Veterinary Acupuncture – Dr. Linzee Prill
In 1996 the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) stated that, “Veterinary acupuncture and acutherapy are now considered an integral part of veterinary medicine.” Acupuncture is one of the oldest forms of medicine. Numerous studies now show that needling specific points triggers natural chemicals in the muscles, spinal cord, and brain. These natural chemicals can change the perception of pain in the central nervous system and also influence other organ function. How it affects the
body depends on which condition is being treated and which points are incorporated.
Trained at the Medical Acupuncture for Veterinarian program in Colorado, Dr Prill, utilizes a more contemporary neuroanatomical approach to acupuncture, selecting specific points based on a detailed knowledge of veterinary neurology and anatomy.
What can acupuncture treat?
While alleviating pain is one of the cornerstones of veterinary acupuncture, its benefits extend far beyond.Depending on what condition is being treated and which points are incorporated, acupuncture has been used to successfully treat a variety of conditions ranging from musculoskeletal, gastrointestinal, respiratory, urinary, skin, reproductive and neurologic disorders. It reduces inflammation, increases circulation, and triggers the release endorphins and enkephalins- the body’s ‘natural pain-killing’ hormones, as well as stimulating the body’s own defense system. Cancer patients may also benefit with improved relief of pain and gastrointestinal symptoms such as inappetence, nausea and vomiting. While it is not a substitute for conventional western medicine, many times acupuncture is chosen to complement western therapies or when those medicines/modalities are contraindicated, not working, or poorly tolerated.
Is it safe?
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized if practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Since acupuncture balances the body’s own system of healing and no chemicals are administered, complications rarely, if ever develop. Occasionally an animal’s condition may decline temporarily before improving, but this
phenomenon typically resolves in 24-48 hours. What should I expect from treatments? Is it painful? How long does it last? While each animal may respond differently to acupuncture, the treatments are generally well tolerated. Acupuncture needles are very thin, sterilized, single use stainless steel needles. On occasion, a brief
moment of sensitivity may occur in some treatment areas. Most often, the needles go un-noticed and the pet may become calm and some even fall asleep. The initial visit involves a thorough physical exam, extensive consultation with the pet owner and the first treatment. Treatment times may last from 10 seconds to 30 minutes depending on the condition and the method used. Patients are treated once or twice a week for 4-6 weeks then taper to down depending on the pet’s needs. Follow up treatments may be needed every 2-6 months. Pets often show improvement with in the first 4-6 treatments, sometimes earlier.
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