Anyway, I did the standard protocol of stall rest, no grain, bute, icing =
the leg every day. The unit arrived on the 5th day of confinement and I =
used it for 1-3 hours each evening for ten days. The unit works by =
stimulating the muscles ABOVE the knee; by contracting them, the tendons =
are moved and fluids pump in the lower leg. It fires 2-4 times a =
second, so a 3 hour session produces between 2-4,000 contractions, =
equivilent to a nice workout, without leaving his stall.
I cannot tell if the it was the TENS unit, or it was a more mild tendon =
strain or adhesion breaking loose. All I know is, I was riding him =
lightly at 14 days and gradually returned to serious workouts by the end =
of the month. He has not been lame since.=20
Keeping fluids out of the tendon is critical, and this unit seems to do =
that quite well. There is also anecdotal evidence that the replacement =
tendon fibers grow back in parallel, rather than the crosslink mass of =
scar tissue that is the standard response.
I'm sold on the device, and will keep one handy for the rest of my horse =
From: Steve Shaw [SMTP:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: Monday, December 08, 1997 7:32 PM
TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electric Nerve Stimulator.
These units send a high voltage low amperage electric pulse through the=20
skin and tissue in a pulsing method. They are typically used to control=20
or divert pain in chronic cases. I have not heard of them used in=20
healing and would be skeptical.