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Holistic Health for Pets

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Acupuncture

16-44-56-964_640WHAT IS ACUPUNCTURE?
Acupuncture is a method of encouraging the body to promote its own natural healing and to improve functioning. This is done by inserting needles and applying heat or electrical stimulation at very precise acupuncture points.

HOW DOES ACUPUNCTURE WORK?
The classical Chinese explanation is that channels of energy run in regular patterns through the body and over its surface. These energy channels, called meridians, are like rivers flowing through the body to irrigate and nourish the tissues. An obstruction in the movement of these energy rivers is like a dam that backs up in others.
The meridians can be influenced by needling the acupuncture points; the acupuncture needles unblock the obstructions at the dams and reestablish the regular flow through the meridians. Acupuncture treatments can therefore help the body’s internal organs to correct imbalances in their digestion, absorption, and energy production activities, and in the circulation of their energy through the meridians.

The modern scientific explanation is that needling the acupuncture points stimulates the nervous system to release chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These chemicals will either change the experience of pain, or they will trigger the release of other chemicals and hormones which influence the body’s own internal regulating system. The improved energy and biochemical balance produced by acupuncture results in stimulating the body’s natural healing abilities and in promoting physical and emotional well-being.

WILL MY ANIMAL SIT STILL AND WILL IT HURT?
Amazingly, most animals will sit very still for the acupuncture treatment! Rarely have I not been able to treat an animal. Often, animals will actually present to me the areas that need to be treated! Over 90% of animals are comfortable with acupuncture therapy. Some animals will fall asleep during the treatment, and many times clients comment that animals go home and are very rested.

HOW LONG DOES EACH TREATMENT LAST?
Each session usually takes about 30 minutes.

HOW SAFE IS IT?
Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure. Very few side effects have been found in clinical cases.

WHAT ACUPUNCTURE TREATS

  • Musculoskeletal Problems

  • Hip Dysplasia

  • Back Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Muscle Soreness

  • Disc problems

  • Urinary Problems

  • Incontinence

  • F.U.S.

  • Chronic Renal Failure

  • Respiratory & Intestinal Problems

  • Asthma

  • Chronic Vomiting

  • Diarrhea


There are numerous reports from veterinary clinical practices, and others published in texts and journals, that list hundreds of clinical conditions that respond to acupuncture therapy. However, it is not a cure all. There are numerous conditions in which conventional medicine would be more appropriate, for example broken bones, internal injuries, or infections.

 
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