Acupuncture for Herniated Discs and Inability to Use Hind Legs on a 2.5-Year-Old French Bulldog
Pearl, 2 year old French Bulldog. Pearl was unable to walk and could not use her hind legs.
She had bulging discs and narrowing of the spaces.
She also had no pain reflex in her legs.
Luckily, acupuncture was able to help Pearl walk again.p.1
Graham uses acupressure to help open up some of the shu points in the muscle belly before administering needles.
He lifts the skin behind the neck and palpates the back/legs.
“Shu” means transporting.p.2
Graham points out various points near the spine and legs where he plans to place needles in Pearl. He begins placing needles in Ub18, Ub19,Ub20, and Ub21.
He twists the last needle watching for a signal to see if Pearl felt them.
Then he lets the needles stay in for a few minutes to let them do their work.p.3
While waiting for the needles to work, Graham talks about how it is important for the owners to understand more deeply how acupuncture works.
They take home a pamphlet providing more information but he also encourages them to try acupuncture themselves.
He also advises owners themselves to apply acupressure to their pets so they can still help them.p.4
Graham palpates the points in the scalp and places a needle in Gallbladder 20.p.5
A needle is placed in "yintang" which is near the dog's forehead.p.6
Graham stresses the need for the animals to enter into a deep state of relaxtion.
It helps the acupuncture work more properly so the animals can start to heal.
He also mentions that he tries to make sure the owners feel relaxed too which further helps the animal.p.7
The owner mentioned that randomly one day, Pearl fell over and couldn't use her hind legs.
She took Pearl to the vet and the x-ray showed a bulging disc in her leg.
She's not a big believer in surgery so she decided to give acupuncture a try.
To everyone's surprise, she was quickly able to walk again.
The owner feels this was a miracle.
Graham then proceeds to remove the needles after speaking with the owner.p.8
The veterinarian was presented with weakness in the hind legs.
Veterinarian noticed a bulging disc in the x-ray due to the narrow spacing present.
He said he recommended Graham to the owners and at first Pearl's hind legs were not improving.
But after a few more treatments, Pearl was running again able to use her legs.p.9
Graham stresses the important of trying acupuncture yourself to understand more deeply how it works and the benefits it brings. He talks about how he has to stay relaxed during his procedures to help the animal stay calm. He says he remains stern dealing with aggressive animals. He takes control by massaging and helping them to calm down. Guide tubes help Graham place the needles more precisely.
Acupuncture can help an animal with behavioral issues.
It can help aggressure or angered animals to calm down and be more playful.p.10