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physiokey equine finds and treats oedema, soft tissue trauma as well as strain and tension areas areas along the back, hindquarters, hamstrings and neck.
physiokey equine activates relaxation of muscles, helps prevent restriction in forelimb movement and improve extension and joint mobility
physiokey equine activates relaxation of the muscles to relieve pain, unlock tension and keep muscle soft and supple, and improved joint mobility.
physiokey Equine Trainer
Nicole (Nicky) Bruggemann brings with her a lifetime of experience and achievement as a physiokey equine Trainer. Born and raised with horses, Nicky could ride before she could walk – literally!!
“Mum bred Arabian horses at Mildura, Victoria, and I was breaking in and riding trackwork at 13 and have since then had a love for racehorses”.
Nicky began first competing at Royal Shows in hacking, novelties, jumping and harness and was a State Representative in eventing and showjumping before turning her attention fully to racehorses.
“I have always had an interest in thoroughbreds, being yearling manager for Rubiton Bloodstock for 10 years, prepping, breaking and pre training”.
Nicky has held a Trainers licence for 9 years and Country Racing is her passion, winning back-to-back the Roxby Downs Cup in 2011 and 2012 with the same horse – an unbroken achievement, and the Kangaroo Island Cup in 2016 and 2017.
But Nicky’s ’knack’ as she says, is with the rehabilitation of older racehorses that need a little more TLC. Introducing physiokey into her rehab program has made a huge difference.
“Nowadays my daughter Jaime has taken over most of the showing being super successful herself and we show a few in-hand horses when we have time. We spend most of our efforts on rehabilitation of older and problem horses with great success with the physiokey.
In my experience, there’s not much this device can’t help!”
How does Equine Therapy Work?
2002 – present
Chris’s understanding of the pressures of elite sports started young with his own career in the pool seeing him winning at regional and national levels and settings records that he held for years after stepping away from swimming at such a high level.
“I still get up to swim in my squad at 4am four to five times a week. I think the drive never really leaves you.”
Chris started his development as a practitioner in 1987 when he completed his Bachelors, majoring in Psychology at Sydney University. “Although I knew I didn’t want to work in Psychology my interest in health was ignited. I feel I gained a unique understanding of the psychological impact of chronic pain and the need for tools to address this.”
Further education in 1995 and a qualification in sports massage which brought him back to elite sports and a coaching role. In 2003 Chris discovered the impact of electrotherapy for pain relief and travelled to Russia to embark on training in this field.
“I saw remarkable reduction in pain and improvement in function among my patients using a personal level device and knew then that I wanted to understand what this remarkable technology was capable of.”
Chris is now regarded as one of the world’s most experienced practitioners, educators and presenters in the field of non-invasive interactive neurostimulation therapy, with over 17 years clinical experience as a specialist pain relief therapist using this technology.
“I really feel that I have been so fortunate to learn from the diverse range of practitioners that have attended my training. From GP’s to specialist physiotherapists there has been such a range who have come to learn more about the therapy and integrate this unique technology into their practice.”
Chris is sought by patients in Australia and abroad as well as elite and World Champion athletes to treat painful conditions and injuries as well as help facilitate winning performances. As head therapist and co-founder NS Health Australia, Chris pioneered the non-invasive interactive neurostimulation therapy clinic concept, and has operated a successful specialist pain relief clinic in Sydney, Australia since 2004 using neurostimulation as a stand-alone therapy.
His passion for treating and educating people about this technology has earned him a worldwide reputation as a dynamic, engaging and entertaining speaker who ‘lives and walks the talk’.
The requirements placed on the musculoskeletal system on the young racehorse demands preventative and continued management throughout their racing career. physiokey is a safe, easy to use, non-invasive therapy to help address and prevent common issues, improve performance and maintain your horse in peak condition.
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The main advantage of physiokey equine treatment is that it can treat a number of ailments in a natural way without chemicals that could have adverse side effects.
