common questions about animal acupuncture
How does Acupuncture work?
Acupuncture needles stimulate the release of the body's own anti-inflammatory and pain relieving chemicals. It can relax muscles at the local site of the needle but also at distant locations around the body. Acupuncture can stimulate but also calm blood flow, oxygenation, digestion and metabolism.
Is Acupuncture safe?
The rate incidence of side-effects following acupuncture treatment are very low, reported in scientific literature as 0.03%. Most of the side-effects reported are short duration mild irritation to skin at the needling site. Occasional a condition may seem to worsen for up to 48 hours but are most often followed by an improvement in the condition. Some patients become sleepy for up to 24 hours.
Is Acupuncture painful?
Most animals find needle insertion virtually painless and once needles are in place animals often become very relaxed and sleepy. However, some animals show some sensations such as tingles and numbness as occurs in humans.
What conditions can Acupuncture treat?
Acupuncture can be used at all life-stages, from the young through to the oldest senior patient. We use Acupuncture to help with the control of painful conditions but its use is not just limited to this and can be used to treat some of these general conditions:
- Intevertebral disc disease
- Respiratory problems
- Skin problems
- Gastrointestinal problems
- Sporting injuries
What about my current treatment?
Acupuncture is delivered alongside Western medical treatments which are used to treat a condition.
How often should we treat a condition?
This varies depending on the condition, but most chronic conditions need between 4-6 treatments to generate a sufficiently long term positive response. Initial treatments can generate a positive response for 24 to 48 hours but this rapidly increases with more treatment until we regularly see at least 3 to 4 weeks of benefit.
Where do you treat my pet?
We carry out home visits in and around Stamford, Lincolnshire, including surrounding villages and towns.
How do I arrange treatment?
Please contact Peace. Heal. Love. via our usual channels. We require your current veterinary surgeon to refer your pet to Peace. Heal. Love. before we can begin acupuncture treatment. This is a simple procedure and ensures that we know what condition is causing problems, what has been done, what treatment you are using and allows us to work alongside your current vet.