Dr. M. Pistor originated the technique of mesotherapy in France in 1952. Today, it is commonly practiced in France, where more than 15,000 practitioners utilize mesotherapy for the care of their human patients. Mesotherapy is also practiced in many other countries around the world, including: Belgium, Columbia, Argentina, and throughout Europe. This technique was introduced into the United States by veterinarian, Dr. Jean Marie Denoix, for the equine patient at the Veterinary Thoracolumbar Spine (Back) Seminar presented at Virginia Equine Imaging in the spring of 2002.
Mesotherapy is a treatment that uses extremely small needles to penetrate the interdermal layer of the skin. The technique involves injection of substances that stimulate the mesoderm, or middle layer of the skin, to help relieve pain caused by a variety of ailments. The number of treatments needed depends on many variables including the condition, the abnormal physiology causing the condition, as well as the chronicity of the problem.
In general, a minimum of one to two sessions of mesotherapy is performed to assess the horse’s response. Mesotherapy is effective for a multitude of conditions because it helps reverse the physiology of that condition, and stop the pain spasm cycle.
Indications for Mesotherapy:
- Chronic back pain
- Degenerative arthritis of the back
- Degenerative arthritis of the cervical (neck) vertebrae
- Back muscle soreness
- SI pain
- Gluteal pain