Dr. Miles provides acupuncture services to our patients at the Uxbridge Animal Hospital.
Acupuncture is one branch of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM). Acupuncture is a treatment aimed at balancing the body's natural flow of energy, known as qi, which flows through meridians (channels) in the body.
The goal of acupuncture is to restore proper qi flow and promote the body to heal itself. This is accomplished by inserting disposable, sterile needles into specific acupuncture points on meridians within the body.
Acupuncture has multiple effects on the body. It stimulates the body to release hormones and anti-inflammatory substances such as endorphins and cortisol which relieve pain and decrease inflammation. Muscles at the site of needle insertion and at more distant locations are relaxed which provides local and generalized pain relief. In addition, acupuncture increases tissue blood flow, oxygenation, and removal of metabolic wastes and toxins.
Acupuncture offers potential additional treatment options for a wide range of conditions including: musculoskeletal issues such as arthritis, endocrine disorders, neurological disorders such as intervertebral disc disease or traumatic nerve injury, respiratory disorders, gastrointestinal ailments, and skin problems.