Cindy and Coco

Cindy and Coco

On September 20, 2017 Coco accidentally got closed in the garage door. She was rushed to the vet, and fortunately did not have anything broken but did not have use of her back legs. She had feeling in both hind legs and her tail. Her tail had movement! We brought her home with anti inflammatory medication. I started daily massage. One week from the accident I started chiropractic, acupuncture, and magnawave with Dr. Christine. The first video is the day after her first treatment. She showed wonderful improvement, being able to stand and walk. The last video is of her today with full movement! Coco received 3 chiropractic, acupuncture, and magnawave treatments. I am so thankful for Dr. Christine for helping my Coco, who is 14 years old return to a normal life!
Thank you for all you do for my fur babies!!
Cindy Miller

What can I expect during an appointment?

Follow Star, a rescued Greyhound, through her appointment with Dr. Christine Woodford. Star was very weak in the hind end and thin when rescued. See her run and play after three treatments. Read the Synergy article to learn more about the power of chiropractic, acupuncture and Magna Wave. Visit us on Instagram or Facebook and ‘like and share” our page!

Cash the Trick Horse

Cash is a trick horse in training with his owner, Kacy. He is learning how to carry her weight and support them both. Trick horses endure lots of pulling on their withers, back and hips. Dr. Christine’s chiropractic and acupuncture treatments help Cash feel pain free and healthy.

Synergy of Animal Chiropractic, Acupuncture and Magnawave Therapy

1+1+1= synergy. Synergy is “the interaction or cooperation of two or more organizations, substances, or other agents to produce a combined effect greater than the sum of their separate effects.

I have witnessed the synergy of the therapies that I use to treat animals in my practice. Namely, I use chiropractic, acupuncture, and magnawave therapies on most of my small animal patients with obscure neurologic conditions. Although I do use each of the therapies individually, I have noticed particularly impressive results when I have employed them in combination.

I want to share a success story with you about Hooch, a 4 year old boxer, who benefited from the synergy of regular veterinary medicine, integrative therapies, and good cooperation on the part of his owners. The first time I saw Hooch, he was not using his left hind leg correctly. He had no proprioception in that foot; thus, he was not bearing weight on the bottom of his foot. His toes were knuckling over and he had sores on the top part of his toes from dragging his leg behind him. The owners reported that two weeks prior Hooch had been playing outside with his housemate, a French Bulldog, and came in non-weight bearing on his left, hind leg. They took Hooch to their regular veterinarian and the X rays showed no broken bones. Their veterinarian suspected a pinched nerve and recommended anti-inflammatories and rest for 2 weeks. Unfortunately, Hooch did not improve during that time frame. At that point, their veterinarian recommended my services for the nerve damage.

On the first visit, I treated Hooch with acupuncture, magnawave and mild chiropractic adjustments since we suspected a pinched nerve. I also recommended some stretching and range of motion exercises that the owners could do at home. Five days later, Hooch came back to my office and we saw some improvement. He was able to correct his toe placement about every 3 steps.The owners were very happy with his progress and we continued with the same therapeutic protocol.

The next week, the owners came back with Hooch whose condition was greatly improved. He placed his foot correctly 90% of the time.

One week later, I saw Hooch again and he actually wanted to run and play!

Hooch still has some movement and nerve deficits in the left hind leg, but he is placing the foot more correctly, the sores on the top part of his toes have healed, and his muscles in the hindquarters are more developed. I recommended short, controlled, leash walks, supervised socialization time with his housemate, and rest for the next month. Additionally, Hooch will receive the three therapies every two to three weeks. Thereafter, assuming Hooch continues to improve, we will maintain him with monthly treatments. Hooch’s progress is a testament to the efficacy of acupuncture, magnawave and chiropractic therapy on neurologic conditions, generally, and the synergetic effects that result when we use the three therapies together.

I am grateful for Hooch’s dedicated owners who are committed to continuing with his therapy and at home exercises. It is rewarding to be able to provide effective therapeutic services for animals, similar to Hooch, with obscure nerve or movement conditions that are difficult to diagnose and treat. The synergistic effects of chiropractic, acupuncture, and magnawave therapies have helped me treat several animals with movement issues. As a veterinarian, it is gratifying to have access to therapies that help restore injured animals’ functionality, fully in some cases, and partially in others, and enable them to lead happy, active lives.

