Acupuncture is the art of manipulating the body at specific points using needles to create therapeutic responses to disease conditions. One of many holistic modalities, acupuncture is used to treat a variety of disease conditions, including:
- Arthritis pain
- Neurologic conditions
- Metabolic concerns
- Spinal difficulties
Acupuncture works by changing the signaling pathways of the body, promoting pain relief, healing, and immune system stimulation. In this way we "help the body to help itself." Although acupuncture can be quite useful in treating many disease conditions, it is generally used as an adjunct to current treatments and can reduce side effects or lower dosages of medications.
Acupuncture is used successfully to help control pain. Arthritis pain is a good example, recommended frequently by specialists especially in the earlier course of this disease. Acupuncture treatment allows painful muscles to relax and modulates the pain signals from the brain. It is used to treat other painful musculoskeletal problems as well, such as strains, sprains, hip dysplasia, back disease, cruciate ligament tears, and muscle spasms. Acupuncture is also successfully used to treat diseases of the respiratory, reproductive, urinary, and digestive systems.
To find out if your animal may benefit from acupuncture, call Dr. Samantha Scher at Ballston Animal Hospital today.