Acupuncture is used at Fitchburg Veterinary Hospital to promote optimal wellness and improve quality of life.
Acupuncture is a method of promoting optimal wellness and improving one’s quality of life. Acupuncture can be used to improve chronic condition control, treat acute illnesses or injuries, hasten recovery, and boost the immune system.
Medical Acupuncture guides the selection of acupuncture points with knowledge of anatomy and physiology. Acupuncture can be used to improve blood circulation, relieve muscle tension, control pain, stimulate healing, improve digestion, and release endorphins, among other things.
What is acupuncture?
Used in humans and animals for over 3,000 years, acupuncture is a tremendous adjunctive therapy to Western medical treatment and is considered by the American Veterinary Medical Association as a valid modality within the practice of veterinary medicine and surgery.
How does it work?
A healthy body is said to be in “homeostasis” or “in balance.” When illness or injury cause the body to become unbalanced, acupuncture is a viable therapy used to bring the body back into its proper homeostatic state.
Through acupuncture, which stimulates all of the major physiological systems, Doctors are able to treat numerous physical conditions and diseases. This stimulus:
- Increases circulation and enhances musculoskeletal, hormonal, and cardiovascular functions.
- Promotes a release of endorphins – the body’s “natural pain-killing” hormones.
- Stimulates nerves and the body’s defense systems.
- May assist in decreasing the dosage of medications that can cause unwanted side effects (liver damage, nausea, de-creased appetite, etc.) and help the body heal itself.
How often will my animal need acupuncture?
Acupuncture is performed once to twice a week for 4-8 treatments until desirable effects are obtained. Treatments are then tapered according to the patient’s response (maintenance treatments are usually performed every 1-6 months depending on the pet’s condition.)
Is acupuncture painful?
The insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Most animals become relaxed and some may even become sleepy.
Is acupuncture safe?
Acupuncture is an extremely safe, “drug-free” therapy yielding no side effects except feelings of well-being and relaxation.
Should acupuncture be used instead of traditional Western Medicine?
Acupuncture should be used in conjunction with traditional diagnostics, work-ups, and treatments.
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