I am trained to use a number of different electrotherapy machines, all have different purposes and are usually used in conjunction with manual therapies. Currently McClean Veterinary Physiotherapy offers H-Wave therapy.
H-Wave is only used for equine rehabilitation. The H-wave machine uses an electrical current to replicate a nerve-muscle interaction which occurs naturally in the horse. It can be used for pain relief, to increase localised bloodflow and is often used over the lumbosacral junction to mobilise it. This mobilisation allows the horse to lower and tilt the pelvis to improve gait and impulsion.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
PEMF penetrates deep in the tissues, encouraging the passage of calcium ions in the cell membranes. This reduces inflammation and increases localised bloodflow. It can also aid bone healing by stimulating osteoblast activity. It can be used to loosen muscles to allow for deeper massage.
Therapeutic ultrasound can be used to aid healing. It is particularly useful in healing of collagenous tissues such as tendons and ligaments. The energy from the soundwaves is absorbed by the collagenous tissues promoting correct alignment of the fibres which will result in a stronger tendon or ligament once healed.
Phototherapy is used for its analgesic effects and to increase the rate of healing in tissues. The cell mitochondrea absorb the light energy, creating more ATP and increasing RNA and DNA synthesis. This is particularly useful in wound healing.