Veterinary Acupuncture for Better Health and Well-Being
As an ancient healing technique originating in Asia some 2,000-4,000 years ago, acupuncture is embraced by western medicine as an incredible adjunct treatment for overall health. Used to treat a variety of conditions, this modality has recently been woven into modern veterinary medicine as an effective, minimally invasive way to encourage the same health benefits in our animal friends.
Veterinary Acupuncture 101
If you’re familiar with the basic tenets of human acupuncture, you probably have a good understanding of veterinary acupuncture as well. Acupuncture relies on an understanding of the body’s natural healing mechanisms. Explained in ancient terms, the body is comprised of meridians or energy channels, which can flow unimpeded to create good health or become stagnant or blocked, resulting in injury or illness.
In modern terms, acupuncture works with the central nervous system. This is done by inserting very fine needles into the top layer of the skin in key areas (healing points). This application acts as a catalyst to stimulate certain physiological changes that increase blood flow, oxygen, and nutrients to the area, relax any tension or spasm within the muscles, and release endorphins.
Acupuncture is done with safe, sterilized needles, and most pets do not notice their application (some even find the sessions relaxing to the point of nodding off). The number and duration of sessions depends on the condition being treated.
Before creating a treatment plan, we begin with a thorough consultation to see if acupuncture would be a good option in conjunction with other forms of treatment. This is a great time for you to ask questions about the process and how it can better support your pet’s health and well-being.
How Does Acupuncture Benefit Pets?
Clinical studies have shown the positive effects of acupuncture on a wide variety of illnesses and conditions. Among our pet patients, some of the conditions being treated include:
- Skin disorders
- Allergies and asthma
- Recovery from surgeries and injuries
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Pain management
- Conditions affecting the spine
- Reproductive issues
- Behavioral problems
As we continue to broaden our knowledge of this treatment option, we believe we’re only scratching the surface when it comes to the advantages of veterinary acupuncture.
To learn more about how your furry friend might benefit from acupuncture, please contact us. We’re happy to provide more information and answer any questions you may have.