Acupuncture has been a medical practice in the Eastern World for thousands of years. Traditional Chinese Medicine uses acupuncture to correct energy imbalances. With advancement in medical imaging, we now know that the meridians identified by the Chinese actually followed nerves and vessels in the body. Needles placed at specific nerve points can be used to modify the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system and help restore balance within the body.
Practitioners certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture use their anatomical and neurophysiological training to create treatment plans for various diseases. Most commonly, acupuncture is used to relieve pain associated with joint disease and return to function after spinal cord injury. Many other organ and tissue diseases can be helped with acupuncture therapy as well.
At Cedar Grove Veterinary Services, Dr. Dommer became certified in Veterinary Medical Acupuncture in 2016. One hour consultation appointments are scheduled for a comprehensive musculoskeletal exam to identify muscular trigger points or tight myofascial tissue to determine focus areas for needle placement. Frequency of follow-up sessions are determined based on the condition being treated but typically are once or twice weekly initially and then as needed to maintain health. If warranted and patient is tolerant, electrostimulation and low level light therapy (laser) may be added to the treatment plan.