Humans aren't the only ones who benefit from acupuncture. The Chinese therapy helped this dog regain mobility!
When Luca was just a puppy, she was fortunate to be adopted by a loving family. While all seemed normal at first, however, it was only a matter of time before she was diagnosed with Intervertebral Disk Disease (IVDD), a serious condition that renders the hind legs paralyzed. The disease causes nerves to be compressed and can be quite painful – as well as likely frustrating for a dog that just wants to run and play.
Fortunately, 4-year-old Luca has finally regained mobility and the ability to run, thanks to neurosurgery and the Chinese modality of acupuncture.
The therapy was employed after Luca received emergency neurosurgery to treat her disease. The procedure was successful, but she had to learn how to use her legs all over again.
The family decided on an unconventional approach to help Luca and took her to Animal Acupuncture, a practice in New York City run by Dr. Rachel Barrack. The veterinarian and certified veterinary acupuncturist is passionate about bridging healing arts from the East and West and is largely dedicated to helping animals.
Luca’s human, Lou, told The Dodo:
“In all candor, I was a doubter that this treatment would make any difference.”
But just one visit made a believer out of Lou. He said:
“Luca seemed to be stronger, and more mobile even after one treatment, with further improvement after the second one.”
A number of physicians agree that when acupuncture is coupled with allopathic medical care, it can be incredibly beneficial for both humans and animals. Dr. Robert Proietto of Proietto Vets told The Dodo:
“Acupuncture from an accredited and certified veterinarian can be very beneficial. It is not a substitute for western medicine, but should be used in conjunction for treatment of various conditions.”
Thanks to neurosurgery and a good dose of Chinese medicine, Luca can finally walk and run again! You have to see the video below to believe it:
“Luca showed immediate and lasting improvement after each visit,” said Lou.
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