Acupuncture forms an important part of the Charter Vets Pain and Mobility Clinic.
What is acupuncture?
Evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into specific locations in the body in order to relieve pain, acupuncture today is a combination of traditional Chinese medicine and contemporary scientific knowledge. It offers huge benefits not only for those suffering with chronic pain but can actively promote healing and recovery in addition to increasing resistance to disease.
How does it work?
Acupuncture works by stimulating the nervous system. The needles block the pain messages and encourage the brain and central nervous system to produce more of the body’s natural painkillers. In conditions that are not painful, acupuncture may help to reset the body’s normal functioning. After examination, needles will be placed into specific points of the body and moved or stimulated a number of times. Unlike conventional medications there is not a set “dose” of acupuncture, so acupuncturists judge how much to administer based on your pet’s response, both at the time and after the treatment. Sometimes we may utilise electro-acupuncture if this is deemed suitable for your pets condition.
Will my pet feel discomfort?
Acupuncture needles stimulate nerves that do not cause the unpleasant feelings of pain that we are trying to treat. They stimulate other nerves that send a more important message to the brain, which is how they block pain. Sometimes animals may react to this sensation as though they are expecting pain, but then relax because it does not occur. Most of the time they accept the fine needles very well and often become relaxed and sleepy during the treatment. Often they appear to look forward to the next treatment when they come back to the practice.
Acupuncture is commonly used within the Pain and Mobility Clinic for: