Acupuncture involves the insertion of a sterile needle into targeted acupuncture points in the body. This “micro-trauma” causes the body to increase blood flow to those areas. This stimulates the natural healing process by restoring nervous system imbalances to decrease pain and regulate normal body function. When performed correctly, the insertion of the acupuncture needles is not painful and will often cause a sense of deep relaxation in the horse.
Types of Acupuncture
There are several types of acupuncture – the two Dr. Koch most commonly uses are called dry needling, as described above, and aquapuncture. Aquapuncture is where a small amount of liquid (typically vitamin B12) is injected into the necessary acupuncture points to activate the point for a longer period of time.
In addition to promoting healing and relieving pain, certain acupuncture points have been found to correlate with the immune, nervous and endocrine systems, making acupuncture an excellent way to enhance traditional treatments. Acupuncture helps us get to the root of the problem and accurately and appropriately begin the healing and treatment process. Dr. Koch recommends using acupuncture as part of the treatment plan for many common ailments including:
- Musculoskeletal pain and weakness
- Ocular injuries and/or infections
- Wound care
- Ulcers and gastrointestinal disorders
- Anhydrous (inability to sweat)
- Metabolic disorders
- Respiratory conditions
- Reproductive disorders
- Certain allergies
- And many others
Schedule Your Animal’s Acupuncture
Similar to chiropractic care, acupuncture is a safe and effective way to help maintain soundness in the performance horse. Dr. Koch has found routine chiropractic care and acupuncture performed together to be the gold standard in keeping horses happily and comfortably performing their best. And, acupuncture is not just for horses! Dr. Koch is a certified acupuncturist for all of our furry friends. To schedule an appointment, please call or text (316) 293-6273.