Aussie Mobile Vet adds veterinary acupuncture and veterinary homeopathy to its list of services.
Dr Rainboe Ngai and Dr Alison Shen are both trained through the IVAS to become qualified Veterinary Acupuncturist. In addition Dr Caroline has trained further to include Veterinary Homeopathy to our list of services.
How does Acupuncture work?
While both Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and conventional medicine aim to restore health in a diseased patient, the differences lie in their approach to diagnosis and treatment. A TCM consult can often be quite long and includes pulse diagnosis, looking at the tongue shape, size, coating and colour, smells and intensive questioning on history, habits, behaviour and preferences.
Conventional medicine looks for specific causes and treatment often involves surgery or medicine. TCM looks for patterns in disharmony or imbalances, and treatment aims to restore the flow of energy (Qi) and re-balance the body. TCM also aims to discover the cause of imbalances and helps to eliminate this from the environment.
What does it treat?
Veterinary Acupuncture is well know for its use in musculoskeletal problems, such as developmental orthopaedic problems (such as hip/ elbow dysplasia), osteoarthritis, spinal disease, post orthopaedic surgery, back, neck and shoulder pain/muscle spasms and pain.
Acupuncture uses the Traditional Chinese Medicine diagnosis to locate the most appropriate points of the body, as well as trigger point therapy to help "re-balance" the body to allow healing and most importantly pain relief.
In addition to musculoskeletal problems, acupuncture can be use for a range of other issues from behavioral, anaemia/ cardiovascular, gastrointestinal/ appetite stimulus and nausea to name a few.
Is it painful?
We use Japanese fine acupuncture needles. These needles are rounded at the end and are not 'cutting', hence they tend to separate the skin and muscles, rather than cut through tissue like normal needles do.
Alternative forms of acupuncture are laser (using light), electro-acupuncture (using a low current) and Moxa (using heat). These techniques do not hurt and cause no pain. These techniques are useful in animals that may be needle-phobic.
During the first acupuncture consult, a few needles are placed to see how your pet responds to the treatment. From this session, our therapist is able to best cater the subsequent sessions to ensure a stress free and pleasurable experience for your pet.