Developed from Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), acupressure is a non-invasive energetic technique adapted from acupuncture. Instead of needles, acupressure uses touch to move energy (or “chi”) in the body. TCM views pain as “chi stagnation” or a blockage in the flow of energy through meridian channels in the body. Along these meridians, are specific points where the energy can be blocked, and hence where you can most effectively release blockages along the meridian. The specific acupressure points can also influence difference parts and functions of the body, helping to relieve physical complaints such as: pain, tightness, and numbness. Whether they result from stress, emotional trauma, or injuries, energy blockages are the root of all health problems. While acupressure is best utilized as a preventative measure, releasing stagnation before it takes hold as disease, dysfunction, or chronic compensation patterns, it is also very affective in treating ongoing emotional and physical issues. Acupressure can be used for a wide range of ailments, including but not limited to stiffness, urinary issues, immune support, colic, digestion, skin and coat issues, irregular heat cycles, poor performance, mood swings, anxiety and depression, respiratory function, among many others.
However, it is always best to address issues while they still seem small and insignificant, before they become a bigger problem. That way, we can keep our horses feeling and performing their best.