What is Medical Acupuncture?
While acupuncture is rooted in practices developed thousands of years ago, medical acupuncture provides an evidence-based alternative. During treatment, fine, sterile needs are inserted into various points on the body as the would be in traditional Chinese medicine. The difference, however, is that medical acupuncture does not rely on the same underlying beliefs and inexact metaphors. Instead, it is guided by our current knowledge of anatomy, pathology, and physiology.
When you bring your pet in for medical acupuncture, we will conduct a type of physical exam known as “myofascial palpation.” This enables us to determine the sources and locations of discomfort and dysfunction. Additionally, we commonly recommend related techniques like massage therapy and/or laser therapy in conjuction with medical acupuncture. Combined, these treatments promote good health by preventing illness and addressing pain and a variety of medical conditions.