Updated: Jun 29
Acupuncture is one of many healing modalities veterinarians can use to reduce pain in their patients. Acupuncture for animals is widely accepted in the veterinary community as a noninvasive and holistic way to improve recovery and manage discomfort.
At Peaceful Veterinary Care, our palliative care providers look to champion all the possible modalities for pain management for our patients. Dr. Rose is certified in veterinary acupuncture and completed her licensing through CuraCore’s Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarians course at Colorado State in Fort Collins. We firmly believe in the benefits of medical acupuncture for animals, especially those receiving veterinary palliative care.
Hoe does acupuncture work?
Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese practice and has been used on animals and people for centuries. Acupuncture points (sometimes referred to as acupoints) are specific spots on the body where a licensed veterinarian will apply stimulation. Each acupoint has a specific location and is associated with a specific physiological effect.
Your veterinary provider will insert very fine needles into the top dermal layer of the acupoint. The needles may remain in each acupoint for 15-30 minutes. Many patients relax completely and often fall asleep.
After acupuncture needles are removed, Dr. Rose will use various massage methods (including gua sha) to complete the treatment. Massage is useful in stimulating the connective tissue, muscle and fascia target areas. This further improves circulation and release of endorphins to improve pain and reduce inflammation.
What are the benefits of Acupuncture?
There are many benefits of using acupuncture for palliative care patients. Palliative care patients are often not good candidates for surgical procedures or harsh pharmaceutical regimes because of their condition. One of the biggest benefits of acupuncture is that it can provide pain relief in the place of pharmaceutical and/or surgical procedures. It is a noninvasive, pain free, choice for many pet parents who want to reduce discomfort without pursuing major procedures.
Acupuncture also stimulates the release of endorphins, ACTH and cortisone. The release of these hormones and neurotransmitters all elicit an anti-inflammatory response, and increase circulation which can reduce pain and muscle spasms secondary to arthritis, intervertebral disk disease, musculoskeletal traumatic injury, seizures, and more. The more we work to reduce pain the more we work to improve healing.
If you are looking to learn more about holistic approaches to palliative care don’t hesitate to reach out. Our veterinary care team can answer any questions you might have. We look forward to hearing from you and implementing holistic care into your pets care plan.