Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), which has been used for over 5,000 years. Traditional Chinese Medicine theory holds that Qi (vital energy) flows throughout the body along energetic channels called meridians. Each meridian is also associated with a specific internal organ, which reflects the physiological and pathological conditions of that organ. The meridians connect the exterior of the body with the interior.
Acupuncture points are located along these meridians, and, when stimulated, can relieve pain and restore normal body functions. Acupuncture points have specific locations and effects and have been documented over millennia. From a Western perspective, acupuncture has been shown to stimulate a variety of sensory nerves in the body that transmit the signal through the nervous system to the brain, which then releases various chemicals that produce multiple physiologic effects that activate the body’s homeostatic regulatory mechanisms.
Acupuncture techniques we use:
- Acupressure (manual): The stimulation of acupoints using finger pressure.
- Acupuncture (needles): Sterile disposable stainless steel needles are inserted into the acupoints on the body.
- Electroacupuncture (electrical current): Electronic alternating current devices provide very strong stimulation to acupuncture points. Acupuncture needles are placed and then electrical leads that fit around the needles are attached. The strength of the stimulus is adjustable. EAP is typically used for acute and chronic pain and is the technique of choice for intervertebral disc disease with paralysis and other cases where nervous tissue damage is present.
- Aquapuncture (water): Allows the treatment to last longer and is used in animals that do not accept the needles well.
Ask about acupuncture for your pet!