What is the origin of Equine Indiba®
The Equine Indiba system, is a new adaptation, specifically for use in animals, of Indiba®, a system that has been used successfully to treat humans, since 1983. The Indiba® system is used for medical aesthetic, trauma and physiotherapy, and medical applications in humans, and for medicine and physiotherapy in animals. The human system known as Indiba® Activ is used by professional athletes in a wide variety of sports (Tennis, Football, Formula One, Moto GP, Basketball, Athletics etc) and has been used by the Olympic teams from several countries as diverse as Japan and Italy. In contrast to other systems such as electromyography (EMG), the Indiba® system works by introducing energy, a 448 kHz electromagnetic wave, into the body either through a capacitive or resistively induced current. This has been shown by both clinical trial and empirical evidence to accelerate the conversion of stem cells into tissue, to increase blood flow and to stimulate the body’s metabolism, thereby accelerating the natural healing process and reducing muscular problems.
How does Indiba® work?
Indiba® Activ is a physiotherapy technique that makes use of energy to attract electric charges to the diseased area, thus reawakening internal energy and activating natural tissue repair and anti-inflammatory processes without involving the projection of radiant energy from the outside. It is based on the condenser’s physical principle; frequency radio waves (448 kHz) generate displacement currents for the body’s typical electric charges – ions – which, subsequently, produce heat and increase blood flow. Indiba® stimulates injured tissues (i.e. tendons, ligaments, bones, joints and muscles) to activate natural anti-inflammatory and repair processes, achieving exceptional results in terms of efficacy and rapid action. In a similar way to that observed in human athletes, Indiba® applied to horses accelerates the body’s metabolic processes and increases internal temperature, enhancing the flow of blood rich in oxygen and nourishment for tissues. It also stimulates lymph flow in lymphatic vessels, thus speeding up and completing the elimination of toxins, which slow down healing processes. The animal itself produces heat internally without risking its consumption by high temperatures or its dispersion in surface epidermal layers. By placing the metal plates and nodes in different areas on the horse, different muscles or joints can be targeted.
Indiba® diminishes inflammation and swelling, stimulates the circulation and reduces pain. These are primary goals for competition horses that must either face high standard performances in the short-term or have short recovery times. Electrodes have two operating modes; capacitive, which acts on muscle fascia with protected electrodes, and resistive, which deeply reaches tendons, joints and bone tissue with non-insulated electrodes. The capacitive electrode’s application upstream of the acutely inflamed point stimulates blood circulation and encourages drainage of excess fluids. The application of capacitive and resistive electrodes directly on old injuries stimulates circulation, cell metabolism and the recovery of normal tissue function.
How long does it take?
Recovery times vary remarkably from subject to subject. Each horse develops its typical heat and response to treatment, besides involving certain tissues and personal degree of gravity for the disorder.
Following the trends of human physiotherapy, Indiba® is now revolutionising veterinary medicine and physiotherapy for the treatment of a great many painful conditions that affect the most common domestic animals.
What can Indiba® be used for in animals?
Indiba® is used successfully in veterinary physiotherapy, particularly in equestrian sports. Competition horses need to recover fast so they can get back to competing. Thanks to contemporary physiotherapy supported by Indiba®, many horses with muscle, osteoarticular, ligament and tendon disorders have achieved a rapid functional recovery.
In the hands of an experienced therapist, Indiba® can be used to help identify the source of an injury or condition, which in animals is a particular challenge, since they are unable to articulate, unlike human patients.
The usefulness of this new type of veterinary physiotherapy goes far beyond cases of injuries. When applied regularly:
- it prevents clinical conditions
- it improves competition performance
- it helps horses to recover from fatigue
There are a great many cases in which the reactions induced by Indiba® technology provide relief from suffering for our four-legged friends. Muscular contractures, osteoarthritis, hip dysplasia, postoperative oedema and vertebral disorders are just a few of the disorders that can be rapidly resolved by introducing our technology into veterinary rehabilitation practice.
Indiba® gives unparalleled healing stimulation that will speed up recovery much higher than normal rate for tendons, ligaments, muscle and other damaged tissues. It is a proven method of treating joint pathologies, muscle, and ligament and tendon strains. Indications for use include muscle spasms, tears and strains, tendonitis, sprains, synovitis and bursitis, painful and swollen joints from injury or arthritis and all manner of inflammatory processes where increased lymphatic drainage is beneficial. It also encourages hair growth and diminishes scarring.
How is Indiba® applied?
Indiba® consists of two electronic plates acting as electrodes. A static neutral return plate and an active plate, in the form of a hand held disc, which the therapist applies to the patient in smooth and gentle rotatory movements, much like a massage. The contact between the active plate and the patient is enhanced by a water-based conductive cream. Depending upon the mode of action (capacitive or resistive) the point of maximum effect is either in the six inches below the active disc (in the case of capacitive) or at the electronic resistance midpoint (between the two electrodes) in the case of resistive. The resulting current is of a specific frequency (448KHz), which has been shown to be safe and also to have beneficial effects in acting as a catalyst to the body’s natural healing process by increasing the rate of proliferation of stem cells.