The Langford Vets Equine Referral Hospital now offers an equine acupuncture service.
Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that acts to relieve pain and restore normal homeostasis through the release of endogenous opioids, increase in blood flow and alteration in pain signalling pathways. A range of conditions can be treated with acupuncture, with one of the main indications being musculoskeletal pain of the neck and back.
If you would like to refer a case, or discuss whether acupuncture would be suitable for your patient, please contact the Equine Centre.
Acupuncture involves the stimulation of ‘acupoints’ which are specific anatomical landmarks, situated along different channels or meridians. Most channels are located within the fascial planes between muscles. The activation of acupoints can be done through various methods including:
Dry needling is the act of stimulating myofascial trigger points (knots) within muscles, leading to a local twitch response.
Acupuncture acts to relieve pain and restore normal homeostasis. There are several different mechanisms through which this occurs, including; the release of endogenous opioids, increase in blood flow and the alteration of pain signalling pathways.
Research has shown that the insertion of a fine needle into a myofascial trigger point leads to chemical changes, alterations in electrical signalling and muscle relaxation.
The main use of acupuncture is for the treatment of pain, with the aim to restore normal homeostasis. Acupuncture is a complementary therapy that works best when administered alongside traditional medical and surgical treatment. The types of cases suitable for acupuncture treatment include:
*Investigation and diagnosis of the cause of orthopaedic pain is required prior to the administration of acupuncture treatment.
By law, only qualified veterinary surgeons can administer acupuncture.
Laura Fitzharris BVSc CertESM MRCVS, part of the Sports Medicine and Rehabilitation team at the Langford Vets Equine Referral Hospital, is a member of the Association of British Veterinary Acupuncturists and is trained in acupuncture, dry needling and electroacupuncture.
During this introductory period, acupuncture treatment is being offered at the Langford Vets Equine Referral Hospital. We aim to expand to provide an ambulatory service.