What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the use of very fine needles, inserted through the skin, to stimulate nerve endings all over the body. Depending on the location of the stimulated nerve, acupuncture can provide pain relief, muscle relaxation, and affect circulation, hormone release, and internal organ function.
Which conditions can be treated using acupuncture?
Acupuncture is most commonly used to treat musculoskeletal problems such as arthritis and disc disease/back problems, to aid recovery following orthopaedic surgery, for neurological problems (including seizures), cystitis, and can greatly improve quality of life for cancer patients and older pets. Acupuncture can safely be used alongside Western medical treatments.
Is acupuncture safe?
Side-effects are minimal – some patients may feel sleepy and tired for a few hours after the treatment. Just as not every patient will respond to Western treatments, there is also the occasional patient who does not seem to respond to acupuncture.
How often will my pet need acupuncture?
The number of treatments a patient will require depends on the type and severity of condition being treated, and whether it is a chronic problem like arthritis, or an acute problem, like a joint injury. Most patients are initially treated weekly for 4-6 weeks, and patients with chronic conditions are expected to need maintenance treatments at intervals of a few weeks or even months.
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