Sheridan Creek Equestrian Center

Rehabilitation

Equine Light Therapy:

$20/session (house calls can be made by appointment only and a travel fee will be charged)
$150/month (5 days/week horse must be stabled at our facility)

Now, why should you use it?
 Small Equine Light Therapy pad wrapped around lower leg
Many studies have reported great results with LED therapy for the following equine and canine concerns:

General: Arthritis pain, bursitis, bruising, burns, edema, deep muscle problems, hematomas, inflammation, tight or sore muscles and infections.

Hoof Problems: Abscesses, bone spurs, inflammation, navicular, ringbone and laminitis.

Leg and Body: Ankle problems, bone chips, hock problems, inflammation, ligament soreness, tendon problems, sore backs, splints, strains, stifle issues, sprains, swelling, shoulder pain, hip pain, sore backs, sore necks, salivary gland problems, wounds, cuts, scrapes and for stimulating trigger points and acupuncture points.

How does Equine Light Therapy Work and Why?

**The LEDs at specific wavelengths are reported to increase circulation by increasing the formation of new capillaries. New capillaries speed up the healing process by carrying more oxygen as well as more nutrients needed for healing and they can also carry more waste products away.

**Collagen is the most common protein found in the body and the essential protein used to repair damaged tissue and to replace old tissue. Studies cite that LEDs stimulate the production of collagen. It has been reported that by increasing collagen production, less scar tissue is formed at the damaged site.

**LED therapy is reported to stimulate the release of adenosine triphosphate (ATP). ATP is the major carrier of energy to all cells and provides the chemical energy that drives the chemical reaction of the cell. Increases in ATP allow cells to use nutrients faster and get rid of waste products faster by increasing the energy level in the cell.

**Increases lymphatic system activity. Edema has two basic components, liquid and protein. Research has shown that the lymph vessel diameter and the flow of the lymph system can be doubled with the use of light therapy. This means that both parts of edema can be eliminated at a much faster rate to relieve swelling.

**Reduces the excitability of nervous tissue. The light energy stimulates the release of endorphins which are the body's own long term pain fighting chemicals.

**May improve peripheral neuropathies by stimulating nitric oxide production.

**Increases RNA and DNA synthesis which helps damaged cells to be replaced more quickly.

**Increases the process of scavenging for and ingesting dead or degenerated cells by phagocyte cells for the purpose of clean up. This is an important part of the infection fighting process. Destruction of the infection and clean up must occur before the healing process can take place.

**Stimulates fibroblastic activity that aids in the repair process. Fibroblasts are present in connective tissue and are capable of forming collagen fibers.*

**Stimulates tissue granulation and connective tissue projections, part of the healing process.

**Stimulates trigger and acupuncture points.

**Helps relax muscles.

We have found no reports of adverse side effects regarding LED therapy. It is repeatedly reported that when the cell is "reenergized" it accepts no more energy, so you cannot cause harm and it is reported to have no effect on healthy tissue. The body will not absorb what it cannot use. Caution is urged for those taking photosensitive drugs. Please do not use on pregnant mares unless you are being advised by a veterinarian who is familar with light therapy, we have found no studies citing use on pregnant mares.
We have been told that a temporary increase in pain or discomfort may be observed after treating chronic conditions. When we began using our first prototype, I was fortunate to speak with a trainer of racehorses who started using light therapy back in the mid '80s. He said," If he gets sore, don't stop, that means it's working." He uses light therapy not only for injuries, but as a regular part of his daily training program.

Many of our clients incorporate the use of "Gospel's" Equine Light Therapy pads as a regular part of their daily training program. It is another tool to help keep your partner in top shape.


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equine light therapy website http://www.equinelighttherapy.com/services.htm

Electro-Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy:

Rates:

$250.00 startup sessions
$75 Maintenance sessions (2 maintenance sessions per month is recommended for performance horses)
$100.00 for extended sessions

About the Acuscope Myoscope:

The Electro-Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy System has been referred to as "the best kept secret in equine therapy". The instruments have successfully treated common equine problems such as pulled muscles, strained tendons and ligaments, inflammation, abscessed feet, and nerve paralysis. It is particularly successful in relieving or greatly reducing the swelling and pain of tissue damage occurring from athletic injury. In addition, the Acuscope has proven effective in the treatment of conditions thought to be life threatening or crippling, such as laminitis, navicular problems, deep puncture wounds, and deteriorating coffin bones.

