Services and Equipment
Radial Shockwave Therapy
What does it do?
ESWT equine shock wave is used for the treatment of musculoskeletal soft tissue pain and disorders in horses. Short and sedation-free equine shock wave therapy sessions provide successful relief of acute and chronic pain. Equine shockwave also restores mobility and promotes faster healing by stimulating bone growth, tissue regeneration and the release of endorphins.
Radial shock waves are generated by means of a pneumatic system. With compressed air a projectile is accelerated to a high-speed then suddenly decelerated by a transmitter. The transmitter is held to area to be treated. The generated kinetic energy is than transmitted to the tissue from where it propagates outwards (radially) as a »radial« wave into the tissue. The maximum energy is reached in the superficial areas of the body. Radial sound wave propagation in the tissue provides excellent therapy results when treatment is performed on musculoskeletal conditions near the surface.
Today focused extracorporeal shockwaves are only used I few indications like bone pathologies or calcific tendinitis. The radial extracorporeal shock waves technology is now indicated in most soft tissue disorders.
In the future further indications will expand the treatment spectrum. Most recently rESWT is now used in some generalized musculoskeletal diseases like myofascial pain syndromes, trigger point associated disorders and in dermatology chronic wound care.
ESWT EQUINE USES AND APPLICATIONS
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Extracorporeal Shockwave Therapy (ESWT) is used for the treatment of musculoskeletal soft tissue pain as well as superficial and soft tissue injuries and disorders. Short and sedation-free therapy sessions provide successful relief of acute and chronic pain, and improvement of chronic disorders to restore painless mobility and stimulate bone growth and tissue regeneration.
Equine conditions that respond well to Shock Wave Therapy include:
Wounds and Chronic Wound Care
Non-union or delayed-healing of Fractured Bones
Chronic Back Pain
Painful Scar Tissue
Myofascial Pain by treating Trigger Points
Specific equine pathologies that have successfully been treated with Shock Wave Therapy include:
Insertional desmopathies such as proximal suspensory ligament desmitis, suspensory branch desmitis, suspensory avulsion fractures, inferior check ligament desmitis, distal sesamoidean ligament desmitis, nuchal ligament, and other ligament injuries
Tendinopathies with & without calcification such as superficial & deep digital flexor tendon injuries, e.g. bowed tendons.
Metacarpal Stress Fractures & dorsal metacarpal disease such as bucked shins
Fractures & stress fractures of splints, coffin bone fractures
Tibial & humeral stress fractures, and Bone Exostosis
Angular Limb Deformities (ALD) in Foals
Sesamoiditis & Sesamoid fractures
Navicular Syndrome (Caudal heel pain)
Osteoarthritis such as pastern degenerative joint disease (DJD), Ringbone, and hock degenerative joint disease, Bone Spavin
Osteochondrosis lesions (OCD)
Soreness/Stiffness in muscles and gluts
Sore back problems such as dorsal spinal process, sacroiliac problems, and Kissing Spines
Information excerpted from articles in Veterinary Practice News
What does it do?
Laser light in the red and near-infrared range is absorbed by specific
chromophores in the body (cytochrome C oxidase/hemoglobin/water) and this has a positive effect on specific biological reactions. This photochemical reaction increases blood flow to tissue, stimulates the release of O2 from the hemoglobin delivered and enhances the conversion of O2 to useful energy by cytochrome C oxidase in the production of ATP.
This leads to improved cellular function and/or an increase in cell growth, replication, repair or production of beneficial biochemical compounds—enzymes, proteins, immunoglobulins, DNA/RNA.
There are other physiologic responses to laser light: A mild photothermal effect (with Class IV lasers only) helps with vasodilation, muscle relaxation and nerve conduction. The photoenergetic effect can stimulate acupuncture points, and the photoelectrical effect can affect membrane-bound ion channels and induce changes in the intracellular and extracellular ion gradients.
The clinical results of these cellular reactions are:
• Accelerated tissue repair and growth
• Faster wound healing
• Decreased inflammation
• Improved lymphatic drainage
• Improved nerve function,
axonal regeneration, neurologic repair
• Decreased fibrosis
• Acupuncture stimulation
• Trigger point modulation
What are the clinical applications of laser therapy?
Laser therapy has broad clinical applications for pain management, wound healing, reducing inflammation/swelling/edema, and rehab in both large and small animals.
