Acupuncture

Acupuncture on a CatAcupuncture was first developed by the Ancient Chinese and can be defined as the stimulation of a specific point on the body resulting in a therapeutic homeostatic effect. Research shows that acupuncture points are located in areas of free nerve endings, mast cells, small arterioles, and lymphatic vessels. The basis for acupuncture is the discovery that certain areas on the surface of the body are associated to internal body organs and functions. Thus, acupuncture has been used for a wide variety of diseases and conditions. Stimulation of acupuncture points also induce release of beta-endorphin, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters. Acupuncture needlesThe use of acupuncture for pain relief has been well documented by western studies.

Acupuncture points can be stimulated in a variety of ways including dry needles, electro-stimulation, and aqu-acupuncture. A typical session lasts 30-40 minutes. The number of treatments needed depends on the individual animal. Typically we start with one session every week for 3-4 weeks, then try to lengthen the time in between. The needles are very thin and usually do not cause a significant amount of discomfort. A lot of animals seem to enjoy their sessions.

Acupuncture DogDr. Jodene Beck was certified in veterinary acupuncture in 2006 at the Chi Institute. If you are interested in this service, please contact us for more information.

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