Over the past decade, I have personally seen the growth of many new forms of equine therapy. From new injections, to lasers, to acupuncture. These new practices have varying levels of regulation and oversight as the equine industry grows to govern their use. By using Estrella as your equine therapist of choice, you gain the peace of mind that comes with knowing your therapist is an experienced equine veterinarian.


Dr Thompson has completed the Traditional Chinese Medicine Chi Acupuncture course and is now offering acupuncture sessions and herbal remedies. The effects of acupuncture can be explained as a series of interactions between the nervous system, the endocrine system and the immune system. Acupuncture “needling” causes micro trauma leading to an inflammatory effect that causes a local tissue immune response, improved local blood flow in the tissues as well as muscle and tissue relaxation. “Trigger” points are reactive points that show sensitivity when palpated and indicate a potential problem at that point or in a meridian along that pathway. Dr Thompson offers the following acupuncture therapies

  • dry needling: the use of a typical solid shaft acupuncture needle 
  • moxibustion: involves the burning of an herb either at an acupuncture point or over the skin of an acupuncture point. This technique is most commonly used to treat chronic muscular and arthritic pain. 
  • electro acupuncture: this involves the attachment of electrodes to the acupuncture needles and the application of a pulsating current to them. This is especially practical for neurological conditions such as radial nerve paralysis and for non-responsive pain, especially in the lumbar area
  • aqua acupuncture: the injection of fluid (typically B12) into the acupuncture point that allows the point to be treated as well as leaving behind a liquid that continues to stimulate the point with pressure and/or irritation over time as it is absorbed
  • hemo acupuncture: This is where the acupuncture point is bled with a hypodermic needle. This technique is most commonly used to bleed the “Ting points” around the coronary band and in cases of laminitis. 
  • class 4 cold laser: This modality is useful in stimulating acupuncture points that are difficult to treat any other way


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