How does veterinary acupuncture work?
Acupuncture enhances blood circulation, nervous system stimulation, and the release of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving hormones.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of needles into body tissue where nerve bundles and blood vessels come together. These collections of nervous and vascular tissue are termed acupuncture points.
Acupuncture needles are quite small, about the size of a human hair, and flexible, therefore many patients barely register them. We also offer our patients snacks like baby food, peanut butter, and other yummy treats to keep them occupied while the needles are being placed and stimulated. We also try to have our sessions in a non-clinical area, one that is comfortable for both the patient and owner.
What are the benefits of Veterinary Acupuncture?
- Decrease pain associated with arthritis, soft tissue injuries, etc.
- Increased mobility
- Increased nerve function in animals with spinal cord diseases or neuropathies
- Treatment of certain kidney or digestive disorders
- Wound healing
Besides needle insertion, other acupuncture treatments include:
Coursing a voltage electrical current into the body between needles inserted into acupuncture points. This relaxes spasming muscles and can aid the body in reestablishing nervous impulses when nerve damage has occurred.
Using laser energy to stimulate acupuncture points or used in conjunction with acupuncture and wound treatment therapies. Lasers are great for providing "needle-less" acupuncture treatments especially on patients that don’t readily tolerate needle insertion.
How many sessions will my pet need?
Acupuncture is a treatment that works best when administered routinely. For example, an ideal acupuncture treatment regimen might look something like this:
You and your pet come in for an initial evaluation and discussion about your main concerns and goals. This includes an appointment with the veterinarian, who will do a physical exam on your pet and determine how acupuncture may benefit your pet; the first session will also take place.
Then, we schedule weekly sessions for at least 3 weeks. By that time, we will be able to determine how your pet is responding to the treatment.