Laser therapy works by emitting a infrared or visible red light within the tissue. The light is absorbed by the cells which makes them more "excited", which accelerates cell metabolism and in turn decreases pain and inflammation.
Conditions such as osteoarthritis, wound management, muscle trigger points and inflammation, tendon and ligament injuries as well as back and neck pain can benefit from the use of laser therapy
Ultrasound therapy differs from the diagnostic ultrasound that provides an image on a screen. During therapeutic ultrasound sound waves are emitted in to the tissue at high frequencies which causes a thermal effect.
The vibration caused by the high frequency soundwaves stimulate the cells to speed up the metabolic process and re organises the muscle fibres in turn reducing friction and painful areas.
Ultrasound is used regularly to break down areas of thickening including scar tissue and to reduce swelling. It is also an electrotherapy often used to accelerate tendon and ligament injuries.
TENS / EMS
TENS is a good non invasive pain relief, as it blocks the pain signals to the brain pretty much straight away. TENS is often useful if your animal is particularly sore in an area during treatment. It also stimulates the release of endorphins which are the bodies natural pain relief as well as improving blood circulations.
Working in a similar way to TENS, with the addition of an electrical impulse generator which delivers electrical impulses to a muscle directly causing it to contract. This causes the muscle to relax, minimises inflammation as well as preventing muscle atrophy and stimulates muscle growth.
Issy has extensive knowledge and experience within equine rehabilitation and maitnenance physiotherapy specifically speciliasing in performance horses of all disciplines.
Some conditions that may benefit from physiotherapy are:
- Painful and sore backs
- Post op or conservative kissing spine rehab
- Fracture healing
- Muscle tears or pulls
- Tendon and ligament damage / tears
- Muscle Asymmetries
- Mechanical lameness
- Scar Tissue
- Poor Range of Movement
- Splint healing
- Proximal Suspensory Desmitis (PSD)