Louisiana’s Preferred Veterinarian For Advanced Acupuncture
Dr. G uses advanced acupuncture practices to enhance the effects of stimulated acupoints or, in some cases, replace acupuncture techniques if your pet is less inclined to accept dry needle insertion.
Advanced Veterinary Acupuncture Practices
Acupressure is useful for hard-to-reach locations, behaviorally challenged pets, and circumstances when needle treatment is not available. By administering pressure to acupoints, Dr. G simulates an effect comparable to needle insertion.
To stimulate acupoints for a longer duration, Dr. G may inject supportive liquids that include diluted vitamin B12 or chondroprotectant medications (Polysulfated Glycosaminoglycans = PSGAG). This practice is referred to as aquapuncture. The liquid exerts an energetic change by pushing tissue out of the way.
With this technique, an acupuncture point is stimulated with a hypodermic needle and the patient’s blood. This technique requires exceptional knowledge of anatomy and great precision and skill.
Heat is very beneficial to older pets and pets suffering from conditions involving joint stiffness and muscle soreness or pain. The application of a heated Chinese herbal compound to needles or directly above areas of stagnation/inflammation is called moxibustion.
E-stim is used to push an electrical current into the body between needle insertions into acupoints. E-stim relaxes spasming muscles and can aid the body in re-establishing nervous impulses when nerve damage has occurred (nerve root or spinal cord damage from a ruptured intervertebral disc, etc).
Class IV Cold Laser
Laser energy can be used to stimulate acupoints. The class IV lasers used at VetNaturally™ are cool and don’t generate enough significant heat to burn hair or skin. Dr. G may also use lasers to perform “needle-less” acupuncture treatments, especially on patients that don’t readily tolerate needle insertion. They can also be used as a post-needling add-on to enhance the effects of the chosen points.