Acupuncture is an ancient form of medicine that involves inserting very small needles into points in the body that initiate healing responses from the body.
Acupuncture is a form of nerve stimulation which initiates a healing response in the brain and body. This ancient art has been practiced for over 5,000 years.This method of treating and managing ailments was developed to treat both humans and animals. To become a proficient veterinary acupuncturist, one must be a veterinarian trained in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM).
Thin, sterile, single-use needles are applied at specific locations, or points, on the body. Certain combinations of points encourage the return of normal function in the body. The goal of treatment is to stimulate the body to heal itself.
Acupuncture works in many ways, and thanks to current research we are learning more everyday as to how this happens.
One signally system acupuncture stimulates in the body generates pain-relieving responses which draw oxygen-rich blood to the area. Increasing blood circulation is critical in supplying enough oxygen to the body and aids in the removal of the toxins and brings in proteins needed for healing. Additionally, when the needles are inserted they help the muscles relax. This relaxation response spreads throughout the body of your pet, thereby helping aid in pain reduction.
Acupuncture can be used alone or in combination with other modalities.
Ailments in Pets That Can Be Managed Using Acupuncture
- Musculoskeletal disorders- arthritis, disc disease (IVDD), hip dysplasia, muscle spasms
- Gastrointestinal disorders- vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, etc.
- Respiratory problems- asthma, chronic cough, chronic sneezing, etc.
- Neurological disorders- epilepsy, chronic pain, IVDD etc.
- Adjunct to chemotherapy- decrease side effects of bone marrow suppression, nausea, etc.
- Urinary disorders- cystitis, incontinence, chronic renal failure, etc.
- Dermatological problems- lick granulomas, allergic dermatitis, etc.
- Behavioral problems- anxiety, lick granulomas, urinating outside of the box etc.
- Autoimmune diseases and Allergies
Acupuncture is extremely effective in pain management, not only for musculoskeletal conditions such as arthritis, but also gastrointestinal problems such as colitis. Skin ailments can also be improved using acupuncture. Asthma and certain allergies can be managed using acupuncture due to its immune system benefits. It also helps in relieving ailments associated with the muscular and skeletal system such as arthritis.
Acupuncture For Dogs and Cats With Arthritis
Our veterinary acupuncturists are well trained in identifying the pain relieving points. Before commencing treatment we have a consultation with the pet owner so that they can be informed about the procedure and the expected results. We may also use electro-acupuncture to stimulate the nerves for increased efficiency in pain reduction. In areas where acupuncture needles a cannot be used, we use acupressure or essential oils to the points that help induce pain reduction.
Should you need any of the above services, we would love to discuss the options for your pet.
*other resources on the benefits of acupuncture http://www.itmonline.org/arts/acuintro.htm
Studies have revealed that acupuncture stimulates one or more of the signaling systems of the body. Turning these different systems can under certain circumstances, increase the rate of healing response which may be sufficient to cure a disease, or it might only reduce its impact (alleviate some symptoms). According to current understanding, the primary signaling system affected by acupuncture is the nervous system, which not only transmits signals along the nerves that comprise it, but also emits a variety of biochemicals that influence other cells of the body*. The nervous system through its signaling pathways (including the release of certain hormones) makes connections to every cell and system of the body.
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Onslo sits on his mom's lap as he sits with his acupuncture needles in