Microlief Microcurrent Therapy for Acute Injuries in Horses

Why We Love Using Microcurrent for Acute Injuries 

Microcurrent has been used for years in rehab and sports therapy treatments of elite human athletes. Now this same technology is available to our equine athletes.

How Does Microlief™ Work?

When the Microlief Microcurrent Power Supply unit is properly applied, a small amount of low-level electrical current continuously flows from one patch to the other through the target/painful area. The horse does not feel any sensation during the treatment because the currents are set at approximately the same level of the normal electrical exchanges which take place in the body.

The microcurrents penetrate the injured, inflamed cells and re-establish normal cell activity and metabolism. Circulation is restored to the injured area, inflammation is reduced, and collagen-producing cells are increased. Microcurrent restores homeostasis to the cellular system. Healthy cell metabolism creates a healthy, pain-free internal environment. Pain relief is often experienced within minutes.

Microlief provides safe and effective pain relief, speeds up the injury healing process, and reduces the need for NSAIDs.

A typical treatment duration is 12 hours. One common way to use microcurrent therapy is to treat the horse overnight while the horse is resting in its stall. It can be continuously worn for five days if necessary. Microcurrent can also be used to assist with the long-term recovery of serious injuries.

Recommended Uses of Microlief Microcurrent Therapy

Injury Recovery and Rehabilitation

This is where we think this unit excels! 

Microlief microcurrent therapy has been used in successful treatment of acute injuries. When used in a clinic trial on human counterparts, the unit was applied within three hours of the initial soft tissue injury with ice. The unit was used continuously for eight hours with rest of the involved part. Upon weight bearing there was no pain present and minimal swelling. The patient was able to walk with normal gait, and continued to use it nightly for the next three days with ice. Pain was minimal—rated at 1/10 at worst. Bruising did present on the second and third day after injury. 

Use the Microlief on various places on your horse's body to treat acute soft-tissue injuries.

This unit offers affordable, convenient, state-of-the-art health care to injured horses. Benefits of Microlief for equine injury, recovery and rehabilitation programs:

  • Provides safe, effective, non-pharmaceutical pain relief for muscles, tendons, ligaments, and joints.
  • Increases circulation.
  • Reduces inflammation.
  • Stimulates natural healing processes within the body.
  • Speeds up injury healing.
  • Reduces the need for NSAIDs.

Daily Injury Prevention and Optimal Performance Therapy

The application of overnight standing bandages is a standard preventative maintenance procedure for many stables in order to increase circulation, reduce and/or prevent swelling, and prevent stress to structures of the lower leg (ankle joint, tendons, ligaments). Microlief can be applied to any structure of the horse’s lower leg under the standing bandage. While the horse rests, Microlief works around the clock to promote circulation and establish a healthy pain-free internal environment.

If the horse receives any type of equine sports massage therapy and/or chiropractic therapy, the practitioner may identify areas throughout the horse’s body where Microlief can be applied to help manage soft tissue stress.

Competition Preparation and Recovery

Incorporating Microlief microcurrent therapy into the horse’s pre-event preparation routine will help ensure that the horse is feeling his best when he steps onto the track or enters the arena. Microlief can be used to proactively target and support each horse’s unique stress points.

Microlief can be easily included in each horse’s post-event care plan. Post-event Microlief treatments promote circulation and help stressed muscles, tendons, and ligaments return to homeostasis. Post-event Microlief therapy applied to the horse’s lower legs helps prevent next-day inflammation, swelling, and lameness. Post-event Microlief therapy helps horses recover quicker and get back to training for the next competition sooner.

Short Version of the Science

Inflamed, injured cells resist the body’s natural electric current. This resistance blocks the normal supply of blood, oxygen, and nutrients to the cells. This resistance only serves to make the initial injury worse.

