Equine Acupuncture

January 9, 2015

Dr. Tori Lewis is Red Barn Veterinary Services' cVMA (Certified Veterinary Medical Acupuncturist) and is excited to bring this treatment option to the clinic. She believes in this process whole heartedly and knows that it can be beneficial in most cases. We have seen some tremendous outcomes with just a few treatments.  Horses that previously have had a partial or poor response to traditional therapies have frequently had a significant response to acupuncture allowing them to resume activity at a high level of performance.  Combining good diagnostics, traditional medical therapies, and acupuncture have proven to be a powerful combination resulting in horses reaching their top potential.  Most horses associate acupuncture with improved comfort resulting in horses that look forward to their treatments.  

 

What is Acupuncture and how does it work?

Acupuncture is a method of inserting and manipulating very fine needles into specific points on the body to encourage and promote natural healing and to relieve pain. Acupuncture works on the bodies organ systems in three different ways. 

 

What will your horse experience during acupuncture treatment?

Acupuncture is essentially pain-free and your horse will most likely enjoy the treatment. Your horse will most likely become so relaxed that you might see them yawn or repeatedly lick their lips. The needles range from 0.5 inches to 3 inches and anywhere from 10-30 needles are placed. 

 

What kinds of ailments can acupuncture treat?

Arthritis

GI regulation (colic)

Laminitis

Tendon and ligament damage

Sore backs

Stomach ulcers

Cushing's Disease and Equine Metabolic Syndrome

Heaves

Navicular Syndrome 

Uveitis

Fertility problems

Chronic diarrhea

Behavioral issues

Neurologic conditions

WTEE (we've tried everything else)

 

Q.) Can the Needle cause damage or injury?

A.)No the needles used are not like normal needles being they do not have a cutting edge, therefore will not cause damage or injury.

 

Q.) Will my horse require sedation?

A.) Not typically Animals generally accept acupuncture very well. In some instances we may need to use a very light sedation.

 

Q.) How long do acupuncture treatments last & how many treatments will we need?

A.) We like to give the animal time to get comfortable in the process so we frequently schedule an hour for treatments. The number of treatments will depend on what is being treated, anywhere from one treatment to the possibility of once a week.

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