The Top Five Reasons to Add Medical Acupuncture to Your Equine Practice

The Top Five Reasons to Add Medical Acupuncture to Your Equine Practice

by Narda G. Robinson, DO, DVM, MS, CRPM, FAAMA

Do you feel “stuck” by having limited ways to address pain? Are your clients asking for safer and more effective options to improve their horses’ performance?

Here are five ways in which adding medical acupuncture to your practice can help:

  • Learn how to assess and treat equine back and neck pain.
  • Expand treatment options for chronic laminitis.
  • Reduce generalized soft tissue pain.
  • Improve gait and reduce lameness.
  • Add non-pharmacologic analgesia for acute and chronic pain after trauma or surgery.



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