Acupuncture & Electro Acupuncture
It is very important to not only look for the primary source of the pain but also to examine the secondary source which more often than not can be causing ongoing issues if never treated.
Needle shy horses can still respond to laser therapy of acupuncture points, in addition to using acupressure and muscle release
The positive effects of laser light have on different types of cells, tissue, and disorders. The laser is used to treat a variety of injuries, wounds, fractures, neurological conditions, numerous dermatological problems, and pain. Whether your animal is rehabilitating from trauma or injury, healing from wounds, or simply aging, the laser has been shown to provide relief and speed healing.
The laser system sends photons or packets of light energy deep into tissue without damaging it, this light energy inspires production of ATP in the cell, ATP is the fuel or energy cells need for repair and rejuvenation. Impaired or injured cells do not make this fuel at an optimal rate. Increased ATP production leads to healthier cells, healthier tissue, and healthier animals.
Moxibustion (Heat derivative to help release tension)
Moxibustion (Pinyin jiu) involves the burning of moxa, or the herb mug wort, which is applied to certain acupuncture points on the body.
Moxibustion can be used for disease prevention and health maintenance. Plus, pain relief, improve circulation, an immune system boost, enhances vitality, reduces blood flow to tumours, etc. And, it has a good effect on skin lesions, and poor wound healing. Various acupuncture points that are stimulated by moxa have an internal visceral effect right down to the organs.
Muscle Release Therapy (Myofascial Therapy)
The term "myofascia" refers to the muscle, "myo", and the connective tissue that surrounds and attaches the muscle, "fascia", hence, "Myofascial".
Fascia is a thin yet tough connective tissue that surrounds everything in the body, including our muscles and bones. Fascia forms layers and creates a type of webbing that links various muscles to one another.
Tension can build up in fascia due to trauma, over-use injuries, poor biomechanics, and compensatory movement patterns. Tension and restrictions in fascia can cause pain and immobility at the site of the injury but also at areas distant from the area of main concern.
Myofascial release aims to break up scar tissue and adhesions in fascia to reduce pain and improve mobility throughout the entire body.
Equine & Canine Kinesio Taping
The Kinesio taping method used is a technique designed to facilitate the body's natural healing process while providing support and stability to muscles and joints without restricting the body's range of motion
Applying the tape depends on what therapeutic effect you want to achieve, it can compress an area if applied at more than 50% tension, or decompress to lift the skin if applied less tightly. It can be used to activate muscles that need to work harder, or inhibit muscles that need to back off. The tape can stimulate touch receptors in the nervous system, blocking out transmission from pain receptors. It can also be used for pain and swelling from muscle overuse along with circulatory issues and trauma.
Common reasons to use AMRT:
- Loss of performance
- Muscle Spasms
- Poll issues, head shy, ears back when coming close
- Neurological issues such as Head shaking, Wobblers, Shivers and etc.
- Uneven muscle development and muscle wastage
- Sore or cold back, resisting when saddling
- Lack of impulsion
- Problems in schooling such as hollowing in transitions, reluctant in using hind end and engaging, lack of bend, not consistent in contact
- Behavioral changes, not enjoying grooming, change in temperament
Treatments aid in:
- Enhanced performance
- Achieve and maintain optimal health and well-being.
- Improve mobility
- Decrease or eliminate pain
- Post-operative recovery with reliable, positive results
- Conservative management for horses that do not wish to undergo surgery or where surgery is inappropriate
- Postural changes
- Softening and reduction in tension of tissue
- Change in behaviour
- Coat changes
Call Nash now to discuss treatments, performance management, rehabilitation or maintenance
AMRT is complementary to veterinary treatment and to the general management of the animal.