Alternative Therapy

Premium Therapeutic Services for Equine Athletes

Complimentary (or alternative) therapies are commonly practiced in the horse world.  These therapies include, but are not limited to acupuncture, chiropractic, massage, homeopathy, energy work, aromatherapy, magnetic therapy and cold laser therapy.  Equine health problems that don’t have easy solutions – such as equine back problems – naturally lend themselves to many different alternative therapies.   Usually these therapies are based on modes of thinking completely different from that which underlies Western medicine.

These Alternative Therapy methods are avilable here at Cougar Mountain Stables by appointment only.

Acupuncture According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), living organisms are a road map of energy conduits, called meridians or channels. These carry life-giving energy to and from every body system. Any interference or interruption in that energy flow can disrupt normal function, leading to disease.

Acupuncture in the treatment of disease involves the stimulation of specific points along affected channels to reopen "blocked" energy flow and reestablish normal functioning. Diagnostic acupuncture uses these same meridians to detect an energy blockage. Precision in selecting the proper points, inserting needles (if used) to the proper depth, and maintaining treatment for the proper length of time, all are critical for successful acupuncture. (Read More) - Helena Horse Sport Therapy

Ultrasound Using an ultrasound on a muscles, ligament, tendon and scar tissue can increase the healing process. The sound waves create deep heat = increased circulation = system repair. The sound wave is generated by applying an alternate current by an piezoelectric crystal (found in the transducer in the sound head of the ultrasound). This crystal contracts and the sound field generated by this crystal in turn makes the molecules in the sound field vibrate and oscillate. (Read More) - Helena Horse Sport Therapy

Tens Transcutaneous (trans-q-tain-e-us) electrical nerve stimulation, is a pain control treatment. It is often called TENS for short. A TENS unit is a portable, pocket-sized, battery-powered device. The TENS unit uses mild, safe electrical signals to help control pain. A TENS unit treats many kinds of pain. It can help lessen acute (short-term) pain, like after surgery or an accident. Chronic (long-term) pain, like arthritis, back or muscle pain, or cancer pain may also be lessened with TENS. TENS is a safe, drug-free way to help control pain for these people as well. (Read More) - Helena Horse Sport Therapy

Low Level Laser Therapy Clinical studies and real-world use over several decades have proven that laser therapy alleviates pain and inflammation, reduces swelling, stimulates nerve regeneration and cells involved in tissue repair. Medline a medical peer review site, has over 2 million journal entries on the usefulness of the LLLT. (Read More) - Helena Horse Sport Therapy

Chiropractic involves the manipulation of bones in the vertebral column such that they are operating within their ideal and have pain free range of movement. This involves the movement of these bones by intense manipulations of the hands, called adjustments.  

Acupressure is another form of point therapy (similar to acupuncture) where finger pressure is applied to the body surface in a general pattern or a designated points or location, It actually is one of the earliest forms of point therapy, There are several forms of external massage, the most common being the Japanese system, shiatsu. Like acupuncture, acupressure uses the manipulation of Chi as its underlying principle for treatment.It is this subtle energy that governs the cellular level of living bodies through meridians. Acupressure is not directed at the nervous system or the muscular system, though it influences these as a secondary effect through Chi and the meridians. Activation of Chi also results in the production of hormones and stimulation of the immune cells in the skin, which are part of the healing-force matrix. Like acupuncture, acupressure restores and maintains the health of the animal by moving and rebalancing Chi.

Electro-Acuscope monitors and scans damaged tissue, providing me with specific information about the animal’s injury, and enables me to treat the damaged cells with gentle micro-current stimulation. Through this process, the body is able to heal the injured area much more effectively, allowing a stronger comeback and shorter recovery time. (Read More) Shawna Equidae Animal Therapy


Cougar Mountain Stables

15019 SE May Valley Rd. Renton, WA 98059.