Testimonials

FES TO RESTORE MUSCLE FUNCTION

"I am using FES (Functional Electrical Stimulation) for horses with muscle spasms and atrophy and have found the technology to be very useful in restoring muscle function. Horses with sore backs and necks, and those with muscle loss due to injury or surgery, are benefiting from the use of FES."
- Dr. Philippe Benoit, French Olympic Team Veterinarian

FES TO BUILD TOP LINE STRENGTH AND RESTORE MOTION

"FES technology has given us another tool in the management of back and neck pain in the horse. We also find FES application to be helpful in building top line strength and restoring motion. It is helpful to have a safe, cost effective, and non-invasive therapy option."
- Dr. Timothy Ober, USEF Show Jumping Team Veterinarian

HELPFUL FOR BACK AND NECK PAIN AS WELL AS FOR PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT

“As a busy sports medicine practice we see a wide variety of primary and referral cases. Our caseload ranges from horses rehabilitating from injuries to top level athletes that are actively competing. We use our FES unit in conjunction with our primary treatments once we have diagnosed the condition or as a primary therapy itself. We have been very successful in using the unit for treating back and neck pain as a result of muscle spasm and atrophy, as well as for building and maintaining topline musculature. For the performance horses we integrate the FES treatments into their competition program to help maintain their athleticism. The FES unit is founded on evidence-based medicine with well documented protocols and success rates. Dr. Schils is an excellent resource, working with us to ensure that we hone our expertise with the unit.”
- Dr. Kent Allen, USEF Eventing Team Veterinarian,;
- Dr. Susan Johns, Past USEF Driving Team Veterinarian;
- Dr. Amy Norvall, Virgina Equine Imaging

MAINSTAY OF OUR REHABILITATION PROGRAMS

"Dr. Sheila Schils has an outstanding knowledge of equine biomechanics and have found her clinics very valuable to our rehab facility. Her FES therapy has become a mainstay of our rehabilitation programs and many of our attending vets find the therapy extremely valuable."
- Angie Hager-Scullly
Owner, Eclipse Equine Sports Therapy Center

USE FES EARLY IN THE REHABILITATION PROCESS

"The use of movement during rehabilitation is important, but the movement must be correct. FES (Functional Electrical Simulation) produces true muscle movement so you can obtain symmetrical, controlled motion so important in quality rehabilitation protocols, even within the first days after injury or surgery."
- Dr. Tracy Turner, Dipl ACVS, Dipl ACVSMR, Anoka Equine

START RIDING AGAIN!

"I utilized Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) on my horse’s top line throughout her 9-month lay up and her back was awesome when I was able to start riding again!"
- Mindy L., CA

PROFOUNDLY EFFECTIVE FOR ACUTE MUSCLE SPASMS

“Our practice has used the EquiNew FES 310 unit for 1 year now. The unit is frequently requested from our horse show trainers just prior to departing for shows as well as utilizing it after the rigors of showing. We have found it to be profoundly effective for acute muscle spasm. Our primary uses are on backs and necks. For our stall rested or convalescing horses, we use the FES unit over the course of the rehabilitation periods to stimulate back muscles in an effort to minimize muscle wasting. It has become an essential tool to add to our sports medicine therapy choices in our ambulatory practice and is utilized by both veterinarians in multiple disciplines.”
- Dr. Roland Thaler, Dipl ACVSMR, ISELP

FES THERAPY INVALUABLE

"Whether competing in international competitions or training at home I have found the benefits of using FES therapy invaluable. Weak, sore, tense and restricted areas respond and repair with remarkable results. I have yet to experience a better form of drug free relief."
- Bea DiGrazia, International 3-day Eventer, Los Laureles Equine Rehabilitation Center

MULTIPLE USES FOR FES AND GOOD COMPLIANCE

“Our clients and patients love our EquiNew FES machine. The horses really enjoy their treatments, and with good case selection, the clients see an almost immediate improvement. From a chronically sore thoracolumbar region in a young jumper to infraspinatous atrophy after a scapular fracture - our FES has really benefited our patient base.”
- Dr. Carrie Schlachter, IVCAc, IVASc, Circle Oak Equine Sports Medicine

ACTIVATION TO DEEP MUSCLE SPASMS THAT I DIDN’T KNOW WAS POSSIBLE

“We have all been there: Looking at the sore all over sport horse. We do some flexions, get some hands on them, watch them work, and wonder can’t we do more for these horses? I struggled with these cases. I know injecting this or that with steroids might help today but isn’t the right tool for the horse in the long term. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) gave me a tool I didn’t even know I was looking for. This system gives us a way to get down to those deep muscles and create relaxation and muscle symmetry to help our clients get better performance from our patients and our patients have longer competitive lives. The science behind the system has been meticulously researched and Dr. Schils has put countless hours of work into application.”
- Dr. Erica Lacher, Springhill Equine Veterinary Clinic

