During an acupuncture session, Dr. Jester will first take a thorough history of your pet. She will then perform a very specific exam that is focused on the musculoskeletal system. Areas that are an issue (ie: joint recovering from surgery or an arthritic joint in the body) as well as places on the body that are reactive as determined during the exam, will be treated during the session. Dr. Jester frequently massages and/or stretches any areas that are tight to make needle insertion more comfortable for your companion and to give a synergistic effect to the sessions. The acupuncture treatments last approximately one hour and Dr. Jester frequently uses electrical stimulation for longer-acting effects as well as an increased pain relief (endorphin) response by the animal's body. For more information, visit the page titled Acupuncture FAQs.
During a holistic consult, Dr. Jester will ask very detailed questions about your companion's clinical condition(s) and inquire about relevant history. This goes beyond a brief exam/history taking that would be done in a conventional clinic. The objective of a holistic exam/consult is to try to identify the underlying reasons or causes for your animal's current issue(s) and then offer support in whichever way seems to make the most sense for that individual. Therapy recommendations may include any combination of acupuncture, herbs, supplements, behavioral modification or dietary changes.