Therapeutic Acupuncture Treatment
Acupuncture is an alternative therapy used in veterinary medicine to treat a variety of medical conditions. Acupuncture is based on one of the four main components of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) and has been used for thousands of years as an effective method to stimulate healing and improve recovery.
How Acupuncture Works
The team at ROC Pet Rehab has extensive training in the practice of acupuncture. Similar to the procedure for humans, pet acupuncture involves the insertion of thin, sterile needles (dry needling) into specific points on the body to induce therapeutic effects. These “acupuncture points” are where your pet’s nerves and blood vessels meet, and the dry needling technique enhances blood circulation and tissue oxygen levels.
Acupuncture also releases endorphins which reduce inflammation and provide pain relief. This treatment encourages your pet’s body to heal itself by correcting energy imbalances, which can significantly improve overall quality of life.
Acupuncture is an integrative treatment that can be employed as an individual technique or used in combination with traditional Western veterinary medicine. At ROC Pet Rehab, we use acupuncture to treat a variety of conditions, including:
- Chronic pain — arthritis/degenerative joint disease, hip dysplasia, cruciate disease, back and neck pain
- Neurologic conditions — paresis/hind limb weakness, paralysis, nerve damage, seizures
What to Expect
Before scheduling a treatment, we will perform a full physical exam and review your pet’s prior medical history to determine whether acupuncture is right for your pet. The type of acupuncture therapy used will depend on your pet’s health status, but each session generally lasts 20-30 minutes and is performed twice a week for four to six weeks, with decreasing frequency afterwards.
Each animal responds differently to acupuncture – some show no sensitivity to needles while others may experience slight discomfort upon insertion. However, once the needles are placed, most pets relax fully and may even feel sleepy.
To learn more about pet acupuncture at ROC Pet Rehab, please contact us.