Diagnosing and Treating Back Pain in the Sport Horse (AAEP 2010)

February 01, 2011

"Back problems can be performance-limiting in the horse due to pain and reduced range of motion and flexibility," reported Kent Allen, DVM, of Virginia Equine Imaging, as he presented on equine back pain at the 2010 American Association of Equine ... Read More


Using Acupuncture on Horses

June 15, 2010

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Alternative Therapies: Readers Weigh In

May 18, 2010

Readers responded to a poll asking, "What alternative therapeutic options have you used on your horse?"... Read More


Roaring Improved after Electroacupuncture

December 02, 2009

Electroacupuncture--the electrical stimulation of acupuncture points--can be an effective method of controlling laryngeal hemiplegia (roaring), reported researchers performing the technique on horses presented to the Veterinary Medical Center of the... Read More


How Acupuncture Works: Mixed Signals

September 06, 2009

"Acupuncture is real medicine, based on anatomy and physiology," she explained. "Getting the best results comes from seeing what's right in front of us--muscle tension, imbalances in the nervous system, and the health impact of stress, malnutrition, ... Read More


Readers Take on Alternative Therapies

July 31, 2009

More than 770 readers of responded to a poll asking, "Would you like to have more information on therapeutic options on"

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Therapeutic Options in the Performance Horse, AAEP 2008

May 15, 2009

The first item facilitators and attendees discussed was the use of acupuncture point reactivity as an aid in the diagnosis of gastric ulcers in the performance horse. Several practitioners commented on the acupuncture points they use in this manner... Read More


AAEP 2007 Convention Complete Coverage

February 12, 2009

A complete wrap-up of the 2007 American Association of Equine Practitioners Convention held in Orlando, Fla.... Read More


Virginia-Maryland Veterinary Teaching Hospital Offers Acupuncture

October 29, 2008

Needles are often equated with pain and discomfort; however, for a horse named Gypsy the tiny sharp objects brought relief as Mark Crisman, DVM, MS, Dipl. ACVIM, a professor in the Department of Large Animal Clinical Sciences in the... Read More


New Study on Acupuncture with Drugs as Equine Sedation Option

October 28, 2008

Acupuncture is not a new technique, but clinical studies proving that this treatment modality works in horses are relatively few and far between. In the journal Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine, Brazilian scientists... Read More


Horse Management

August 15, 2008

General management topics were discussed at the 2007 AAEP convention: poisoning, dentistry, acupuncture & more... Read More


Complementary Therapeutic Options for Horses

July 01, 2008

The two most utilized therapies in equine medicine are veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic.... Read More


Regulation of Complementary Therapies: States of Confusion

June 27, 2008

Not too many years ago, proponents of massage therapy, acupuncture and acupressure, chiropractic, and other complementary or alternative therapies for animals often were dismissed as part of the lunatic fringe. Today, with apologies to Bob Dylan, the... Read More


Acupuncture and Chiropractic: Healthy Horses Workshop

May 12, 2008

Acupuncture can be effective in treating chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders such as lameness, Heiderich told her listeners. She said it also can be beneficial for eye problems, mild colic, respiratory disorders, anhidrosis (the inability... Read More


Complementary Medicine: Adding Weapons to the Veterinary Arsenal

November 28, 2007

As the human population turns more to nontraditional modalities such as acupuncture and chiropractic, it's only natural for the trend to carry over into equine medicine. Ed Boldt, DVM, owner of Performance Horse Complementary Medicine Services i... Read More


Researching Complementary Therapies

November 17, 2007

Complementary medicine is based primarily on preventing the disease, disorder, or other ailment before it happens, with less emphasis treating it after. This is a bit of a contrast to what Westerners think of as traditional medicine.... Read More


Veterinary Acupuncture and Chiropractic: What, When, Who?

September 11, 2007

The use of "complementary" therapies continues to increase in veterinary practice. While there are a myriad of modalities that fall within this broad term, the two most utilized are veterinary acupuncture and chiropractic (sometimes referred to... Read More


Therapeutic Options in Veterinary Research

April 01, 2007

Veterinarians desire to be the gatekeepers for horse health and welfare, so they need to be educated in therapeutic options to meet expectations of clients. Surveys performed by the AAEP in 1998 and 2002 indicated an increased use of and referral... Read More


Electroacupuncture and Back Pain

February 25, 2007

Currently, much acupuncture practice in horses is based on limited evidence, such as small-scale research, case studies, and clinical experience. High-quality research is essential to the long-term development of "evidence-based practice." As there... Read More


Acupuncture and Pain Relief for Horses

February 09, 2007

Acupuncture has been shown to be very effective in treating chronic pain and musculoskeletal disorders such as lameness. It can also be beneficial for eye problems, colic (although it will not fix a surgical colic), respiratory disorders, anhidrosis... Read More


Acupuncture Use in the Treatment of Reproductive Disorders

February 01, 2007

Acupuncture can be used in conjunction with Western medicine prior to breeding to treat anestrus (period of sexual inactivity), excessive behavioral estrus, retained corpus luteum (an ovarian follicle after discharge of the egg that secretes... Read More


Acupuncture: A Stick in Time

June 01, 2006

Today, acupuncture is a widely used modality in equine sports medicine. Whether used as a stand-alone therapy or in conjunction with other treatment options, acupuncture is gaining in popularity as an integral part of the total health care approach... Read More


Electroacupuncture Alleviates Chronic Back Pain

November 01, 2005

University of Florida (UF) researchers have reported success with using electroacupuncture to alleviate chronic back pain in horses. The study was published in a recent edition of the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.... Read More


Acupuncture: Eager Boys and Wolves

August 01, 2005

Veterinarians have heard of "promising" claims of "complementary" or "alternative" veterinary medicine (CAVM) for at least three decades. The only thing that's not been forthcoming is good evidence of effectiveness.... Read More