Acupuncture is the insertion of thin, flexible needles into targeted points on the body to produce specific physiological reactions. These reactions are created by stimulating the nervous, endocrine, and immune systems of the body.
Acupuncture and herbal medicine are part of Traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM); combined they have been shown to increase therapeutic effectiveness.
Among other health problems, acupuncture has been demonstrated to aid with pain management, immune system health, and fertility. Furthermore, chronic diseases that have not responded well to traditional Western therapy can benefit from the use of herbal medicine and acupuncture.
Dr. Castro obtained his acupuncture and TCVM certification from Chi University.
Tui-na Massage is a Chinese massage technique that promotes the free and harmonious flow of chi (a life-enhancing force that circulates throughout the body of the horse). Dr. Castro is also a Certified Veterinary Tui-Na (Equine Massage) Practitioner (CVT).
Acupuncture is indicated to help with:
- Back Pain
- Muscle soreness
- Laryngeal Hemiplegia
- Facial and radial nerve paralysis
- Anhidrosis (inability to sweat)
- Behavioral problems
- Performance enhancement
- General well-being
- Preventative care
Acupuncture is contraindicated in conditions such as: infectious diseases, tumors, open wounds, pregnancy, fractures and any condition that requires surgery.
Contact us to schedule your equid’s acupuncture, herbal medicine and tui-na massage appointment!
Chiropractic is the manipulation or adjustment of joints and their related structures. The purpose of chiropractic adjustments is to mobilize stiff or restricted areas.
The reduction of mobility due to restricted joints in the back, neck or pelvis results in resistance and decreased overall performance. Your horse may experience the following:
- Difficulty executing desired movements such as collection, bending, and flexing.
- Short strided
- Cold backed
- Weak sided: having trouble taking the lead or keeping it
- Discomfort that causes behavioral issues such as head shaking, bucking, or sensitivity of the girth/cinch
- Painful posture to urinate or defecate
Dr. Castro is a Certified Equine Spinal Manipulator (Equine Chiropractic) by the Integrative Veterinary Medical Institute.
Contact us now to schedule your chiropractic appointment!