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Acupuncture Services at Maritime

Acupuncture is an ancient Chinese medical technique that is used to stimulate the immune system and local nerves, relax muscles, adjust blood and lymph flow, and release endorphins. Acupuncture has been used in healing for over 5,000 years and is a form of treatment that encourages the body to heal itself. Thin, sterile needles are inserted into the skin at specific points on the body. This placement of needles sends a signal to the nervous system, directing the body to heal and return to normal function.

Acupuncture is one of the safest treatments available when performed by a certified veterinary acupuncturist (CVA). Our CVA will perform a complete physical exam, review medical records, and consider test results before recommending a treatment program.

Dog receiving acupuncture

Pets are typically treated once a week for three to four weeks but may receive treatments as frequently as three times a week if necessary. After the initial treatment period, the intervals between sessions are extended based on patient response and level of progress. Owners often observe improvement in their pet’s condition after the very first treatment. However, four to six treatments must be completed before accurately assessing the effectiveness of acupuncture treatment.

Acupuncture sessions typically take 30-40 minutes. Insertion of the tiny needles is not painful for most animals, and many patients relax or even fall asleep during treatment. For optimum results, it is important to inform your veterinarian of any changes in medication or medical conditions at the start of each treatment session.

Black elderly dog looking at something

Common conditions that benefit from acupuncture in a rehab setting include

  • Muscle soreness, back pain, disc problems, osteoarthritis, degenerative joint disease

  • Seizure, weakness from chronic disc disease, facial paralysis

  • Geriatric weakness