Acupuncture is believed to have originated in China, and it has since been utilized widely as an adjunct or compliment to traditional Western medicine. Original explanations of how acupuncture worked relied on explaining Qi (“Chi”) and how it flowed along meridians. However, more recent research as been able to more clearly define the neurological pathways by which acupuncture works.

Acupuncture can be a beneficial modality for pain control, orthopedic cases, some medical cases, neurological cases, and others. Dry needling techniques involve placing needles in acupuncture points or myofascial trigger points. The needles can be left in up to 20-30 minutes in order to see an effect. Electro-acupuncture involves placing the needles and then attaching electrical leads in order to run an electrical current to the nerves and musculature. Benefits of acupuncture can take several sessions to become apparent, and some animals may be sore or sluggish after an acupuncture appointment.

If you are interested in this modality for your pet, please consult Dr. Amber Meade.

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