Acupuncture is a key therapy used to bring the body back into its proper homeostatic state and is known to affect all major physiological systems. It works primarily through the central nervous system affecting musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. How it works depends on what condition one is treating and which points are utilized. Acupuncture increases circulation, causes a release of many neurochemicals, some of which are endorphins, the body's "natural pain-killing" hormones, relieves muscle spasms, stimulates nerves, stimulates the body's defense systems, as well as numerous other beneficial effects.
Acupuncture can be used to treat different conditions including:
Musculoskeletal Disorders-Arthritis/DJD, hip dysplasia, intervertebral disc disease, post-op orthopedic surgery, soft tissue injuries, and Neurological Disorders- nerve injuries/paralysis.
Acupuncture should be considered for any condition that is decreasing the quality of life for your animal, and not responding to traditional western medicine.
Please call to schedule a consult with Dr. Anne Harrington to see if acupuncture is for your pet.