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A-Z of Equine Therapies


Acupuncture - Acupuncture is one of the main forms of treatment in traditional Chinesemedicine. It involves the use of sharp, thin needles that are insertedin the body at very specific points. This process is believed to adjustand alter the body's energy flow into healthier patterns, and is used totreat a wide variety of illnesses and health conditions.  Acupuncture is most commonly performed by Equine Veterinary Acupuncturists

Aromatherapy- the art andscience of utilizing naturally extracted aromatic essences from plantsto balance, harmonize and promote the health of body, mind and spirit.

Bowen Therapy - Consists of several series of gently rolling, connective tissue moves.There are frequent important pauses between sets of moves, which givethe body time to benefit from each set. By selecting appropriatecombinations and sequences of moves, the practitioner is able to addressthe body as a whole, and/or to target one or more specific problems.The practitioner feels for stress build-up in muscle groups and thenutilises Bowen moves to release that stress.

Chiropractics - Chiropractic is from Greek words meaning done by hand. It is grounded inthe principle that the body can heal itself when the skeletal system iscorrectly aligned and the nervous system is functioning properly. Toachieve this, the practitioner uses his or her hands or an adjustingtool to perform specific manipulations of the vertebrae.

Craniosacral Therapy - helps correctstructural imbalances in the human body allowing the innate intelligenceto go where it needs to go and to restore impeded circulation,alleviate any nerve impingement and thus allowing dysfunctional cells toheal themselves. The power that made your body can heal your body.Craniosacral Therapy helps to turn on your healing power and createsoptimal health.  Craniosacral Therapy does not involve any spinal manipulations oradjustments but focuses on the use of Light-touch therapies to align thestructural integrity of the body that is the root cause of manystructural and spinal imbalances

Cycloid Vibrational Therapy (Equissage, EquiVibe, Theraplate) - Cycloid Vibration Therapy provides a unique elliptical action, which provides a deep but penetrating and beneficial massaging action to increase circulation and boost the lymphatic system.

Electrotherapy - The use of electrical currents to stimulate tissue healing.  Can be transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) for producing sensorystimulation to "gate" the pain signal, while stimulating release ofendogenous endorphins, neuromuscular electrical stimulators (NMES) which replicates normal motor neuron response, or microcurrent which mimic electrical currents produced by the body to stimulate tissue healing.

Equine Touch - Equine Touch is a non-diagnostic, noninvasive, energy and connectivesoft tissue discipline which works at a complete holistic level; thatis, it addresses the equine as a whole without paying any particularattention to any named problem as such.  On a practical level Equine Touch consists of a series of gentlevibrational moves performed over specific points in specificchreographed patterns, some of which may be interspersed withobservation periods to allow the equine to recognizes and process theeffects of these subtle procedures.

Homeopathy- A system for treating disease based on the administration of minutedoses of a drug that in massive amounts produces symptoms in healthyindividuals similar to those of the disease itself.

Hydrotherapy - Hydrotherapy, or water therapy, is the use of water (hot, cold, steam,or ice) to relieve discomfort and promote physical well-being.

Kinesiology - Kinesiology is an educational bio-energetic model using muscle monitoring as a primary tool to obtain feedback from the whole being’s innate wisdom to allow self-regulation for their highest good.

Massage (Bodywork, Sports Massage, Tactile Therapy, Myofunctional therapy etc) - Massage therapy is the scientific manipulation of the soft tissues of the body for the purpose of normalizing those tissues and consists of manual techniques that include applying fixed or movable pressure, holding, and/or causing movement of or to the body.  Generally, massage is known to affect the circulation of blood and the flow of blood and lymph, reduce muscular tension or flaccidity, affect the nervous system through stimulation or sedation, and enhance tissue healing.


Myofascial Release - Myofascial releaseis a form of soft tissue therapy used to treat somatic dysfunction and resulting pain and restriction of motion. It uses continual palpatory feedback to achieve release of myofascial tissuesThis is said to be accomplished by relaxing contracted muscles, increasing circulation and lymphatic drainage, and stimulating the stretch reflex of muscles and overlying fascia.

Naturopathy -  A system of therapy that avoids drugs and surgery and emphasizes the useof natural remedies  and physical therapies to treat illness

Orthobionomy / Positional Release - aninnovative approach to positional release techniques incorporating themechanism of self-correction, the body’s natural ability to heal. EPRcombines the principles found in Homoeopathy (like cures like; less ismore) and non-violent horse handling with manual positional releasetechniques to achieve structural alignment and soundness.


Osteopathy -  Osteopathy is a system and philosophy of health carethat separated from traditional (allopathic) medical practice about acentury ago. It places emphasis on the musculoskeletal system, hence thename—osteo refers to bone and path refers to disease. Osteopaths alsobelieve strongly in the healing power of the body and do their best tofacilitate that strength. During this century, the disciplines ofosteopathy and allopathic medicine have been converging.  Osteopathyshares many of the same goals as traditional medicine, but placesgreater emphasis on the relationship between the organs and themusculoskeletal system as well as on treating the whole individualrather than just the disease.

Photonic Therapy / Red Light Therapy- Photonic Therapy uses light therapy (most commonly of wavelength 660nm) to stimulate the acupoints and trigger therapeutic benefits and enhance energy flow.

Physiotherapy - Physiotherapy is a clinical health science and profession thataims to rehabilitate and improve people with movement disorders byusing evidence-based, natural methods such as exercise, motivation,adapted equipment, education and advocacy.

Reiki - Reiki is a Japanese technique for stress reduction and relaxation thatalso promotes healing. It is administered by "laying on hands" and isbased on the idea that an unseen "life force energy" flows through usand is what causes us to be alive. If one's "life force energy" is low,then we are more likely to get sick or feel stress, and if it is high,we are more capable of being happy and healthy.

RENNAR- Essentially therapy works with the muscle fibres of the body, as well asthe nervous system to stimulate and activate our body's naturalendorphins. The brain signals the release of pain killers and healingchemicals including serotonin, nor-epinephrine, and other opioid-likechemicals.

Sports Therapy - Sports Therapy is an aspect of healthcare that isspecifically concerned with the prevention of injury and therehabilitation of the patient back to optimum levels of functional,occupational and sports specific fitness, regardless of age and ability.

Trigger Point Therapy - Trigger Point therapy is a physical compression performed directly onthe muscle fibers of the trigger point, thus signaling the muscle andnervous system to relax the involuntary contraction.  This can beconsidered a form of neuromuscular retraining something like pressingthe “reset” button.

Ultrasound Therapy - The use of ultrasonic waves to generate localized deep heat in damaged tissues.

If I have missed your particular therapy off or you don't like our definition, then please email so we can add it to the list!!

posted by Jessica Blackwell | 23 Comments


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