Acupuncture involves the insertion of very fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body, causing a biochemical reaction within the tissue that stimulates healing and/or pain relief. Recent studies have proven that acupuncture in pets increases circulation, stimulates the body’s immune system, endorphin levels, and serotonin levels. Modern acupuncture is an adaptation of Chinese acupuncture. We employ current knowledge of anatomy, physiology, and pathology, all in keeping with evidence-based medicine.
What to expect on the first visit: The initial exam includes a physical exam with myofascial palpation that allows the doctor to help determine the source of discomfort. Once the animal is calm and comfortable, Dr. Gapstur will begin to place needles to treat the problem. The needles are left in place for a therapeutic time period of 10-20 minutes, depending on the points selected. Many times, Western veterinary medications may be administered as well to help the patient until the benefits from acupuncture can be fully achieved and appreciated. Some animals will need 4-6 visits before the owner can recognize a change in the pet, however, it is not uncommon for results to be noticed as soon as the first visit.
If you are interested in learning more about the process and benefits of animal acupuncture, please call and schedule an appointment with Dr. Kelsey Gapstur. 615-373-4777