WHAT IS MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE?

Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic method that usually involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles. Modern medical practitioners developed medical acupuncture as an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. We employ current knowledge of anatomy, physiology and pathology, all in keeping with evidence-based medicine. A myofacial palpation exam allows the doctors to determine the location and sources of discomfort and dysfunction.

WHAT CAN MEDICAL ACUPUNCTURE DO?

Treatment with medical acupuncture and its related techniques of laser therapy and forms of message help promote healing and wellbeing, by preventing illness, and addressing a variety of medical conditions and pain problems.

WHAT ARE SOME SPECIFIC BENEFITS?

Research on acupuncture is continually building and strengthening the scientific and evidence-informed basis of medical acupuncture. In addition to its well-known effects on acute and chronic pain, medical acupuncture addresses a wide range of medical issues including:
• Digestive ailments, including inflammation and motility problems
• Respiratory issues, such as sinusitis and recurrent infections
• Neurologic problems such as peripheral neuropathy, sciatica, spinal cord injury, disk disease and nerve based pain problems
• Musculoskeletal complaints, knee pain, arthritis, tendinitis, back pain, neck pain and much more

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?

The main therapeutic effects of needling begin with activation of nerve fibers near a point. These stimuli then bring about changes that help to balance nerve signaling and neurotransmitter activity from the “periphery” (i.e., the acupuncture point) to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and autonomic nervous system centers (that govern processes like glandular activity, immune status, digestion, mood, and more). Acupuncture also releases tension from the muscles and enveloping fibrous network called “fascia”.

HOW MANY TREATMENTS WILL BE NEEDED?

Each session lasts 1 hour and needles are in place up to 30 min. The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient. For difficult or long-standing conditions, the patient may need treatments weekly or twice weekly, for several weeks. Usually, however, once sees a change in the patient within the first three treatments if the acupuncture is going to make a meaningful difference.

WHAT SIDE EFFECTS AND RISKS MIGHT THERE BE?

Uncommonly, an acupuncture patient could experience a temporary worsening of the condition. Veterinary patients might try to use their mouths to pull a needle, or eat a needle. It is imperative to monitor patients during treatment so this does not occur. Usually, however, most side effects are a mild and even pleasant, with a sense of relaxation, an improvement in sleep or improvement in digestive tract transit. If something concerns you, contact the patient’s doctor or practice right away.

COMPANION PET CARE OFFERS ACUPUNCTURE:

Contact us for more information and learn about our veterinarians, Dr. Meghan Fowler and Dr. Julia Howland, who are board-certified veterinary acupuncturists!