Animal Acupuncture Supporting natural balance to excel equine performance.
Mikahla is passionate about her connection with animals, so expanding her acupuncture practice to include animals was a must. She believes in the use of acupuncture to create better balance within your horse and/or dog. Mikahla primarily focuses on treating horses, as horses have been a passion in her life since the age of four.
Mikahla is a licensed acupuncturist certified by the Maryland State Board of Acupuncture, with a veterinary-approved specialty certification in animal acupuncture. She also incoporates her knowledge of Cold Laser Therapy, and essential oils.
She has supported horses through acupuncture with many issues such as arthritis, joint inflammation, muscular issues, lameness, back and pole soreness, digestion complications, stress/anxiety, COPD (heaves), facial paralysis, just to name a few.
In addition to her acupuncture practice, Mikahla is currently involved in the training and care of horses. Growing up she was involved in showing hunter/jumpers, eventing, and fox hunting. Mikahla's knowledge of the biomechanics of the horse, and their subtle way of communication allows a deeper connection and understanding of the horse.
Acupuncture gives us a "map" of the body, involving hundreds of points that largely fall along one of the 14 primary meridians. These points correspond to different elements of the body and allow us to understand what is going on with the body holistically. The meridians relate to the musculoskeletal system and internal organs. In Chinese medicine, pain or illness is due to an imbalance of energy along one or more meridians. Qi can be become imbalanced by both internal and external factors such as stress, trauma, bacteria, viruses, etc. Using acupuncture we treat pain and illness by inserting acupuncture needles into specific acupuncture points and stimulating these points.
While we still may not fully comprehend the ability of acupuncture to balance the body and allow it to heal itself there is no disputing the scientific facts that have been recently uncovered. Anatomically each acupuncture point contains a high density of lymphatic vessels, free nerve endings, mast cells and arterioles. When these points are stimulated there is a release of endogenous opioids, endorphins, serotonins and norepinephrine. Scientific research has proven the merits of acupuncture for pain relief, anti-inflammatory effects, reproductive and hormonal regulation and gastrointestinal disturbances among many other effects. The California Racing Board finds the effects of acupuncture so beneficial it is prohibited for a horse to receive acupuncture within 24 hours of a race!
Does My Horse Need Acupuncture?
Most commonly acupuncture is being used for enhancing performance in the competitive horse. Acupuncture is an excellent modality for relieving musculoskeletal pain, joint issues, obscure lameness, arthritis, back pain and decreased performance. Acupuncture can also be very effective for GI problems, hormone/metabolic disease, behavioral issues, neurological disorders, heaves (COPD), supportive care in Lymes Disease, and prevention of disease – just to name a few!
For more information about acupuncture for your horse and/or to schedule a treatment, please call 443.226.4272 or email.
What Happens During Treatment?
Mikahla will be making the trip to your barn to treat your horse. First your horse will have a thorough examination, all the large muscle groups will be palpated and acupuncture points will be palpated along their meridians. Mikahla uses acupuncture needles ranging from ½" to 1" in length; they are sterile, disposable and very thin. Most horses don't have any objection to the needles and it is not uncommon for her patients to become very relaxed and fall asleep halfway through the treatment!
Acupuncture compliments, and does not replace, veterinary care. Your animal must have seen a veterinarian within 14 days of beginning acupuncture, and must be up to date on his or her rabies vaccination. In many cases I communicate with a client’s vet to achieve a balance of the best that both acupuncture and veterinary medicine have to offer.
When acupuncture is performed by a licensed acupuncturist, certified in animal acupuncture, it can be an incredibly effective tool to allow your horse to be balanced and perform at its very best!
For more information on these services, please contact Mikahla at 443.226.4272.