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Acupuncture

Acupuncture comes from traditional Chinese medicine techniques but has been extensively scientifically researched and has a place in modern therapeutics both for ourselves and our pets. It can be used to complement traditional medicine, primarily for the treatment of pain. It can be used in conjunction with anti-inflammatory painkillers and is believed to work differently from these drugs.

Scientific research suggests that stimulation of acupuncture points acts on pain receptors that send messages to the brain saying that it no longer hurts, rather like rubbing your elbow when you have just knocked it!

Acupuncture can be used to treat a variety of conditions:

  • Osteoarthritis
  • Acute musculoskeletal injuries
  • Spinal disease
  • Cruciate disease
  • Hip dysplasia
  • Elbow dysplasia
  • Post operative pain
  • Pain associated with cystitis or constipation

Pets tolerate acupuncture surprisingly well and it can be really helpful for those pets who are not able to take traditional anti-inflammatory painkillers as well as those that are becoming resistant to them. It can produce some very quick responses in acute injuries as well as assisting the recovery of patients from major orthopaedic surgery allowing them virtually painless mobility and earlier return to normal mobility

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