Does Acupuncture Alleviate Navicular Syndrome Pain?
“There were individual horses who showed improvement following treatment in this study, but there were also individuals (in a control group) who showed improvement without treatment,” said Katherine Robinson, BSc, DVM, MVSc, Dipl. ABVP, an assistant professor at the University of Saskatchewan’s Western College of Veterinary Medicine, in Canada.
During the study, horses were barefoot, trimmed by the same farrier, and not allowed treatment with non-steroidal anti-inflammatories.
“Owners and trainers may choose to try acupuncture because it is … a nonpharmacologic alternative, so it can be used in horses in active competition with no fear of a positive drug test,” added Steve Manning DVM, MSc, Dipl. ACT, an associate professor at the Western College of Veterinary Medicine
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