A holistic treatment option
Acupuncture has been helping patients for thousands of years. Today, we offer this healing modality for your pet.
The practice of acupuncture involves inserting slim, sterile needles at specific locations in order to restore balance throughout your pet’s body. Acupuncture originated in China nearly 3,000 years ago and appears in some of the world’s oldest medical books. As a holistic medical therapy, acupuncture addresses all aspects of your pet’s health, both physical and emotional.
Benefits of acupuncture
Acupuncture helps the body heal itself. When administered by a properly trained veterinarian, it is one of the safest forms of medical treatment. It stimulates circulation, relieves muscle spasms and releases beneficial hormones that can decrease pain and inflammation.
What is acupuncture used for?
Veterinary acupuncture has been shown to benefit a wide range of conditions, including:
- Chronic constipation
- Chronic diarrhea
- Hip dysplasia
- Immune-system weaknesses
- Irritable bowel disease (IBD)
- Keratoconjunctivitis (KCS) or “dry eye”
- Kidney disease
- Lick granulomas
- Liver disease
- Neurological conditions
- Pain and nausea related to cancer
- Seizure disorders
- Spinal cord disorders
- Sprains and strains
How acupuncture works
Traditional Chinese medicine teaches that acupuncture rebalances the Qi (pronounced chee) or the energy flow through the body. In terms of western medicine, acupuncture is based on neurophysiology. The needle insertion points are located in areas that are rich in nerves and blood vessels. When the needles are inserted, they send signals to the brain, resulting in the release of endorphins and other neurotransmitters that block pain, regulate blood circulation and enhance the body’s immune system.
What to expect
Acupuncture workups differ from traditional medical visits, as the veterinarian must develop a picture of your pet’s physical and emotional health and personality in order to develop a treatment plan. If you have results of blood work, X-rays and/or treatment and medication records, please send them beforehand or bring them with you to the appointment.
During the acupuncture exam, your veterinarian may palpate, or touch, some of the acupuncture points and may evaluate your pet’s tongue color and pulse quality.
The treatment itself involves inserting very fine needles at specifically determined acupuncture points on your pet’s body. For most pets, this is painless. The treatment may involve as few as two needles or more than two dozen. The needles remain in place from five to 20 minutes. During treatment, most pets become very relaxed.
The number of treatments required depends on the condition being treated and whether it is an acute problem or a chronic, ongoing condition. Some pets will start to feel results after the first or second treatment. Three to five sessions, once a week, are typical. If necessary, maintenance treatments may be recommended at longer intervals.
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