Eric Nelson MRCVS runs an acupuncture clinic every second Friday afternoon. Please call reception if you would like to make an appointment.
What is acupuncture?
Acupuncture is a form of treatment that originated in the Far East over three thousand years ago. It uses fine needles inserted into specific points of the body.
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of a varying number of fine needles, which are left in place for approximately twenty minutes.
There is a small but growing body of scientific evidence to support the use of acupuncture in companion animals for the management of pain and owners often feel it is of benefit to their pets.
A treatment plan would usually involve an initial four sessions, weekly over 4 weeks, then an assessment of response. If there is apparent improvement, then further treatments will be offered, usually at longer intervals, until optimum symptom control is achieved.
There would then be an option to pause treatments, returning for ‘top up’ as required.
If there is no response after 4 weekly sessions then treatment should be advised using conventional veterinary medicine.
Animals accept needles well and often relax and even fall asleep during the treatment.
There is little risk from acupuncture treatment when in expert hands.
Acupuncture is a useful form of therapy especially for conditions that do not respond well to orthodox means. It is not a cure-all but should be considered with other established methods of treatment. It can fill a gap but will never replace conventional therapy but can at times be beneficial when other treatments have failed. It has the advantage that undesirable side effects of some drug therapy can be avoided.