Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body, to alleviate pain and increase the recovery rate and resistance to disease. With Western acupuncture we focus on needling specific acupuncture points, trigger points (TrP's) and tender points. Trigger points are areas in muscle that are acutely painful on palpitation and you often see a jump sign (involuntary jerk).
Acupuncture increases the body's release of natural painkillers - endorphins and serotonin and modifies pain pathways in the brain and spinal cord. Acupuncture is particularly effective in the treatment of chronic disease states, either to compliment orthodox treatment, or when orthodox treatment fails.
Conditions responsive to acupuncture include: back pain, arthritis, hip and elbow displasia, muscle & ligament sprains, urinary incontinence or retention, chronic gastrointestinal disease, lick granulomas and wound healing.
Please see the attached handout for information about treatment at Oakham Veterinary Hospital. For more information about arthritis in dogs please see the Kennel Club website or phone one of our vets for advice. For more information about arthritis in cats please see the International Cat Care website. Vets Rachel Bowen and Eve Tarleton both offer acupuncture clinics here at Oakham Veterinary Hospital, please phone 01572 722646 for more information or to book an initial assessment.