As functional movement pattern research and protocols became better understood in human therapy during the early 90's, Jo developed a structured re-hab assessment and management protocol, using cell healing promotional electrotherapy, manual therapy and relied extensively on exercise therapy in her equine work. However, unlike humans and small animals, horses always must be treated in weight bearing position, and so some manual therapy treatments can not be directly extrapolated resulting in a continued frustration to get horses to give up incorrect, harmful movement patterns that were affecting performance and perpetuating stress on existing pathologies. Although the rehabilitation protocols were effective, long-term adoption of new movement patterns optimizing performance appeared slow and costly for owners.
Jo was then invited to spend some time in Natal, South Africa with Winks Greene, a therapist who used functional electrical stimulation to treat primarily high-end racehorses using her own protocol.
It was this CPD time that inspired Jo to spend the next 10 years developing evidence informed protocols of her own, using functional electrical stimulation on horses and humans using the conventions of established manual therapies.
The results were impressive and provided the missing link in treatment Jo was looking for,therefore the WERCPULSE TMM was developed and offered for sale Aug 2008.
Simply the TMM delivers a uniquely comfortable electrical impulse that is variable in frequency and intensity only. Successful outcome is dependent on the skill of the therapist to assess the horse’s movement pattern, plan a therapeutic strategy, choose the treatment parameters, exercise anatomical know how to accurately place the electrodes and employ the appropriate manual treatment theory.
For best results the TMM is employed to re-educate the timing of muscles as required around the whole body.
It is used as part of a treatment strategy and demands a high level of skill for it to be used successfully and safely.
Work is on going to research the treatment efficacy.