Acupuncture and chiropractic services are performed by Dr. Andrea Maddox. Dr. Andrea Maddox received her veterinary degree from the University of Tennessee in 2009 and has been practicing in Huntsville since 2010. She has always had an interest in treatments that can complement veterinary medicine to improve the health and wellness of her patients. She understands that every pet is unique and is happy to offer additional options for pain management and healing. Dr. Maddox is certified in animal chiropractic and acupuncture. She also has a special interest in TCVM food therapy. A consultation with Dr. Maddox is the first step to learning how chiropractic care and acupuncture can help your pet.
Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM) has four main components: acupuncture, herbal medicine, food therapy, and Tui-na.
Acupuncture involves the insertion of thin sterile needles into discreet and specific points on the body in order to cause a therapeutic effect, but may include other methods such as electrical stimulation and Moxibustion. The point on the body is called “Shu-xu” or acupuncture point (Acupoint). The ancient Chinese discovered 361 at acupoint in human and 173 acupoints in animals.
Acupuncture is a very safe medical procedure when administrated by a qualified practitioner. Very few negative effects have been found in clinical cases. Studies show that acupuncture stimulation induces the following:
- Pain relief
- Promotion of tissue healing processes
- Regulation of gastrointestinal motility
- Anti– inflammatory effects
- Hormone and reproductive regulation
- Anti-febrile affects
Veterinary Chiropractic Care is a manual, integrative therapy, which can be used for many health and performance problems.
Chiropractic care focuses on the abnormal movements of the spine and any effects these restrictions have on the body’s nervous system.
All animals can benefit from chiropractic care. Spinal manipulation helps to restore normal motion to joints allowing the body to have improved motion, neuro musculoskeletal function and aid in the ability to heal itself. Your pet may benefit from chiropractic care if he/she exhibits any signs of the following:
- Injuries resulting from falls or other athletic activities
- Acute or chronic pain of the neck, back or limbs
- Decrease in level of performance
- Abnormal posture when standing, uneven hips or holding tail to one side
- Short/uneven stride, dragging feet, stumbling or lameness
- Diagnosed conditions, such as degenerative arthritis
- Muscle spasms or atrophy, hypersensitivity to touch and/or tight muscles
- Shaking of head, constant ear problems, allergies