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Electrotherapy

Electrotherapies are used separately or alongside McTimoney and Sport Massage. They can help increase the rate of healing and encourage better quality of repair.

H-Wave

H-wave is a neuromuscular stimulator that enables deep penetration of muscle at low frequency current. This makes it safe and less painful than other muscle stimulating waveforms such as TENS. It is only used in equine treatments and is particularly useful over the large muscle groups such as the gluteals. It has 2 frequencies, pain relief or tissue healing, so has a number of uses including sub acute - chronic tissue damage, muscle spasm, oedema, pain and nerve damage.

Equine H Wave

Transcutaneous Electrical Neurostimulation (TENS)

TENS is a particularly useful type of neuromuscular stimulator used for post operative or chronic pain conditions by specifically exciting sensory nerves thereby stimulating either the pain gate mechanism and/or the opioid system. For optimum results, TENS needs to be applied daily. As it is relatively simple to use, TENS units are often left with owners so treatment can continue between appointments.

Pulsed Electomagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

When cells are damaged, their membrane potentials alter, causing an imbalance in ions in and out of the cells. The result is that interstitial fluid increases causing swelling and oedema. PEMF has been shown to restore normal cell membrane potentials at an accelerated rate thereby reducing swelling / oedema at a faster rate. It has also been shown to reduce pain, help fracture repair, nerve damage, arthritic conditions, haematomas and soft tissue injuries.

Pulsed Magnetic Field Therapy

Laser or Low level light Therapy (LLLT)

Low level light therapy utilises the cells' response to light. By increasing the activity of cells' mitochondria, LLLT increases cell replication and therefore healing. Through vasodilation and the increase of endogenous opiates, inflammation and pain is reduced. LLLT also increases the amounts of seratonin and endorphins, so animals will become relaxed during treatment. 

 Low level light therapy laser

LLLT can be used for: wounds, soft tissue injuries, tendon / ligament injuries, muscle spasm, trigger points, scarring, joint pain and blemishes (splints, capped hocks, windgalls etc). A course of treatment is required for wounds, tendon/ligament injuries and blemishes (block booking discounts are available).

Ultrasound

Therapeutic ultrasound uses mechanical energy in the form of compression and rarefraction of sound waves. When this waves hit particles, they oscillate and increase cellular activity. Tissues high in collagen i.e. tendons and ligaments respond particularly well to therapeutic ultrasound. Collagen production and quality is endhanced (speeding up healing) whilst scar tissue, adhesions, pain and inflammation are reduced.

Ultrasound superficial digital flexor tendon

 

 McTimoney Animal Association

 National Association of Veterinary Physiotherapists

International Equine Body Workers Association