What is Acupuncture?

Modern medical acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture, using the insertion of fine, sterile metal needles to promote therapeutic gains. Medical acupuncture uses evidence based medicine to achieve health improvements. The knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology are used by the doctor to improve the patients overall well being. Acupuncture starts with a physical examination called “myofascial palpation” that allows the doctor to determine the location and sources of discomfort and dysfunction. The needles used in acupuncture are extremely thin, they cause minimal or no pain and are generally well tolerated by pets. However, incorrect placement of the needle or inadequate sterilization can result in pain or complications, which is why you should only have a qualified practitioner perform acupuncture on your pet.

How Does Acupuncture Work?

The therapeutic benefits start with activation of nerve fibers stimuli of the punpheral nerves trigger signaling and neurotransmitter activity from the “periphery” (the acupuncture point) to the central nervous system and autonomic nervous system centers, that govern processes like pain, glandular activity, immune status, digestion mood, and more. In addition, acupuncture releases tension from the surrounding muscles and the fascia.

What Are Some Specific Benefits?

Acupuncture is well-known to help with acute and chronic pain. It also addresses a wide range on medical issues, such as:

  • Digestive ailments: including inflammation and motility
  • Neurological problems: peripheral neuropathy
  • Musculoskeletal complaints
  • Manage pain and hasten recovery after surgery

To determine if your pet’s condition may be responsive to this treatment, please set up an exam with one of our qualified veterinarians!

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