Broomfield Animal Clinic
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a technique that utilizes fine needles to stimulate peripheral nerve ending and blood vessels to be active in the body. Stimulation of the needles will release local chemicals to activate nerves, contract or relax muscles, and open blood vessels. Many older patients unable to tolerate the side effects of medications benefit greatly from acupuncture.
This technique originated as the foundation of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) some four thousand years ago. As such, the traditional literature describing acupuncture refers to the dysfunction of bodily processes as a disturbance of one of the “Vital Substances.” Thus, you may have heard that a clinician practicing acupuncture is changing the flow of Qi (pronounced chee).
Common Conditions Treated by Acupuncture:
- Back Pain/Muscle Spasms/Intervertebral Disc Disease
- Paralysis/Urinary Incontinence
- Arthritic Pain
- Gastrointestinal Issues
- Allergies/Immune System Dysfunction
- Neuromuscular Diseases
- Anxiety Disorders
- Obsessive Compulsive Disorders
- Breeding and/or fertility problems
- Metabolic conditions (pancreatic, liver and/or kidney diseases)
How Does Acupuncture Work?
A needle is introduced into a specific area in order to release natural chemicals that have various effects. Acupuncture can:
- Increase blood flow to the areas that need healing
- Relieve muscle spasms and “knots”
- Stimulates nerves to work controlling:
- Pain Regulation
- Motor Function (voluntary movement, ex. ability to walk)
- Sensory Perception (restore feeling to damaged areas)
- Intestinal Movement (to assist with diarrhea or constipation)
- Bladder/Rectal Sphincter Tone
Is Acupuncture Safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized. No chemicals are used, just the bodies own natural healing. Side affects are very rare.
How often are Treatments Needed?
A consult is scheduled prior to beginning acupuncture treatment. This gives the doctor time to discuss your pet’s issues and conditions and create a plan for his/her specific needs. Each appointment thereafter is scheduled to last approximately one-half hour. The session includes a physical exam, insertion of acupuncture needles into appropriate nerve end points, and discussion of disease control goals and acupuncture session frequency. In general, the most significant improvement is seen after 2-3 treatments and so a few treatments are recommended depending on the issue being addressed. Chronic problems are treated more regularly and may require restoration every few months.
What is our experience with acupuncture?
Dr. Brown is certified in veterinary acupuncture by Colorado State University. Her training and treatments are focused on an animal’s anatomy and recent scientific evidence for acupuncture. Some basic elements of Traditional Chinese Medicine are also used.