Acupuncture Seattle is a form of holistic medicine that has been used by the Chinese for thousands of years as treatment for various kinds of disorders. Acupuncture helps treat ailments by balancing the energies in the body. Acupuncture is based on the principle of applying fine needles on specific points or acupuncture points on the body, which are connected to energy meridians, to stimulate the flow of energy. This method and principle is also true for the treatment of sick animals especially dogs.
Acupuncture treatment for dogs is very effective. Acupuncture is recognized by the American Veterinarian Medical Association and the World Health Organization as a valid form of treatment for both humans and animals. Upon initial consultation, the acupuncturist assesses the physical condition of the dog by performing a physical examination on the animal. Furthermore, the acupuncturist may need to study the dog’s medical history (if there is any) and based on the examination and medical history, a diagnosis and a decision can be made on whether or not acupuncture can be performed on the dog. Compared to conventional treatment modalities, acupuncture can be a less traumatic experience for dogs.
Acupuncture is generally a painless procedure. Hair thin needles applied to the dog make acupuncture virtually a painless treatment therefore making acupuncture a better alternative to other forms of treatment that might be rather painful and traumatic for the dog. The acupuncturist first palpates the dog to locate the energy meridians. Then he/she massages the body to locate the sore areas in the body. The needles are then applied on specific sites called acupuncture points. The dog is laid on the table or on the floor and kept calm during the course of the treatment. The dog can be given food to calm it down. The treatment session may last for a few seconds to several minutes, contingent on the severity of the problem. As the treatment progresses, the effects take hold on the animal and as with the human experience of comfort and relaxation during treatment, the animals also experience these very soothing sensations during treatment.
Acupuncture boosts the immune system of the dog enabling the animal to be more resilient from common infections, diseases and dog allergies. Acupuncture is also effective in treating neurological disorders, reproductive issues, skin problems, skeletal problems and muscle problems among others. Acupuncture for treating dogs with arthritis is effective in allowing the dog to gain mobility with little pain. It also helpful for dogs suffering from cancer as a supplemental therapy to ease the dog’s symptoms and sickness due to cancer. It can also be useful as a form of analgesia for the dog during surgery and considering acupuncture does not have any side effects, it then can be considered a better alternative to anesthesia.