Meet Our Acupuncturist
Dr. Tanya Bork, cVMA
Dr. Tanya Bork, in addition to her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree, is certified in Medical Acupuncture and Myofascial Trigger Point Release. She received her certification from Colorado State University. Hers is a therapeutic acupuncture technique using correct knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology to yield a system of treatments that is as powerful as it is complementary to other conventional treatment modalities.
What is acupuncture?
Traditionally speaking acupuncture is used to help the body heal itself by correcting energy imbalances in the body.
In modern veterinary medicine, acupuncture is the stimulation of certain points on the body via insertion and manipulation of very fine, sterile, taper point needles at specified, superficial parts of the body. The gentle insertion of these needles are at particular points, called acupuncture points, where nerves and blood vessels converge.
Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated. It can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body’s pain control chemicals) and cortisol (a natural steroid). The stimulation of these points can then produce an overall healing environment.
Each treatment is tailored to your pet’s unique situation based on a thorough medical history, careful physical examination and assessment of the pet’s neurological and musculoskeletal systems. Any diagnostics (blood work, x-rays, ultrasound, etc.) completed previously will be reviewed by Dr. Bork to formulate a complete treatment plan for your pet.
Acupuncture is beneficial for concerns such as:
- Musculoskeletal problems (arthritis, hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament injuries)
- Intervertebral disc disease
- Paralysis or other traumatic nerve injuries
- Allergies: itchy dogs and cats, ear infections, impacted anal glands, foot/leg licking
- Respiratory problems: feline asthma
- Gastrointestinal problems: diarrhea, constipation
- Pain: post-op surgery, as part of a rehab/physical therapy program with Dr. Cely, chronic pain, part of the disease process
- Behavioral Problems: general anxiety, storm phobias, obsessive-compulsive disorders
- Voiding dysfunction: incontinence, night time leaking
We strive to maintain a relaxed and enjoyable environment for our patients and their families. Acupuncture treatment is not meant to be a painful or stressful experience. Because of this, most patients find their treatments enjoyable, or at the very least tolerable. Some pets even fall asleep during treatment. Except in extreme cases, we do not sedate patients and we encourage the family to stay for the sessions.
** During your treatments feel free to bring any tasty treats or toys that you feel would help your pet relax during your sessions. We also have an endless supply of baby food and treats in stock that we are more than happy to share! All treatments are done in a nice quiet room, on squishy mats with owners present if they wish. If you have a feline friend, and they are more comfortable in a carrier, please bring something that has a removable top so that we can work with them while still in their safe space.