Veterinary Acupuncture is used to decrease a patient's pain be it post surgical, injury or age related. Thin acupuncture needles are inserted in various trigger (painful) regions of the pet's body causing a release of natural endorphins and pain relieving substances within the body (neurohormonal chemical release). The technique can occasionally be enhanced using electrodes placed on the acupuncture needles (electroacupuncture). Chronically painful conditions of the locomotor system accompanied by restricted movements of the joints are often treated with acupuncture if surgical intervention is not necessary. Acupuncture not only alleviates pain, it also reduces muscle spasm, thereby increasing mobility. Joint damage often results from muscle malfunction, and many patients show symptoms of joint pain before any visible changes show up by X- ray. In these cases, acupuncture may bring about a permanent cure. Most pets relax and enjoy the procedure for it's pain relieving effects!