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Alternative Pain Management

 Alternative Pain Management Methods


Massage is one of the oldest known forms of healing and dates back several thousand years. Records show that the massage of animals was practiced by ancient Egyptians, Romans, and Chinese. Animals of all sizes and ages, from young to those who have reached their senior years, can benefit from massage. Therapuetic massage and bodywork are used for maintaining the well-being of healthy pets and also used to support the health of those who are ill or are injured. Pets transitioning through the late stages of life are also able to find relief in body, mind, and emotions from the gentle, effective support that comes from massage. 

Massage therapy has been known to improve circulation, increase toxin excretion, release endorphins, prevent injury, relieve tensions, promote relaxation, maintain posture and balance, promote healthy skin and coat by distributing natural oils, calm hyperactivity, anxiousness, and nervousness, and improve athletic performance, endurance, mental focus, and attitude.

In addition, physical therapy helps to relieve age related conditions, reverse muscle atrophy from inactivity or disuse, provide relief from chronic pain, discomfort, arthritis, and issues related to hip dysplasia.  

Many athletic and working dogs receive massages and bodywork to enhance their performance. These techniques can be used to loosen up, energize, and help focus dogs preparing dogs for a range of activities such as agility and flyball to jobs in fields such as law enforcement, search and rescue, and personal service work.

At Ironstone, each treatment session is designed around your animal and tailored to meet his or her individual needs!

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Here is Iverson in his strapping coat and goggles awaiting his weekly massage. As a senior citizen, Iverson had trouble walking and his body was very stiff and painful. He started receiving massage therapy to combat these age related ailments. After a couple of treatments, Iverson had a new spring in his step! He loves coming for his "spa day"and as an older gentleman, deserves some relaxation and pampering. 



Laser Therapy

Here at Ironstone Veterinary Hospital, we are now offering state of the art companion laser treatment! Laser therapy is non-invasive, is a great alternative to surgery, and can greatly reduce a patient's dependency on pain medication. Laser therapy utilizes a deep-tissue penetrating light source that accelerates the body's natural healing process and decreases pain and inflammation. Laser therapy can be used to treat arthritis, post-surgical pain relief/healing, ear infections, geriatric care and many, many other conditions.

This is Becky Perambo, she had been dropped this morning and unable to use her hind legs. She is wearing goggles in preparation for her first treatment.

This is Becky before the treatment. She does not want to walk or even bear weight on her right hind leg. She is very unhappy.


This is Becky immediately after her first laser treatment! Not only is she using her hind legs, but she is much brighter too!



Ollie Chrusch

This is an example of the laser therapy process. Notice how comfortable Ollie is?
His entire treatment today took less than ten minutes.
As his mommy says, "He acts like puppy, especially after his laser treatment!"



If you are wondering if these alternative pain management methods can help your pet, give us a call today!


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