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Acupuncture at The Wickham Canine Rehabilitation Centre

Acupuncture is an ancient skill used to help manage a variety of conditions. It involves the insertion of fine needles through the skin at specific points on the body (called acupoints). There are two main forms:

  • Traditional Chinese Medicine approach: This is a holistic approach using key points on the body to restore and maintain the body's natural balance.

  • Western scientific approach: This approach involves needling the animal at both specific anatomical sites and particularly painful points (trigger points). This helps to alleviate pain, ease muscular tension, and improve recovery from injury or surgery.

Acupuncture has the effect of inhibiting pain pathways. It can also cause the release of chemicals (endorphins and serotonin) in the brain and spinal cord which can produce a more generalized pain relief and an increase in a general feeling of wellbeing.

As acupuncture is a holistic therapy it is also important to consider the animal's general health, lifestyle, diet, and supplements. Susan will cover this during the first consultation.

Canine Acupuncture

Acupuncture can be used to help ease the symptoms of many diseases such as:

  • Arthritis
  • Back Pain
  • Epilepsy
  • Hip / Elbow Dysplasia
  • Immune Dysfunction
  • Lick Granuloma
  • Muscle and Ligament Sprains/ Strains/ Spasms
  • Myofascial Pain
  • Paralysis/ Paresis
  • Stress Related Disorders
  • Some urinary and gastrointestinal disorders.

Acupuncture can be used on many different species and owners are often surprised at how well their pet accepts the treatment. Susan commonly uses acupuncture on dogs, cats, rabbits, and horses but has treated Cows and Goats as well!

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The Wickham Canine Rehabilitation Centre

Unit F2 Knowle Village Business Park Mayles Lane Fareham Hampshire PO17 5DY

Telephone: 01329 834647

Please call or email to book an appointment.

Dr Susan Andresier BVetMed MFHom(vet) MRCVS

Susan qualified from the Royal Veterinary College in 2002 and worked in general practice for 10 years. She trained in acupuncture with the Association of Veterinary Acupuncturists (ABVA) in 2007 and used her acupuncture skills to treat animals in general practice.

Dr Susan Andresier BVetMed MFHom(vet) MRCVS

Susan has worked with us on a referral basis since 2012. In addition she has completed extensive training in both veterinary herbal medicine and veterinary homeopathy. She has completed five years of study at the Portland Center for Integrative Medicine and gained the qualification of MFHom(vet).

Susan is the current chairperson of the British Association of Veterinary Herbalists and is also an active member of both the British association of homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons and the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists.

Dog receiving acupuncture

Susan also teaches acupressure to physiotherapists and sometimes runs other courses or workshops. Outside of work Susan is busy spending time with her husband, three children, two dogs, and tortoise!

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