Once these sources are identified, Dr Michael Palmer will create a treatment paln to correct the dysfunction through neuromodulation. Neuromodulation involves activating nerve pathways through stimulation of acupuncture points, both at the primary site of the problem, and across the pet’s body. When a needle is inserted into an acupuncture point, the nerve fibers near the point are activated, and send a signal from the “periphery” (the acupuncture point) to the central nervous system (the brain and spinal cord) and autonomic nervous system centers (that govern processes like glandular activity, immune function, digestion, mood, and more). Acupuncture needles also interact with muscles and the connective tissues that surround them, releasing tension, trigger points, and pain.
Medical acupuncture is similar to TCM acupuncture in that many of the points used are the same; however, instead of basing the dysfunction on the construct of Qi imbalance, the source of the problems are rooted in physiologic disturbances. Medical acupuncture’s treatment and effectiveness also relies on evidence-based medicine rather than anecdotal support. Dr Michael Palmer at RecoveryZone Orthopedic, Spine and Sports Medicine performs Medical Acupuncture in Wall New Jersey.