Acupuncture therapy is used when conventional therapy and medications are ineffective, or are having undesirable side effects, and when surgery is not sufficient.
Acupuncture does more than relieve pain. Acupuncture increases circulation, reduces inflammation, improves joint range of motion, and causes the release of neurotransmitters from the brain. Some of these neurotransmitters are endorphins and enkephalins, which are the body’s natural pain killing hormones. Acupuncture can relieve muscle spasms, stimulate nerves and the body’s defense systems, as well as provide numerous other beneficial effects.
As with any therapy, proper diagnosis is essential for a successful treatment outcome. Therefore, it is imperative that acupuncture therapy be preceded by a thorough and accurate medical diagnostic work up.
Acupuncture therapy is typically performed once or twice a week for four to six weeks. Treatments are then tapered to the frequency necessary to maintain the animal’s improvement. Normally, patients are seen once every two to six months for continued maintenance therapy, however the therapy is always specifically tailored to meet each patient’s needs.
"Dazey seems to be more spunky after her acupuncture sessions. Ready to run and jump. She was super stiff before acupuncture and now she can keep up with her friends for playtime."
"Lenore has back problems but she cannot take certain pain medications because of her kidney issues. Acupuncture has really helped improve her mobility and her mood!"
Acupuncture can be helpful for dogs and cats experiencing:
Acupuncture is offered onsite at North Shore Family Pet Hospital by
Dr. Rebecca Berkowitz for established patients.
Please email medical questions to Dr. Rebecca Berkowitz