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Acupuncture

Some helpful information

We are very pleased to be able to offer acupuncture with qualified vet and acupuncturist Helen Scott, in addition to the more conventional therapies available here. Acupuncture is most commonly used for pain relief, but can also help the body deal with other diseases. It works through the nervous system to block pain messages, and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers.

Animals generally tolerate the fine needles very well – we rarely need any sedation. Some dogs are happier coming here when they have been having acupuncture than they were beforehand! Cats and rabbits often accept acupuncture surprisingly well, and can show a very good response to treatment too.

A typical treatment course would be once weekly for 4 weeks, then repeat sessions at lengthening intervals depending on how long the response lasts. Most of our longer-term clients know when top-up sessions are needed – their pet tells them!

Acupuncture is very safe, in the right hands. On animals, legally it must be performed by a Veterinary Surgeon. There are a very few cases where we would be cautious about using acupuncture, but all cases are individually assessed.

If you’d like further information on acupuncture for your pet, please click the links below or give one of our friendly team a call.

What is Acupuncture?

Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body to alleviate pain, improve recovery rates and increase resistance to disease. It has been practiced by the Chinese and other Eastern cultures for thousands of years and may be used to treat a wide variety of illnesses.

Acupuncture treatment should always follow an accurate diagnosis of the problem and a full appraisal of all treatment options. In many cases, acupuncture is best used in conjunction with conventional medicine. However, in some situations, it can be used as a sole treatment.

Adding acupuncture to a treatment plan can help to reduce the patient’s requirements for medications which may have undesirable side effects.

Most importantly, acupuncture is extremely safe when practiced correctly and is well accepted by the majority of animals.

Traditional Chinese Medicine
The Chinese approach to disease is very holistic. Emotional, hereditary and environmental factors are considered to be important elements in disease patterns. The philosophy and aim of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is to restore equilibrium between physical, emotional and spiritual factors – thus restoring and maintaining health. Treatment involves using needles in specific acupuncture points (sometimes in combination with herbal therapy) to address imbalances in Yin and Yang as well as improving the flow of Qi and blood.

Western Scientific Acupuncture
Scientific research into acupuncture has made enormous progress over the past 40 years and now explains much of acupuncture’s actions which had previously only been understood in the ancient concepts of health described in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

This has brought about the greater recognition and acceptance of acupuncture within the scientific community. Early research focused mainly on pain relief and the endogenous opioid responses to acupuncture; however, further advances have revealed potent normalising effects to the hypothalamus and autonomic nervous system. This has opened the understanding of its use in all manner of internal medical disorders including respiratory, digestive, and reproductive problems. The Yin and Yang balance paradigm can now be explained by the correlations with the parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system and this helps bring the holistic view of health back into focus.

Combined Approach
By combining these two approaches, acupuncture may be particularly effective in the treatment of chronic disease states – either to complement orthodox treatments or when orthodox medicine fails.

Information taken from http://www.abva.co.uk/

What Can it Treat?

Pain is one of the most common indications for acupuncture. Very often, in cats and dogs, this is chronic (long term) pain due to arthritis, but muscular strains and spinal problems can also respond well. Acupuncture can also be a great asset to the rehabilitation of pets following orthopaedic or spinal surgeries. In horses, there can be myofascial pain, sometimes associated with joint disease. Often, equine cases will appear as behaviour problems such as crib biting or box walking, but have an underlying and undiagnosed pain element. Equines are often highly trained athletes used for strenuous and demanding disciplines which often lead to musculoskeletal injuries. The use of acupuncture alone or in combination with other therapies can improve the speed and quality of recovery and avoid the need for medications banned under competition rules.

Acupuncture can also be of great benefit to medical conditions in pets, such as gastrointestinal disease, urinary disorders, epilepsy and much more. In horses, we often have success with recurrent colic or diarrhoea and chronic respiratory disease such as COPD/RAO. As each treatment is specifically tailored to an individual through extensive history taking and detailed examination, the protocol used will vary from animal to animal so speak to our veterinary acupuncturist about your pet's individual case. Be aware that, as with any treatment, there are a small percentage of animals that will not respond to acupuncture.

Information taken from http://www.abva.co.uk/

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