what if...

Your horse could tell you where he or she is hurting?

They can! At Regenequine, Shelley uses the Electro-Acuscope Myopulse therapy system, which allows your horse’s body to say where it needs healing.

A powerful therapy to optimize your horse's performance and rehabilitation

Scientific research and case studies have shown that Acuscope helps with:
  • Speedier Recovery
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Muscle Regrowth
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Tendon and Ligament Repair
  • Pain Management
  • Wound Healing

A powerful therapy to optimize your horse's performance and rehabilitation

Scientific research and case studies have shown that Acuscope helps with:
  • Speedier Recovery
  • Reduced Inflammation
  • Nerve Regeneration
  • Muscle Regrowth
  • Improved Range of Motion
  • Tendon and Ligament Repair
  • Pain Management
  • Wound Healing

Meet Shelley

ATS Certified Acuscope Myopulse Therapist, RN, WCCN

I have been involved with horses for most of my life, from breeding and raising foals to riding competitively in hunters, jumpers and dressage.  I know how important it is to keep our equine partners feeling and performing their best. Additionally, I am a registered nurse and I have been in the medical field on the human side since 2008.  I currently work full-time as a registered nurse for the St. Charles Health Care System in Central Oregon. My specialties are Medical-Surgical Nursing, Intensive Care, and Wound Care. I hold an additional certification in Wound Care Nursing (WCCN).  I had a life-changing experience with my horses in 2018 which has led me to become a healer and therapist in the equine field. I am a strong advocate for my patients, both human and equine! 

Meet Shelley

ATS Certified Acuscope Myopulse Therapist, RN, WCCN

I have been involved with horses for most of my life, from breeding and raising foals to riding competitively in hunters, jumpers and dressage.  I know how important it is to keep our equine partners feeling and performing their best. Additionally, I am a registered nurse and I have been in the medical field on the human side since 2008.  I currently work full-time as a registered nurse for the St. Charles Health Care System in Central Oregon. My specialties are Medical-Surgical Nursing, Intensive Care, and Wound Care. I hold an additional certification in Wound Care Nursing (WCCN).  I had a life-changing experience with my horses in 2018 which has led me to become a healer and therapist in the equine field. I am a strong advocate for my patients, both human and equine! 

Testimonials

Liz Reader on California BF

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What is acuscope therapy?

Acuscope therapy is FDA approved and uses microcurrent electrical stimulus to jump-start the healing mechanism within cells.

Acuscope allows you to treat injured areas with the ideal amount of current to jump-start the body’s natural healing process.  The biofeedback mechanism reads the current in the cells between two treatment points and delivers the right amount of amperage to help the cells repair themselves using their own natural processes.  Acuscope then lets you know when the resonance in the tissues has returned to a healthy level. This is how it helps your horse heal.

Acuscope research studies

The Journal of Biomedical Research, 2019
Journal of Sports and Science Medicine, 2015
International Journal of Medical Sciences, 2013

Jason Diaz on Metallic Whisper

FAQs

Solid scientific evidence shows that this therapy system is effective in wound healing and in also relieving muscle, nerve, tendon, ligament and bone conditions. These conditions include: navicular disease, sidebone, ringbone, shin splints, bone chips and fractures, bowed tendons, suspensory ligament injuries, arthritis, edema (windpuffs), stringhalt, laminitis (founder), sweeney shoulder, bicepital bursitis, radial nerve paralysis, hock and stifle injuries, kissing spine, muscle soreness and inflammation.

Three types of treatment plans are offered.  The treatment plan depends on the horse and how they respond to treatment, as well as the goals that owner has for the horse. 

Preventative maintenance – The goal of preventative maintenance is optimizing performance and trying to prevent injury by keeping the body as healthy as possible.  This plan is for horses without a history of injuries or chronic conditions. This plan starts with an initial series of 3 sessions within 3 days, plus an overall evaluation.  Usually the horse can then move to a maintenance program, which ideally includes a session once every two weeks.  

General maintenance – This plan is for horses with general maintenance issues or a history of injuries or chronic conditions.  The goal of general maintenance is to slow down the progression of the condition and provide pain management. The treatment is trying to keep the cells within the area as normalized as possible, by dissipating inflammation, increasing circulation and improving nerve function in the area.  This plan starts with an initial series of 3 sessions within 3 days, plus an overall evaluation. The plan will then be individualized based on the owner’s goals and the horse’s response to treatment. 

Full rehabilitation – According to the FDA approval for this therapy system, it has the ability to accelerate the recovery process by 50% or more for diagnosed injuries or severe chronic conditions.  This is guided by what the vet has determined to be the time off for the horse. Introducing Acuscope can reduce recovery time by 50% or more.

The number of treatments required will depend on the severity and extent of the condition as well as the body’s ability to heal itself.  Age and general state of health may influence the length of time required for complete recovery. Somewhere between five and fifteen treatments is the normal average.

