Acupuncture for your Pet
Acupuncture can be a great way to decrease pain and to improve muscle strength and coordination. Results are often immediate, either of a permanent or temporary nature. Chiropractic adjustments remove interference to healing. The body then needs to be stimulated into healing and acupuncture is s a great form of stimulation!
As an animal acupuncture provider, it is my privilege to become part of the relationship you already have with your veterinarian. You do not need a referral from your veterinarian to bring your pet to me, but we will work within the veterinarian-patient relationship to ensure your pet has the absolute best patient-centred care as possible.
We Frequently Treat:
Weak muscles that have normal bulk (inhibited nerves, normal muscle)
Weak and small muscles (chronic inhibition and damaged nerves, atrophy of muscle)
Tight Muscles (hyperactive nerves)
Tissue changes (neurogenic inflammation)
Chronic pain (facilitation and potentiation of pain carrying nerves)
Poor coordination of movement (decreased sensation, poor fine-tuning by the nervous system)
Inhibited or weak nerves cause muscular weakness and poorly coordinated movement. When you have an injury your nervous system wants to protect you from using your muscles vigorously and chooses to decrease nerve activity, preventing further injury. This inhibition is from using fewer of the nerve fibres that go to the muscles and also by decreasing the number of impulses of the remaining nerve fibres. This is good, it prevents further pain and injury. However, once the injury heals, sometimes the nervous system doesn’t remember to turn the nerves back on and you are left with a reflex neurological weakness.
Using neurofunctional acupuncture can activate the nerves to retrain the nervous system to use the whole nerve and to send more impulses to the muscle for a better contraction and improved strength.
Neurofunctional acupuncture is a great adjunct to chiropractic adjustments. The adjustments help remove the interference to the nerve signals flowing to and from the body and the acupuncture stimulates the nervous system’s ability to adapt.