Acupuncture has been used for the treatment of both humans and animals for thousands of years. It is defined as the use of needles to stimulate specific points on the body to achieve a healing effect, which includes pain relief and bringing balance to the system. Most pets are very comfortable with the process of acupuncture, especially after they realize that it helps them to feel better!
Acupuncture treatment and Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) are most commonly sought for mobility issues, such as osteoarthritis, in older animals and can be extremely effective in helping to relieve pain and maintain a good quality of life.
It can also be used as a treatment for a variety of other conditions, such as:
- Musculoskeletal conditions like degenerative joint disease, muscle soreness and tendon injuries
- Neuological disorders such intervertebral disc disease, facial paralysis, and seizures
- Gastrointestinal disease like Inflammatory Bowel Disease, diarrhea or constipation, vomiting
- Skin conditions like allergies and lick granulomas
- Respiratory and heart disease
- Adjunctive treatment for cancer, to improve overall well-being and helping to alleviate the side effects of chemotherapy
- Chronic conditions like kidney failure, liver disease, and thyroid disease.
A typical house call appointment for Acupuncture takes about an hour. The first Acupuncture session consists of a full Western physical examination, TCVM evaluation, an acupuncture treatment, and a discussion of Herbal Therapy and Food Therapy options, which can enhance the overall effectiveness of treatment. Depending on the condition being treated, we typically recommend a series of 3-5 weekly to bi-weekly sessions to see if it is going to be a viable means of therapy. After that, maintenance treatments can be scheduled as needed based on how your pet is doing!