The body does not build up a tolerance to Acuscope treatments like it does with certain drugs or higher-amperage transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS).  Both with many pain medications and most TENS devices, prolonged use requires higher and higher doses of medications or increased time and amounts of electricity to achieve the desired pain reduction effect.  With Acuscope / Myopulse treatments, sessions of shorter and shorter duration produce more dramatic and longer lasting effects, until treatment is no longer required. By definition, this is called the “cumulative” effect.

The Acuscope differs from other electrical stimulation devices in that it delivers its’ treatments in micro-amps (one-millionth of an ampere). Most transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulators (TENS) produce milli-amperage (one-thousandth of an ampere) current designed to bombard the tissue and simply block pain signals from reaching the brain. The Acuscope, in contrast, generates only the level of current required to gently encourage nerve and muscle fiber to return to conduction of normal electrical impulses. The Acuscope has a monitoring function which allows the therapy to constantly change, delivering only what is needed in the tissues at any given time.  Most TENS units are fixed-output, and force electrical current into the cells. Because TENS units don’t have the ability to monitor and evaluate the current present in the tissues, they risk over-treating and damaging the injured area. The Acuscope will never overtreat an area due to its monitoring capabilities and constantly-changing output. Also ordinary TENS devices provide only temporary relief, whereas a series of Acuscope treatments have a cumulative, long-term healing effect.

Mild current stimulation, ideally at the level of 500 UA (microamps) or less, has been researched (Cheng, 1982) and shown to cause the cells of the body to increase production of the chemical ATP which is responsible for cellular energy production.  It has also been shown to increase protein synthesis which allows the cells to begin to repair themselves. This low level of current is known to improve certain cellular functions which pump ions (such as sodium, calcium, potassium, etc.) into the cells, and to increase the transport of waste products out of the cells thereby assisting the flushing of toxins out of the tissue. As these chemical reactions build up with each treatment, the tissue is able to repair itself more completely.  The “charge” on the tissue begins to hold and its ability to generate its own normal energy is restored.

The Acuscope and Myopulse are currently being used by professional athletic teams, sports medicine practices, hospitals, and by thousands of private doctors and therapists in every field of medicine throughout the world.

According to widespread publicity, many outstanding athletes have been significantly helped by the treatments; several who received Acuscope/Myopulse treatments for pain and injury won gold medals at the 1984 Summer Olympics. 

The Acuscope System has extensive applications in veterinary as well as human medicine. It is very effective with both small and large animals.  Acknowledged for its remarkable success in treating equine athletes in every field of horse competition over the past ten years, the number of Equine Acuscope Therapists is steadily increasing.

The Acuscope and Myopulse establish a two-way communication between their own circuitry and the electrical signals from the area of the patient’s body being treated.  Using biofeedback technology, they measure such things as tissue conductivity and cell capacitance (the capacity of the cells to hold an electrical charge). Generally tissue conductance is very low in an area of chronic pain and abnormally high in areas of inflammation. In order to correct abnormalities, the treatment introduces gentle currents in wave forms similar to the body’s own  electrical signals. The Acuscope is programmed to generate the amount of current which damaged nerve tissue requires in order to return to a normal, pain free state. The Myopulse sends corrective signals specific to muscle and other connective, contractile tissue so that the cells can begin the work of self-repair.

The amount of electricity generated by the instruments is measured in microamps (millionths of an amp), an extremely tiny amount of current in comparison to the amount of electricity flowing from a wall socket or from any other common high voltage electrical device. Scientific research has shown that this low level of current produces the most beneficial effect on the body’s cells. Both instruments produce battery generated electrical signals in patterns similar to and comparable with that which is produced by the body’s own normal, healthy cells, the kind and level of energy which is constantly flowing through every living person and animal.

Every living body is made up of a vast number of cells. In many ways, the cells act like tiny batteries, storing and releasing energy.  Each cell has a measurable electrical charge and therefore there is a constant energy flow maintained between cells throughout the electrical circuitry of the body.

When damage or trauma occurs, there is a disruption in the production of electricity and a measurable decrease in the flow of energy through the tissues involved.  This condition is called electrical resistance and is generally accompanied by a sensation of pain in the area.

During treatment, the Acuscope introduces mild electrical current into the cells of the body in order to return the tissue to a normal level of electrical activity.  This process may be likened to a “jump start” and “putting a charge” on the battery of a car.

While providing beneficial electrical current, the treatment causes the body to improve circulation, produce and more effectively utilize proteins and other nutrients required for cell metabolism and repair. In this way, the instrument assists the body in accelerating the natural self-healing processes.  In addition, mild electrical current cause the body to generate chemicals called “endorphins” which are naturally occurring pain suppressors.

PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field. Like Acuscope / Myopulse, PEMF devices assist the body in healing itself by improving the circulation of blood and oxygen in the involved area and normalizing the electrical current in the nerves and muscles of damaged tissue.

The Acuscope and Myopluse are different from PEMF devices in that they have a bio-feedback system which allows the therapist to monitor the electrical charge in the tissues during treatment. This monitoring function is what sets this therapy system apart from anything else on the market. This allows the Acuscope / Myopulse to adjust its output during treatment according to the level of current in the cells in real time. Additionally, at the end of each section of the treatment, these instruments give the therapist a read-out of the electrical resonance in the tissues. The therapist can then make additional adjustments to make the treatment more effective. MagnaWave, Pulse and BEMER do not have any way to monitor the electrical current in the tissues, nor to gauge the effectiveness of the treatment at a cellular level.

