These integrative therapies can be applied to any horse of any age, to treat a large number of conditions or to keep the health status. They don't have secondary effects and therefore they are a great option when the result of their conventional treatment is disappointing or when the horse is in competition and the use of drugs are contraindicated due to the legislation and the withdrawal times. Under current FEI and BEF rules, Acupuncture and LLLT can be used safely, effectively and legally on competitive animals even on the day of competition.
Acupuncture is often sought as a pain relief for muscle or joints problems, but it can also be used for many other problems, such as:
Musculoskeletal problems such as: back pain, tendonitis, arthritis, laminitis, navicular syndrome, stifle, stiffness, temporomandibular joint pain.
Muscle loss: very evident after a long period of rest or after immobilisation of any limb.
Headshaking: this is a nightmare for many owners that see how the problem continues after trying many different treatments. There are many papers in the medical literature reporting the significant pain relief following treatment with EA on people suffering from trigeminal neuralgia (nerve commonly affected in the headshaking). In the recent years a new veterinary treatment called PENS (Percutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation) has shown a good result for treating this condition. PENS is a hospital treatment. Recently it has been proved that EA can be used to stimulate the nerve in a similar manner, but can be done in the horse’s home environment and does not require expensive equipment or heavy sedation.