Acupuncture is a part of ancient Chinese medicine in which fine  needles are inserted into the skin at specific points on the body to produce a healing response. Each acupuncture point has specific actions when stimulated.

This technique has been used in veterinary practice in China for thousands of years to treat many ailments. Acupuncture will not cure every condition, but it can work very well when it is indicated. As a complementary medicine, acupuncture is different in important ways from treatments that are part of conventional western medicine.

In acupuncture we believe that energy (Qi) flows through the body in specific channels called meridians. The traditional belief is that when Qi cannot flow freely through the body, it can cause illness. With acupuncture we can restore the flow of Qi, and so restore health. The scientific approach to acupuncture is that it  stimulates nerves and muscle tissue, and that this may be responsible for any beneficial effects

Acupuncture is indicated for functional problems such as those that involve paralysis, noninfectious inflammation (such as allergies), and pain.

Regular acupuncture also works very well in treating minor sports injuries as they occur and help to keep muscles and tendons resistant to injury.

The insertion of acupuncture needles is virtually painless. Once the needles are in place, animals can become very relaxed and possibly sleepy. Acupuncture treatment may cause some sensation, presumed to be those such as tingles, cramps, or numbness which can occur in humans and which may be uncomfortable to some animals.

These effects are an indication that some physiological changes are developing, and they are most often followed by an improvement in the animal’s condition.

If you would like to discuss this treatment then please feel free to contact us on 01822 854255.

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