Acupuncture is the practice of inserting fine, solid needles into the body for pain relief or, in some cases, to help the body deal with other diseases.
It stimulates nerves in the skin and muscle, increasing the release of the body’s natural painkillers. It modifies the way pain signals are received and can effect changes in the nervous system. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning.
Most animals accept the fine needles very well and often become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment.
Treatment may be weekly initially, usually 4-6 sessions, and then at longer intervals depending on response.
Pain is the most common indication for acupuncture. Usually this means pain associated with arthritis, but also muscle strains, pain secondary to disc disease and bony changes of the spine. Other kinds of pain may also respond.
Conditions suitable for treatment with acupuncture
Small animals: back pain, spondylosis, arthritis, strains and sprains, lick granulomas and chronic skin conditions, urinary / faecal incontinence, stress related disorders.
Horses: back pain, laminitis, lameness, navicular disease, COPD, tendon injuries.
This is not a complete list and many other conditions may respond well to acupuncture.