What is Acupuncture?
Acupuncture is the procedure of inserting and manipulating needles into various points on the body to relieve pain or for therapeutic purposes. Pressure, laser, heat and mild electrical stimulus may also be used at these points. The goal of treatment is to treat disharmonies and imbalances within the body to promote the general health and well being of the patient. Acupuncture is one of the modalities of traditional Chinese medical treatment and has been practised in China for thousands of years. It has also been the subject of active research in the west since the mid 1970's, with new evidence continually being found as to its effectiveness. We are very pleased to be able to offer you access to this treatment with Dr Kathy Daly who is a member of the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.
Who will benefit from Acupuncture?
Acupuncture has wide acceptance as a treatment for pain, but it has much wider uses, and can be of benefit in almost any condition.
How does acupuncture work?
In Chinese medicine, the body is treated as a whole through several related systems of function known as the Zang-fu. Health is explained as a state of balance between the yin and the yang of these systems, with disease being ascribed to imbalance, blockage or stagnation. Access to these systems occurs through specific points known as acupuncture points, which represent places where the energy (or Qi) of the body nears the surface and becomes accessible. Placing needles in these points (or stimulating them in other ways) can directly influence distant points along the line of energy flow (or meridian).
How will my pet be during and after treatment?
Insertion of the needles may cause a transient sensation of pain or warmth at the site and the needles will become firmly grasped by the surrounding tissue. This is called Da Qi and is an indication that the needles have been inserted in the correct place. Generally animals experience no discomfort after insertion. The needles will be left in for 15-20 minutes although some will fall out on their own before this time. This is an indication that they have done their job and are no longer needed. After treatment you may notice no change in your pet, or they may be sleepy for the next 24 hours. Some conditions may be temporarily worse after treatment, while others may be better or no different. Chronic conditions may require numerous treatments before a benefit is seen.
What are the risks of treatment?
There are very few risks involved with acupuncture. The needles used are single use and are sterile; and have a solid body so there is minimal risk of introducing infection. Because a vet is inserting the needles there is minimal risk of bad placement or damage to underlying tissues.
How do I book?
Please feel free to ring the clinic on 9372 2733 to make an appointment with Kathy, or if you have any further questions.