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August 4, 2011

Acupuncture for the performance horse

by DePaolo Equine Concepts

Acupuncture increases the release of natural painkillers such as endorphins, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters.  There are several ways to stimulate the points including the use of dry needles, aquapuncture (usually an injection of Vitamin B12), moxabustion (adding heat using  an herb), electroacupuncture (stimulation using comfortable electrical pulses), hemoacupuncture (injecting the patients own blood), and laser stimulation. 

Performance horses are prone to developing minor injuries that often go unnoticed. Eventually these build up and cause the horse to compensate by altering its way of moving and this makes it susceptible to more serious injury. Upon examination, acupuncture is used after an equine veterinary chiropractic treatment to catch these injuries at an early stage. By restoring normal blood supply and function to the muscles, they heal quickly and competition schedules are uninterrupted. Performance aquapuncture helps to relieve trigger points which can be a secondary issue that causes soreness and lactic acid build up. A unique approach using dry needle and moxibustion acupuncture can be used prior to a class for horses demonstrating nervousness in the show ring.

Acupuncture treatment is great for:

  1. Musculoskeletal pain
  2. Soreness and trigger points
  3. Chronic back problems
  4. Hock or stifle problems
  5. Laminitis and Navicular
  6. Soft Tissue Injuries
  7. Inflammation
  8. Compromised immune system
  9. Endocrine disorders
  10. Neurologic syndromes
To learn more about Dr. DePaolo’s philosophy of treating the performance horse with chiropractic treatments along with acupuncture, please visit All Star Equine’s website.  Dr. DePaolo’s veterinary chiropractic and acupuncture practice has recently moved from Wilsonville, Oregon to Pilot Point, TX.
If you live between the Oklahoma border with Texas and Dallas and would like to set up an appointment with Dr. DePaolo, please call his scheduling line at 940-268-6460.


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