Acupuncture and Chiropractic



Acupuncture is the strategic placement of needles to stimulate and affect the body to achieve specific results. Dr. Liba is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist.

What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat ailments and as preventive medicine. It involves placing special acupuncture needles into specific points on the body to produce a healing response. We use acupuncture alone or with traditional Western medicine to treat many conditions in every animal species.

Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. In Western medical terms, it helps the body heal by creating physiological changes. It stimulates nerves, increases blood circulation, relieves muscle spasms, and releases endorphins which control the pain mechanisms in the body, and cortisol, a natural steroid produced by the body. Here is more info.

Why Acupuncture for My Pet?
Research shows positive results with veterinary acupuncture treatment when performed by a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist. Acupuncture therapy is increasingly accepted and popular. While it will not cure every condition, it can work very well when indicated.

When is Animal Acupuncture Indicated?
Acupuncture is indicated for many conditions including, but not limited to, allergies, inflammation, pain, paralysis, musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, skin, behavioral, and neurological disorders. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:

  • Arthritis
  • Cruciate disease
  • Degenerative disc disease, slipped disc and pinched nerve
  • Traumatic nerve injury
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Anxieties
  • Feline asthma
  • Lick granulomas
  • Allergies and allergic dermatitis
  • Degenerative myelopathy
  • IBD
  • Diarrhea
  • Cushings
  • Quality of life for cancer and lymphoma patients
  • Epilepsy and seizures
  • Laryngeal paralysis and paralysis
  • Sports injuries
  • Many more conditions or illnesses


Chiropractic therapy encourages proper alignment of the bones and muscles to relieve pain and improve body function. Dr. Liba is Certified in Animal Chiropractic therapy.

Veterinary Chiropractic care is a manual therapy used for many health and performance problems. It focuses on the biomechanical dysfunction of the spine and its effect on the entire nervous system.

Veterinary Chiropractic treatment does not replace traditional veterinary medicine but can provide additional means of diagnosis and treatment options for spinal problems and biomechanical-related musculoskeletal disorders. It is an integrative method used in conjunction with traditional veterinary care.

It is an effective and valuable means of restoring and maintaining strength, vigor, and well-being. Exploring and treating the root causes of your animal’s aches, pains and illnesses ensures maximum improvement, top performance, and an exceptional quality of life.

Veterinary Chiropractic can often eliminate the source of acute or chronic pain syndromes and can be performed on any animal with a spine.

The goal of chiropractic care is to restore function and mobility to the compromised vertebra in an effort to re-establish neurologic transmissions. This allows the body to perform at its optimum potential.

Dr. Liba uses her hands to identify areas of restriction and apply a precise thrust on the immobile anatomical structures. This treatment restores the normal motion of the vertebra, thus removing neurological interference. When the nerves can efficiently communicate with all the structures in your animals’ bodies, they will begin to heal from within.

Veterinary Chiropractic treatment can be used for:

  • Chronic musculoskeletal problems
  • Acute problems such as tension or stiffness
  • Prophylactic treatment to maintain fitness
  • Maintaining soundness in older animals
  • As a complementary treatment for chronic lameness, spondylosis or tendon problems like a cruciate ligament in the dog.

Chiropractic care is offered for any animal with a spine.

Arthritis cannot be cured—it must be MANAGED. The best way to break the cycle of pain, weight gain, and muscle loss is to manage the disease using a variety of therapies and modalities. All of the therapies and modalities work synergistically (like a rowing team).

Our certified canine rehabilitation practitioners (CCRPs) at the Animal Rehabilitation Center of Michigan will develop a therapy plan that fits your pet’s individual needs. Together with your veterinarian, we will create a multi-modal program to ensure that your pet’s arthritis is optimally managed and his/her quality of life is restored to the fullest extent possible.

Approaches to Multi-Modal Pain Management:

  • Pain control
  • Condroprotectants
  • Weight control and nutrition management
  • Rehabilitation
  • Hydrotherapy (i.e., walking in our underwater treadmill)
  • Deep Tissue Laser Therapy
  • Heat Therapy and Cryotherapy
  • Therapeutic exercises
  • Extracorporeal shockwave therapy (ESWT)
  • Acupuncture
  • Environmental modification (i.e., eliminating slippery surfaces, adding padded bedding, clipping nails and hair on footpads, adding doggy steps, raised dishes, etc.)

Together we can create a plan that will maximize your dog’s quality of life.

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