The Role of Bioelectronics In Optimising Equine Rehabilitation & Recovery
The UK has one of the highest quality equine industries in the world, contributing approximately £8 billion to the economy each year, and is ranked as the second most attended sport in the UK after football.
Like any sport, the high intensity nature of training and competition can lead to horses being susceptible to painful ailments and injuries caused by; repetitive strain, wear and tear, and accidents, such as slipping, falling etc. Due to the high risk status of elite competition horses, rehabilitation and recovery from injury is a crucial period, and should start immediately after any physical injury. This can help maximize the chance of a full recovery and long term positive outcome.
Microcurrent Stimulation (MCS), is an efficacious, natural therapeutic approach that can be used in conjunction with other therapies. MCS is known to be capable of eliciting physiological changes at a cellular level, throughout the entire duration of the recovery period.
Train like an athlete. Recover like an athlete.
Equestrian sports pose a significant demand and strain on the musculoskeletal system of horses that train and compete.
Much like an athlete, it is imperative that effective rehabilitation and recovery procedures are in place for competitive and elite horses.
The rehabilitation process should involve appropriate therapeutic measures for restoring physical health and performance, whilst, gradually resuming training and participation in events. Equine rehabilitation involves a number of goals which include alleviating the symptoms of injury/illness, reducing pain, promoting recovery, and improving strength and mobility.
Fortunately, many horse owners have a good understanding of their horses’ normal behaviour, so that any deviation from normality can be promptly identified. Such changes may include refusal to perform previously accomplished actions, performance deterioration, or uneven and stiff movements, which often represent manifestations of an underlying health condition and pain.
Equine rehabilitation and recovery procedures.
A successful physical recovery from injury begins with an accurate diagnosis, and the treatment often requires a comprehensive, integrated and multidisciplinary approach that includes various therapeutic components. Diversity in equine treatment procedures can help to provide a well-rounded, effective rehabilitation and recovery. Advanced microcurrent stimulation is one such technology that can act as an adjunct treatment modality.
Microcurrent stimulation is unique amongst the electrotherapy modalities, as it involves applying electric currents of similar form and magnitude to those produced naturally by the body’s own cellular bioelectrical system.
The sub-sensory nature of the technology makes it an ideal adjunct or alternative therapeutic treatment.
Depending on the type of injury, many horses will also benefit from physical/manual therapies such as physiotherapy, massage, functional retaining and exercise based therapies. It may also be necessary for minimally invasive interventions such as; stem cell therapy, steroid injections and platelet rich plasma injections. There are also a number of different therapeutic components for equine rehabilitation, and usually used to augment recovery and enhance outcome. These can include;
- Low Level Laser Therapy
- Infrared Therapy
- Magnetic Therapy
- Shockwave Therapy
- P.E.M.F (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy)
Unfortunately, a large majority of equine therapeutic technologies have been labelled ineffective, lack scientific research and are only obtainable through costly paid services.
A push towards technology
Recent technological advancements have broadened the range of available therapeutic approaches, providing horse owners with more choice and tools to provide the best care possible. Advanced microcurrent stimulation represents a therapeutic component that is distinguished for its efficacy, and is capable of eliciting positive physiological changes leading to enhanced healing and accelerated recoveries.
The combination of rehabilitation work and decades of scientific research suggest that the body does not necessarily rehabilitate itself in the most efficacious way. This is true not just for humans, but also across species, including equine.
There is growing evidence to suggest that the best way to promote healing and repair is to create the optimal conditions for this to occur. The rationale behind it is that by creating such conditions the body ability to function and heal itself in a natural way is optimized.
Central to facilitating natural healing is the concept of “do not harm”, which means that the treatment should enhance the physiological processes and repair mechanisms, rather than overriding the body functions, and causing harmful side effects. Microcurrent (MC) therapy represents an ideal intervention to help achieve such an objective.
Essentially, MC therapy is a low-voltage, micro-amperage electrical stimulation, which closely approximates the body’s naturally occurring bioelectric currents, and consequently enhances the body’s functions, and augments tissue healing and repair.
MC therapy can be regarded as a natural treatment, because its curative effects are achieved through a flow of pure energy mimicking the body’s endogenous bioelectrical activity, without introducing foreign substances into the system or resorting to invasive surgical procedures.
The benefits of MC therapy is not limited to improved quality of healing and shortened rehabilitation time. It is characterized by versatility, and has been shown to be efficacious in a variety of applications and to enhance a wide range of cell related activities.
Interestingly, there is evidence suggesting that MC therapy is effective in stimulating cell proliferation in connective tissues, and promoting wound healing of varying aetiology, particularly where other forms of treatment have not been successful.
Other positive effects of MCS administration includes treating pain and reducing discomfort at the wound site. Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial effects mediated by MC therapy also help re-establish homeostasis in the wounded tissues. The versatility and the many qualities of MC therapy render this technique well suited to equine care.
Bringing Advanced Microcurrent To The Equine Market
MC therapy is already utilized in a variety of applications, and has recently become increasingly popular amongst equine practitioners. However, in order to maximize the benefits of MC therapy, the administration of the right protocols and formulations is paramount.
NuroKor Equine has developed the EquiPod device to enable veterinary physicians and horse owners to administer MC therapy and treat a wide range of equine injuries and conditions in a more personalized and effective manner.
“We value the efficacy of MC therapy, its application involves the delivery of very low amplitude current, meaning the recipient of the treatment does not experience any sensation or discomfort. This is extremely important because animals such as horses are very sensitive, and generally do not accept any type of intervention that causes discomfort or pain, often requiring sedation during the treatment.” says Rick Rowan, CEO & Founder of NuroKor Bioelectronics.
Moreover, MC therapy is non-invasive, non-toxic, non-pharmacological, side-effect free, and extremely cost effective. Besides, MC therapy can be administered alone, or in combination with other veterinary therapies and interventions to maximize the effectiveness of the treatment. Therefore, it would be highly desirable to integrate electrotherapy within the treatment repertoire of equine care, rehabilitation and recovery.
Equine Treatment In Your Hands
EquiPod represents an ideal tool for veterinary physicians and technicians, as well as for the increasing number of horse owners with a “do it yourself” approach. People like taking responsibility for the health of their animals, and EquiPod can help achieve that through MC therapy.
It is always advisable to have a veterinary diagnosis first, and administer MC therapy and other therapeutic components that may be incorporated in the treatment as required.
Performance horses have an increased risk of injury due to high physical demand, and the main objective of equine rehabilitation is to restore health and performance, and reduce recovery time.