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    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