WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture consists of inserting thin, sterile, stainless steel needles into a patient at precise locations and depths to alter the body's biochemical and physiological properties primarily through stimulation of the central nervous system. Acupuncture has been used in humans and animals for over 4,000 years and is a good adjunctive therapy to western treatment plans. Nerves integrate every organ and acupuncture stimulates nerves!! Acupuncture has traditionally been used as a preventative. Research has confirmed that acupuncture stimulates immune function, thereby increasing resistance to bacterial and viral infections. In addition, acupuncture can greatly increase overall vitality and energy and it effects profound changes on the physical and emotional levels. The American Veterinary Medical Association considers veterinary acupuncture a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery.
HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
A healthy body is said to be in 'homeostasis or 'balance'. Illness indoor injury cause the body to become unbalanced. It works primarily through the central nervous system affecting the miscalculate, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. It does more than relieve pain. How it works depends on what condition one is treating and which points are utilized. Acupuncture increases circulation, causes a release of many petrochemicals, some of which are endorphins, the body's "natural painkilling" hormones, relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, stimulates the body's defense systems, as well as numerous other beneficial effects.
IS ACUPUNCTURE PAINFUL? HOW WILL MY ANIMAL REACT? IS IT SAFE?
For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most animals become very relaxed and may even become sleepy.
Acupuncture is performed with sterile, thin stainless steel needles. It is one of the safest therapies utilized if practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Side effects are rare. Because acupuncture balances the body's own system of healing and not chemicals are administered, complications rarely, if ever, develop.
WHAT ANIMALS BENEFIT FROM ACUPUNCTURE?
All animals can benefit from acupuncture. Dr. Towner has experience doing acupuncture on all varieties of species including, but not limited to, horses, dogs, cats, snakes, birds, pigs and hedgehogs.
WHAT CONDITIONS RESPOND WELL TO ACUPUNCTURE?
? Musculoskeletal Disorders - Arthritis, DJD, hip dysplasia, Intervertebral Disc Disease, Nerve injuries, paralysis, post-op orthopedic surgery
? Gastrointestinal Disorders - megacolon in feline, IBD (inflammatory bowel disease), chronic/acute diarrhea, chronic constipation, nausea, decreased appetite
? Skin Disorders - lick granulomas, chronic allergies, decrease wound healing time
? Neurological Disorders - seizures and nerve disorders
? Respiratory Disorders - chronic asthma
? Ocular Disorders - KCS/dry eye
? Any condition that is decreasing the quality of life for your animal and not responding to traditional western medicine should consider acupuncture!
HOW OFTEN WILL MY ANIMAL NEED ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is performed once to twice a week for 4-8 treatments until desirable effects are seen or demonstrated. Treatments are then tapered according to the patient's response, typically about every two to six months for maintenance.
Acupuncture may also be used as needed or once a month for maintenance, relaxation and/or immune stimulating quality of life.
Dr. Sally Towner, Certified Veterinary Acupuncture, Certified Medical Massage