The Electro-Acuscope is FDA approved for use on humans. It has been used in doctor's offices, physical therapy practices, and hospitals since 1978. The Acuscope has been successfully used by many sports medicine clinics and is especially well-known for its success in treating professional athletes. Although the Acuscope has been primarily recommended for orthopedic, neurologic and arthritic discomfort, the instrument's use is not limited to pain relief. In equine therapy, the Acuscope has been used for over twenty years to treat a vast number of conditions and injuries.

The Acuscope assists the body in healing itself by improving the circulation of blood and oxygen in the involved area, and normalizing the electrical circuitry in the nerves and muscles of damaged tissue. The body is made up of a vast number of cells. In many ways these cells act like tiny batteries storing and releasing energy, doing their work of taking in nutrients, releasing waste products, repairing and reproducing themselves, etc. Each cell has a measurable electrical charge which must be maintained in order to function properly.

Energy flows constantly between all cells throughout the electrical circuitry of the body. When damage or trauma occurs to living tissue, there is a disruption in the electrical capacity of the involved cells and after an initial surge, there results a measurable decrease in the production and flow of energy through the electrical network of the involved tissues. This condition is generally accompanied by pain in the area and often results in the body's inability to completely repair itself. Thus, lengthy rest periods and inactivity are often prescribed in order to attain eventual restoration of normal function.

At this point, the Acuscope is frequently introduced. Since the instrument has both feedback and therapeutic functions, it actually provides auditory and numerical readouts which indicate the locations where tissue is damaged and unhealthy. Once abnormal areas are located, the Acuscope can then treat the tissue according to its needs. An experienced therapist can interpret the sounds and numbers which reflect the amount of conductivity passing through the tissue between treatment probes and can determine a course of therapy based upon these readings. Swelling and inflammation are translated into high numbers on an LED display along with corresponding high-pitched tones. The Acuscope readings tell the therapist where the problem is most severe, and it can pinpoint precise areas of excessive heat and fluid in acutely damaged sites. It can also identify tissue which has become chronic, i.e. an area of deficiency in an energy-depleted state. Low numbers and tones reflect tissue which is unable to complete the healing process and incapable of returning to a normal, healthy condition without assistance. In addition, the Acuscope can help locate problem areas in other parts of the body which have become sore or painful as a result of compensating for the original cause.

For example, an all too common condition such as a bowed tendon will initially cause the horse to refuse to bear weight on the injured leg. Acuscope readings will initially reflect the excessive electrical activity in the area resulting from the heat and inflammation in the traumatized tendon. Immediate treatment to the involved site can help accelerate the healing process. A horse with a bowed tendon which has not received Acuscope treatments will spend a prolonged amount of time with opposite leg bearing the majority of the weight, which can cause secondary conditions from overcompensation where the muscles/tendons/ligaments of that leg will become strained and sore. With Acuscope treatments, these secondary complications can be prevented by keeping the body balanced, comfortable, and in a healthier state.

Acuscope therapy is a modality applied primarily for pain relief, to improve soft tissue function, and to increase range of motion. The Acuscope differs from other electrical stimulation devices in that it delivers its' treatments in micro-amps. Most nerve stimulations devices (TENS) produce milli-amperage current designed to bombard the tissue and simply block pain signals from reaching the brain. The Acuscope, in contrast, generates only the level of current required to gently encourage nerve and muscle fiber to return to conduction of normal electrical impulses. Also in contrast, ordinary TENS devices provide only temporary relief, whereas a series of Acuscope treatments have a cumulative, long-term healing effect.

The advanced and sophisticated technology of the Acuscope has been used extensively over the past twenty years, by and under the supervision of many veterinarians to deal with the most serious injuries and acute life threatening conditions of the equine athlete.

In numerous recent scientific studies, micro-current therapy has been proven to have a profoundly beneficial effect on living tissue. Micro-amperage (below 1 milliamp) is the naturally occurring level of current generated by cells throughout the body. In technical terms, some of the benefits of micro-current therapy at the cellular level are: opening of voltage-sensitive calcium ion channels, normalizing cell membrane potential, restoring the sodium pump function, enhancing protein synthesis, and increasing ATP production. With this in mind, it is easy to understand why supplying the kind of current that naturally occurs in healthy tissue promotes regenerative metabolic activity.

