Acupuncture is an alternative therapy treatment that pinpoints specific points on the body to encourage overall bodily healing and wellness. Acupuncture therapy is typically recommended in the veterinary field when conventional therapy and/or medications are ineffective or causing undesirable side effects and when surgery is not feasible.
Acupuncture does more than relieve pain. It increases circulation, reduces inflammation, causes the release of neurotransmitters in the brain—like endorphins and enkephalins, the body’s natural pain-killing hormones—relieves muscle spasms and stimulates nerves and the body’s defense systems.
We treat many musculoskeletal disorders and chronic pain conditions with acupuncture at Bramer Animal Hospital, including:
- Hip dysplasia
- Intervertebral disk disease
- Postoperative therapy for cruciate repair and other orthopedic surgeries
- Pain from terminal cancer
Acupuncture therapy is typically performed once or twice a week for four to six weeks. Treatments are then tapered to the frequency necessary to maintain a pet’s improvement. Normally, patients are seen once every two to six months for continued maintenance therapy. However, treatments are always tailored to meet each patient’s specific needs.
As with any other therapy, proper diagnosis is essential for successful treatment outcomes. Therefore, it is imperative that acupuncture therapy be preceded by a thorough and accurate traditional, western medical diagnostic workup by your Bramer Animal Hospital veterinarian.
Dr. Rebecca Berkowitz provides the expert veterinary acupuncture at our hospital. If you think your pet would benefit from acupuncture, contact Bramer Animal Hospital and schedule a consultation with Dr. Berkowitz.