Acupuncture has evolved from the ancient art of placing needles into special locations on the body to alleviate pain and improve recovery rates. In modern day it can only be performed by veterinary surgeons who have additional qualifications in acupuncture.

Acupuncture uses the body’s nervous system, neurotransmitters and hormones to provide natural pain and stress relief. Acupuncture needles are very fine so it is virtually painless and most patients find their treatment session really quite pleasant and relaxing.

Acupuncture is commonly used as a primary treatment for muscular trigger points. These are areas of muscle which have gone into cramp. Trigger points can be extremely painful and can only be cured by acupuncture or deep tissue massage.

A common condition where acupuncture is complementary is osteoarthritis. As this disease progresses many animals need a number of different treatments to control their pain and help their mobility. Acupuncture is a safe and useful addition to veterinary anti-inflammatories and painkillers and can also be used on animals that cannot tolerate these drugs.

Many dogs are fearful of the vet’s surgery, so we like to make sure our environment is slightly different – It is important that dogs feel relaxed during their acupuncture treatment so we provide quiet comfy corners with soft beds and blankets and the full attention of Eliza, our veterinary acupuncturist!

What do I do next?…

Appointments can be made directly with CanineKinetics, however veterinary referral and consent is always required.

Our therapists will tailor a bespoke treatment plan to suit individual dogs’ needs.

We work closely with your veterinary surgeon and will always refer back with any concerns we may have regarding your pets’ health and treatment plan.