Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) has been used to treat a variety of medical conditions for over 3000 years, and the American Veterinary Medical Association accepted it as a form medical treatment in 1998.. TCM states that acupuncture works by adjusting the flow of vital energy, or Qi (pronounced “chee”), along specific pathways, or meridians, in the body. By inserting very fine needles into specific points on the body, this energy can be improved or altered, restoring balance and resolving the disease. In Western terms, acupuncture exerts its effects by stimulating the nervous and endocrine systems to release endorphins and other hormones that are part of the body’s natural defense against pain and inflammation.
The Uses of Pet Acupuncture
Acupuncture for your pet can be used alone or in conjunction with other medical and rehabilitation therapies to treat the symptoms of many dog and cat health problems such as:
- Musculoskeletal inflammation
- Acute or chronic neck and/or back pain
- Hip dysplasia
- Neurologic disorders
Dr. Kimberly Huppe has undergone extensive training through the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society to become a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist (CVA). She will create a pet acupuncture treatment plan to compliment your pet’s therapy at Up & Running Canine Rehabilitation.