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Pet Acupuncture at Pet Care Virginia Beach

Pet Acupuncture Virginia Beach VA

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Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of diseases in humans and animals.

Acupuncture is the stimulation of specific points, known as acupoints, and are located in areas where there are a high number of nerve endings, lymph vessels, and small arterioles (blood vessels).

Research has shown that by stimulating the acupoints, endorphins and serotonin are released, which are known to aid in pain relief.

Acupoints may be stimulated in a number of ways:

  1. Dry needling – just the needle itself
  2. Moxibustion – the needle is warmed
  3. Aqu-acupuncture – a medication, usually Vitamin B12, is injected at the acupoint
  4. Electro-acupuncture – in which a small current of electricity is applied to the acupoint

What conditions does Acupuncture treat?

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  1. Musculoskeletal conditions: arthritis, sprains/strains, back pain
  2. Neurological conditions: disc disease, paralysis, weakness in rear legs, can aid in seizure management
  3. Gastrointestinal disorders: vomiting, diarrhea, pancreatitis, constipation
  4. Kidney disease
  5. Endrocrine disease: can aid in the treatment of hyper- and hypothyroidism, Cushings disease (hyperadrenocorticism)
  6. Behavioral problems
  7. Skin conditions

Each acupuncture appointment lasts about 60 minutes and it is recommended that initially a series of three acupuncture appointments are performed once weekly over a three week period to assess response to therapy. Thereafter, acupuncture is administered on an as-needed basis anywhere from weekly to every few months.

pet acupunctureMost patients are very comfortable during the acupuncture treatment. Stimulation of the acupuncture point may initially induce a slight reaction but then many of the patients become very relaxed and often will fall asleep during the treatment. Sedation of the patient is not needed and is actually contraindicated.

Dr. Partlow has received post-doctoral training in Veterinary Acupuncture at The Chi Institute in Florida. She is a member of The American Association of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine. Further information on acupuncture and The Chi Insititute may be found at www.tcvm.com.

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