What is Veterinary Acupuncture?
The process of placing needles into the tissue at the intersection of nerves and blood vessels to alleviate pain, increase blood flow and release anti-inflammatory hormones within the bodies of dogs and cats.
Is it similar to human acupuncture?
Yes, this practice is based off biomedical acupuncture procedures used in Western medical acupuncture.
Why would I use Veterinary Acupuncture?
Acupuncture can be advantageous at any age and can help an array of ailments including:
- Degenerative joint disease
- Metabolic Disease
The objective of acupuncture is to discover the root cause of medical or behavioral conditions to then allow the body to heal itself, relieve pain, induce energy flow, minimize inflammation and subside any bodily tension.
What are the benefits?
According to PetMd acupuncture:
- Improves tissue blood flow, oxygenation and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins
- It is said that unlike conventional prescription medications, this alternative therapy lacks the potential side effects that we commonly associate with manufactured drugs
- Can be used simultaneously with other approaches and Western medicine
- Promotes self-healing through the balancing of body energy
- Increases blood circulation, engages the nervous system and will prompt the release of hormones that reduce pain and inflammation
How often should I use this type of therapy?
Treatment differs based on specific conditions, but generally this type of therapy is suggested between 1-3 sessions a week, then intermittent treatment will most likely be suggested after the first couple of weeks.
Where can I go locally?
Dr. Stephanie Torlone, DVM, CVA—East Lyme, CT
Animal Hospital of Rocky Hill
Veterinary Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine—Niantic, CT