Acupuncture has been practiced in China for over 3,000 years and is growing in popularity here in the United States. People have started realizing how much it can help, especially when other treatments do not. This modality can be used in conjunction with other medications/treatments or by itself. Acupuncture is a gentle way to ask the body to do something, which rarely results in any side effects. Most dogs and cats feel nothing when the needles are inserted, and they walk or run out of the office, just as they came in.
In an effort to better understand how acupuncture works, numerous studies have been performed recently. While there is still much more to learn, studies have shown acupuncture works by stimulating nerves, increasing circulation, and releasing endorphins that help control pain.
Some of the most commonly treated conditions are:
- Pain management (especially due to back problems or arthritis)
- Chronic gastrointestinal problems (vomiting and/or diarrhea)
- Chronic skin problems
- Seizures (when medication alone does not work)
- Asthma/chronic respiratory problems
- To promote quality of life with other chronic or terminal conditions.
Diamond, my 3 year old Great Dane, was born with severe rear leg deformity and was going to be euthanized. She had problems getting up or down off of anything. So, we started Acupuncture and had almost immediate results! She now has little to no problems with her deformed legs. She can jump in and out of my van, on my bed, swim in the river and can go on long walks. I have seen amazing results for Diamond with her getting Acupuncture every 3-4 weeks.
Thank you Dr. Daniel for making me feel like a pup again after my acupuncture and laser!
Calvin started acupuncture a few days after surgery for a herniated disc that had left him paralyzed from both hind legs. At first it was evident that the acupuncture was relieving a lot of his pain and inflammation. Once he started being able to use his legs again we saw his mobility increase after his sessions with Dr Daniel. The results have been well beyond my most hopeful expectations!