Acupuncture is indicated for a broad range of uses including those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation, allergies, and pain in animals. Common conditions treated are musculoskeletal, respiratory, skin, gastrointestinal and reproductive problems. Acupuncture is also effective for the treatment of various diseases (see sidebar).
In addition, regular acupuncture treatment can treat and prevent minor sports injuries as they occur by helping to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. If your animals are involved in any athletic endeavor, such as flyball, agility, hunting, lure coursing or showing, acupuncture can help them keep in top physical condition.
In scientific terms, acupuncture can assist the body’s own ability to heal by inducing and manipulating certain physiologic changes. Often, this causes a release of natural occurring hormones like cortisol and endorphins. The insertion of needles is virtually painless and can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation and relieve muscle spasms. Most animals become very relaxed during treatment but some will experience temporary tingling and numbness. The frequency and method of stimulation (dry needle, electroaccupuncture, etc.) is dependent on the diagnosis.
A simple diagnosis like a sprain may only need to be treated once but other diagnoses may require long term therapy for your pet. Acupuncture is generally safe and success varies with the diagnosis. Side effects are rare but possible and may include drowsiness and lost of stamina. The side effects are related to physiological changes and usually result in the desired outcome.
Acupuncture is one of the oldest healing practices in the world. Acupuncture uses the insertion of small needles into specific points of your pets body to produce a healing and restorative response. Each point has a specific action when stimulated and can be used to treat a wide variety of conditions.
While acupuncture will not cure every condition, it can be very beneficial when indicated.
Do you have a pet that may benefit from acupuncture? Contact us today at 513-932-4181.