Pain Relief Options Offered at Circle L Animal Hospital:
- Electric Stimulation
- Therapy Laser
- Myofascial Massage
- Canine Rehabilitation & Exercises
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Yes! Acupuncture is performed using sterile, single-use needles which minimizes the possibility of infection. And because acupuncture balances the body’s own system of healing and is chemical free, complications rarely, if ever, develop.
Is Acupuncture Painful?
For most animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Acupuncture needles are much smaller than the needles used for drawing blood or administering vaccinations. Once the needles are in place, there should be no pain at all. Actually, many animals become very relaxed or sleepy during the procedure.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles into a patient at specific locations resulting in targeted stimulation of the nervous system. The nervous system is the body’s communications network, and it is capable of altering the biochemical and physiologic properties of any intact body system.
- Increase circulation
- Modulate the immune system
- Relieve muscle spasm & pain
- Cause a release of neurochemicals, including endorphins
- Optimize healthy nerve transmission
- Regulate hormone levels
Acupuncture maximizes the body’s ability to heal itself. Even when acupuncture fails to resolve a problem, it may reduce the need for medications and improve quality of life.
How often is Acupuncture done?
Acupuncture is performed 1-2 times per week until a positive response is observed. Acute problems usually respond within 1-3 treatments while chronic conditions generally require 3-6 treatments. Treatments are then tapered according to patient response. Chronic problems will necessitate maintenance treatments every few weeks to every few months. Sometimes, additional modalities are used to speed patient response & lengthen duration between treatments. See the last page for other modalities.
What does Acupuncture Treat?
Musculoskeletal Disorders, Arthritis/DJD & hip dysplasia, Post-operative orthopedic surgery rehab, Chronic trigger points (working or agility dogs), Neurologic Problems, Intervertebral disc disease, Nerve injuries/paralysis, Skin Problems, Lick granulomas, Allergies, Slow or non-healing wounds, Gastrointestinal Problems, Inflammatory bowel disease, Diarrhea or constipation, Poor appetite, Feline megacolon, Feline asthma, Urine spraying, and more.
Circle L Animal Hospital is proud to be able to offer some alternative medicine options like Laser Therapy that enable us to minimize or even erase the need for Non-Steroidal Anti Inflammatories use which can cause long-term side effects. We use the combination packages of medications, Laser Therapy, Acupuncture and Myofascial Massage to increase the overall well-being of your pet.