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Non-Invasive Approaches to Equine Health and Wellness
Whether your equine family member is an athlete, a pleasure rider, or just plain “yard art”, there are several advantages to seeking out non-invasive techniques to reduce problems.
Laser therapy. A non-invasive way to activate certain cells to produce ATP in the mitochondria. This will lead to quicker healing, less inflammation, and less pain.
Massage therapy. We all know how good it feels. This will release tightened muscles, along with endorphins to produce improved movement.
Acupressure. Without using a needle to pierce the skin, this ancient art has the ability to improve many equine problems that may have never been answered before.
Nutrition. We’ve all heard the “no hoof, no horse”, but are we feeding what really counts?
If you are interested in finding out how any of these techniques might improve your equine’s health and wellness, give us a call to set up an appointment.
What happens from there? A minimum of 30 minutes prior to your scheduled appointment should be given to your equine family member in a quiet, dry place. A stall or similar type of shelter would be perfect. A quick brushing, with grooming tools available is also a great idea.
Laser therapy works as “phototherapy” (light), and a wet patient may refract the intended pathway. Dirt and debris can also have the same effects. Acupressure and massage require manual manipulation and palpation. Dirt and debris can affect this type of therapy.
When it comes to nutrition, be prepared to have a walk around the paddock or other areas where your horse acquires nutrition and drink. Storage areas, barn watering systems, and food bowls will also be assessed.
After any treatment, a resting place with plenty of water will be required for a time frame of approximately twenty four (24) hours. It is after this period of time you will notice any improvements, large or small. Keeping in mind that these modalities influence the body to repair and recovery, and red blood cells are produced in the bone marrow in 6 – 8 days before being discharged into general circulation.