Acupuncture

Acupuncture has been used to successfully treat animals as well as humans for at least 2000 years.  It is still treatment of choice for one quarter of the world's population for many problems.

How acupuncture works
Acupuncture is performed using fine, sterilised needles. These stimulate specific points on the body which affect certain biochemical processes in a beneficial way.
Acting primarily through the central nervous system, acupuncture affects the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems.
One of its main indications is for the relief of pain and muscular spasm, such as are associated with joint and bone disease or muscle and ligament problems. Acupuncture is not a cure-all but where indicated it can produce excellent results.

the treatment

How the patient reacts
In certain areas, there is occasionally a brief moment of sensitivity as the needle is placed. However, once the needles are in position, most animals relax or even fall asleep!

Treatment duration
Each therapy session generally lasts around 30 minutes but this may be longer or shorter depending on the animal and the condition.

Patients are often treated once or twice a week for 3-6 weeks. A positive response is often noticed within the first 2-3 treatments and sometimes immediately.

Safety
Acupuncture causes the release of endorphins, the body's natural painkillers. No chemicals are administered so, when performed by a competent practitioner, it is one of the safest therapies available.