Agwest offers medical acupuncture for all of our patients. Dr. Chiasson is certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture through Curacore training at Colorado State University. This exciting new service is allowing us to provide complimentary integrated treatment for a variety of conditions from lameness to colic to performance improvement.
Medical acupuncture is a therapeutic method that involves the insertion of fine, sterile needles into specific points on the body.
In addition to its well-known effects on acute and chronic pain, medical acupuncture addresses a wide range of medical issues, including:
• Digestive ailments, including inflammation and motility problems
• Respiratory issues
• Neurologic problems such as peripheral neuropathy, spinal cord injury, disk disease
• Musculoskeletal complaints, including leg pain, arthritis, tendinitis, laminitis, back pain, neck pain, and much more.
How Does Acupuncture Work?
The main therapeutic effects of needling begin with activation of nerve fibers near a point. These stimuli then bring about changes that help to change the nerve signaling and neurotransmitter activity from the “periphery” (i.e., the acupuncture point) to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and autonomic nervous system centers.
The number of treatments needed differs from patient to patient, and what condition is being treated. For difficult or long-standing conditions, he or she may need one or two treatments weekly for several weeks. Usually, however, one sees a change in the patient within the first few treatments if the acupuncture is going to make a meaningful difference.