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Acupuncture and Chiropractic Treatments
Holistic treatments for horses, cats, dogs and other animals.
Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Chinese Medicine, Homeopathy and Nutritional Therapies
Acupuncture and traditional Chinese herbs can help horses, dogs and cats with many different ailments, including skin conditions, arthritis, cancer support and palliative care.
Classical and Laser Acupuncture, Herbal Therapies, Food Therapy, Essential Oil Therapy, Tui-na (medical massage), Aromatherapy, and Medicinal Mushroom Therapy.
Holistic medicine will give you an approach that looks at your animal as one system, not just a symptom. The vet will be assessing why the disease is happening.
Complementary medicine looks at the root of the problem, not just the branch. Mapping out the whole picture enables them to see where the weaknesses are - enabling them to address the underlying cause for any changes in the body.
Holistic medicine balances the body, it nourishes, tonifies and moves stagnation.
Veterinary acupuncture is a treatment that involves inserting fine, sterile, stainless steel needles into specific points of the body to induce a healing response.
The effect of an individual needle is determined by where it is placed in the body and which nerves are stimulated – hence the need for a thorough knowledge of veterinary anatomy and physiology.
For patients that don’t like to be touched or react negatively to the needles, Julia uses laser acupuncture, which works without the insertion of needles.
All animals can benefit from acupuncture treatment to balance their body systems.
Acupuncture for Cats
Acupuncture and herbal medicine can help with many diseases such as kidney failure, metabolic problems, cancer, ageing or arthritis and surprisingly cats tolerate the needles incredibly well.
Acupuncture and Chinese medical herbs are used to treat conditions such as:
• Chronic pain
• Arthritic conditions
• Kidney, liver and gastrointestinal disease
• Metabolic disease
• Lack of appetite and weight loss
• Inflammatory bowel disease
• Pain management, pain relief or muscle spasms
• Skin problems
Acupuncture for Dogs
Acupuncture for dogs stimulates the body’s repair mechanisms in the nervous system, immune system, and hormonal and cellular systems. It increases the release of natural morphine-like substances in the body and stimulates blood supply so aids in healing and acts as pain relief.
Most chronic conditions can be treated with acupuncture, including:
• Chronic pain
• Behavioural problems
• Chronic digestive disturbances
• Chronic respiratory disease
• Fatigue syndromes, chronic eye disease
• Heart, liver, and urogenital diseases; incontinence
• Lack of appetite or weight loss
• Dermatological disorders
Acupuncture for Horses
Acupuncture for horses can be used as part of a treatment protocol for almost any medical condition with very little exception. It is often used in combination with conventional veterinary treatment so the patient experiences the benefits of the combined effects.
Acupuncture is commonly used together with chiropractic for the relief of musculoskeletal pain.
It is especially useful for treating:
• Any type of muscle soreness, particularly of the neck, shoulders, back and hindquarters.
• Cold backs – resentment of saddling and girthing, dipping on mounting
• General stiffness, inability to bend on one or both reins
• Head tilt, inability to flex from the poll
• Shortness of stride, not going forward from the leg
• Disunited or bunny-hopping at canter
• Moving un-level behind
• ‘Hopping’ on the transition from walk to trot
• Bucking on the transition from trot to canter
• Irritability and soreness during grooming
• Sacroiliac pain
• Headshaker syndromes.
Veterinary Oncology Services
Chirovet works together with conventional vets for the diagnostics of cancer.
Blood tests, Biopsies, Ultrasounds, MRI and Radiographs will be performed with your conventional veterinary practice.
Chirovet uses a combination of Food Therapy, Traditional Chinese Herbal Formulas, Acupuncture and Mistletoe Therapy.
Mistletoe has a tumour-inhibiting effect and modulates and improves the immune system. Particularly Mast cell tumours and soft tissue sarcomas and carcinomas respond well to this.
Chirovet | Dr. med. vet. Julia Ledger-Muennich Veterinary Surgeon, MRCVS | Further Qualifications
I have undergone extensive training to offer a comprehensive solution to my patients in terms of holistic animal care- whether its small animal or equine patients. My Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) accredited work at four-star events allows me to support my patients up to Olympic standard.
I have been certified in animal chiropractic since 2008, following a one-year course.
I studied acupuncture and traditional Chinese medicine in some depth, qualifying as a veterinary acupuncturist in 2011.
I am a certified Tui Na practitioner in Chinese manipulative therapy, a manual therapy to complement the chiropractic and bodywork. It is one of the four pillars of traditional Chinese Medicine: acupuncture; food therapy; herbs; Tui Na.
I am a Certified Chinese Veterinary Herbalist, following a two-year course, which is accredited by the World Association of Traditional Veterinary Chinese Medicine (WATCVM).
I am a Certified Traditional Chinese Veterinary Herbalist accredited by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS). This course has further built on my previously completed Chinese herbal course knowledge. One can never know enough.
At the moment I am enrolled in Advanced Certification in Neuroacupuncture. I am determined to treat the Stroke/Epilepsy/ Geriatric/ Neurological patients with even more in depth and specific knowledge.
Over the years I have as well studied Traditional Chinese Veterinary Food Therapy, Myofascial Release Techniques only to name a few more.
I also have Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) veterinary accreditation that allows me to work as a FEI Permitted Treating Veterinarian at FEI events, where I have worked at Badminton Horse Trials, Burghley Horse Trials and the CHIO in Aachen, Germany.