Acupuncture

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has been a staple of Eastern medical care for humans for thousands of years, but it might surprise you to learn that veterinary acupuncture can also point to a distinguished 3,000-year history of its own. Acupuncture was developed on the principle that life energy, or Qi, flowed through the body to maintain physical health. The Chinese believed that interruptions to the normal flow of Qi caused or worsened chronic pain and ill health, but that the restoration of proper flow had the reverse effect. Ancient practitioners developed the concept of inserting extremely fine needles at precise points on the body to influence energy flow, relieving pain and restoring function. Modern Western practitioners now believe that the needles stimulate lymph flow and circulation while triggering the release of key pain-relieving neurotransmitters. However you choose to explain it, pet acupuncture in Baton Rouge has helped many animals enjoy better health.

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How Does Acupuncture Work?

Acupuncture was developed on the principle that life energy, or Qi (chee), flowed through the body to maintain physical health. The Chinese believed that interruptions to the normal flow of Qi caused or worsened chronic pain and ill health, but that the restoration of proper flow had the reverse effect. Ancient practitioners developed the concept of inserting extremely fine needles at precise points on the body to influence energy flow, relieving pain and restoring function. Modern Western practitioners now believe that the needles stimulate lymph flow and circulation while triggering the release of key pain-relieving neurotransmitters. However you choose to explain it, pet acupuncture in Baton Rouge has helped many animals enjoy better health.

What are some of the uses of Acupuncture?

Our pet acupuncturist in Baton Rouge may prescribe veterinary acupuncture for pets who are allergic to painkillers, for instance. While surgery can treat many musculoskeletal conditions such as ACL rupture or degenerative disc disease, the general anesthetic required for such procedures may pose too great a risk for older or weaker animals. Veterinary acupuncture employs the body's own natural "pharmacy" for drug-free, surgery-free relief.

Pet acupuncture may be prescribed for the treatment of a wide range of ailments. Its efficacy for pain relief has made it a popular choice for chronic pain conditions such as:

  • Pinched nerves
  • Strained muscles
  • ACL (anterior cruciate ligament) rupture
  • Back pain
  • Arthritis
  • Spinal disc problems
  • Neck pain
  • CCL (cranial cruciate ligament) rupture Inflammatory bowel disease Anxiety Allergies

How long do acupuncture treatments last, and how often are they needed?

The length and frequency of treatments depends on the problem and condition of your pet. Stimulation of an individual acupuncture point may be for as little as 10 seconds or as long as 20 minutes. Generally, acute problems require less time and frequency of treatment than in chronic cases. For example, an acute sprain may require only one treatment, whereas more severe or chronic ailments may require multiple treatments. A positive response is generally seen after the first to third treatment in chronic cases. Once optimum response is achieved, treatments are tapered off so the greatest amount of symptom-free time elapses between them.

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Please call to schedule an Acupuncture appointment.

Jefferson Animal Hospital

(225) 372-1617

8774 Jefferson Hwy Baton Rouge, LA 70809

Laser Therapy

The Science Behind Laser Therapy

Jefferson Animal Hospital offers laser therapy. Our K-Laser is a Class IV Laser that provides surgery-free, drug-free, and non-invasive treatment of a variety of disease problems. The laser uses a beam of light that deeply penetrates tissue and induces a response in the cells known as photobiomodulation to reduce pain, to reduce inflammation, and to speed healing.

Laser Therapy can be used for post-surgery incisions, acute problems (such as: hot spots, ear infections, bladder infections, abscesses, fractures that have been repaired, etc.), and chronic pain (such as arthritis in the joints or intervertebral disc disease in the neck or back).

Jefferson Animal Hospital is proud to offer the same type of therapy that professional and Olympic sports teams use to treat sports injuries to get their players back on the court or field as quickly as possible. Call us today to make an appointment or if you have any questions about the K-Laser therapy.

Laser therapy for both cats and dogs