Acupuncture is a powerful type of physiotherapy.

Acupuncture rests on the belief that health requires a balanced flow of Chi, a life energy which flows throughout the body along major energy pathways or channels (meridians). This flow of energy consists of both positive (Yang) and negative (Yin) forces which travel through these meridians. Imbalances between the Yang and Yin result in blockages of the meridians and allow pathologic conditions to begin.

Simply depicted, acupuncture is a powerful type of physiotherapy which influences the activation of the central nervous system and the spinal cord. Interestingly, acupuncture can alter the physiologic state in virtually all body systems in the horse. It is also pain-relieving, anti-inflammatory, immunostimulant, and immunosuppressant. Not only does it have an antispasmodic effect on smooth muscle (alleviating the signs of colic for example), but also influences microcirculation and glandular secretions.

Acupuncture is a technique that has been practiced in China for thousands of years to treat many different conditions. During an acupuncture treatment, needles are placed at desired locations on the body (acupuncture points), to cause a desired healing effect. Today, acupuncture is being used all over the world both by itself and in conjunction with western medicine, to treat many different problems and as a preventative health care program in both small and large animals.

Acupuncture Can Promote Healing and Pain Relief

In western terms, acupuncture stimulates nerve impulses that travel via the spinal cord to the brain and causes release of many different chemicals, such as endorphins, muscle relaxants, and histamines, that promote healing and pain relief in the body. In Eastern terms, disease is the result of an imbalance in energy (Qi) flow in the body. Acupuncture works to balance the energy flow that enables the body to heal.

Acupuncture can potentially be utilized for all problems in animals. In horses, acupuncture is used most commonly for musculoskeletal conditions, such as sore backs, lameness/laminitis conditions, and neck pain. Other common reasons for utilizing acupuncture in horses are neurological conditions (e.g. Nerve paralysis), respiratory problems (e.g. Heaves and bleeders), gastrointestinal conditions, (e.g. colic, ulcers) and other disorders. Many horse owners will use acupuncture as a routine part of training to try to prevent sports injuries.

Additionally, acupuncture is a clinically tried and proven modality that increases the release of natural painkillers, such as endorphins, encephalin, and serotonin, which act on the pain pathways in the brain and spinal cord and can block the transmission of incoming pain signals.
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Call Cedarbrook Veterinary Care at (360) 794-9255 to set up a consultation appointment with one of our certified veterinary acupuncturists to discuss whether acupuncture is a modality you would like to explore for your horse.

We treat the whole animal, every time.

Cedarbrook Veterinary Care offers acupuncture for equines in Snohomish, Monroe, Woodinville, Duvall, Lake Stevens, Redmond and the surrounding areas. If you live outside of our service area you are welcome to haul into to our Cedarbrook Farms facility.

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