We are expanding our treatment options here at Wintergreen Animal Hospital to include Acupuncture! Acupuncture has been adopted from the ancient practice of Chinese medicine and has become widely accepted as an adjunctive treatment for many medical conditions including arthritis, disc disease, neuropathies, seizures, gastrointestinal disorders, endocrine disorders. It can also improve the quality of life for patients suffering from kidney and liver failure as well as several types of cancer. It is continually being adapted while still holding on to it's ancient roots.
Traditional Chinese mpicine is based on the view that the body needs balance and any disruption of this balance can cause illness and disease. Acupuncture involves inserting very small sterile needles into specific points located along the energy pathways (meridians) of the body to produce a desired response. These specific points fall in areas of free nerve endings, mast cells, arterioles, and lymphatic vessels which induce the body to produce natural beta endorphins, serotonin and neurotransmitters to help with pain relief, tissue healing and leave you feeling more refreshed and relaxed while helping to restore the natural balance of the body.
Acupuncture is very safe and the majority of patients enjoy their sessions especially after they realize it makes them feel better. The first session is started with a general physical exam, discussing the patient's history and determining the major concerns that the owner has about the patient. Each patient will be assessed on an individual basis, but for most medical conditions, weekly sessions are recommended for 3-5 treatments and spaced further apart once a response is seen. Once improved, some patients can go several months between sessions.
- Acupuncture can assist the body's efforts to heal itself. For example, acupuncture can stimulate nerves, increase blood circulation, relieve muscle spasms, and cause the release of hormones, such as endorphins (one of the body's pain control chemicals) or cortisol (a natural steroid).
- Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points on the body to cause a desired healing effect. It is a means of helping the body heal itself. It is not a cure-all, but it works well to treat certain ailments. It can be used alone or in combination with traditional veterinary medicine.
- Acupuncture is used to treat musculoskelatal, skin, respiratory, gastrointestinal and reproductive problems.
- For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless and once the needles are in place, there should be no pain. Most pets relax and even fall asleep during the treatment.
- Stimulation of an individual acupuncture point may take as little as 10 seconds or as much as 30 minutes. A simple acute problem, such as a sprain, may require only one treatment, where a more severe or chronic ailment may need several or several dozen treatments.
- Acupuncture is one of the safest forms of medical treatment when it is administered by a properly trained veterinarian.
Call (814) 825-6735 for more information or to make an appointment.