22. The Role of Acupuncture in Canine Rehabilitation

  1. M. Christine Zink DVM, PhD, Dipl ACVP and
  2. Janet B. Van Dyke DVM
  1. Carolina Medina BVSc, Cert SAS, MRCVS

Published Online: 28 JUN 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch22

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation

How to Cite

Zink, M. C. and Van Dyke, J. B. (2013) The Role of Acupuncture in Canine Rehabilitation, in Canine Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., West Sussex, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118783443.ch22

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 28 JUN 2013
  2. Published Print: 11 APR 2013

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780813812168

Online ISBN: 9781118783443



  • acupuncture;
  • canine rehabilitation;
  • nerve regeneration;
  • pain relief;
  • sports medicine


Acupuncture is defined as the insertion of thin, sterile needles into specific points, based on anatomical structures, which leads to a physiologic response. There are a variety of ways to stimulate acupuncture points to create an effect; these include dry needle, electroacupuncture, aquapuncture, acupressure, laser acupuncture, moxibustion, hemoacupuncture, pneumoacupuncture, and gold implantation. The selection of which acupuncture points to use is critical to the success of treatment and is based upon the clinical condition, the temperament of the patient, and the goal of treatment. Acupuncture has therapeutic clinical applications in rehabilitation and sports medicine such as pain relief, performance and endurance enhancement, and nerve regeneration. Although acupuncture is relatively safe, it is imperative that the veterinarian performing the treatment is aware of its cautions, contraindications, and limitations; they therefore should seek clinical training in the field prior to use of acupuncture in patients.