Is physiokey Equine Therapy safe?
physiokey equine therapy is extremely safe. There are no adverse side-effects and very few contraindications. The animals usually enjoy having treatment due to the endorphin release experienced when the neuropeptide-healing chemicals are released in response to the physiokey impulse. Horses will droop their lower lip and appear sedated! The results from physiokey equine therapy are fast, intense, and long lasting.
How does it work?
physiokey is interactive neurostimulation technology, The nature of the physiokey's interactive neurostimulation technology allows for evidenced based applications that optimise certain treatment parameters and gives consistently good results across a broad range of painful conditions, both acute and chronic in nature.1 2
Using a highly variable impulse, physiokey is an effective, non-invasive medical technology, which works by stimulating the body’s inherent pain relief and self-healing mechanisms. Its direct effect is several times stronger than of other physiotherapeutic devices, with no undesirable side effects.3 4 5 6 7
The physiokey is designed to deliver general therapeutic non-invasive therapy to the body’s physiological systems via skin areas, in order to effect pain management and pain relief. When the physiokey is applied to the skin, electrical impulses adjust and change, the devices read changes in the electrical properties of the skin. This interactive neurostimulation may not only provides sustained pain relief, but does not allow the body to accommodate the signal or develop a tolerance to the signal.
When there is pain or trauma to any area in the body the response from the nervous, endocrine and immune systems is to release what we call regulative peptides appropriate to the injury and initiate pain reduction and the healing process. This is what generally happens when the body is healthy!
There are times however when the body’s healing process is slow or incomplete This can come as a result of a number of factors:
- Lack of, or a disruption to, the communication (energy – information) systems in the body, meaning that messages cannot reach their ‘target’.
- Lack of response from the nervous, endocrine and immune systems.
- Low priority to the injury, meaning the body’s healing resources are directed elsewhere.
- Low energy or vitality in the body, meaning a lack of intrinsic healing resources.
If the body is unable to effect healing (for whatever reason) it may isolate or disconnect from the dysfunctional area and not apply any more healing to it.
“Regulative peptides regulate almost all life processes on the cellular level, thus linking together all body systems. They have been referred to as the body’s internal pharmacy, the ‘key in the lock’ that causes the cascading, chain reaction effect, creating an holistic body response”
These regulative peptides, once released don’t go directly to the injured or dysfunctional site. In fact, they circulate in the bloodstream and reach other injured or dysfunctional areas in the body.
In this way old and forgotten problems may also be helped to heal!
When using physiokey, pain relief may often extend beyond the actual treatment session - often days beyond!
1 Gorodetskyi I G, Gorodnichenko A I, Tursin P S, Reshetnyak V K, Uskov, O N: Non-invasive interactive Neurostimulation in the post-operative recovery of patients with a trochanteric fracture of the femur. J Bone Joint Surg [Br]2007;89-B:1488-94.
2 G. Gorodetskyi et al, The effects of non-invasive, interactive Neurostimulation on pain and edema during post-surgical rehabilitation following internal fixation of unstable bi-malleolar ankle fractures, Presented as a poster by Dr James Dillard at the IASP 2008, Glasgow, Scotland. Accepted for publication Dec 2009, Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery
3 Lee KH, Chung JM, Willis WD. Inhibition of primate spinothalamic tract cells by TENS. J Neurosurg. 1985; 62: 276-28
4 Linda S. Chesterton, Nadine E. Foster, Christine C. Wright, G. David Baxter and Panos Barlas Effects of TENS frequency, intensity and stimulation site parameter manipulation on pressure pain thresholds in healthy human subjects Pain, Volume 106, Issues 1-2, November 2003, Pages 73-80
5 Garrison DW, Foreman RD: Effects of prolonged transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) and variation of stimulation variables on dorsal horn cell activity, Eur J Phys Med Rehabil 6:87-94, 1997
6 Reilly JP, Applied Bioelectricity: From Electrical Stimulation to Electropathology, 1998 Springer-Verlag NY. pg 130 and 233
7 Christie Q. Huang, Robert K. Shepherd Reduction in excitability of the auditory nerve following electrical stimulation at high stimulus rates: Varying Effects of electrode surface area Hearing Research 146 (2000) 57-71
How often will I need to use the physiokey on my horse?
