Before Your Animals Acuscope/Myopulse Treatment
Please note the following instructions to help facilitate your horse's evaluation and treatment and receive the best results:
- Ensure that your horse is clean and dry before evaluation and treatment sessions.
- Allow your horse at least one hour's rest prior to your appointment. You may need to allow longer if you bathe your horse following his activity.
- Do not apply liniments or oils (including oil-based fly sprays) to treatment areas prior to treatment.
- Do not use products containing iodine (e.g., Thrushbuster, betadine) during the course of your horse's treatment.
- Provide a list of your horse's current medications. Notify the therapist if the medications change during treatment.
- Also provide information about any prior surgeries, denerving, or bone fusions.
***Horses with cardiac pacemakers or in early pregnancy will not be treated.***
As part of the evaluation process for equine Electro-Acuscope / Myopulse therapy, you will be asked to complete an intake form that provides information about your horses current health status, lifestyle, and habits, as well as information about:
- Major illnesses
- Diet restrictions
This information will help your Equine Therapist/Technician interpret findings from the physical examination and diagnostic readings and allow treatment time to be utilized most effectively.
During the physical examination phase of the evaluation process, your Equine Therapist/Technician will examine your horse visually and through palpation for abnormalities such as swelling, tenderness, lumps, and/or scars. These findings will be recorded on your horse's intake form. The therapist may ask you additional questions during the physical examination.
Following the physical examination, your Equine Therapist/Technician will use the Electro-Acuscope to take diagnostic readings on various areas of your horse. Readings are generally taken from certain predetermined areas ("acupoints" - areas of high conductivity) as well as any areas exhibiting injury or abnormalities during the physical examination, and areas listed as issues on your horse's history form.
**It is important to remember that the therapist does not use these readings to diagnose illnesses or injuries or prescribe treatment for your horse; that is the responsibility of your veterinarian. The diagnostic readings are simply used to supplement data obtained by your veterinarian, or to pinpoint areas that may benefit from Electro-Acuscope/Myopulse treatments and guide the session.**
Your Equine Therapist/Technician may recommend a short treatment immediately following the evaluation. Because the Electro-Acuscope / Myopulse treatments frequently release endorphins into the horse's system, most horses enjoy the treatments. In fact, for some difficult-to-handle horses with clear-cut physical issues such as a sore back, the therapist may recommend beginning the therapy regimen with a treatment, so that the horse comes to associate the therapist and Electro-Acuscope / Myopulse equipment with a pleasant experience.
Your horse must be clean, dry, and rested before each treatment.
Based on the evaluation and recommendations from your veterinarian, Ferrier, chiropractor, or other equine health-care provider, your Equine Therapist/Technician will design a treatment protocol. It is strongly recommended that the initial treatment consist of three to four consecutive daily sessions. Treatments are customized for each horse, but often start with one or more general treatments, followed by more specific treatments directed at your horses' condition.
The average total treatment time per session ranges from 30 to 60 minutes. With set-up and breakdown time, you should allow about 45 to 70 minutes per appointment. The therapist starts each treatment session with the Electro-Acuscope to open up your horse's pathways. Most often, but not always, treatment continues with the Myopulse to treat soft tissues. The target area and duration may vary from day to day throughout the treatment, according to your horse's needs.
Example Target Areas
Electro-Acuscope / Myopulse treatments can be applied to a wide range of target areas, using a variety of electrode types and probes. Generally all animals are treated directly to the area of injury or infection as well as systemically to bring balance to the entire animal.
Most horses find the Electro-Acuscope / Myopulse treatments relaxing and pleasurable, as evidenced by licking, chewing, yawning, and even drooling. Some may be nervous initially, but horses generally settle down quickly once treatment begins. Your horse may even show signs of pleasurable anticipation of treatment.
After Acuscope/Myopulse Treatment
Your horse will need to rest after treatment (hand-walking, in most cases, is acceptable and beneficial).Your therapist will provide specifics about appropriate activities following your horse's treatment. To avoid counteracting the effects of the treatment, keep your horse dry for several hours following treatment.
***In some cases, your horse's symptoms may worsen briefly after his initial treatments. This is a typical healing response, and can be due to renewed activity in tissues that have been dormant or atrophied for some time. As the treatments continue, however, the temporary soreness or stiffness will fade, and you will begin to see improvement.