Very effective against many types of pain (muscle, arthritis, visceral and neuropathic), acupuncture may be useful on its own, or in conjunction with conventional medical and surgical therapies, for the treatment of any condition involving an inflammatory process, and therefore for a variety of diseases in multiple systems.
Chronic diseases are common in older animals. Affected animals can become very depressed, anorexic and have a poor quality of life. Acupuncture can reduce some of the adverse effects of many diseases and can increase appetite and restore energy.
Dr. Roy begins by observing the patient who is free to move around in the room. During that time, she collects detailed information from the owners and takes note of the reasons for the consultation. Then, after getting to know the patient, she performs a conventional medical examination and completes it with a Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine physical examination. She examines the tongue, feels the femoral pulse, the acupuncture points and meridians to detect sensitivity and all the subtleties that allow her to make the Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) diagnosis. The conventional medical diagnosis is always important and ideally requires all the technological means available. The patient benefits from the union between modern conventional veterinary medicine and traditional Chinese veterinary medicine to optimize the accuracy of the diagnosis, the pain relief and the recovery speed. When, for various reasons, a conventional medicine diagnosis is not possible, new elements will be provided by the TCM examination, allowing for a focused treatment plan.
In light of the patient history and the physical examination, Dr. Roy establishes one or more diagnostic elements. For each, she determines a treatment principle and a formula for the acupuncture points to be stimulated. To begin, she usually inserts a needle in specific points to relax the patient, these are called permission points. In doing so, the dog or cat (and the master!) familiarize themselves with the needles. A small sensation is desired at insertion but must reHome comfortable during the 20 minutes or so necessary for the treatment. The pets are usually very tolerant of needles and many will even doze off. The number of points, the duration and the frequency of the stimulation varies depending on the patient, the condition being treated and its evolution over the follow-up sessions. A consultation typically lasts 60 minutes. Depending on the case, Dr. Roy can also add a Tuina massage, recommend herbal supplements as well as certain foods and individuals exercises.