Acupuncture is the process of placing needles below the skin to help stimulate muscles and nerve fibers to promote healing. Acupuncture points are located where nerves enter or pass between muscles and fascia. Stimulation of these points helps to relax tissues and release mediators that reduce pain and inflammation. The needles used in acupuncture can influence nerve conduction and help to dilate vessels, improve blood flow and oxygenate surrounding tissues.
Dr. Jeneé Daws is trained in veterinary acupuncture. She has completed over 160 hours of continuing education and is certified to perform acupuncture and electroacupuncture on horses, dogs, cats or any veterinary species.
Every patient reacts to acupuncture differently, so Dr. Daws conducts a myofascial exam at the initial acupuncture appointment. This allows her to fully understand the patient’s problems and further identify target areas for therapy. 75% of patients receiving acupuncture see favorable outcomes from therapy.
Acupuncture therapy does not inflict serious pain. The small acupuncture needles are tapered to slide in smoothly without being noticed, especially when the patient is distracted with petting or treats. Sometimes patients will even fall asleep during treatment.
Rarely, a patient will be slightly sore or lethargic within the first 48 hours after treatment. This is not necessarily a bad thing, however, because it indicates that the acupuncture therapy influenced a physiological change in the patient. The soreness you may see is usually followed by a considerable improvement in the condition being treated.
Below are some of the conditions that acupuncture can be used for:
Musculoskeletal conditions (arthritis, disc disease, hip dysplasia)
Skin conditions (allergies and wounds)
Gastrointestinal disorders (constipation and diarrhea)
Neurologic problems (nerve injuries, paralysis and seizures)
Age-related conditions (weakness and muscle atrophy)
Urinary disorders (incontinence and renal failure)
Peri-surgical anxiety (amount of anesthetic needed for surgery)
Acupuncture is one of the many ways you can contribute to your pet’s overall wellness and health. Feel free to ask us for more information on ways acupuncture therapy could benefit your pet!