The goal of acupuncture is to promote the body to heal itself. 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, which course over all aspects of the body’s surface on meridians (energy channels). The meridians permit a cycle of energy to occur throughout the entire body over the course of the day’s 24 hours.
Acupuncture can be used to maintain and promote balance in healthy individuals, as well as to treat a wide variety of conditions. These conditions include, but are not limited to:
• hip dysplasia/ chronic arthritic conditions
• acute muscle, tendon and bone injuries (often best used in conjunction with western modalities)
• pre- and post-operative pain management
• spinal cord trauma including paresis (weakness) and paralysis
• control nausea in cancer patients to improve appetite and boost the immune system
• gastrointestinal disorders: vomiting, diarrhea, constipation and inflammatory bowel disease
• kidney disease
• urinary incontinence and retention
• respiratory disorders: upper respiratory infections, chronic bronchitis, and asthma
• skin conditions
• disorders of the immune system
• liver disease
• heart disease
• endocrine disorders including thyroid disorders
• geriatric patient management to improve the general quality of life
Often times the best treatment is a combination of Western and Eastern approaches. Our veterinarian will work with you to provide the best approach to your pet’s health.