Acupuncture has its origins in Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been practised in animals for over 2000 years. It was taught in European Veterinary schools until the early 19th Century when it fell out of favour. In the last 40 years, it has become popular again in the West and is well respected in both human and veterinary medicine.
For an acupuncture treatment, a number of very thin, flexible needles with twisted metal tops are inserted into the body at certain locations called ‘points.’
The number and position of these points are selected depending on the individual nature of the problem, and are then left in situ for 10-20 minutes.
The presence of the needles has been scientifically proved to stimulate nerve endings under skin and in muscle which leads to the production of pain relieving substances such as endorphins.
Vet Sarah Wheadon trained in acupuncture 9 years ago, and we have been using it at the practice ever since.
Acupuncture can be most useful in cases of chronic pain, such as arthritis. It may be used as an initial ‘stand alone treatment’ in early cases, or as part of a care plan in patients with more advanced symptoms. While we mostly treat dogs, cats can sometimes benefit from acupuncture as well.
Special thanks to Dodge and his owners, who have given permission for us to use one of Dodge's acupuncture sessions photo's. Dodge has been seeing Sarah for accuputure treatment for the last few years. He comes in monthly for a top up session and responds well to his treatment.
If you would like to discuss the benefits of acupuncture treatment or have any questions, please call the surgery and speak to Sarah Wheadon.
Sarah works at the surgery on Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday mornings (Saturdays are on a rota basis).