Dr. Carlson is certified to practice acupuncture on animals in the United States and China. LPWC receives many referrals from Medvet and The Ohio State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital.

Acupuncture has been performed for thousands of years. It began in China and later spread to Japan, India, Europe, and the United States. It has been proven to work by thousands of scientific studies, including some by the NIH. There are several studies as to how acupuncture works. The release of chemicals like beta-endorphin, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters most likely play a large role.

In this medical art, acupoints are stimulated by dry needling, injecting solutions (aquapuncture), injecting air (pneumopuncture), applying herbal heat (moxibustion), or electrical stimulation (electroacupuncture). The points can also be massaged (acupressure) or injected with homotoxicological medications (homeosyniatry). In humans, there are 361 points, while in animals there are about 173.

Qi (pronounced CHEE) is a type of energy that flows through the body, the acupoints, and 12 paired and 2 unpaired channels, called Meridians. If the flow of Qi is disrupted, then pain or disease can result. The goal of acupuncture is to open any blockages of Qi, remove excesses, improve deficiencies and restore health.

Uses of acupuncture are many but include musculoskeletal issues, neurological disorders like nerve paralysis or seizures, gastrointestinal issues, liver or kidney disorders, cancer, and to improve performance.

An acupuncture session usually takes about 40 minutes at a minimum. We take a history, perform a physical or re-evaluation, then place the needles. The needles usually stay in place 15 to 30 minutes. Placement of the needles are not pain-free, however, it usually feels like a slight pressure once the needles are in place. The pet will often relax and nap. If electroacupuncture is used, the stimulation is usually done for about 20 minutes. Sessions are usually performed every 3 to 10 days initially, for 3 to 10 treatments depending upon the severity of the case. Not every pet will allow acupuncture to be performed upon them.

Veterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy

Veterinary Spinal Manipulative TherapyVeterinary Spinal Manipulative Therapy (VSMT) is a term used in many states that do not legally recognize the term Veterinary Chiropractic. LPWC clients choose VSMT for pets suffering from lameness, trauma, disk disease, surgery, and even for large breed and fast growing puppies.

How does it work?

When an adjustment is being made, we are bringing motion to a “fixed” area of a joint, which can normalize blood flow to the spine and nerves, relieve compression of spinal nerve roots and irritation of the spinal cord, can release trapped tissues within the spinal joint, and can break down adhesions in the joint itself. This often has the benefit of alleviating pain and improving nerve health, increasing muscle tone and giving strength to joints. Additionally, VSMT is believed to improve the general health of pets through the support of the nervous system, which may lead to better function of abdominal and thoracic organs.

Spinal Manipulative Therapy is very safe. When done properly by a certified veterinarian, a patient has a higher probability of getting hit by lightning than being injured by an adjustment. Do not allow adjustments on your pet from an adjuster, veterinary or chiropractic, who has not completed an AVCA veterinary specific training program.

Dr. Carlson graduated in August 2006 from The Healing Oasis Wellness Center. This is a 210-hour certification course that stresses proper adjustment technique and neurophysiology. He gained is the second certification with the American Veterinary Chiropractic Association in 2007.

Read about the history of VSMT