Acupuncture & Pain Management

Acupuncture for Small Animals & Pets

Acupuncture is a traditional method of healing used by Eastern cultures and associated with the Chinese for thousands of years. It involves the placing of needles into specific locations on the body to alleviate pain and increase the recovery rate and resistance to disease.

The Chinese approach disease in a holistic manner. The aim is to restore equilibrium in physical, emotional and spiritual factors by using needles placed in a specific acupuncture point to address imbalance in the Yin and Yang flow of Qi energy.

This approach has been adopted in the West whilst others have sought to understand a Western scientific neurophysiological basis to a treatment which many conventionally trained clinicians have found to provide benefits.

The Western view of acupuncture is used primarily for the management of musculoskeletal disorders and in particular, chronic pain. Acupuncture is believed to stimulate the release of pain reducing chemicals (endorphins) in the brain and spinal canal which produce more generalised analgesia. Descending pain inhibition via brain and spinal cord pathways also appears to be involved. These actions combined with local needling of painful trigger points in taut muscle bands can result in effective relief of pain.

The two approaches may be combined making acupuncture particularly effective in the treatment of chronic disease states either to complement conventional therapy, or where conventional treatment is proving inadequate.

There are many conditions in our domestic pets that can respond well to acupuncture, including:

  •     Paresis or paralysis
  •     Chronic gastrointestinal disease
  •     Lick granulomas and other chronic skin conditions
  •     Urinary and faecal incontinence
  •     Epilepsy

The use of acupuncture within the practice is new to us and Adrian Budd is currently concentrating on chronic painful musculoskeletal problems. Types of conditions that Adrian is treating include:

  •     Back pain, spondylosis and disc disease
  •     Arthritis
  •     Hip dysplasia
  •     Muscle ligament sprains/strains.

Please feel free to contact Adrian Budd at the surgery if you would like any further information on this subject or would like to arrange a consultation to see if we can help your pet with this method of holistic therapy.