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Understanding Electroacupuncture

Electroacupuncture, also sometimes referred to as percutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (PENS), for your pets is a type of acupuncture that utilizes acupuncture needles to pass electric currents and form stimulation as a healing process.


What Is Electroacupuncture?

To provide pain relief and stimulate a healing process, acupuncture utilizes tiny needles placed in strategic areas on your pet’s body. Electroacupuncture takes the healing process one step further by sending electric currents to stimulate the nerve endings deep inside the tissue below acupressure points.


Conditions Electroacupuncture May Treat

Here are a few of the conditions that electroacupuncture has proven to treat in pets:


  • Abdominal Pain

  • Arthritis

  • Gastrointestinal Conditions (Anorexia, Colic, Constipation, Diarrhea, Vomiting)

  • Intervertebral Disc Disease (IVDD)

  • Pain Management

  • Peripheral Nerve Paralysis (Facial Nerve Paralysis, Radial Nerve Paralysis)

  • Post-Operative Pain

  • Respiratory Diseases (COPD, Coughing)

  • Soft Tissue Injuries


Remember that it is always important to check with your regular veterinarian to see if your pet may be a good candidate for electroacupuncture.


What to Expect From Electroacupuncture with Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture


The electroacupuncture process is simple, as Dr. Kho follows a 3-step process.


Step 1: Dr. Kho will begin the treatment by inserting acupuncture needles at predetermined points along your pet’s body.

Step 2: Dr. Kho will then attach the acupuncture needles to a device that generates continuous electric pulses, an electroacupuncture stimulator. Electrical impulses can pass between two specifically chosen needles, and several pairs of needles can be stimulated simultaneously.


Step 3: Dr. Kho adjusts the intensity and frequency of the electrical impulse being delivered depending on the particular condition being treated during the session.


For Pet Parents

You can anticipate the typical veterinary electroacupuncture session to last approximately thirty minutes.


You can rest assured that your pet will experience little to no pain from the needles or the electric pulses. In some instances, your pet may become a little anxious when the electrical pulse begins but will typically settle down shortly after treatment has begun.


Many animals become very relaxed or sleepy during and after a session.


Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture and Electroacupuncture

Here at Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture, our primary focus is on helping your pets live the healthy lives they deserve. That’s why we’re proud to announce that we are now offering electroacupuncture in conjunction with our standard acupuncture treatments.

If you’re interested in learning more about how Aloha Veterinary Acupuncture can help your pet, take a look at the benefits of veterinary acupuncture, and feel free to contact us with any additional questions you might have. Dr. Kho is happy to discuss your pet and address any questions or concerns you may have about veterinary acupuncture and electroacupuncture.

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