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03-02-2006, 07:44 AM
I am posting a message for a friend/colleague...

I am a PhD in Kinesiology/Biomechanics and currently have a business
working with veterinarians in the rehabilitation of horses. I use a
FES system produced years ago by Electrologic called Theraquine which
was marketed for the equine industry.

The propaganda from the Theraquine company was that there was a TENS
waveform "imbedded" in the FES to improve compliance by the horses.
The company is no longer in business and I am trying to find a
similar system to replace my aging one, if one exists. I need the
system to be able to influence the deep muscles of the horse which
can lay 3-4 inches below the skin surface.

Does anyone have a source of information about the differences in the
specs between the various electric stimulation modalities (FES, TENS,
galvanic, etc).

A friend of mine is an electrical engineer and did some sort of a
waveform analysis of the system and found it to be a simple waveform
that he felt was similar to the EMS unit I was trying (EMS 2000,
Biomedical Life Systems). However, in the first 2 uses of the EMS
2000 I seem to be getting quite different results in the contraction
of the muscles of the horse than when I use my FES system.

Thanks for any help you may offer. I appreciate the time this type
of question requires to answer.
Debra A. Allyn, Ph.D.
Department of Health and Human Performance
UW-River Falls
410 S. 3rd St.
River Falls, WI 54022