Another unique feature, which sets the Acuscope apart from other electrical stimulation devices, in the micro-chip circuitry that is designed to scan and monitor the tissue. Other electrical stimulation uni9ts gather no feedback and produce only a simple fixed output according to preset specifications. The Acuscope reads neurological impedance (resistance) in the circuit created through the tissue placed between the two probes or electrodes. Based on the information it gathers, the unit is programmed to calculate appropriate corrective waveforms. Acuscopes used on horses are specially calibrated to take into account their higher metabolic rates than those found in humans. Computerized circuitry picks up abnormalities in the nerve fiber impulses (input), and modifies its infinitely variable square wave signal (output) appropriately. Its' self-correcting mechanisms continually adjust the current until normal patterns are being conducted without resistance through the tissue between the probes. The readings then tell the therapists when an area has been successfully treated and the probes can be moved to another location. This feedback modulated procedure eliminates the possibility of over-treatment or harm to the cells.

Remarkably, results are usually noticeable immediately, with continued improvement over the following few days. Within a week, most conditions will have progressed dramatically. Chronic conditions may take several treatments before initial results are observed, yet Acuscope treatments are known to resolve serious conditions which would otherwise never improve. Enhanced alertness, calmness, definite gait changes, coordination, and balance are typically some of the immediate results along with reduction of pain, swelling, and relief from muscle tightness. It has been consistently observed that the animal becomes extremely relaxed from this non-invasive procedure. Horses are often observed relaxing through a treatment by lowering their head, giving a deep sigh of relief, bending a rear leg, licking and chewing, and yawning.

Horses are started with an initial series of three treatments within a 72-hour period. This is to ensure a proper introduction to the therapy system, as well as create a strong base for long-term results. After the initial treatments are completed a follow-up program is suggested depending on the needs of the individual horse.


Commonly Treated Conditions:

Using the Electro-Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy System for Equine and Small Animal Therapy...

Since the late 1980's the Acuscope/Myoscope System has been used extensively in the treatment of both large and small animals. It has been successfully applied to a wide range of neuro-muscular conditions commonly affecting animal athletes participating in every area of competition: Racing (all breeds), Harness and Barrel Racing, Roping, Cutting and Reining, Dressage, Jumping, Show Horses, Cross-Country/Eventing, Polo, Endurance, Sled Dog Racing (endurance and sprint), Field Trial Dogs, Agility Dogs, Show Dogs, Weight Pull Dogs, and many more.

In each of these fields, injuries frequently occur. Injury can result in an inability to perform competitively. Acute conditions often become chronic problems if not handled immediately. Without proper treatment, seemingly minor problems may become seriously complicated. The following are some of the most common conditions which have been treated successfully with the Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy System, and well documented by Veterinarians and Animal Therapists for over ten years:

  • joint inflammation
  • bowed tendons
  • check ligaments
  • body soreness
  • pulled/strained muscles
  • pulled/strained ligaments
  • muscle spasms
  • arthritic conditions
  • stifle problems
  • back problems
  • pinched nerves
  • nerve damage
  • edema
  • traumatic injury
  • mouth ailments
  • capped hocks
  • curbed hocks
  • whirlbone
  • splints
  • green osselets
  • abscessed feet
  • ring bone
  • lick granuloma
  • old age syndrome (vitality)
  • epilepsy
  • hyperactivity
  • osteochondritis
  • wounds
  • surgical scars
  • rhinitis-allergic

Remarkable results have been obtained in the treatment of other conditions thought to be life-threatening or crippling. For example:

  • laminitis
  • wobblers syndrome
  • disc disease
  • spinal damage
  • navicular disease/syndrome
  • avascular necrosis
  • founder
  • nerve paralysis
  • FELV (long-term symptomatic relief)
  • hip dysplasia
  • spondylolithesis
  • sweeney

The Electro-Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy System are FDA-approved instruments created originally for use on humans. This system has been used in physical therapy clinics, doctors' offices, and hospitals throughout the country since 1978. Some of the athletic teams who have used the Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy System include: San Francisco 49ers, Pittsburgh Steelers, Oakland A's, San Francisco Giants, US Water Ski Team, Utah Jazz, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, and the LA Rams.

Electro-Acuscope/Myoscope Therapy compliments traditional veterinary procedures to ensure a quicker recovery for the animal, but is not intended to replace proper veterinary care.

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