Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and DEEP OSCILLATION® for Equines

Rebecka Blentoft offers MLD for Equine within the readership area of Central Horse news... this article appeared in their magazine in October 2010.

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) and DEEP OSCILLATION® for Equines

Manual Lymphatic Drainage (MLD) is widely used on the Continent as an effective form of treatment for a wide range of conditions.   In Germany the MLD therapist and the Veterinary Surgeons work as a team together - the vet diagnosing the condition and suggesting MLD to the clients - whilst the therapist treats the horse.  The therapy is currently used for;

  • Reduction of swelling (oedema)
  • Reducing pain in tendon injuries
  • Reduction in swelling from concussive injury (bruising)
  • Haematomas
  • Reduction in volume (combined with decongestive therapy) for swollen legs and lymphoedema  and elephantitus in equines
  • Laminitis to decrease susceptibility to further attacks
  • Reduction in swelling from post-operative causes (castration, collie operations) Increased healing rate of ulcers, proud skin, wounds and burns 
  • Reduction in the appearance of scarring; Increasing natural immunity to attacks of mud fever 
  • Reducing incidence of fibrosis after bouts of cellulitus
  • Supporting the lymphatic system in cases of spavins, windgalls, etc. 
  • Reduction of the recovery times after strenuous exertion 
  • Treatment of Lymphoedema and Elephantiasis in equines. 
  • MLD can be used in conjunction with DEEP OSCILLATION® therapy to assist with the breakdown of protein fibrosis and stimulate healing. 

This German designed equipment is portable and can be used safely on horses.  Deep Oscillation creates a electrostatic field that increases anti-inflammatory and oedema reducing effects.  MLD and Deep Oscillation can be used immediately after injury and on the first postoperative day, as it is very gentle

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