Karen Spracklen DVM (937) 462-8665
Offering Acupuncture and Chiropractic for the Performance Animal
Introduction to Acupuncture
Acupuncture is part of the Traditional Chinese Medicine system. The history of TCM goes back to at least 1300 BCE and is based on thousands of years of observation of the natural world. Shun Yang, the first recorded practitioner of Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, lived around 480 BCE.
According to TCM, the body needs to be balanced both internally and externally in order to achieve a state of health. The goal of acupuncture is to aid the body in moving towards a balanced and healthy state.
Acupuncture is the insertion of thin needles at specific points on the body. These points are related to underlying anatomic structures such as nerves, blood vessels, and lymphatics. Insertion of the needles at acupuncture points leads to a release of endorphins, causing relaxation and pain relief. Acupuncture produces a powerful physiologic healing response throughout the body.
Acupuncture can be used for many conditions. It is an excellent modality for musculoskeletal conditions such as back soreness, subtle lameness, and decreased performance. However, it can also be used successfully to treat GI disorders, metabolic disease, nerurologic issues, and chronic problems.