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Acupuncture In Horses

Acupuncture is used by our top human athletes with great results and is now available for your horse. This service is provided by a highly qualified practitioner with over 14 years of experience in both human and equine acupuncture. Savarna studied at the University of Technology Sydney, completing her Bachelor Health Science Acupuncture in 2000 and also undertook an Advance Certificate Acupuncture and Moxabustion in China.
Equine Acupuncture has been in practice for a very long time. Some people claim human acunpuncture has been around for as long as five thousand years. The western medical understanding of Acupuncture's effectiveness is its ability to stimulate the body’s own inherent healing abilities by the release of endogenous endorphins.
The nature of this therapy appeals to many clients, as it is free of drug residues and drug side effects.
Acupuncture is a highly complex healing system, and incorporating many interrelated techniques. Some of these include the use of needling, laser, burning mugwort (moxa) and cupping. Acupressure involves using pressure, usually digital, rather than needles, to stimulate points. Electro-acupuncture involves passing a low electrical current between needles to facilitate healing. In horses the methods Savarna uses are needling, laser, Acupressure and Electro-acupuncture.

When would the use of acupuncture be indicated?

Acupuncture can be used as a primary treatment in many cases, where medications are not working or are contraindicated because of side effects, or if surgery is not possible. The use of acupuncture is also appropriate in conjunction with western drug therapy, and following surgery. Acupuncture can be used throughout all stages of equine life from fertility, induction, breaking, pre-training, racing and recovery.

In horses acupuncture is commonly used for:

•Musculoskeletal problems such as lameness, back and joint issues, suspensories, tendonitis, muscle tightness and tears

•Nervous disorders and nerve injury

•Respiratory system: coughs, bleeders, nasal discharge

•Gastrointestinal: poor eaters, ulcers, colic and diarrhoea.

•Reproductive: hormonal imbalance, infertility.

About the treatments

Treatments vary depending on the method used to stimulate the acupuncture points. Generally, fine acupuncture needles are left in place for 10 to 20 minutes. Other methods are laser or electro-acupuncture. Patients are generally treated one to two times per week for four to six weeks. Once the condition has resolved, treatments are only needed occasionally, if at all.
Clinical improvement with acupuncture is not always immediate, as it takes time to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanism. As a general rule, if the condition is acute it responds rapidly, if the condition is chronic it may take several treatments before clinical improvement is apparent. Acupuncture is one of the safest therapies if practiced by a competent acupuncturist. Side effects are rare. Because acupuncture stimulates the body’s own system of healing and no chemicals are used, complications are rare.
High grade disposable (once only use) Acupuncture needles as for human treatments are used.
Equine massage may also be used to relax your horse and stimulate circulation.

All work is in conjunction with your trainer, vet, farrier, dentist and other health providers for best results.


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