Veterinary Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine needles into the skin to stimulate specific points on the body in order to treat or prevent disease. It is one component of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) aimed at restoring balance, healthy energy and blood flow to the body. In TCVM theory, an individual’s life, emotions and activity are intimately related to its environment and disease is the result of an imbalance between these internal and external influences, causing a disruption to the energy, “Qi” and blood flow in the body. Stimulation of specific acupuncture points along a channel or meridian which is connected to its related organs inside the body have the ability to alter various biochemical and physiologic changes to manage pain and restore health.
In animals, veterinary acupuncture can be used alone, or in conjunction with conventional western medicine and surgery. It provides a safe, holistic and drug-free approach to manage pain and a range of conditions where conventional medications are not working, or are contraindicated because of possible side effects, or when surgery is not feasible. While acupuncture may not completely cure an animal in certain illnesses, it can alleviate their symptoms and improve their quality of life.
Electroacupuncture is the passing of electrical energy between a pair of acupuncture needles which are already in place. Wires are attached to the needles and an electro-acupunture stimulator is used to deliver electrical pulses of varying frequencies and intensity to treat specific areas. More than one pair of needles can be stimulated in one session and the frequency and intensity of the electrical impulse is controlled by the acupuncturist depending on the nature of condition. Electroacupuncture is not only beneficial for patients suffering paralyisis, but also those suffering from chronic pain from arthritis.
Low Level Laser Therapy
Low level laser therapy is the application of visible (red and blue) and near infrared light to stimulate or inhibit biological processes. Laser therapy is a form of non-thermal therapy based on the photochemical processes by applying laser light to damaged soft tissue. These light energies are absorbed and transformed into biochemical energy to increase oxygen levels to injured cells. This cascade of events stimulates cells and boosts the body's natural healing ability by increasing blood flow, resulting in accelerated healing, improved tissue function and easing of pain. The result is reduced inflammation, pain relief, accelerated tissue regeneration and restoration of function within the tissue. Low level laser therapy does not generate heat and does not cause tissue damage or pain.
At Pyramid Vet surgery, we incorporate low level laser therapy with our acupuncture sessions to treat varying conditions of pain and inflammation, improve range of motion and aid in post-operative healing.
Dr Chan, our veterinarian who practices Acupuncture is International Veterinary Acupuncture Society (IVAS) certified and trained at the Australian Collage of Veterinary Acupuncture Society (ACVA) Ltd. http://vetacupcollege.com.au/blog/
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