Peninsula Equine offers a variety of alternative treatment plans including Acupuncture. Dr. Amanda Hedges and Dr. Jackie Dietrich are our two equine acupuncturists.
The most common form of acupuncture is a technique called “Dry Needling”. This is the use of the typical “Chinese” or acupuncture needle. The eastern medicine explanation for how acupuncture works is, in its very basic form, a correction of qi flow by the use of needles. Western medicine attributes the response to acupuncture to neural stimulation by specific needle placements.
This is the injection of a fluid into the acupuncture point. While initially treating the point with acupuncture (needle being placed thru the skin into the point), this process also leaves behind a liquid that continues to stimulate/treat the point with pressure (due to displacement of tissue by the fluid) as it is absorbed. The most commonly used fluid is Vitamin B12.
Electrostimulation / Electroacupuncture
This procedure involves attaching electrodes to the acupuncture needles and applying a very small, pulsating electrical current to them. Stimulation can be achieved by varying the frequency, intensity and type of electronic pulse used on the acupuncture points. Research has shown that there are varying physiological responses to different types and frequencies of electronic pulses applied to acupuncture points.
Cold Laser/Infra-red (IR) Stimulator
These units can be useful in stimulating acupuncture points that are difficult to treat any other way. In the equine, this is most commonly seen in the treatment of points on the extremities (head, legs).
Chiropractic care is a form of manual therapy that uses controlled forces applied to specific joints or anatomic areas to cause a healing response. This response is due to changes in joint structures, muscle function and neurologic reflexes. The principle common to all chiropractic theories is that joint malfunction affects the normal neurological balance found in healthy individuals.
During a successful adjustment, a “release” or movement of the restricted joint is often felt. An audible “popping” sound may also be heard during treatment as the applied force overcomes the joint’s resistance.
The main indications for equine chiropractic evaluation are back or neck pain, localized or regional joint stiffness, poor performance and an altered gait that is not associated with obvious lameness. Chiropractic care is not a replacement for more traditional equine medical care, but instead a complementary modality to achieve better results.
Peninsula Equine has access to multiple kinds of cold lasers for therapeutic purposes. Our Class IV high intensity laser was one of the first lasers of its kind on the West Coast when introduced at our practice in 2014. This powerful laser is most often used in therapeutic approaches for tendon and ligament injuries, aiming to prevent scar tissue formation and decrease inflammation, while promoting blood flow to healing lesions. The RLT laser has also been shown to stimulate more rapid topical wound healing. We have a number of smaller, hand-held cold lasers available as well for applications such as acupuncture point stimulation as mentioned above.
**Acupuncture and Chiropractic section information courtesy of the American Association of Equine Practitioners website
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