FES TREATS DEEP MUSCLE SPASMS

"EquiNew FES 310 is the ideal tool to treat deep muscle spasms. The therapeutic value of this device puts it in a class of its own. Plus the horses find it very comfortable.”
- Janus Marquis, Physiotherapist USET Show Jumping Team

THE SCIENCE BEHIND EQUINEW IS SOLID

"The FES 310 is a solidly researched piece of equipment that has been very effective in our practice."
- Mimi Porter, Equine Therapist, Author of The New Equine Sports Therapy

USED TO EVALUATE REHABILITATION PROGRESS

"Functional Electrical Stimulation has become the cornerstone of our rehabilitation program with our horses. We use FES to get a baseline of their muscle health as they arrive and it helps us to continue keeping our horses loose and supple while we progress through their rehabilitation protocol. I believe FES helps our horses remain balanced and symmetrical as we strive to repair injuries and return our horse to full work."
- Angie Hager-Scully Owner, Los Laureles Equine Therapy

FES IS A VERSATILE REHABILITATION TOOL

"I have been working in Equine Rehabilitation since 1995 and have seen many modalities come and go. Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) by EquiNew is by far the BEST OVERALL modality because it does ALL of what other rehab modalities do, plus it gets the muscle back to normal FUNCTION. And, the horses love it as much as I do!”
- Lin Gelbmann, BS, CVT, ESMT, CCRP

FES REDUCES PAIN ALLOWING HORSES TO RETURN TO WORK SOONER

"The EquiNew FES system has been an excellent addition to our premier equine sports medicine practice. We utilize the system on a daily basis, predominately for epaxial muscle tension/pain, sacroilliac region and gluteal muscle overuse pain/ tension. Multiple forms of back/sacroilliac pain, tension, osteoarthritis and/or muscle imbalance are observed in our practice each day. The EquiNew FES system allows for those affected patients to return to training sooner, pain free and able to maintain or strive to develop correct muscle balance, while remaining tension free. Our protocol for patients on a rehabilitation schedule includes utilizing the EquiNew FES system. The EquiNew FES system allows us to stay more informed and interactive with our patients while achieving a faster recovery from back, sacroilliac and distal limb injuries."
- Drs. Chad and Stephanie Davis, Davis Equine

LONG-LASTING RESULTS

“We have been using EquiNew FES 310 for 2 years with great results. We mainly treat show jumping and dressage horses whose riders complain about back pain and poor performance. We have seen a very quick analgesic response and mobility recovery after the first two treatments in all the horses we have treated. Before having the FES system we used to work with TENS/EMS/Russian Currents and we never had such fast and long-lasting results."
- Dr. Marta García Piqueres, Veterinarian and
- Mar de Echevarría Ruiz-Oriol, Equine Osteopath, Equidinamia Equine Rehabilitation Services

IMPROVEMENTS IN PERFORMANCE HAPPENED QUICKLY

“After the use of FES system, I was astonishingly surprised by the improvement of the longitudinal straightness of my horse. He now has a better push with his hind limbs and is able to use his back earlier in his movements. His contact with the bit is more correct without being too heavy. I did not expect to get such results in such a short time, and my horse even enjoys his treatment.”
- Professional Dressage Rider Vanessa Thibault, Equine Osteopath, France

ONE OF THE TOOLS TO HELP REDUCE CHRONIC PAIN

"A horse can be left with chronic back and shoulder pain from long-term wearing of a badly fitted saddle, even after the fit has been corrected. I have had really good results helping to eliminate that pain by using FES combined with therapeutic ultrasound.”
- Elise Zuidema, Equine Therapist

ONE OF THE TOP MODALITIES I’VE FOUND AFTER 20 YEARS OF PRACTICE

“In my nearly 20 years as an Equine Physiotherapist, I have tried a number of therapy systems in my search for devices that will encourage healing at the deepest level. I have narrowed my search to three medical devices, and am happy to include the FES as one of those therapies that enhances my work in a real and lasting way. The more I use the FES system, the more I see the kinds of results that I am looking for, and the feedback from my clients is always supportive of what I am trying to achieve. I am particularly encouraged by the changes I see in the neck, back and SI areas with chronic soreness, and because the FES works with the deeper, core muscles, I am able to get much deeper results. I sometimes use the FES in conjunction with Class IV laser therapy, and the synergistic effect takes results to a level I have not been able to achieve before. Performance enhancement is also undeniable, giving greater flexibility, range of motion, balance, and relaxation. The horses love this device, and I am thrilled to have found this... the perfect addition to my work with all levels of performance horses in the Hunter/Jumper and Dressage disciplines.”
- Catherine Azar, Equine Physiotherapist Windhorse Equine Therapies

“….We utilize the system on a daily basis, predominately for epaxial muscle tension/pain, sacroilliac region and gluteal muscle overuse pain/ tension. ... The EquiNew FES system allows for those affected patients to return to training sooner, pain free and able to maintain or strive to develop correct muscle balance, while remaining tension free. …"
- Drs. Chad and Stephanie Davis, Davis Equine