Integrative Therapy

Does your pet suffer from chronic pain? Has a recent surgery or injury slowed your normally active companion down?  Review these integrative therapy solutions available to your pet through Burnsville Parkway Animal Hospital.

Myofascial Trigger Point Release Therapy

Muscles make up a large percentage of an animal’s body, however they are often not considered to be a source of pain for our pets.  The most severe pain may in fact be coming from the muscles, in the form of myofascial trigger points.

What are Myofascial trigger points?

Myofascial trigger points are contracted muscle fibers within a muscle resulting in painful knots and tightness in the muscle (myo) and its surrounding connective tissue (fascia).  These trigger points develop when a muscle becomes stressed or injured, and if they remain within the muscle they can inhibit the muscle from functioning normally, leading to secondary issues with that muscle and the surrounding tissues.

What is the outcome of this therapy?

Myofascial trigger point therapy is used to unlock the contraction of the  muscle, releasing the trigger point.


Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) that involves the stimulation of specific points along the body through inserting specialized needles into these points.  Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years to treat many different illnesses.

What conditions are treated by this therapy?

We use acupuncture to help treat conditions such as arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, inflammatory bowel disease, urinary tract disease, behavioral disorders, cancer and many others.  It is a safe, effective form of treatment that is commonly used in conjunction with other treatments, but can also be used as the sole treatment.  Depending on the disease pattern and the patient, we may also discuss herbal therapy, which involves the use of a combination of herbs to treat various disease patterns.


Veterinary chiropractic therapy is an alternative therapy used to not only treat various conditions, but it is also used for wellness care.  A healthy nervous system is required for the normal function of the body.  When nerve impulses are altered due to a misalignment of a joint (called a subluxation), this can lead to pain, weakness, disease, suppression of the immune system, etc.

How does this type of therapy help my pet?

Chiropractic care restores proper alignment to the joints in the spinal vertebrae, restoring the natural function of the nerves exiting the vertebrae.  Utilizing chiropractic therapy as part of your pet’s regular wellness care is an excellent way to increase the energy, the disease resistance, and the health of your companion.

Laser Therapy

For decades now, doctors have been using the therapeutic laser to treat a wide range of ailments in humans. Today, this same innovative technology can also be applied to our animal friends with the same incredible results. Laser therapy has been proven to be highly effective in reducing pain, improving mobility and facilitating faster healing after surgery or injury. Best of all, it is a painless, non-invasive and drug-free treatment method that has no known side effects.

How does laser therapy work?

The therapeutic laser uses a beam of light to penetrate tissue that has been damaged or suffered some type of trauma. The laser creates a biological response within the body that increases circulation, reduces inflammation and lessens pain. The patient feels no discomfort during laser therapy, only a soothing sensation. Treatments are often complete in mere minutes, and the results can be noticeable after just one short session.

What can laser therapy treat?

We can use the handheld laser to treat a wide range of conditions, including, but not limited to:

  • Arthritis
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Geriatric Care
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Muscle or Tendon Injuries
  • Sprains or Strains
  • Lick Granulomas
  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Post-Surgical Healing and Rehabilitation
  • Dental Disease
  • Dermatological Conditions

How many laser therapy treatments will my pet need?

Every animal is different, as are the type and severity of conditions being treated. The doctor will need to evaluate your pet’s specific situation to determine the number and frequency of recommended sessions. We will then develop an individualized treatment plan that is tailored to your pet and that you can feel comfortable with.

If your pet suffers from any of the above conditions, recently underwent surgery or became injured, laser surgery could provide much-needed relief. Ask us about this innovative treatment option today!


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