Acupuncture for dogs, cats and other animals
Acupuncture is the treatment and prevention of disease by the insertion of very fine needles into key points of the patient’s body. The needles are all single use and sterile. Once inserted, they are left in place for approximately 20 minutes. They are well tolerated by most animals. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in traditional Chinese medicine and is now also being verified scientifically. The stimulation of the needles modifies the way in which pain is perceived by the central nervous system and causes the release of hormones such as serotonin and noradrenalin. Reducing pain improves the patient’s sense of well-being and can promote correct gait patterns, breaking the self-perpetuation of chronic postural problems. In combination with these physiological effects, the hormones that are released can help to normalise body chemistry, supporting rehabilitation and improving resistance to disease.
You can find out more about the science behind acupuncture at www.medical-acupuncture.co.uk