Basic Placement

Getting Started:
The Icewave and Aculife patches are sold in packs of 30.  There are 15 pairs in each pack.  15 tan, 15 white.  White will most always go on the right side of your horses body.  The exception is when you don’t get any change.  If this is the case it is likely that the horse has reverse polarity and you would see positive results if you swapped the patches.   On a lower limb, like a knee or a hock they would go on the right on the right leg, but the outside (left side) of the left leg.

Extra Tips:
You can test your horses response to the patches by simply taping them on his body without even taking the sticky backing off.   Once you have found the spots you want to treat you can remove the sticky backing and commit to the spot.  If it is an area that sweats (chest or neck) or on short hair (legs) you may want to use a coupe dabs of glue around the rim of the patch to help it stay put.

Watch the video at the bottom of the page showing how to test for sore spots.   There are certain areas to check.  You will develop your own feel for your own horse and develop your own method if you want to patch other horses. Here are some sample spots in the images below.  You don’t need to patch every spot, just where you find a pain response. This could be flinching, stepping away, muscles tightening, taking a deep breath, lips quivering.   Don’t patch with more than 6 sets at a time.  3 is actually often enough to get the horse set to heal itself.

Download the Aculife (Icewave for Canadian’s) patching guide HERE


Bladder 23
One of the most common placements and that with the greatest benefits.  Bladder 23 is an important point for regulating the bodies energy.

Follow the last rib up and come down approximately 3-4 inches from middle of back. Place tan on the sore spot on left, white on right across from tan 3-4 inches down the side of back.










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Use this point if you feel pain in the area, but also if the horse is experiencing pain in the girth or chest area and if he has any respiratory problems.   Consult your veterinarian if you are combining with any other treatments.

Follow the shoulder blade/scapula back from the point of the wither until your finger dips in a hollow.  This is the area where your saddle tree will sit.   It is further back and lower than what the Aculife pamphlet image shows from my experience.   Place white on right, tan on left.










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Find this point by running your fingers down the depression between the neck and the shoulder.   Place tan on the point of pain on left side and white on the same spot on the right.  The pain may be on either or both sides, but tan goes on left (even if its more sore on right) unless you see no response then you may try switching them.

Tenderness at this point may be caused by pain in the shoulder, elbow, knee, ankle, shin and pastern.  Much like our own shoulders it can hold and show pain that comes from other areas of the body.









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You will feel an indentation at this point it will be 3-4 inches from the midline of the horses back.  White on right, tan on left.  This is a good point for back and hip pain.  It is also a colic point.









Pictured are Icewave patches on BL 28 and an Aeon patch on the Bai Hui (middle).  This Aeon can enhance the response of the other patches and is good for nerve/stress issues as well as inflammation.







Bladder 10
A good point for general body pain.  Look for tension in that area.  You will feel a depression