Acupuncture

Animals respond well to acupuncture, with the majority relaxing completely during treatment. Not only does it assist with pain relief, but it improves blood flow through body tissues and helps relieve muscle spasm. It works through the body’s nervous system and is used to treat many conditions including osteoarthritis, hip and elbow dysplasia, back pain, spinal injuries and epilepsy.

Medical research has demonstrated that acupuncture can influence not only the body’s nervous system but also the endocrine system that regulates many of our body systems. We are often asked “how does it work?”. Although much remains unknown, we do know that acupuncture inhibits impulse propagation along the slow conducting nerve fibres than transmit chronic pain, i.e. it stops the pain from getting to the brain. It modulates sympathetic and parasympathetic activity and activates the body’s Descending Inhibitory Control mechanism which again stops the pain from getting to the brain. It increases the production of the body’s powerful painkillers namely endorphin and enkephalin through the upregulation of MRNA. Anyone who doubts whether acupuncture works should witness the profound effect it has on the majority of our patients. Many will be fast asleep within minutes of inserting the needles.

Though mainly used for pain relief, the following conditions can respond successfully to acupuncture therapy:-

  • Back Pain
  • Arthritis
  • Hip Dysplasia
  • Spinal Disc Problems
  • Gastric Ulceration
  • Incontinence
  • Stress Associated Conditions
  • Epilepsy

Acupuncture needles are very fine and their insertion is generally well tolerated by all animals, with no harmful side effects. The needles used are all sterile and single use. Once inserted, they are left in place for approximately 20 minutes. The average number of treatments is four, though some conditions will require up to six for an improvement to be seen.