Manual Soft Tissue Mobilisations include:
Effleurage, Petrissage, Tapotement, Friction & Vibration work which covers both relaxation and stimulatory style massage. I also use stretches, myofascial release work and trigger point therapies. A lot of these will help with animals that need maintenance.
The only Electrotherapies that I use are ones that have been proven and include:
- Therapeutic Ultrasound – this is used for a lot of purposes but is especially useful for deep tissue work which simply cannot be done by hand.
- Laser / Phototherapy is used to help speed up the healing process, prevent infection on wounds and for pain management.
- PMFT / PEMF (pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy) is used to help tissues close down which is important for new injuries, alternatively it can also be used to open tissues up to get new blood to an area providing energy for healing but should not be used prior to racing as this can make the animal relaxed and go slower. It can also be used to help speed up recovery of a fracture and for pain management.
Other modalities are used and I am happy to talk about them at length upon treatment.