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What is Medical Acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of very fine needles into specific points in the body. These specific points on the animal’s body provide access to nerve endings which, when stimulated, will send information to the spinal cord and brain. This starts a cascade of events, which in turns brings pain relief, increased blood flow, and increased function of organs and tissues which speeds healing.

Positive Benefits – Does Veterinary Medical Acupuncture Work?

First developed thousands of years ago in china, there are now different approaches and styles to acupuncture. The Medical Acupuncture approach unites current western science and “evidence based medicine” with acupuncture techniques. Although some think of acupuncture as strictly “energy medicine,” studies have been published that document evidence of the benefits of acupuncture in certain cases. A number of researchers are convinced that true physiological events take place within the body during stimulation of acupuncture points. Through this recent research of nueroanatomy we now know that acupuncture has a scientific basis and these needles are actually modulating the nervous system of the patient to bring about positive benefits this is called medical acupuncture.  

Veterinary Medical Acupuncture Treatment

The needle insertion is usually painless for most patients. Some patients may feel a little tingle or pinch at certain points when the needle enters the skin. The amount of needles used is dependent on the patient and condition that is being treated. On average, the needles will stay inserted from 10-30 minutes. Additionally, some conditions like a sprain may only need one treatment while most chronic conditions may need multiple treatments. The initial visit and treatment is usually an hour long and we will develop a specific treatment plan for your pet during this visit. Follow up treatments last around 30 minutes. Each appointment includes a myofascial exam which is an examination of the muscles and connective tissue to guide in the needle placement.

Our veterinary medical acupuncture suite features calm, relaxing colors, in a spa-like atmosphere
Our Medical Acupuncture Suite
Medical Acupuncture
Bonnie undergoing medical acupuncture treatment.

Great for Cats Too

Your pet may be tired the day of his/her treatment which is completely normal due to the increase in neurotransmitters and endorphins released during the acupuncture treatment. It’s similar to the feeling you get after a deep tissue massage. Cats are also great candidates for acupuncture although some may not allow as many needles as dogs will.

Veterinary medical acupuncture is a great adjunctive treatment for many conditions in your dog and cat including but not limited to the following:

  • Acute and Chronic Pain
  • Degenerative Joint Disease
  • Intervertebral Disc Disease
  • Paralysis
  • Post surgical pain
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Tendon/Ligament Injuries (Cruciate Injuries)
  • Neuropathies

We Are AAHA Accredited

The Standard of Veterinary Excellence

To become an AAHA hospital member, candidates must complete a 39-page self-assessment reviewing the hospital's services and facilities. Then, a trained AAHA practice consultant thoroughly evaluates the facility to be sure it complies with AAHA veterinary care standards.

Animal Hospital of Rowlett
9501 Lakeview Parkway
(Across from Baylor Scott and White Medical Center)

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