This will depend on many factors.
If your horses injury / condition is recent then you may achieve fast relief, return to function with only one or two applications of the physiokey. Other injuries that are chronic may take longer.
If your horse suffers from chronic injuries then you may need more sessions (even every day) to get significant and long lasting results.
Can I use the physiokey on myself!
The physiokey device is a 100% drug-free non-invasive pain relief treatment that can be used by people and animals of all ages.
I'm not good with technology! Will I be able to use the physiokey correctly?
The physiokey is incredibly simple to use.
Once you understand the basic functions and become comfortable with the program settings you will be pleasantly surprised how easy it is to useself on your horse and your!
We are always on hand to help via telephone, email, our Equine Facebook page, and we regularly run demonstration days and equine clinics to give you a run-through session!
How does it work through the horse's body?
"Reflex areas of the skin (through their electrical properties) and tissue resonant frequencies provide up-to-date information about internal structures and organs within the body. This information CAN cover both structural integrity and functional capacity. Using skin electrostimulation and a very sophisticated electronic feedback, the device continually monitors the parameters and adjusts the next treatment signal accordingly. The signal is very close to a natural nerve impulse so the body can recognise and respond to it. It helps the brain to recognise where there is a problem and by stimulating the release of natural body chemicals (neuropeptides) it enables the body to heal itself more efficiently". Roger Meacock MRCVS
How does physiokey differ from PEMF and TENS?
physiokey: Yes. Fast and Sustained. Pain relief extends beyond the actual treatment, often days to weeks.
PEMF: Concept of cellular health which in turn provides pain relief.
TENS: Short lived. Pain subsides usually only while the TENS unit is activated.
physiokey: Principle of Interactive Neurostimulation. The physiokey generates a highly variable neural-like impulse that affects the sensory nerves just below the skin, activating the on-board pharmacy of the brain to release endorphins, opioids, anti-inflammatory mechanisms other neuropeptides.
PEMF: Principle of ‘Cellular Exercise. PEMF device sends a pulsing magnetic field through a soft, flexible rubber coil or rug. Concept of ‘Cellular Exercise’ - stimulating cells to release waste, toxins and inflammation and receive oxygen and nutrients.
TENS: Gate theory to block pain.
Type of Therapy
physiokey: Dynamic and Active therapy. Specificity of treatment. Fixed electrodes on the device are moved over the skin to detect and treat specific areas. Targeted application = faster outcomes.
PEMF: Passive Therapy. A loop or rug is placed on or over the body.
TENS: Passive Therapy. Electrodes pads adhered to the skin. Treatment is hit or miss with electrode pads placed around pain area. No detection of treatment areas. No specificity of treatment.
physiokey: Feedback Controlled. The device sends out a neural-like impulse and then waits for it to return from the body. The device then reads the returning impulse and adjusts its own subsequent signal. Because of this feedback mechanism, each new signal differs from the previous one, thus preventing the body habituating to a single, continuous electrical signal.
PEMF: No Feedback. Pulsing electromagnetic fields travel from the main unit through the loop/s
TENS: No Feedback. The body adapts itself to the single, continuous electrical signal and eventually just ignores it. The net result? The pain returns.
Release of Regulative Peptides
physiokey: Yes. physiokey’s highly variable neural-like impulse induces the release of neuropeptides due to their ability to activate C fibres. It is the release of neuropeptides that enables the body to heal.
physiokey: Highly Effective treatment times. 5-20 minutes at a time.
PEMF: Effective treatment times. 30-45 minutes at a time.
TENS: Requires prolonged use for effect.
physiokey: $4500 approx.
PEMF: $1000 up to $20,000.
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