EQUINE PHYSIOTHERAPY WITH
THE G5® MECHANICAL MASSAGE SYSTEM
For overs 50 years now, the G5® mechanical massage system has been used by physio and massage therapists as a complement to their manual massage techniques.
Le The G5® system is designed to assist the therapist in his/her treatment practice, in order to help him/her being more efficient whilst also reducing his/her effort and the the fatigue experienced, especially during deep-tissue massage manoeuvres.
The G5® system generates a unique and patented movement of
Vibro-Percussion, combining two vertical and horizontal forces that enable a mobilization of conjunctival tissue in an effective, deep and very comfortable way for the horse.
THE MECHANICAL VIBRATING WAVES
The mechanical waves, according to their frequency, generate sounds classified as follows:
Infrasonic waves: from 0 to 20Hz
Low frequency sounds: from 20 Hz (low tones) to 20 000 Hz (high tones)
Ultrasounds: higher than 20 000 Hz
The G5® Equitec® massage device is an infrasounds (<20 Hz) generator. Transmitted to matter, they generate longitudinal mechanical waves, that is to say they oscillate in the direction of their propagation: this consists in a succession of compressions and decompressions of the matter. Their propagation is rectilinear. To be effective deep down, these infrasonic vibrations must be applied perpendicularly to the tissue and at very low frequencies (<20 Hz).
In particular, infrasounds properties help loosen bronchial mucus (thixotropy), improve throphism, relax muscles and soften scar tissues, which helps to maintain mobility in soft tissue structures, to stimulate trigger points and to reduce haematomas & tendonitis.
When using the G5® Equitec®, the lower the motor frequency, the deeper the vibratory waves will penetrate into the tissue. On the other hand, the higher the motor frequency, the more superficial the treatment, inducing hyperhaemia and local increase of blood and lymph circulation.
This simple vibratory technique, tried and tested in human medicine for 50 years, fits perfectly within the variety of equine osteopathy and veterinary treatments, thus constituting a consistent and effective variety of techniques.
*Bibliography : Electrophysiothérapie et rééducation fonctionnelle - Francis CREPON - M.M.M.K. - Ecole Nationale de Kinésithérapie et de Rééducation