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Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy

This therapy can be used very effectively in all large animals and equines;

  • Joint issues, eg, Osteoarthritis, Joint Disease, DJD, OCD, Navicular

  • Soft Tissue Injury, eg, Ligament, Tendon, Muscle or Skin damage

  • Post Operative, enhances the body's own healing response

  • Fractures, including non-union and stress fractures. Can be effectively used over casts

  • Neurological, reduces inflammation and can optimise nerve growth and repair.

It is a very effective modality for treating animals that can become stressed due to its passive application. 

Blue Light Phototherapy

Another fantastic modality that allows treatment in animals or areas that can be difficult to treat conventionally. Blue light is used to;

  • Prevent bacterial proliferation

  • Treating Mud Fever or other fungal/bacterial infections

  • Aid in wound healing when used alongside red light

  • Post operative use to help keep wounds free from bacteria and promote healing

  • Assist with accdeptance of skin grafts (using alongside red light)

It is another very effective modality for treating animals that can become stressed due to its passive application. .

Red Light Phototherapy

Red light has multiple applications, including;

  • Assisting wound healing when used alongside blue light - the red light encourages optimum conditions for healing.

  • Prevention of proud flesh during wound healing - promotes healthy granulation and epithelial growth.

  • Post Operative, enhances the body's own healing response

  • Endorphine release when used over accupressure points (non-invasive accupuncture) 

  • Muscle warming effect, ideal for use prior to massage. 

Often the first tool in a physiotherapist's arsenal, Red Light Phototherapy can be used to calm a stressed animal, as well as release muscle tension without actually having to put physical pressure on the animal - ideal for more sensitive and reactive animals. Red light is nearly always used before massage to help warm the muscles

Electro-Muscle Stimulation

Sometimes referred to as H-Wave, EMS can help equines and large animals by relieving tension in muscles. It is particularly effective in;

  • Stimulating nerve repair and growth

  • Increasing muscle strength, especially following spinal surgery

  • Helping to relieve muscle spasm

In Equines and large animals the primary use of this modality is to relieve muscle spasm and encourage blood and nutrients into the muscle, helping the waste product build up to drain away. It can be used to strengthen muscle post operatively, after periods of box-rest, or when bringing an animal back into work.

Ultrasound Therapy

This is a very effective therapy, it has many applications including;

  • Promotion of healing due to increase in blood supply

  • Help to ease muscle spasm

  • Softening of scar tissue and firbrous tissue

  • Assist with injury repair to tendon/ligaments/muscles

  • Increase is muscle elasticity and potentially Range of Motion 

Massage & Passive Stretches

As a physiotherapist this is the most utilised tool in our armoury - most equines and some large animals will tolerate massage and stretches. Benefits include ;

  • Relief of muscle adhesions and tension

  • Relief of muscle fatigue

  • Improves co-ordination and proprioception

  • Increases elasticity of muscles and improves Range of Motion

  • Increases circulation and therefore assists with delivery blood and nutrients into muscles and removing waste products

  • Improves flexibility

There are many stretches than can be taught to owners to enhance their equine/large animal's flexibility and quality of life.

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