Acupuncture has been an amazing asset for Taylor! In an attempt to relieve the pain from her luxating patellas and to (hopefully) prevent an arthritis diagnosis in the future, she has been receiving a 20-minute acupuncture session once a month for the past four months. With the help of my trusty iPhone and a bag of Dr. Becker Bites as a reward/distraction, I was able to snap two photos of Taylor as she let the acupuncture needles do their work during her last appointment almost two weeks ago.
Acupuncture helps to release the body’s own pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory capabilities. As a result, it corrects the body’s energy imbalances that could result from overcompensation due to a painful part of the body. For a more detailed account of the benefits of acupuncture, please check out Dr. Patrick Mahaney’s informative article for PetMD by clicking here.
I have to admit that this monthly procedure is not cheap. Jeremy and I pay $95 per session. However, it comes up to roughly $3.17 per day, which is about how much I would pay for my daily mocha at my local coffee shop. Sometimes, I would spend more! So, when we looked at the price of acupuncture from this angle, it did not seem so outrageous! Now, Taylor gets the relief she needs…and I no longer visit my local coffee shop! A great trade-off, I must say! :-)
If you have used acupuncture in the past for your little one, let me know your thoughts in the comments below!