At West Coast Equine Clinic we have been treating with acupuncture for many years and have found it particularly useful in treating musculoskeletal problems that are otherwise difficult to treat by other medical means. It may be used as a stand-alone treatment or in support of other therapies. Through the insertion of small needles in specific points on the body it can cause local effects, as well as stimulating the central nervous system affecting the musculoskeletal, hormonal and cardiovascular systems. It can relieve pain, increase circulation, cause release of neurotransmitters and relieve muscle spasms. Horses generally tolerate acupuncture well and often we find may even enjoy their treatments. Tranquilization is sometimes used to facilitate treatment and relieve any anxiety or discomfort.
Dr. Robyn Kopala has completed training in veterinary acupuncture at Colorado State University.
Dr Michael Perron is certified in acupuncture by the International Veterinary Acupuncture Society.