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VET

Whether you’re working in equine, canine, small animal, or all of those mentioned, Physiquipe offer the latest evidence-based technology to equip and enhance your veterinary rehab practice:

– Focused Shockwave

– Diagnostic Ultrasound

– Fluid Analysis (Bioimpedance Spectroscopy)

– Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM tools)

Focused Shockwave

PiezoWave2

The piezo shockwave uniquely combines and expands conventional orthopaedic ESWT by adding muscular applications, expanding the range of treatable indications to include myofascial pain syndromes.

The unique large focal volume of the linear focused therapy source results in the fast and effective treatment of large affected areas to rectify problems such as myogelosis or tendinopathies. This makes finding the target area much faster and easier.

Focused shockwaves are useful to locate pain points. The unique properties of shockwaves are used to administer targeted mechanical pulses to anatomical structures. The reactions of the animal to the pulse allow the user to draw conclusions about the cause and site of the pain point. Although the therapy source is powerful, treatment is quiet to minimise the animal’s flight response.

Applications for large animals:

  • Localisation of pain points
  • Myofascial pain syndrome
  • Myogelosis/muscle strain
  • Massage after strain
  • Insertion desmopathy
  • Tendinopathy
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Calcifications
  • Degenerative joint disease
  • Pseudarthrosis
  • Periosteal reaction

Applications for small animals:

  • Localisation of pain points
  • Myofascial indications
  • Myogelosis
  • Non-union or delayed healing of fractures (pseudarthrosis)
  • Tendinopathies
  • Osteoarthritis
  • Malformations of the elbow and hip/hip dysplasia
  • Sesamoiditis
  • Chronic back pain
Diagnostic Ultrasound

Alpinion

Diagnostic ultrasound is very useful for diagnosing and evaluating a number of musculoskeletal conditions including joint, tendon, muscle and ligament injuries as well as being effective for monitoring the healing process in these cases. Additionally it can be used for evaluating the following:

  • Cardiology examinations
  • Anatomical swellings
  • Abdominal pain (tumours, cysts and abscesses)

Ultrasound is also routinely used to monitor broodmare reproductive cycles, for equine pregnancy detection (including twinning), and late pregnancy. It is also useful for assessment and monitoring of lung and cardiac problems.

All of our systems have intuitive workflow, are robust and very good value. We have both portable and static systems available, so please contact us for more information.

Fluid Analysis

ImpediVET

ImpediMed develops advanced medical products which utilise bioimpedance spectroscopy technology to apply a very low-level alternating electrical current to the body and measure impedance at 256 different frequencies over a full spectrum from 3 kHz to 1000 kHz. This fully characterises the conductive and nonconductive tissue and fluid components of the body.

The device can be used on multiple species, with the use of pre-programmed species information and the flexibility to enter user defined species information. To date this technology has been used in animals as varied as crocodiles and seals, with hundreds of published papers using BIS in the animal research arena.

The device uses Complex Impedance Plotting to determine total body water (TBW), extracellular fluid (ECF) and intracellular fluid (ICF) from impedance data. Fat-free mass (FFM) and fat mass (FM) are then calculated on the device.

Instrument Assisted Soft Tissue Mobilisation (IASTM)

Image: Equine Physio Services

HawkGrips

HawkGrips instruments are constructed from highly durable surgical-grade stainless steel, a nonporous substance that significantly decreases the chance of bacteria transfer.

Before treatment can commence, the therapist must assess the patient in order to clinically reason treatment modalities. Using the Hawk Grips at this stage can be useful to assess tone and identify areas of pain and spasm of the soft tissue. Equine Applications:

Cervical Spine:

  • Using the Scanner and/ or Boomerang over the soft tissues of the cervical spine, you can assess the tone and pliability of tissue in addition to manual palpation and range of movement assessment.
  • Using the Medium Multicurve in a dorsal direction over the occiput and caudal to the wing of atlas will identify areas of increased tone or spasm over the muscle-tendon junctions.

Thoracic Spine:

  • Looking and feeling for fasciculation or pain reaction/ muscle spasm (pay close attention to the thoracic spine and rib insertion points).
  • Using the Scanner in the direction of the muscle and then scanning in a caudal direction afterwards will ensure that no area of tissue is missed. The therapist can then identify areas of pain and/or increased tone of the epaxial muscles.

Pelvis and Gluteal area – Handlebar 1/2/3

  • Using the handle bar allows access to a large surface area of tissue.
  • Application of long strokes over the superficial gluteal increases tissue temperature leading to improved muscle suppleness. This is especially useful prior to sacroiliac mobilisation to reduce soft tissue resistance.

HG 9 – Tongue Depressor

  • Using the Tongue Depressor between the ribs and over the tuber sacral enables access to the intercostal muscles.
  • Application of slow strokes of mild to moderate pressure can reduce intercostal muscle resistance and allow improved rib movement, aiding respiration. This can be performed prior to passive rib mobilisation.