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CAH is located in the Springfield Plaza Shopping Center. We're open Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, and Sat 8am-2pm. We're closed on major holidays. To make an appointment, please call us at (703) 866-4100.
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Acupuncture at CAH

Companion Animal Hospital is proud to be expanding its sevices to include Holistic and Alternative Medicine. We now offer acupuncture and herbal medications to help your pet during times of illness, injury, and even in health. These methodologies can be used alone, or in conjunction with traditional Western Medicine.

Extensive research has shown that acupuncture is effective for a wide variety of ailments and conditions. Various theories explain how acupuncture works:

  • 1
    The Gate Theory
    Acupuncture stimulates inhibitory neurons so that pain is not consciously perceived, prohibiting the passage of stronger pain signals down the same nerve - producing an analgesic effect.
  • 2
    The Humoral Theory
    Acupuncture stimulates the release of the body's chemicals that result in local anesthesia. This activates the spinal cord center, mid-brain center and the hypothalamus/anterior pituitary unit.
  • 3
    The Autonomic Nervous System Theory
    Acupuncture stimulates vasodilation which leads to increased blood flow to aid in healing. Internal organs can be stimulated that selectively excite nerves regulating the autonomic nervous system.
  • 4
    The Local Effects Theory
    Acupuncture stimulates local pain relief, muscle and tissue relaxation, increased tissue immune function and increased blood supply to the area.
  • 5
    The Bioelectrical Theory
    Acupuncture points have low electrical resistance and high conductivity; when stimulated, nervous impulses help healing.
Please call us to make an appointment with Dr. Jennifer Kelly to discuss how Holistic Medicine and acupuncture can improve your pet's quality of life.