Frequently Asked Questions

QUESTIONS

 

How safe is acupuncture therapy?
How long does each treatment last?
How many treatments are needed?
Does acupuncture hurt?
Who is qualified to perform veterinary acupuncture?
Cautions and contraindications
What about chiropractic and massage?
Does Dr. Galligan make house calls?
What is the cost of acupuncture?

 

 


 

How safe is acupuncture therapy?

Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administered by a qualified practitioner.  Very few side effects have been found in clinical cases.

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How long does each treatment last?

Each session may take 20 to 60 minutes.

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How many treatments are needed?

It depends upon the nature, severity and duration of diseases.  A single treatment may be enough for an acute condition.  A series of three to ten treatments can resolve many chronic problems.  Some degenerative conditions may need monthly treatments over time.

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Does acupuncture hurt?

A proper acupuncture therapy may induce distention and a heaviness sensation along with contraction of local muscle.  Over 95% of patients are comfortable with acupuncture therapy.  Some animals will fall asleep during acupuncture treatment.  Sedation is not recommended before acupuncture treatment, as it may interfere with the acupuncture effect.

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Who is qualified to perform veterinary acupuncture?

Only licensed veterinarians are eligible to practice acupuncture in most states in the USA.

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Cautions and contraindications

When acupuncture is performed, the following conditions are cautioned or contraindicated:

  • Fracture

  • Pregnancy

  • Open wound

  • Infectious diseases

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What about chiropractic and massage?

The veterinarian may also choose to use Tui-na, which is an ancient Chinese method of chiropractic/medical manipulation that enhances the other methods, and can be taught to the animal owner to be done at home.  This helps more energy past blocked points and eases muscle tension, thereby offering comfort and an energy lift to the patient.

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Does Dr. Galligan make house calls?

Yes, even for non-clients with a referral from their vet.

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How much does a veterinary acupuncture treatment cost?

It depends on the location, species and disease.  A typical range of fees for a single session of acupuncture will vary from $40-$200.

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