Acupuncture is a branch of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) that has been expertly adapted for use in veterinary patients with profound success. Acupuncture taps into the body’s own regulating and healing mechanisms and strives to achieve balance where there is imbalance and relieve energy blockages (Qi) which cause pain, poor health, and poor performance.
There are a number of different styles of acupuncture but the purest form is called “dry needling,” simply the placement of thin, solid needles into specific points in the body to stimulate blood flow and the release of powerful regulating and pain modulating chemical mediators. This stimulation also causes beneficial feedback stimulation of the nervous system. Electroacupuncture utilizes low voltage electricity of varying frequency which is then connected to the needles to deliver a powerful, effective treatment. Electroacupuncture is particularly effective in treating back pain and other muscular conditions as well as neuropathies because of it’s enhanced pain mediator release and strong neuro-feedback. Aquapuncture involves the injection of therapeutic substances such as vitamin B12 into specific acupuncture points to achieve a longer lasting treatment.
Because it works with the body, acupuncture has virtually no side effects and can be used to decrease dependence on medications commonly used to relieve pain, inflammation or muscle spasm. Acupuncture can also be applied in an integrative fashion with regular, clinical veterinary medicine to increase treatment response and to achieve and maintain peak performance in all equine athletes.
North Bridge Equine offers complete acupuncture services to our clients. The first evaluation will include a thorough acupuncture examination as well as evaluation of the horse in motion in order develop a treatment plan tailored to your horse’s specific needs. Most horses and riders notice a significant improvement in the horse’s suppleness and comfort within the first 1-2 treatments. That being said, as acupuncture utilizes, optimizes, and resets the body’s own homeostasis, the process typically takes longer on the whole. For this reason we recommend a series of three treatments to achieve optimal results. Later appointments are focused on maintenance and strengthening of these positive trends as well as addressing any specific concerns that may have arisen since the last treatment.
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Katie R.and Vincent B.
"Vincent and I have been working with North Bridge Equine Associates since 2013. Dr. Fred Nostrant and his team have always been extremely professional, understanding, and compassionate to the individual needs of our horses and clients. Fred invests in making the client feel comfortable and always takes the time to explain his methodology and approach.
We have a rigorous schedule at LAEM and Fred makes the time for us either in his routine weekly visits or on call when we need him. When we travel for our business, although Fred cannot travel with us to perform a vetting, he will review X-rays and vet reports from the attending veterinarian and give us his honest opinion.
When our new prospects arrive at our stable we have Fred look at them first so we can make a plan for their continued soundness and improvement in the sport. Fred’s holistic approach takes into consideration all aspects of feeding, fitness, training regimens, articulation, as well as personalities of the horses. He is dedicated first and foremost to the long-term health and happiness of the horses in his care.
This long term, full range planning is one of the many things we appreciate about NBEA’s care; their system has afforded us continued success and longevity in the careers of our horses.
We truly enjoy the working relationship we have with Fred and the team at NBEA!"
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