Acupuncture has developed from the ancient Chinese art of placing fine needles into special locations on the body to achieve alleviation of pain, improve immune function and aid recovery times. Western culture and science has greatly impacted acupuncture over the last 40-50 years with the treatment being offered in many medical conditions either in conjunction with conventional medicine or when other treatments have failed. Research has focused on the pain relieving effects of acupuncture from internal release of the body’s own painkillers such as endogenous opioids or seratonin. More recently, it has also been shown that acupuncture can be used in a variety of internal medical disorders e.g. respiratory, reproductive or digestive disease.
HORSES AND ACUPUNCTURE
It has been noted that due to a strong internal nervous structure of the horse (known as the limbic system), equine patients often respond very well to the effects of acupuncture. Responses to acupuncture often include alterations in behavior and overall demeanor, during the treatment and afterwards. Some animals will show a positive response with their first treatment, however the majority gradually respond over a greater period of time. On average 4-6 treatments, usually every 7-14 days may be necessary to control or achieve a desired effect. Top-ups can then be required. Some patients – along with some diseases – are refractory to acupuncture and will not respond to treatment. This can occur in up to 10% of patients.
At County Equine, we recognize that every horse is individual and as such each acupunture treatment is specifically tailored through extensive history taking and detailed physical examination. Within the UK, only veterinarians can perform acupuncture and at County Equine, all are associate members of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and have undertaken training in Equine Acupuncture.
Often the cost of acupuncture can be claimed for on your insurance – but please do check your own individual policy or with your insurance company prior to embarking on a course of acupuncture.
Payments for referral patients will need to be made at the time of the treatment. Please contact County Equine for more details on booking an appointment and charges.
FREQUENTLY TREATED CONDITIONS INCLUDE
- Neck and back pain, including kissing spines, sacroiliac and pain pelvic
- Myofascial pain syndrome, myopathy
- Chronic joint pains with associated muscle pain
- Respiratory disease – COPD/RAO
- Gastrointestinal disease – Chronic diarrhoea, recurrent spasmodic colic, weight loss
- Poor performance syndromes
- Infertility/reproductive problems
- Some behavioural problems