Elsa receiving her acupuncture treatment. Some pets become so relaxed they actually fall asleep during the process.
What is acupuncture?
-Acupuncture is the act of placing small needles into specific points on the body to trigger a response. While this form of treatment has roots in ancient Chinese medicine the beneficial effects of acupuncture are still appreciated in today’s modern medical and veterinary practices.
How does it work?
-Acupuncture stimulates local nerves, increases circulation, relieves muscle tightness, and causes the release of hormones, including endorphins (one of the body’s natural pain control chemicals), serotonin (a natural chemical which contributes to feelings of overall well-being), and cortisol (a natural steroid.) Acupuncture treatments help to decrease pain and promote healing.
What conditions does acupuncture treat?
-Acupuncture has been shown to be helpful in treating a wide variety of conditions including: musculoskeletal, skin, gastrointestinal, neurological, respiratory, reproductive, endocrine and ocular problems.
What will my pet feel?
-Needle insertion can be felt by the patient, but the sensation is typically non-irritating and similar to a small prick. Once needles are in place, no discomfort is felt. Most patients find acupuncture treatments relaxing and oftentimes they will fall asleep during treatment!
How many treatments are needed?
-Usually several acupuncture treatments are needed before full therapeutic effect is reached. The number of treatments required depends on the problem/disease and chronicity of the problem.
Call us at 701-232-3391 with questions or to schedule an initial exam and treatment with Dr. Winning.
Schoen, A., Veterinary Acupuncture: Ancienty Art to Modern Medicine. Mosby, St. Louis, MO, 2001
Filshie and White, Medical Acupuncture: A Western Scientific Approach. Churchill Livingstone, London, 1998.