Horses needs TLC, too!
Do you have a horse in your barn or do you have an equine partner you use for your race? Just like humans, horses and any other living thing here in this planet needs TLC (tender, love and care) too. For your horse, it’s a good thing to regularly check on his/her health to ensure both of your happiness. You are the one who really benefits more from it, so you must love him/he rand better take care of him/her. One of the best things you can do for your horse is to give the medicine he/she needed. So here you have it, the best alternative medicine for your horse.
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This therapy is performed by placing tiny needles at specific locations on the horse’s body. The locations are chosen depending on the specific issues being addressed. The locations utilized in this therapy are rich in nerve endings and/or blood vessels. By placing the needle in this location, neurotransmitters and other factors are released starting a series of cascades leading to the therapeutic effect. This therapy is commonly used to treat issues of the muscular system but has also been noted in the treatment of allergy issues to control symptoms and improve response to medications.
~Thinking Point: We commonly think of the equine muscular system as it relates to performance but the system extends much deeper than just the skeletal muscles. The uterus utilizes muscles to perform contractions to clear itself out which can be a factor in mare fertility or the intestinal tract utilizes muscles to move food through the digestive tract but these muscle can spasm during some cases of colic.
Chiropractic treatments focus on adjusting the skeletal system to restore proper alignment. This is done through the practitioner performing an examination to determine which joints or vertebrae are out of proper alignment then physical manipulations to restore the bones to proper alignment. This therapy is commonly used to treat issues that present with visible asymmetry such as head tilting, carrying the tail to one side, and traveling crooked.
~ Thinking Point: You may hear the term subluxation used which refers to any change in alignment. A subluxation does not only affect the misaligned skeletal system but also the organs and soft tissues due to disruptions in the flow of blood and nerve supply.
Massage / Body Work
Similar to chiropractic work, massage therapy or body work utilizes manipulations however; this treatment focuses manipulation of the muscles rather than the bones as seen in chiropractic work. The purpose of this therapy is to increase range of motion, improve circulation, and decrease muscle spasms. The locations utilized in acupuncture are also common points of focus in this form of therapy. The term body work is commonly used because in addition to massage techniques many practitioners utilize other muscle exercises such as stretches in their sessions.
~ Thinking Point: There are some massage and stretching exercises these practitioners can teach owners to do between sessions to help maintain the benefits between sessions. Be sure to pay close attention and practice with the professional while they are there to ensure you are able to perform these exercises properly and safely.
Healing Touch is energy therapy with the focus to balance the energy system placing the horse in a position of physical, mental, and emotional stability which promotes self-healing. The energy system referred to above is defined as the patient’s energy field and the energy field that surrounds the body. This form of therapy is non-invasive and has a variety of applications from support through injury and illness, stress and anxiety relief, and confidence development.
~ Thinking Point: This therapy is noted to be incredibly useful on previously abused or naturally anxious horses prior to training, performance, or other stressful situations. Training classes for this therapy are available to anyone who wishes to attend and can focus on either human or animal treatment.
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