Microcurrents penetrate the inflamed cells and re-establish the normal cell activity. The external application of microcurrent has these effects on the inflamed cells:

  • Increases the production of ATP.
  • Increases protein synthesis.
  • Increases oxygenation.
  • Increases ion exchange.
  • Increases absorption of nutrients.
  • Increases elimination of cellular waste products.
  • Neutralizes the oscillating polarity of deficient cells.

The external application of microcurrent restores homeostasis to the cellular system. By normalizing cell activity, inflammation is reduced and collagen-producing cells are increased. Healthy cell metabolism creates a healthy, pain-free internal environment.

The Microlief Advantage

Micorlief excels at the treatment of acute injuries in horses.

Microlief is powered by patented technology which has been medically tested and approved by the FDA for human microcurrent soft-tissue therapy and which has been declared safe for over-the-counter (OTC) sales.

Microlief provides horsemen a new, natural, non-pharmaceutical way to manage the muscular stress and injuries that occur so often in equestrian sports.

Microlief is a tool that can be used both to help prevent soft-tissue injuries and to noninvasively assist with recovery when soft-tissue injuries do occur.

Microlief cannot mask serious pain or aggravated lameness. Microlief is a nonmedical method for managing pain commonly experienced by performance horses and should never be used as a replacement for veterinary care. That being said, if your horse encounters a serious injury, your veterinarian may want to include Microlief in the care plan.

Contraindications

Microlief equine microcurrent therapy is designed for use on horses that are in general good health.

Microlief is a nonmedical method for treating pain and should never be used as a replacement for veterinary care.  If you have any doubts concerning a horse’s state of health, always consult with your veterinarian.

Equine Safety

There are specific regions on the horse’s body where Microlief should not be placed:

  • Head, face, eyes, and mouth.
  • Ventral neck.
  • Poll; keep the placement no further forward than the second cervical vertebrae.
  • Heart.
  • Abdominal midline.
  • Under the base of the tail (anus, vulva).
  • Sheath and/or testicles.
  • Teats.

The Microlief treatment areas on the horse’s body must be clean and free of any topical applications.

Do not apply Microlief to any area that has been treated with any topical application such as rubbing alcohol, liniments, or DMSO.

There are specific conditions, which if present, are contraindications for using Microlief microcurrent therapy.

Do not use Microlief if any of the following conditions are present:

  • Broken skin or open wounds.
  • Current or recent bleeding.
  • Dermatological conditions.
  • Fever.
  • Infections.
  • LAMINITIS/FOUNDER.
  • Pregnant mare.
  • Sepsis (whole-body inflammation).
  • Cancer.
  • Any local area that has been treated with a steroid injection within the past seven days.
  • Horses that are experiencing colic.
  • Horses with any type of electrical implant.
  • Horses diagnosed or suspected to have Lyme Disease.
  • Horses diagnosed or suspected to have Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM).
  • Any area where there is numbness.
  • Horses being treated with Transdermal Drug Delivery medication patches.
  • Horses with any condition under current veterinary care. Check first with your veterinarian.

Additional Warnings

  • Discontinue use if the horse shows signs of discomfort.
  • Discontinue use if skin irritation develops.
  • Each horse needs their own set of electrode patches. Do not re-use electrodes on another horse.
  • Treatments should be limited to no more than six Microlief units at one time.
  • Areas being treated with Microlief units should be monitored every 24 hours for adverse reactions.
  • Microlief can be used continuously in one location for up to five days. After five days, remove the unit for one day before reapplying.
  • Keep out of reach of children.
  • Electronic monitoring equipment may not operate properly when the unit is in use.

Disposal Information

This product does not contains any hazardous substances and can be disposed of normally.

“The work Becky does is legit! No gimmicks, just listening to the horse working with the muscles and getting them back to feeling their best. She has the PT knowledge to understand range of motion and body mechanics and the knowledge of how the horse moves and works to be able to tie it all together. The proof is in the pudding and my horse sure showed that Becky helped make her feel better!”

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