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INDIBA is the market leader in radiofrequency devices worldwide, having accumulated over 35 years of research and experience in this technology.

INDIBA Animal Health was born out of the success of our Activ device for human physiotherapy,

the trusted device to support rehabilitation, recovery, performance, pain management, injury prevention and wellbeing in elite athletes and professional teams.

One day a therapist asked us if our device could be used to treat their horse, who had pain and hadn’t been improving with standard treatment. She was desperate to do something for her beloved horse and thought INDIBA could help. Well that got our medical team thinking; in collaboration with Veterinarians we started to explore how we could apply our technology to animals. The horse was treated and made a great recovery sparking a new era in animal rehabilitation.

The research and development team based at our global head office in Barcelona strived to deliver a device that was robust with extra safety features specifically designed for use with animals. Following successful trials our technology was cleared for use in animal health back in 2013.

We were excited to launch INDIBA Animal Health to the UK and Ireland during the summer of 2019 and have enjoyed working with many veterinary therapists and vets since its release. It’s been rewarding to see the improvement to the animals receiving treatment whether its a retired pony or winning racehorse. The feedback keeps coming, from reports of dramatic improvements in movement from the biggest dressage critics, to the reduction of medication at racing yards, therapists have been constantly surprised by the difference INDIBA has made to their treatments.

Equine and small animal patients are benefiting from this specialised application where the deep thermal effect and increase in deep blood flow5 lasts longer than any other electrotherapy device.

Even at very low power bio-stimulation occurs and studies into chondrogenesis1, adipose stem cell proliferation2 and differentiation1,2 have been published.

INDIBA Animal Health is used in rehabilitation, recovery, performance, pain management, injury prevention and wellbeing. It’s a pleasant treatment for the animal requiring no sedation.

Benefits of INDIBA:

  • Accelerate recovery of acute and chronic musculoskeletal injuries (tendinitis, bursitis, desmitis, muscle tears, etc.)
  • Treatment of injuries in deep areas that other therapies can’t access (sacroiliac joint, deep gluteus muscles etc.)
  • Osteoarthritis management
  • Pain Reduction
  • Increase stride length6
  • Can be used in conjunction with PRP and Stem cell injections
  • Post-surgical recovery (including presence of metal implants)
  • Wound healing
  • Improve tissue flexibility (muscles, ligaments, tendons)
  • Heat therapy (superficial and deep local hyperthermia)
  • Lymphatic Drainage
  • Drainage of oedema
  • Improve muscular stability and recovery of mobility in neurological processes affecting the musculoskeletal system
  • Facilitation of manual therapy and rehabilitation exercises

How does it work?

INDIBA’s monopolar electromagnetic radio frequency is fixed at 448 kHz, the optimum frequency based on published research3. Its applied to the animal via an active electrode in a closed circuit with a fixed ‘return’ electrode. The power of the device can be changed to alter the strength of effect depending on whether the issue is acute or chronic. This allows the INDIBA® Animal Health devices to be an effective, comfortable and safe therapeutic tool for both the animal and the user.

INDIBA® Animal Health activates the body’s natural mechanisms to regenerate and rehabilitate, through cellular bio-stimulation3, improvement of blood flow4 and pain relief5. In addition, because it works in a closed circuit, it can reach greater depths that other therapeutic modalities do not.

In the UK, our team of professionals are formed by specialists in both animal and human Physiotherapy, with Veterinary support when required. We have specialists in equine treatment and small companion animals. We provide comprehensive initial and ongoing training and support.

We look forward to meeting you at the upcoming Equine Arthritis conference!

References

 

  1. Hernández-Bule ML, Trillo MÁ, Martínez-García MÁ, Abilahoud C, Úbeda A (2017) Chondrogenic Differentiation of Adipose-Derived Stem Cells by Radiofrequency Electric Stimulation. J Stem Cell Res Ther 7: 407.
  1. Hernández-Bule ML, Carlos Luis Paíno María Ángeles Trillo, Úbeda A. (2014) Electric Stimulation at 448 kHz Promotes Proliferation of Human Mesenchymal Stem Cells. Cell Physiol Biochem 34:1741-1755.
  1. Hernández-Bule ML, Medel E, Colastra C, Roldán R and Úbeda A, (2019) Response of neuroblastoma cells to RF currents as a function of the signal frequency, BMC Cancer 19:889
  1. Binoy Kumaran, Anthony Herbland & Tim Watson (2017): Continuous-mode 448 kHz capacitive resistive monopolar radiofrequency induces greater deep blood flow changes compared to pulsed mode shortwave: a crossover study in healthy adults, European Journal of Physiotherapy.
  1. Kumaran B, Watson T. Treatment using 448 kHz capacitive resistive monopolar radiofrequency improves pain and function in patients with osteoarthritis of the knee joint: a randomised controlled trial. Physiotherapy (2019)
  1. Becero, aitua, Argüelles, Sánchez de Medina, Castejón-Riber, Riber and Muñoz. Capacitive resistive electric transfer modifies gait pattern in horses exercised on a treadmill. (2020) BMC Veterinary Research 16:10