February 1st, 2013
Learning About Acupuncture
Posted by Sharkey
I'm visiting the stable today because I heard that Rosemary Ganser, a DMV specializing in chiropractic and acupuncture, is here to work on Meindert and Rinze. There's some talk about Franny receiving acupuncture for her bulging disc ailment and I wanted to check it out to see if it might hurt.
1 Doesn't acupuncture involve needles? That makes me nervous!
2 Before the actual session, Rosemary likes to observe the patient's stride. This enables her to determine where Meindert's discomfort, or pain, is located.
3 Meindert has arthritis in his right hip, and she's been treating him for that condition. Whoa! That acupuncture needle sure looks long!
4 Acupuncture was developed in China over 4000 years ago and is still one of most commonly used medical systems in the world. The ancient Chinese developed acupuncture techniques for animals, as well as for people.
5 Using a special map, Rosemary finds the correct points that correspond to the areas with pain and gently inserts the needles. My eyes are kind of big, but Rosemary assured me that Meindert feels absolutely no pain.
6 A needle in the thigh - Once the needles are in position, endorphins and other relaxing neurotransmitters are released by the body.
7 After about ten to fifteen minutes, the needles are removed. Meindert didn't flinch once!
8 Now, Rutger has some arthritis in his front legs and Rosemary is treating him also.
9 Rutger isn't flinching either!
10 Rutger looks like a pin cushion!
11 At the same time, she feels for muscle inconsistencies and makes adjustments accordingly.
12 Rutger liked her finger pressure and let out a big sigh!
13 His head is low which means he feels relaxed.
14 After his session, Meindert was taken back outside, where he clearly showed more pep in his step, which means he's feeling better!
15 Watching Dr. Ganser treating the horses, assures me that if Francesca needs acupuncture, it will probably be a good thing.
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