Acupuncture for my pet? Why would I do that and what is it?
Acupuncture is the treatment of disease that involves the stimulation of specific points along affected channels to reopen "blocked" energy flow and re-establish normal functioning. Diagnostic acupuncture uses these same meridians to detect an energy blockage. Precision in selecting the proper points, inserting needles (if used) to the proper depth, and maintaining treatment for the proper length of time, all are critical for successful acupuncture.
Acupuncture can potentially be used for all problems in animals. For small animals, the following are some of the general conditions which may be treated with acupuncture:
- Any type of muscle soreness, particularly of the neck, shoulders, back and hindquarters.
- Sacroiliac pain
- Digestive problems including poor appetite and diarrhea
- Respiratory ailments
- Skin problems
- Immune system stimulation
- Recovery from surgery
Acupuncture needles are incredibly thin; inserting them is a relatively painless process. Your pet may feel a minor prick, but it is not uncomfortable. In fact, some pets that struggle with chronic pain have actually fallen asleep during treatment sessions thanks to acupuncture’s pain relief!
Whether for overall improved health or to treat a specific condition, acupuncture does a body good!