Acupuncture is a form of medicine that has been used for over 2,000 years and involves stimulating certain points on the body with the use of needles in order to alleviate pain and treat various physical and mental conditions.
Scientific research has shown that these points are located over areas with large amounts of nerve bundles, blood vessels, and lymphatic vessels. By stimulating these points, the body releases endogenous opioids and neurotransmitters that help to clear inflammation, treat pain, stimulate the immune system, help with hormone and reproductive regulation, and promote intestinal regulation.
There are different methods of acupuncture available. Dry needling is the use of only acupuncture needles. Electroacupuncture is a form of acupuncture where a small electric current is passed between a pair of acupuncture needles to alleviate severe or chronic pain. It is only used in certain patients and sedation may be recommended. Hemo-acupuncture involves inserting a large needle into a blood vessel to draw or release a few drops of blood in order to help clear localized inflammation in a specific area. Aquapuncture is the injection of water, Vit B solution, or some other liquid substance to stimulate an acupuncture point for a longer period of time while also getting the benefit of the effects of the liquid.
The frequency of acupuncture sessions depends on what condition is being treated. If the condition is a chronic issue like arthritis, then acupuncture might be recommended on a regular basis. An acute condition may be treated with 1-3 sessions. We believe in preventative medicine. Regular acupuncture may be helpful to prevent illness or injury to your horse. After the initial consultation, Dr. Kelley will be able to give specific recommendations on future treatment options.
Conditions that benefit acupuncture:
- Musculoskeletal issues: Injury- acute/chronic, back pain- nerve/disc, arthritis
- Chronic diseases: Reproductive problems, weakness, behavioral issues
- Gastrointestinal issues: Diarrhea, ulcers, colic, constipation
- Prevention of illness and injury.
Veterinary Acupuncture treatment is not meant to replace conventional veterinary medicine. During the examination of your horse, Dr. Kelley will give recommendations regarding any diagnostics or treatments that may be needed from your regular equine veterinarian before performing an acupuncture session.