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Our holistic services offering consists of several specialties or "modalities," including acupuncture, chiropractic, herbal medicine, nutrition, and prolotherapy. In holistic medicine, we view each animal as a unique energetic being, an integrated whole whose properties cannot be reduced to any of its parts. We look at the relationships of all the parts, emphasizing the process that leads to manifestation of disease rather than any specific causative factor. Holistic practitioners view health as a balance or harmony – which is known as homeostatis (physiological equilibrium) – both within the body and between the body and its external environment. In holistic medicine, we believe that health exists in a continual state of flux because the internal environments constantly change. The approach of a holistic medicine practitioner is to identify the body's intrinsic healing mechanisms and thereby restore vitality.
Picture of a cat receiving an acupuncture treatment Acupuncture

Acupuncture is the therapy whereby special solid metal needles are inserted into specific locations in the body (called acupuncture points) to prevent and treat disease. Acupuncture points are arranged in an orderly network of interconnecting meridians, which exist in predictable locations throughout the body. These meridians are connected in a specific order according to how and when the body's life energy – called Qi (chee) or Ki (kee) – flows through them. In order to maintain a state of wellness, according to Traditional Chinese Medicine, it is essential that Qi flow in a smooth, harmonious and unobstructed manner. Acupuncture point stimulation resolves Qi "stagnation", an interruption in the flow of Qi that can contribute to disease. Read more...
Image of a dog skeleton Chiropractic

The bones of the spine and joints are maintained in a specific alignment. The nerves surrounding each joint and vertebral articulation are in constant communication with the central nervous system, brain and organs. When even a subtle change in the alignment occurs, it is called a subluxation. Subluxations affect the nervous system, local muscles, joints and even distant organs, glands and body functions. The method of correcting these subluxations is known as chiropractic therapy or "adjustment." Chiropractic adjustments can change nervous system input, affect blood flow, and alter hormone and neurotransmitter levels, thereby directly affecting the organs, glands, skin, and joints. Read more...
Image of herbs in a mortar with pestle Herbal Medicine

The use of herbs and plants for medicinal purposes has been practiced for thousands of years all over the world. Veterinary herbal medicines include North American herbs, Aryuvedic herbs from India, traditional Chinese herbs, and other herbs from all over the world. Herbs have therapeutic qualities that are capable of balancing the emotional, mental and physical states of animals. In addition, natural herbs do not cause the harmful side-effects that are common with many Western veterinary medications. Given their therapeutic benefits and safety, herbs are often an indispensable part of a holistic healthcare regimen, and here at Coastal Holistic we provide only the highest-quality herbal products from trusted manufacturers. Read more...
Image of fruits and vegetables Nutrition

Proper nutrition is the best preventative medicine, and the foods our pets eat provide the building blocks for their health, well-being and healing. Research shows that many commercial dry and canned foods contain harmful ingredients and chemicals, making them less than ideal options for many pets, especially those with compromised immune and digestive systems. Each Coastal Holistic patient is provided a customized diet that is nutritious, palatable, preservative-free, cost-effective, environmentally sound, and in keeping with the pet owner's abilities to provide it. Dietary supplements may also be used to support the organs and body tissues, aid body detoxification and provide energy to assist in the healing process. Read more...

X-ray image of a dog leg Prolotherapy

Prolotherapy is a simple, natural technique that stimulates the body to repair itself when the natural healing process needs a little assistance. This technique has the potential to eliminate the chronic pain of many conditions including arthritis and injury. For some patients, anti-inflammatory medications and more drastic measures like surgery may not help, in fact they may even hinder or prevent the healing process. Prolotherapy works by the same natural process the human body uses to stimulate healing, a process called inflammation. The technique involves injecting a mild irritant solution to cause an inflammatory response. This inflammation stimulates the growth of new ligament and tendon tissue, healing the body and eliminating pain. For more information, ask your Coastal Holistic practitioner or visit our Resources page.