Montana Veterinary Acupuncture offers holistic services, including acupuncture and herbal treatments, for animals in the Helena area suffering from conditions ranging from arthritis and pain to neurological disorders to digestive issues.
For the comfort and care of our patients in the area, we also provide in-home hospice and euthanasia services.
Dr. VanBrown's patients include small pets like dogs and cats, as well as horses. She is available for home/farm calls, or smaller pets can come to their appointment at her office. Appointments are typically available Wednesday through Friday, and occasional evenings/Saturdays for established clients.
Small Animal & Equine Acupuncture
About Dr. VanBrown
Dr. Lindsay VanBrown grew up in northern MN, and obtained her BA in Biology from St. Olaf College in 2005. Immediately after school, she worked at the Mayo Clinic, and eventually made her way to a small animal shelter in McCall, ID where she realized veterinary medicine was calling her. It was there that her interest in integrative medicines began as she realized that just medicating the shelter animals for various diseases wasn't enough to make them wholly healthy.
She attended Washington State University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree in 2012. While in veterinary school, she traveled to China and completed coursework in Veterinary Chinese Medicine at the Beijing Agricultural University. Dr. VanBrown furthered her Chinese Medicine training at the Chi Institute and completed acupuncture certification in 2014.
Dr. VanBrown splits her time between working in a general practice in Bozeman, and dedicates her practice in Helena to Chinese Veterinary Medicine and hospice care. She and her husband spend their free time herding their one daughter, two dogs, and three cats.
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What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific point(s) on the body resulting in a therapeutic effect. The ancient Chinese described the vital energy inside all bodies as Qi (pronounced "chee"), of which there are 2 opposite forms: Yin and Yang. When animals (or humans) become sick or experience pain, there is a disruption in the normal flow of Qi, and Yin and Yang become out of balance. Acupuncture is then used to restore this homeostasis, and help the body in healing itself.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Research in recent years has shown that acupoints are located in areas where there is a high density of free nerve endings, mast cells, arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. They have further shown that the stimulation of acupoints leads to a release of beta-endorphins, serotonin, as well as other neurotransmitters - allowing for pain-relief when treated appropriately.
Does acupuncture hurt?
The vast majority of patients are very comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Due to the relaxing effect it has, some animals will even fall asleep during treatment. Sedation is not needed or recommended as it may interfere with the acupuncture effect. A proper treatment may cause contraction of local muscle which can be temporarily uncomfortable, but most animals tolerate it quite well.
How many treatments are needed?
The number of treatments needed depends on the nature, severity, and duration of disease. Acute conditions may be resolved in a single treatment. Chronic diseases can require a series of 3-10 treatments spaced anywhere from 1-4 weeks apart. Some degenerative conditions may need monthly treatments over time.
When is acupuncture indicated?
Clinical trials have indicated that acupuncture therapy can be effective in the following conditions:
Musculoskeletal problems: muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, arthritis, and degenerative joint disease/dysplasia
Neurological disorders: seizure, laryngeal hemiplegia, facial and radial nerve paralysis
Gastrointestinal disorders: chronic diarrhea, gastric ulcers
Other chronic conditions: asthma, behavioral problems, Cushing's disease, hypothyroidism, infertility, hyperthyroidism, kidney failure, geriatric concerns, and skin problems
Performance enhancement and disease prevention
Acupuncture is cautiously used or contraindicated in pregnancy, infectious diseases, open wounds and fractures.