Acupuncture for Healing & Recovery Support
In traditional Chinese medicine, acupuncture is used as a means of promoting the healing process by affecting and restoring the balance of energy flowing throughout the body.
Acupuncture can help to improve blood flow throughout your body, which boosts the oxygenation of the tissues.
At River Oak Veterinary Hospital, we work with Dr. Lindsay Croom to provide acupuncture as a supplement to medical therapies in order to restore your pet's health and vitality. Dr. Croom has been certified in Veterinary Acupuncture since 2002.
The Acupuncture Technique
Acupuncture treatment involves the insertion of miniscule needles into your pet's body at precise locations called meridians. This is where the blood vessels and nerves converge. These needles guide energy along these meridians, supporting your pet's nervous system, promoting circulation and enhancing their body's natural healing abilities.
Common Acupuncture Uses
Our vets will often recommend using acupuncture provided by Dr. Croom for a wide variety of issues, including:
- Pain Management
Medical treatment like chemotherapy can cause quite a bit of discomfort for your pet. They will often be combined with acupuncture treatments in order to relieve some of your pet's discomfort and assist them in fighting their illness.
- Musculoskeletal Issues
Acupuncture is often used for injury rehabilitation. Conditions which respond well to acupuncture include arthritis, hip dysplasia, nerve injures and more.
- Dermatology & Skin Issues
Acupuncture treatment can help encourage increased circulation, which can help hot spots, granulomas and allergic dermatitis. It can also improve healing and reduce pain, leading to less itching and subsequent over-grooming.
- Gastrointestinal Issues
Acupuncture may stimulate digestive secretions, which can promote healthy digestive activity, Conditions like diarrhea and nausea may also benefit from an increase in 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:
- Lowers the amount of waste products produced
- Helps relax muscles and relieve pain
- Pets in poor health will benefit from the lack of systemic side effects
- Improves metabolic waste removal from the body
- Promotes an increased blood flow which boosts oxygen in tissues