Acupuncture is effective in treating many equine conditions including but not limited to; back and neck soreness, arthritis, behavioral dysfunction, anhidrosis (inability to sweat), laminitis, allergies, respiratory disease (COPD), infertility, abnormal cycling of the mare and colic. Acupuncture is not a magical “cure all” but does aid in traditional treatments and offers another option for patients that are not responding to typical therapies.
Acupuncture therapy has been performed for thousands of years, long before our conventional medicine was established. It has now become an important part of equine medicine. It compliments many traditional treatments as well as offers a solution to many conditions that fail to respond to conventional medicine. Treatment consists of needle placement at very specific acupuncture points on the horse which stimulates the body in multiple ways. It relaxes muscles, relieves pain through the release of endorphins, stimulates nerves and promotes functional blood flow.
Chiropractic therapy aims to maintain proper function of the horse’s neuro-muscular-skeletal system. Any dysfunction of your horse’s neuro-muscular-skeletal system can have a negative impact on him or her. The spine, which houses the command center of the nervous system (brain and spinal cord), is a complex framework of vertebra, ligaments, muscles and nerves and if there is interference on the nervous system, there can be negative effects on the entire body. If the movement of any vertebra or any joint in the body does not have full function or full range of motion it can interfere not only with the horse’s movement but also with the firing of nerves, which can have harmful effects on your horse’s health. With this interference also comes lack of mobility which can lead to stiffness, tension, pain and even organ dysfunction. Symptoms of neuromuscular dysfunction or your horse being “out of alignment” can range from obvious signs such as lameness, back soreness and neck/back stiffness or they may be more subtle, such as inability to hold a frame, running out at a barrel, missing lead changes or just general poor performance. Dr. Neist offers chiropractic care.