The most commonly utilized and most thoroughly researched complementary therapies are acupuncture, chiropractic, and laser therapy, all of which are available through EPIC.
Fees will be discussed prior to the first appointment and will include the cost of a farm visit.
REMEMBER, these treatment modalities should not be used in place of traditional medical care in the case of an emergency. Please call your regular veterinarian if there are any immediate concerns regarding your horse’s health.
Acupuncture is one of the most well-known integrative therapies available to horses. It is an ancient Chinese technique that involves placement of small sterile needles into specific points along the body’s channels, or meridians, in order to stimulate organ function, cure disease, and relieve pain.
Acupuncture is a great tool for promoting overall health and wellness, as well as reducing pain and managing chronic disease processes through the reduction of inflammatory responses, activation of the immune and metabolic systems, improvement of circulation and nerve function, and facilitation of muscle relaxation.
Most horses tolerate the treatments well and fall asleep or relax deeply during them. Tolerance to the needles is always monitored, and we start every appointment with a few specific points that encourage relaxation. Results vary depending on the condition being treated and the chronicity of the condition. The frequency of treatment is dependent on the issues being addressed. All final treatment decisions are based on the individual needs of the client and the horse. Your horse’s health is our top priority.
Chiropractic medicine is based upon the tenet that every living thing has the ability to heal itself if every aspect of the body is working and communicating effectively. Chiropractors believe that disease results when this communication breaks down.
The areas of miscommunication are known as subluxations and are identified through careful palpation and manipulation. Subluxations are segments of bony column whose mobility has decreased, resulting in muscle pain and tension and abnormal nerve conduction. Once a subluxation is identified, it is treated through a high-velocity, low-amplitude, specifically directed thrust. Subluxations can occur from normal or abnormal movement, poor conformation, poorly fitting tack, or injury. The goal of chiropractic care is to return normal motion to an area, to facilitate the body’s own innate ability to heal.
Chiropractic treatment is rarely contraindicated and it can benefit a horse from birth right through old age. Results are usually seen within a few sessions though more chronic conditions may require more time to see the desired improvement.
Laser therapy utilizes specific wavelengths of light to penetrate the skin, without heating, to stimulate cell regeneration. It is a non-invasive technique that is used to reduce inflammation, swelling, and pain while increasing blood flow to promote healing. The unit that Dr. Finn uses also contains a blue-light function which targets bacteria to fight infection in the face of non- or slow healing wounds. This is a safe and powerful technology that can be used alone or in conjunction with acupuncture and chiropractic therapies.
Do you have an older dog struggling to maintain their previous activity level? Are they having trouble getting in and out of the car, standing up/laying down, or climbing stairs? Do you have a canine athlete? Do you want your dog to be as comfortable and happy as they possibly could be?
If you answered yes to any of the above questions then integrative care will help improve your dogs quality of life and overall health. While Dr. Finn’s primary practice is on horses, she also maintains a group of lovely canine patients. She offers the same level and quality of integrative care to dogs as she does for horses. These services are provided at your home in an environment where your dog will be comfortable and relaxed.