Acupuncture for Healing & Recovery Support
In the traditional Chinese medicine practice, acupuncture is used as a method of promoting natural healing processes by renewing the balance of energy throughout a patient's body.
This form of medicine is based on the philosophy that illness is caused by imbalances in the vital energies of the body. In more modern terms, acupuncture is able to help improve blood flow in the body, helping to oxygenate tissues.
At Mountainaire Animal Clinic, we feel that we can obtain the best results by using acupuncture as a supplement to medical therapy to help restore your dog or cat's health and vitality.
The Acupuncture Technique
Acupuncture treatments involve the insertion of tiny needles in an animal's body at precise points called meridians, where blood vessels meet nerve endings. Needles help to guide energy along these meridians, supporting your pet's nervous system and promoting their circulation while enhancing their body's natural healing abilities.
Common Acupuncture Uses
Our veterinarians will often recommend the use of acupuncture among other medicinal practices to treat a number of health issues, including:
- Pain Management
Medical treatments like chemotherapy can feel very uncomfortable for your pet. They will often be supplemented with acupuncture in order to relieve some discomfort and help your cat or dog fight their illness.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Acupuncture will often be used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions like arthritis, nerve injuries and hip dysplasia also often respond well to acupuncture.
- Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatments can help to encourage increased circulation, which can help with granulomas, allergic dermatitis. It can also improve healing and reduce pain, leading to less itching and overgrooming associated with their discomfort.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which helps to promote healthy digestive activity. Conditions such as diarrhea or nausea may benefit from increased blood flow.
- Respiratory Issues
The immune-calming and anti-inflammatory capabilities of acupuncture treatment can improve asthma, allergies and other conditions.
Acupuncture for pets provides a number of benefits, including:
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
- Lowers the amount of waste products produced
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body
- Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues
- Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effects