Canine Acupuncture

Traditional Chinese medicine is based on the philosophy that illnessis caused by an imbalance of energies in your pet’s body.

Acupuncture is one aspect of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) that focuses on restoring the vital energy balance in the body to encourage healing.

The technique requires the insertion of fine needles into the dog’s body at specified points, called acupuncture points, where nerves and blood vessels converge. TCVM calls these sites meridians, which are believed to be energy channels that transmit energy throughout the dog’s body. The inserted needles guide “chi” or vital energy along the meridians. Placed in these identified points, the needles enhance blood circulation which improves healing ability. Acupuncture also stimulates the nervous system and increases the release of anti-inflammatory and pain-relieving substances to reduce a dog’s discomfort.

Acupuncture works through modulating the nerve pathways (neuromodulation) by physically interacting with nerve fibers in the skin and underlying tissues. This neuromodulation can result in ‘fooling’ the brain into thinking that there is a problem or imbalance in the point of insertion, and subsequently causing the release of beneficial chemicals from the brain and spinal cord including opioid-like neurochemicals. It also causes releases, close to the needle, of substances that encourage blood flow to the area, interrupting pain signaling, and releasing trigger points causing painful spasms.

Laser acupuncture is also used to target specific acupuncture points for deeper tissue effects than acupressure. It is non-invasive. This can be especially beneficial for sensitive pets and also pets that are older and have lost their muscle and subcutaneous fat, and would be at risk if needled.

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