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INDIBA® Animal Health Radiofrequency Therapy

Performance Animal Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation is proud to offer INDIBA® radiofrequency treatments as a compliment to physiotherapy. INDIBA Animal Health was born out of the success of INDIBA 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.

What is INDIBA®?

INDIBA® is a medical electromagnetic radiofrequency device used by a trained therapist or veterinarian. INDIBA® is the market leader in radiofrequency devices worldwide, with over 35 years of research and experience in this technology. The treatment has been established since 1983 and is widely used globally by professional athletes, tennis players and premiership football teams, and now INDIBA is now available to the equine athletes. 448kHz radiofrequency has been proven to increase cellular biostimulation, improve local and deep blood flow and reduce pain. In addition, because it works in a closed electrical circuit, it can be used to treat areas much deeper than other therapy options can reach.

How does it work?

INDIBA works at a fixed electromagnetic radiofrequency of 448kHz based on published research. It’s applied to your animal via an active electrode in a closed circuit with a fixed ‘return’ electrode placed on the horse's sternum. The power of the device can be changed to alter the strength of effect dependent on what is being treated.

INDIBA® Animal Health activates the body’s natural mechanisms to regenerate and repair, through a triple mechanism of action:


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The effects of INDIBA® are achieved through a triple mechanism of action.

Benefits of INDIBA (all claims are backed up by scientific studies, see below for references):

  • 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

  • Increased stride length

  • 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

  • Improve muscular stability and recovery of mobility

  • Supports facilitation of manual therapy and rehabilitation exercises

  • Complimentary therapy with other techniques and modalities.

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This revolutionary therapy is superior to all other electrotherapies as it:

  • Can be used anywhere on the body

  • Can be used with or without thermal effect (heat) thus can be used on new injuries

  • Has no limit to depth it can treat as the current runs from the treatment electrode placed on or below the site of interest back to return plate on sternum so can treat tricky areas like the SI joint

  • Does not require clipping of the hair and is not influenced by skin or coat colour

  • Provides non-invasive and drug-free pain management, cell stimulation, regeneration & recovery for enhanced healing and performance.

  • Can still effectively treat even in bandage or cast as electrode can be placed below injured area (even on hoof/frog) and therapy will pass up through injured area back to return plate

  • There is no withdrawal period and the therapy is approved to be delivered at FEI competitions

  • Many trainers and riders have found a reduced or no need for joint injections the horse has previously had after a course of INDIBA, removing the inherent risks of infections and decreased effectiveness of injections, as well as drug testing risk.

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Scientific research:

INDIBA has around 300 scientific papers published in leading journals or are part of post graduate MSc and PhD’s. Further work completed by Professor Tim Watson at the University of Herefordshire in the UK tested INDIBA on humans in a laboratory setting, this work further concluded that it is safe to be used as a treatment and is very effective at increasing blood flow and tissue temperature lasting longer than any other electrotherapy on the market.

Published research studies has demonstrated INDIBA® to have a positive effect on tissue healing by increasing deep blood flow (Kumaran & Watson 2017) therefore increasing oxygen and nutrients. In molecular studies INDIBA® has been shown to stimulate stem cell proliferation and differentiation, improving healing and reducing scar tissue (Hernandez-Bule et al 2014a, b).

News Articles and Case studies

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Before and after figures from case study of acute and chronic superficial flexor tendinopothy following INDIBA treatment.

1. & 2. Ultrasound scans of right limb acute lesion 
3. Ultrasound of left chronic lesion 
6. Limbs before INDIBA treatment 
7. Limbs after first INDIBA treatment 
4. Left limb, 5. right limb after 8 sessions of INDIBA 
8. INDIBA application 
9. Limbs after 8 INDIBA treatments
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