Snowball came in to our clinic this afternoon for her fourth acupuncture treatment. She purred as the needles were placed and relaxed throughout her 20 minute session, occasionally batting playfully at the equipment with her paws. Snowball was diagnosed with a painful ruptured cruciate ligament in her knee about a month ago and her owners elected to try an alternative method of treatment. Her leg has improved significantly since beginning her acupuncture treatments and she is able to run around the house again.
Acupuncture has been used to treat a variety of conditions for thousands of years. As more and more research is being done on this ancient form of medicine, it is easier for us to understand how acupuncture has these effects. Acupuncture points are in areas of increased nerve endings and blood supply, often where muscles begin or meet. Stimulating an acupuncture point increases blood flow and releases natural opioids, endorphins, and serotonin, leading to pain relief and healing. The points are connected along pathways, or meridians, so that stimulation of a distant point can have effects on other areas of the meridian. Acupuncture relieves stagnation along the meridians and allows the chi (energy) to flow.
Acupuncture can be used to treat many disease including arthritis and other causes of pain, seizures, incontinence, and gastrointestinal problems. By integrating acupuncture into your pet's health care, we can take advantage of the body's own healing and pain relief capabilities without worrying about the side effects sometimes associated with medications. We typically recommend beginning with 4 acupuncture sessions, about a week apart. When the condition has been successfully managed, we can extend the time between treatment sessions.
Could acupuncture be right for your pet? Please call us to set up a consultation.