Acupuncture utilizes fine needles, placed in specific points on the body, to reduce pain and treat many different ailments. It has been a common treatment in human medicine for thousands of years, and it has applications in veterinary medicine as well.
Different acupuncture points can be stimulated to achieve different results, and many points are often stimulated at the same time, allowing for combined healing effects throughout the body. Generally speaking, however, veterinary sessions tend to last around 20 minutes. Repeated sessions at regular intervals provide the best results.
Acupuncture can help your pet manage the effects of health conditions, sometimes eliminating the need for surgery and reducing or eliminating the need for medication. It’s also often used to improve comfort, increase quality of life and speed healing after surgery.
Evidence has shown that acupuncture can be used in veterinary medicine to treat numerous disorders successfully, including those affecting the pulmonary, musculoskeletal, reproductive, neurologic, dermatologic and gastrointestinal systems. Medical conditions that commonly respond well to acupuncture treatments include:
- Epilepsy and other central nervous system disorders
- Lick granulomas
- Chronic pain caused by conditions like degenerative joint disease
- Nerve injuries
- Degenerative myelopathy (a disease that affects the spinal cord)
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Dermatitis caused by allergies
Acupuncture is a virtually painless treatment, and in addition to its powerful healing abilities, it’s also quick, safe and convenient. Contact Michigan City Animal Hospital by calling (219) 210-4511 to learn more about veterinary acupuncture.