What is Pain Management?
What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine, solid needles into the body for pain relief or, in some cases, to help the body deal with other diseases. It works through the nervous system, with the needles blocking the pain messages and encouraging the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers.
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What kinds of conditions are treated with acupuncture?
Usually pain associated with arthritis, but also muscle strains, pain secondary to disc disease and bony changes of the spine.
Will it hurt my pet?
Absolutely not! Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that send a message to the brain, blocking pain. Sometimes animals may react to this sensation as though they are expecting pain, but don’t panic! They then relax and most of the time accept the fine needles with no adverse reaction at all. In fact, they usually become extremely relaxed and a little bit sleepy during the treatment – often looking forward to their next acupuncture session!
How often would my pet be treated?
The usual course is once a week for four to six weeks.
And what about after the treatment?
It is not uncommon for pets to go home and sleep very soundly for a long time. This is a good sign and shows that your pet will probably respond well to acupuncture.
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