Chinese herbal medications

chinese-leaficd-yinyangIn the fall of 2006 a boarding stable in our equine practice lost two horses with in days of each other because of acute liver failure. Several horses on the farm were blood tested and 1 out of 4 had increased liver enzymes. The horses at the stable were voluntarily quarantined and monitored closely. Several plant samples, water samples, feed samples, and insect samples were sent to the diagnostic lab at Iowa State to determine a cause for the acute liver failure. We monitored the horses closely and gave vitamin B shots and antibiotics to the severe cases. Fortunately only one other horse died, and the rest recovered. Unfortunately, the cause of the incident was undetermined.

As for me, one of the attending veterinarians, the most frustrating aspect about the incident was not being able to treat the horses with any medicine that would specifically target the liver. In our conventional veterinary medicine bag, our arsenal of medications is limited to specific classes of drugs. This particular incident sparked my interest in learning about Chinese acupuncture and herbal therapy.

In the summer of 2007 another farm, located several counties away from the farm previously mentioned, had horses suffering from a syndrome affecting the liver and kidney organs. One mare in particular had very high liver enzymes in her blood profile. When no conventional medicines were available, this mare was treated aggressively with acupuncture and a Chinese herbal formula called Liver Happy. Within two months her blood work was back to normal. I was pleased with this case because we were able to expand our arsenal and offer more treatment options to combat the liver disease.

Herbal Medicine paired with acupuncture has been used for over 2,000 years in China. In fact, over 80% of the cases in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) are treated with Chinese herbs, or a combination, of herbs and acupuncture. The founder of the Chi Institute in Florida, one of the countries leading TCVM practitioners, considers Chinese herbal therapy as “a daily dose of acupuncture.”

It has been proven that Chinese Herbal Therapy can be extremely effective for treating a variety of medical disorders. New clinical evidence shows that chronic conditions such as gastric ulcers, fatigue, poor digestive function, endocrine dysfunction, chronic cough, asthma, and heaves in horses can not only be treated to restore health, but can also be prevented by utilizing herbal medicine.

There are several Chinese Herbs that I have personally witnessed as being highly effective in relieving pain, calming down nervous horses, and improving health, fertility and performance. Body Sore is one formulation that invigorates the blood, or Qi to relieve pain and increase circulation. It has been useful in treating horses suffering from trauma, arthritis, joint and muscle disorders. In fact, several barrel racers that used this formulation have seen improvements in their horses. The horses are running faster and turning the barrels sharper, which has shaved seconds off of their pattern time. There is another formulation, Tendon Ligament Formulation, which targets the repair and aids to strengthen tendons and ligaments. I have prescribed this formulation to race horses with strained suspensory ligaments and bowed tendons. In my experience the horses on this combination seem to heal faster and stronger than without the herb.

Behavioral problems can be treated with Shen Calmer. This formulation is designed to ease separation anxiety, mental stress, fearfulness, and out of control behavior episodes. There are also herb formulations that can aide in controlling heat cycles in performance mares, and increase fertility in mares with a history of being difficult to breed.

The herbal formulations may take several days, perhaps even weeks to show a clinical improvement, depending on the severity of the condition being treated. The herbs come in a powder form that can be top dressed over the grain. Most horses will readily eat the formulations, while a few finicky eaters may need some assistance. Syrup, molasses, or applesauce will usually help to conceal the taste and texture.

Because the herbs affect body organisms and systems, there could be unwanted side effects if used improperly. Chinese herbs can have powerful effects and should be considered as if they were drugs, thus used with caution. Many Chinese herbal formulas sold to the public are not safe due to impurities. The Chinese herbs that I prescribe are carefully formulated by TCVM veterinarians at Jing Tang Herbal in Florida. The formulations are safe and effective when used as prescribed. They are also guaranteed to be drug test free at a performance event.

I have found that after a thorough examination and treatment with a combination of acupuncture and chiropractic therapy for the specific condition, the Chinese herbal medications prescribed will amplify and prolong the affects of the acupuncture therapy. In addition, Chinese herbal formulations may be prescribed for long term as a preventative and to enhance performance.