On Pins and Needles: The Wonderful World of Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary acupuncture is an effective form of pet rehabilitation therapy, pet pain management, and pet wellness Modern veterinary medicine is amazing. Animals are living longer than ever before, and sick pets have an incredible number of options for their treatment and care. Organ transplants, immunotherapy for cancer, and advanced orthopedic surgeries are a reality.

At The Bluffs Pet Clinic, it is important to us to bring options to our pet patients. We accomplish this through alternative and complementary treatment modalities like veterinary acupuncture. Keep reading to learn how this type of therapy is helping our veterinary patients.

Acupuncture 101

While it may look like sticking needles haphazardly into an unsuspecting patient, acupuncture is an ancient and intricate technique.

One of the four branches of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM), acupuncture has been around for thousands of years. Veterinary acupuncture utilizes the insertion of special needles into the body at very specific locations in order to stimulate strategic points. Acupuncture points are located along the channels that Qi, or energy, is thought to move through within  the body. Continue reading “On Pins and Needles: The Wonderful World of Veterinary Acupuncture”

Four-Legged Rejuvenation: The Benefits of Tui Na for Pets

Who among us can deny the pleasure and benefits of a good massage? Whether you have sore muscles, are recovering from an injury, or simply enjoy a little bit of stress relief from time to time, a good massage can certainly hit the spot. It probably comes as no surprise that massage can have many of the same benefits for pets as it does for people, and more and more pet owners are turning to massage as a way to help ease pain and promote healing in their fur babies.

If you’ve ever considered booking a massage for Fido or Fluffy, we invite you to consider Tui-Na, a form of traditional Chinese massage therapy. Tui-Na for pets is growing in popularity as a non-invasive, drug-free way to speed healing and increase well-being (and the pets seem to enjoy it as well).

Tui-Na 101

Tui-Na, pronounced “twee na”, is a form of manipulative bodywork based on the principles of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM). By performing Tui-Na, which can be roughly translated as “pinch and pull”, the practitioner is attempting to removing any blockages or other disruptions to the natural flow of the body’s energy along the meridians and muscles, thus bringing the energy back into proper alignment.

This popular TCM modality is not generally used for relaxation purposes, but rather as a treatment for pain, injury, and a variety of musculoskeletal concerns. Tui-Na is often used in conjunction with other TCM therapies, such as acupuncture, herbalism, t’ai chi, and fire cupping. 

Tui Na for Pets

Pets, like people, can be negatively affected by blockages to the continuous flow of energy and blood throughout their bodies. According to the principles of TCM, when the body of a human or animal becomes unbalanced, their health is more likely to become compromised. Tui-Na is a highly effective technique that can address a variety of health issues in pets, including:

  • Muscle, tendon, and ligament conditions
  • Aging and mobility issues such as arthritis, joint stiffness, and overall weakness
  • Respiratory, cardiovascular, digestive, and immune disorders

Tui-Na can also improve a pet’s overall well-being and speed healing by helping to increase blood and lymph circulation, maintain balance, and by promoting a better appetite and sound sleeping.

Know the Risks

Tui-Na is not recommended for pets that are frail, pregnant, or suffering from any open sores, bleeding, or infectious disease. It is not meant to be a replacement for mainstream veterinary medicine, and should always be performed under the guidance of an experienced and licensed professional.

At The Bluffs Pet Clinic, we believe that all pets deserve a gentle, balanced approach to medicine, and we are proud to provide exceptional quality care to each and every one of our patients. If you have any further questions about Tui-Na for pets or other TCM treatments, don’t hesitate to contact us.