VSC provides safe, comforting acupuncture treatments for patients with chronic pain as well as a number of other chronic conditions. Our certified acupuncturists will consult with your pet’s treating veterinarian for the best results and the fastest healing.
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a medical treatment that encourages the body to heal itself, and it’s been used safely in medicine for over 5,000 years. During each treatment, a certified acupuncturist will insert ultra-fine, sterilized needles into the skin and underlying tissues at specific locations called points. The needles trigger the nervous system, telling the body to heal and restoring normal function to the muscles, joints, and other systems. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated.
Veterinary Acupuncture Promotes Healing
In general, acupuncture is most beneficial for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation, and pain. In addition, regular acupuncture treatments can restore mobility for older pets, improve minor injuries as they occur, and be administered preventatively to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury. The following are some of the conditions that can be improved through acupuncture:
- The muscular and skeletal systems: acupuncture relieves back pain, muscle soreness, disc problems, arthritis, and degenerative joint disease
- Neurological disorders: acupuncture heals weakness from chronic disc disease, radial nerve or facial paralysis, and seizure
- Gastrointestinal disorders: acupuncture alleviates diarrhea, constipation, vomiting, and poor appetite
- Chemotherapy: acupuncture minimizes side effects in cancer patients and promotes general well-being
- Skin conditions: acupuncture reduces inflammation and skin problems such as allergic dermatitis and lick granulomas
- Other chronic conditions: acupuncture improves asthma, geriatric weakness, immune system disorders, and more
How We Perform Veterinary Acupuncture
We use acupuncture in conjunction with other medications for the best treatment results.
Your pet’s veterinary acupuncturist will perform a full physical exam, review medical records and consider test results before recommending a treatment program. Performed correctly by a certified veterinary acupuncturist, acupuncture is one of the safest and most effective treatments available.
Typically, your pet will be treated once a week for four to six weeks. After the initial treatment period, the intervals between sessions are usually extended based on your pet’s progress. Commonly, owners observe improvement after the first treatment. However, four to six treatments should be completed before accurately assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture. A treatment session typically takes 15 to 30 minutes. Insertion of the tiny needles is not painful for most animals, and many patients relax or even fall asleep during treatment. For the best results, it is important to inform your acupuncturist of any changes in medication or medical conditions at the start of each session.
Side effects of acupuncture are rare, but they do exist. Your pet’s condition may seem worse for up to 48 hours after the initial treatment. Some animals become lethargic or sleepy for 24 hours. These effects are an indication that physiological changes are developing and are most often followed by an improvement in the condition.