What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the insertion of needles into specific points on the body, know as acupoints, resuling in a therapeutic effect. The effects of acupuncture include pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, and immune system regulation.
How Long has Acupuncture Been Practiced?
Veterianry acupuncture has been practiced for at least 2000 year when the acient Chinese people discovered 173 acupoints on animals. Within the last fifty years, interest in acupuncture has increased greatly in the United States.
What Diseases Does Acupuncture Treat?
Acupuncture is indicated for a variety of diseases. One of the most common uses for acupuncture is pain management, espcially as it relates to osteoarthrites. Acupuncture is also useful for treating neurological disorders, such as seizures, gastrointestinal disrders, such as vomiting, diarrhea, or constipation, behavioral disorders, and many other chronic conditions.
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes. There are minimal or no side effects associated with most acupuncture treatments. Rarely, bruising or local inflamatin at the site of the needle insertion have been reported.
Is Acupunture Painful?
Acupuncture is virtually painless. The insertion of the acupuncture neddle may produce an energetic senstaion, which some patients may find uncomfortable, but over 95% of patients are comfortable during their entire treatment. Some animals even fall asleep during acupuncture treatment.
How many Acupuncture Treatments are Needed?
The number of acupuncure treatments needed depends on the condition being treated, the duration of disease, and the age of the animal. Typically, at least three treatments are needed to observe the full effects of acupuncture.
Can Acupuncture Be Used with Modern Medicine?
Yes. Acupuncture can be used with modern medcaions and/or surgery. Some patients may benefit from the combination of acupuncture and modern treatment options, while the patients may only need acupuncture.
How Can Acupuncture and Physical Therapy Be Utilized Together?
Acupuncture and Physical Therapy can be tilized together to treat many different conditions. The most common conditions include osteoarthritis, back pain, and muscle soreness. Acupuncture will be useful to provide pain relief, while Physical Therapy can be used to strenghthen muscles and improve body condition.