Acupuncture for pets?!?
Yes, it’s true, we utilize acupuncture as a modality for our pets here at East Bend Animal Hospital. This is an exciting field which is increasingly more accepted and clinical research is repeatedly showing positive results in the treatment of both animals and humans.
So, what is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical technique developed in China thousands of years ago. Specifically, it is defined as the insertion of needles into specific points in the body to elicit a healing response. You can receive acupuncture either in conjunction with other modalities or alone. You can also combine it with Western and alternative practices.
How does it work?
Acupuncture was developed during ancient times, but current scientific knowledge gives us a better idea of effects in the body! Functional MRI has shown that stimulation at a precise point in the body with a small needle with results in a specific change and affect the central nervous system. In conventional terms we see that acupuncture stimulates nerves, releases hormones such as endorphins, increases blood circulation and alleviates muscle spasms. From a Chinese medicine perspective we use acupuncture to help the body achieve balance and optimal healthy based on interconnecting channels called meridians.
What can acupuncture be used for?
Acupuncture is most commonly known and used for inflammatory disease and pain, but you can also use it for a variety of conditions, including:
- Musculoskeletal conditions such as intervertebral disc disease, osteoarthritis, soft tissue injuries and neurodegenerative disease
- Respiratory conditions such as bronchitis and asthma
- Abdominal diseases such as liver disease, inflammatory bowel disease, colitis and vomiting/diarrhea
- Skin disease
- Cancer and hospice care
What can I expect for pet with an acupuncture treatment?
For most animal’s acupuncture is virtually painless! We strive to make this process as enjoyable as possible for your pet. We provide a calm, relaxing environment with a brief massage using essential oils to start the acupuncture session. Each session typically lasts approximately 30 minutes. Acupuncture has a cumulative effect and we typically start with once weekly sessions for 4 sessions and then re-evaluate