Acupuncture has its origins in traditional Chinese medicine where it is believed that when an organ becomes affected by disease the associated acupuncture point becomes tender.

Acupuncture involves placing specialised needles into specific acupuncture points. Stimulation of these points can cause a wide range of changes to take place through the body, such as release of endorphins, change of blood flow to an affected region, the release of muscle spasm as well as pain relief.

Acupuncture has gained much popularity in western veterinary medicine over recent years due to the range of conditions that it can provide help for. It is predominately used to treat conditions that are poorly controlled with conventional medications or where medication is contraindicated. It can be beneficial when treating a wide variety of complaints, most commonly osteoarthritis, musculoskeletal disease and neurological conditions.

There are almost no side effects to treatment and no interactions with other treatments thereby making acupuncture incredibly safe for your pet.

This treatment is particularly beneficial for older patients with arthritis where courses of acupuncture can make a significant difference to their mobility and quality of life. Courses consist of around 3 to 6 weekly sessions depending on the case. The calming, quiet atmosphere in our Kemsing branch is well suited to this modern take on an ancient treatment.

Natalie Ives BVetMed (Hons) MRCVS, is the resident veterinary surgeon who has a special interest in Acupuncture and pain management. Having witnessed the beneficial effects of acupuncture in many patients with chronic mobility issues, her own dog included, Natalie chose to undertake further training in acupuncture and chronic pain management. She undertook a course with the Western Veterinary Acupuncture Group, the largest veterinary acupuncture group in the UK, and qualified in March 2015.