The neuro-psychological benefits of acupuncture have been recognized in Western medicine for many years. Many clients are surprised to find that this form of ancient medicine can be applied to pets.
Acupuncture involves the placement of very fine needles into specific points to inhibit pain transmission via nerve pathways and to stimulate the release of endorphins and other pain-relieving chemicals in the brain and spinal cord. Pets don’t find the placement of these needles uncomfortable and generally don’t feel more than a scratch.
Acupuncture can provide:
- An increase in circulation
- A release of neurotransmitters and neurohormones, some of which are endorphins. These can act as a natural pain killer.
- Release of muscle spasms
- Stimulate nerves and the immune system
Acupuncture is a safe treatment when carried out by trained professionals such as ours and is used as an adjunct alongside conventional medicine.
What conditions can acupuncture be used for?
- Chronic pain – especially due to arthritis
- Urinary and faecal incontinence
- Chronic unresolved diarrhoea or constipation
- Immune dysfunction
- Chronic breathing problems – feline asthma/bronchitis
- Stress-related disease, such as over-grooming, inappropriate urination, or aggression.
How many acupuncture appointments will my pet need?
Every animal varies depending on their specific condition. In chronic conditions acupuncture should be viewed as an ongoing therapy as opposed to a short-acting solution.
Every pet will be assessed in their first session and a plan made regarding the number of sessions needed. Generally, pets with chronic conditions will be seen weekly for four weeks, then reducing to a monthly session. Acute conditions may be seen every 2 weeks with a gradual reduction in sessions.
As with people, not all pets will respond to acupuncture. Sometimes we will see a positive response after the first session, however, in other cases, we may need to complete four sessions to see a difference.
Side effects are rarely seen however on occasion you may note that your pets’ symptoms are worse for 48 hours after treatment.