Dr. Crow and Dr. O’Connor are both certified through the Chi Institute in Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine and Acupuncture since 2011. Dr. Sorensen is working on her certification through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society. They all have trained in a variety of techniques, including:
- Traditional Chinese Acupuncture (dry acupuncture): For small animals, the insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Receiving acupuncture treatment can provide relief for many ailments, including: chronic pain, musculoskeletal conditions, arthritis, muscle pain, tendon and ligament injuries, neurological conditions, dermatologic conditions, cancer, skin conditions, gastrointestinal disorders, and immune associated disorders.
- Aquapuncture: An injection of water subcutaneously (under the skin) can sometimes produce pain relief during acupuncture.
- Electroacupuncture: A small electric current is passed between pairs of acupuncture needles.
- Hemoacupuncture: The use of a hypodermic needle to intentionally puncture a blood vessel to draw blood. This can be useful for the treatment of blood stagnation and blood heat.
- Moxibustion: This is a traditional Chinese medicine therapy which employs burning of the mugwort herb. This can be used to stimulate blood flow around acupuncture points. Increased circulation during acupuncture can allow for greater relief of pain.
The length of time spent on each acupuncture treatment can vary. Simple acute problems such as sprains may only require one treatment. More chronic conditions may need several treatments. Most animals become quite relaxed during their treatments, and some even become sleepy. However, acupuncture can be uncomfortable to some animals.
Some benefits your pet may experience is pain relief, increased mobility with arthritis, balance of body systems, anxiety relief and increased energy. If you think your pet might benefit from acupuncture, discuss it with your veterinarian.