A gentle, non-invasive, ancient Chinese approach.
Acupuncture has been used successfully in both veterinary and human medicine for nearly 4000 years. Simply stated, acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body with the intent of altering various biochemical and physiological conditions.
Acupuncture is now known to affect all major physiological systems via the central nervous system. Included are the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. More than simply relieving pain, acupuncture also increases circulation and causes a release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones such as endorphins, the natural pain-killing hormones.
Some benefits are the relief of muscle spasms and the stimulation of the body’s defense system. Most pets find treatments very soothing and relaxing. Acupuncture can be used to provide relief from the following conditions:
- Neck and/or back pain
- Arthritis and musculoskeletal injuries
- Cancer and symptoms associated with chemotherapy
- Respiratory problems such as asthma
- Skin problems such as allergies
- Acute and chronic conditions that have not responded to traditional medicine
- Acute and chronic conditions that are currently being treated with traditional medicine
Additionally, acupuncture aids in neurological recovery, immune system support, and senior pet care.
How will my pet react to veterinary acupuncture?
Luckily, most pets accept veterinary acupuncture with ease. Of the few that initially dislike needles, many become receptive over time. Because acupuncture needles are so fine, pets rarely experience any discomfort and most lie down to rest during the session.
Treatments are relaxing, balancing, and tailored to each individual patient. The number of sessions your pet will require is based on the issue being addressed as well as their response to treatment. For some pets, three to eight initial treatments will suffice while, for others, a single session every three to four weeks works best. Every session lasts approximately 30 minutes.
If you’d like to learn more about acupuncture or you’d like to schedule a consultation for your pet, call us at (540) 672-1600.