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Use of TENS in muscle derived back pain in horses

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Use of TENS in muscle derived back pain in horses

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Use of TENS in muscle derived back pain in horses

The presentation is aimed at veterinary physiotherapists working with horses with musculoskeletal dysfunctions -especially back pain.

The presentation will provide the participants with an example of using an affordable and non-invasive means of pain management in horses with back pain. The information may be applied to other musculoskeletal pain too.

Suggested use of TENS it presented through revision of theory related to the modality, presentation of one treatment protocol, related discussion and clinical experiences.



Doc. Heli Hyytiäinen, PT, MSc (Vet Physio), PhD

Department of Equine and Small Animal Medicine,

Faculty of Veterinary Medicine,

University of Helsinki,



Heli graduated as a physiotherapist in January 2000 and did her Finnish specialization studies in Animal Physiotherapy in 2003, after which she has worked only with animal clients. She graduated as a Master of Science in Veterinary Physiotherapy from the Royal Veterinary College in 2012, and finalized her PhD in 2015. 17  years ago she started, and has since further developed the physiotherapy department at the Helsinki University Veterinary Teaching Hospital, working with both, small animals and horses. She is also the consulting physiotherapist for a private equine clinic. Currently she works as a clinical lecturer at the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, University of Helsinki. She is the leader of research group FaunaFysio, providing research and evidence based information to the veterinary physiotherapy community. She is also a lecturer at the University of Liverpool PgDip / MSc in Veterinary Physiotherapy programme.

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