Dr. Zelinski has begun to offer acupuncture at river pet resort & rehab and Animal General Veterinary Hospital. Acupuncture can be used to address specific conditions, such as urinary incontinence or nerve injury, or to treat pain due to a variety of conditions, such as from arthritis or cancer.
Common Questions About Acupuncture: What is acupuncture? The act of placing needles into the body at specific points.
What happens when the needle is inserted? There is a local effect at the site of needle insertion that stimulates nerves and blood flow that leads to effects in the spinal cord and brain. This cascade of events has a neuromodulatory effect that can relieve pain, improve circulation, help nerve function and relax a patient. Acupuncture can also be used into muscles to help treat trigger points (painful areas where muscle has become tense).
Is acupuncture safe? Yes, the needles are thin and sterile. Side effects are rare.
How does it feel? Acupuncture needles are very thin. Humans report feeling a pin prick, which may be followed by a dull cramp or a tingling sensation while receiving acupuncture.
What conditions can acupuncture be considered helpful in treatment?
Acupuncture can be useful in a variety of conditions in addition to traditional medical and surgical treatments.
Below is a list of conditions in which to consider acupuncture.
Musculoskelatal and neurological: Arthritis Intervertebral disc disease Hip dysplasia Back pain Nerve injuries/paralysis Degenerative Myelopathy Ocular disorders: KCS or Dry Eye Gastrointestinal problems: IBD (inflammatory bowel disease) Diarrhea Constipation Poor appetite secondary to chronic disease Anti-nausea post chemotherapy Urinary Tract disorders: Incontinence Feline Lower Urinary Tract disorder Respiratory Disorders: Asthma Chronic upper respiratory infections.
If you are interested in discussing acupuncture for your pet please make an appointment with Dr. Zelinski at river pet resort or Animal General.