Dr Karen Thompson is our very own fully accredited Veterinary Acupuncturist, holding a Certificate in Veterinary Acupuncture (International Veterinary Acupuncture Society). Acupuncture is an ancient medicine, using the insertion of fine needles to stimulate specific points on the body to balance energies and produce a healing effect. This technique can be used as pain relief as well as to stimulate the immune system and the body's own healing.
Acupuncture can be used on its own or in combination with other treatments to address a number of conditions. It is particularly useful for issues relating to the musculoskeletal system such as arthritis, joint inflammation, muscle pain, lameness and spinal disease.
The effects of acupuncture are cumulative so there is benefit in repeated sessions. However the goal is to get the greatest amount of improvement in the fewest number of sessions. The number of acupuncture sessions required depends on the condition being treated and how the dog responds. Initial session is 45 minutes and any subsequent session is 20 minutes. No sedation is required.
The needles are very sharp so do not hurt the dog and the associated release of endorphins helps to relax the dog.
Karen is also trained in Reiki – a ‘natural therapy’ applied through a non-invasive gentle touch, aiming to increase energy levels. She is knowledgeable in massage and physiotherapy, natural herbs and homeopathies, and can dispense Chinese herbs following full clinical examination.
If you would like more information on acupuncture treatment or alternative medicines for your pet give one of our clinics a call, and they can help to answer some of your questions.