Additionally, the Electro-Acuscope / Myopulse therapy system has its own FDA approval and has been FDA approved since 1983. It is approved for neuro-muscular and musculoskeletal conditions, pain management, and an accelerated recovery rate of 50% or more. FDA approval means the manufacturer has conducted needed clinical trials to evaluate the drug safety and efficacy under Good Practices. Further, the Electro-Acuscope / Myopulse therapy system was proven to be statistically and clinically significant in terms of efficacy. FDA approval means that the FDA has determined that the benefits of the product outweigh the known risks for the intended use.

Currently, MagnaWave products are not regulated under the FDA. According to the MagnaWave website, “these products are to be used as massage-like instruments. There is no medical benefit claim currently assigned to their use” (magnawavepemf.com, 2020). BEMER products are registered with the FDA, but FDA registration is different than approval. Registration means that the FDA has been notified that this product is being imported into the USA and is being used. FDA registration does not mean that this product has been determined to be beneficial for its intended use. Pulse PEMF products make no mention of FDA approval on their website.

Allison Brunelli and Contigo

What's best for you?

Start-up package

$275

A full evaluation and three 1-hour sessions within 3 days. Required for all horses starting therapy, as this jump-starts the healing process, making future sessions more successful.

1 hour session

$125

Treatment session focusing on 1-2 areas of the body, for performance maintenance or injury rehabilitation.

personalized

$ varies

Individuals packages are available based on your vet’s recommendations and your horse’s needs.

How It Works

A fantastic therapy which works with the body to accelerate natural healing processes.

Acuscope assists the body in healing itself by improving the circulation of blood and oxygen in the involved area, and normalizing the electrical current in the nerves and muscles of damaged tissue. The body is made up of a vast number of cells and all cells have an electrical charge. In many ways these cells act like tiny batteries storing and releasing energy, doing their work of taking in nutrients, releasing waste products, repairing and reproducing themselves, etc.  Energy flows constantly between all cells throughout the electrical circuitry of the body. When damage or trauma occurs to living tissue, there is a disruption in the electrical capacity of the involved cells and after an initial surge, there results a measurable decrease in the production and flow of energy through the electrical network of the involved tissues.

Swelling and inflammation are translated into high numbers on an LED display along with corresponding high-pitched tones. The Acuscope readings tell the therapist where the problem is most severe, and it can pinpoint precise areas of excessive heat and fluid in acutely damaged sites. It can also identify tissue which has become chronic, i.e. an area of deficiency in an energy-depleted state. Low numbers and tones reflect tissue which is unable to complete the healing process and incapable of returning to a normal, healthy condition without assistance. In addition, the Acuscope can help locate problem areas in other parts of the body which have become sore or painful as a result of compensating for the original cause.

Acuscope therapy is a modality applied to improve soft tissue function, to assist with nerve regeneration, to increase range of motion, and to releive pain. The Acuscope differs from other electrical stimulation devices in that it delivers its’ treatments in micro-amps. Most nerve stimulations devices (TENS) produce milli-amperage current designed to bombard the tissue and simply block pain signals from reaching the brain. The Acuscope, in contrast, generates only the level of current required to gently encourage nerve and muscle fiber to return to conduction of normal electrical impulses. Also in contrast, ordinary TENS devices provide only temporary relief, whereas a series of Acuscope treatments have a cumulative, long-term healing effect.

Another unique feature, which sets the Acuscope apart from other electrical stimulation devices, in the micro-chip circuitry that is designed to scan and monitor the tissue. Other electrical stimulation units gather no feedback and produce only a simple fixed output according to preset specifications. The Acuscope reads neurological impedance (resistance) in the circuit created through the tissue placed between the two probes or electrodes. Based on the information it gathers, the unit is programmed to calculate appropriate corrective waveforms. Acuscopes used on horses are specially calibrated to take into account their higher metabolic rates than those found in humans. Computerized circuitry picks up abnormalities in the nerve fiber impulses (input), and modifies its infinitely variable square wave signal (output) appropriately. Its’ self-correcting mechanisms continually adjust the current until normal patterns are being conducted without resistance through the tissue between the probes. The readings then tell the therapists when an area has been successfully treated and the probes can be moved to another location. This feedback modulated procedure eliminates the possibility of over-treatment or harm to the cells.

Results are usually noticeable immediately, with continued improvement over the following few days. Within a week, most conditions will have progressed dramatically. Chronic conditions may take several treatments before initial results are observed, yet Acuscope treatments are known to resolve serious conditions which would otherwise never improve. Enhanced alertness, calmness, definite gait changes, coordination, and balance are typically some of the immediate results along with reduction of pain, swelling, and relief from muscle tightness. It has been consistently observed that the animal becomes extremely relaxed from this non-invasive procedure. Horses are often observed relaxing through a treatment by lowering their head, giving a deep sigh of relief, bending a rear leg, licking and chewing, and yawning.