1. WHAT CONDITIONS RESPOND TO ACUPUNCTURE?
Musculoskeletal problems are by far and away the most common disorders treated with acupuncture. Hip dysplasia, osteoarthritis and the resultant compensatory mechanisms respond very well to acupuncture as do neurological disorders. Gastrointestinal, renal, respiratory and urogenital issues are also often treated with success.
2. HOW DOES IT WORK?
Dr. McKenna utilizes a contemporary neuroanatomical approach to acupuncture, reflecting the idea that needle placement is guided by the practitioner’s detailed knowledge of veterinary anatomy and neurology.
Acupuncture does more than relieve pain. How it works depends on what condition one is treating and which points are utilized. Acupuncture increases circulation; reduces inflammation; causes the release of neurotransmitters from the brain – some of which are endorphins & enkephalins – the body’s “natural pain-killing” hormones; relieves muscle spasms; stimulates nerves; stimulates the body’s defense systems; as well as numerous other beneficial effects.
3. IS IT PAINFUL? HOW WILL MY ANIMAL REACT?
Acupuncture is performed with sterilized single-use thin stainless steel needles. There is occasionally a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle penetrates the skin in certain sensitive areas. Once the needles are in place, most animals relax, and may fall asleep during treatment.
4. IS IT SAFE?
Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies utilized if practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Side effects are rare. Occasionally an animal’s condition may deteriorate temporarily before improving but this phenomenon typically resolves in 24-48 hours. Because acupuncture balances the body’s own system of healing and no chemicals are administered, complications rarely, if ever, develop.
5. HOW OFTEN & HOW LONG DOES ONE TREAT?
Treatments may last from 10 seconds to 30 minutes depending upon the condition treated and the method employed. Patients are often treated 1-3 times a week for 4-6 weeks. A positive response is often noticed within the first 1-4 treatments, sometimes earlier, depending upon the condition treated.