Acupressure is based on the teachings of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and relies on different acupressure-massage techniques to stimulate certain acupoints on the body to address a number of different conditions. Acupressure is non-invasive, always available, and safe to apply to horses.
Balancing life energy and vital substances that sustain and nourish the body is key to this practice. In TCM, energy balance must remain or be regained for the body to be healthy or create an environment for healing. When there is an imbalance in the flow of energy, called Chi or Qi, the animal may have either acute or chronic signs of ill health.
Both acupressure and acupuncture work with acupoints which are located along energetic pathways, known as meridians and extraordinary vessels. These acupoints are accessible to manipulation by either touch or the insertion of needles. The intent in stimulating acupoints is to support or restore the harmonious flow of chi and other vital substances.