjunction with other tactile and manual therapies such as soft tissue massage, and mobilization & manipulation, providing a constellation of therapies that may complement each other.
Canine acupuncture-overview of how it works
Acupuncture in traditional Chinese medicine is often explained as stimulating various points along channels or meridians to restore or normalize the flow of energy (chi/Qi) moving through them, and for other effects that promote healing.
In the traditional Chinese system, this is
From a Western perspective, acupuncture is often described and researched from a
There may also be hormonal, immunological & anti-inflammatory mediated effects from acupuncture, an example being endorphin release.
Canine musculoskeletal acupuncture-Ashi or Myofascial trigger points
In musculoskeletal acupuncture, a very important aspect is the targeting of Ashi points. These points are not at a specific location on a
Back (lumbopelvic) joint & muscle problems Mid-back (thoracic) joint & muscle problems
Neck (cervical) joint & muscle problems Osteoarthritis-joint degeneration
Myofascial trigger point syndromes Muscle tightness & strain
Lameness / limping-muscle & biomechanical Hip & gluteal muscle problems
Shoulder & lateral scapula problems Sciatica & brachial neuralgia
Aligning Canine Chiropractic
The principal canine musculoskeletal therapist at Aligning Canine Chiropractic is Dr. Shane Watterson (Animal Chiropractor).
Shane has 10 years of experience providing tactile soft tissue
He also has additional training in canine acupuncture.
Extra Masters degrees-in Animal chiropractic
Dr. Watterson is the only human chiropractor in the world with a Masters Degree specifically in Animal Chiropractic.
He is also one of the few animal chiropractors in Australia who focuses exclusively on dogs.
8-year university program
The university ‘Animal Chiropractic Degree’ is a significantly more advanced qualification than that required for a human only practitioner.
All up, the Masters of Animal Chiropractic is in effect an 8-year university program, first is the 5-year