Acupuncture is used in human medicine and physical therapy as well as in veterinary medicine to treat a variety of illnesses. The most common is chronic pain but acupuncture can be used for almost any condition.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a therapeutic method of inserting very small needles in a non-painful way to help treat many different disorders by stimulating the nervous system. Modern western medical acupuncture is derived from the eastern method - but uses a scientific, evidence-based approach. A western practitioner considers the neurologic pathways, the sympathetic / parasympathetic nervous system, etc.
Does My Pet NEed Acupuncture?
Some pets hide their pain and discomfort so it may be difficult to know their true level of pain. You may have noticed their gait being off or that their pace has slowed but presumed it was due to age. Acupuncture may help alleviate some of that discomfort, sometimes brought on by the passing of time, other times for unknown causes.
A common use for acupuncture is for long-term painful conditions such as arthritis. When combined with massage, physical therapy, and laser therapy, we can sometimes wean these fur babies off some of their medications.
What Can acupuncture Treat?
Chronic or acute pain, such as arthritis, intervertebral disc disease, knee/hip pain, sciatica, traumatic nerve injury, etc.
Digestive issues, such as inflammatory bowel disease, motility problems
Chronic respiratory irritation, like feline asthma and allergies
Skin conditions, such as lick granulomas, allergic dermatitis
Anxiety due to stress-related conditions
... and many more!
Does Acupuncture hurt?
Needles used are very tiny and virtually painless, but depending on initial level of discomfort some may exhibit initial discomfort such as a tingling sensation, cramp, or numbness. Once the needles have been placed, there should be no pain. Most kiddos become very relaxed and some even fall asleep. Very uncommonly, a pet may be very tired or so worn out that they are a bit wobbly at home afterwards, but they often sleep very well and then are much brighter in the morning.
Before starting an acupuncture regimen, our certified acupuncturist Dr. Austin will first examine the areas of pain/discomfort and discuss realistic goals.
A typical consult involves a full body therapeutic massage and myofascial palpation - the whole body is examined for tight muscles, evidence of pain and restrictions and massage is incorporated where needed. Once we identify what treatments your fur baby will need to help them feel better we can start the acupuncture treatment, and even incorporate therapeutic laser. Treatment packages are available for purchase at consultation or at any point once treatment plan has started, depending on condition.
* Acupuncture only packages are available, as are packages that incorporate both acupuncture and laser therapy.*
Follow up appointments
Follow-up appointments are less expensive and are shorter once we have a treatment plan in place. Typical treatment plans are 1-2 times a week for 6-8 weeks but may vary depending on condition that is being treated.
These follow-up appointments may also be done as drop-off appointments if schedule conflicts with availability. These kiddos typically do well with lots of treats and pets during their acupuncture/laser treatment. We even take photos of them with their goggles on, which we love sharing with you pet parents!