Measurable positive results are seen consistently in the following conditions:
• Arthritis/DJD (hip dysplasia)
• Muscle, ligament and tendon injuries (sprains, strains and tears)
• Ulcerations and open wounds (lick granulomas, hot spots, abscesses)
• Acute and chronic ear problems
• Post-surgical pain, healing, rehab
• Trauma and fractures
• Neck and back pain (acute and chronic)
• Neuromuscular disease, damage, degeneration
• Even some respiratory, urinary and gastrointestinal conditions
It’s worth emphasizing…
…that laser therapy does not just accelerate healing; it actually improves repair, regeneration and remodeling of tissue. Post-op complications are reduced. Muscle atrophy can be reversed. Type 1 collagen production yields better tendon and ligament strength and elasticity. There is a positive effect on neurologic function and axonal sprouting. The joint capsule, synovial lining and fluid, and cartilage all benefit. Therefore range of motion, function, flexibility and mobility are all enhanced. The potential for re-injury is greatly reduced. Performance animals not only recover quicker but they can regain their competitive edge.
When the magnetic waves come in contact with the blood supply, it causes a magnetic flux that increases the number of red corpuscles (blood cells) and dilates the arteries. This brings more blood to the area and accelerates the uptake of vital nutrients in the tissues. As a result, damaged tissue can heal more rapidly, inflammation is reduced, and healthy tissue recovers faster after the stress and strain of daily exercise.
It also affects the whole system by strengthening and improving autonomic nerves (which control internal organs), helping new cell generation and tissue rejuvenation, and stimulating somatic (voluntary) neural pathways.
The Oasis system also has a built in vibrating massage that comes on after the PEMF finishes. This helps to stimulate circulation and relax muscles.
Stretching and Mobilization Exercises
Human athletes have long understood the benefits of regular stretching routines. But what about your horse?
Stretching in horses offers both visible and invisible benefits. For one, it enhances the sensory nerve endings in the muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints (also known as "proprioceptors") that give the brain information about movement and body position.
For instance, after an injury, proprioception is modified by sensations of pain and lameness. The body tries to avoid these unpleasant feelings by limiting movement or by using other muscles to do the job. Stretching helps to "reset" the proprioceptors. By holding a stretch for a minimum of 30 seconds, you can help jump-start the body's remodeling process. This can restore positive responses instead of reinforcing negative ones.
As you increase your awareness of how your horse moves and responds, you'll notice other benefits of stretching. Is he short-striding this morning? Does he seem particularly stiff or resistant on one side? Early detection of issues like these can help prevent bigger problems down the road.
A regular stretching routine is the best preventive advantage you can give your horse. By increasing his suppleness and elasticity, you can greatly reduce the risk of pulled muscles or tendons. You'll improve circulation and relieve pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms. If muscles aren't being used properly, they shorten and contract. If this continues for a period of time, the tendons and ligaments will start pulling on the bones of the joints. Stretching lengthens contracted muscles and extends them to their proper position, relieving pain by taking the stress off the joint.
Flexineb Equine Nebulizer
Respiratory problems are frequent in performance horses. The most frequently occurring respiratory tract disorders are Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) also known as heaves, Inflammatory Airway Disease (IAD) and Exercise-Induced Pulmonary Hemorrhage (EIPH). Typically, their treatment includes systemic administration of drugs using injections or the oral route; however, administration via aerosol devices is now considered to be a viable alternative way to treat respiratory issues. Flexineb™ is an easy-to-use veterinary medical device that produces a very fine mist of aerosolized drug, enabling this method of treatment for the horse.
Light Therapy Pads
For years, Equine Light Therapy® and Canine Light Therapy™ have been helping animals stay stronger for competition and recover faster by putting the power of healing in a simple, easy to use tool for everyday treatment.
LED light therapy is really a way to help the body heal itself. The lights have specific wavelengths that are absorbed by a photo acceptor, cytochrome c oxidase within the mitochondria of the cell. The energy (photons) from the lights increases the energy within the cell and that speeds up the healing process. The lights must be specific wavelengths and must be delivered at a specific dosage. Using both red and infrared lights is beneficial because the wavelengths are absorbed by different depths of tissue. Our Equine & Canine Light Therapy Pads use two specific wavelengths that research has shown to dramatically increase the rate of healing. The two wavelengths are in the visible red and near infrared spectrums. The visible red is effective for stimulating acupuncture points, releasing trigger points, treating wounds and infections. The infrared wavelength (not visible), which penetrates deeper, has been shown to be effective in helping heal soft tissue injuries, joints and muscles.
Cold compression therapy combines the benefits of cold therapy and compression therapy to provide optimal results for pain and swelling relief. Studies have shown that people who use cold therapy and compression therapy together as opposed to just one of those therapies alone recover from their injuries significantly faster. The many benefits of cold compression therapy include reducing pain, swelling, and edema, while promoting faster healing and muscle recovery, and stimulating blood flow. The Hidez system combines the benefits of cold and compression therapy to move the blood more effectively, helping to push the swelling out of the system.