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    Entries in horse pain (2)

    Tuesday
    Apr042017

    EquiPulse, The Star of the Show

    Anyone who has hired Dr. Reuben to work on their horse has noted his 4-part procedure delivered in a particular sequence. The reason for this is that each procedure prepares the structures and tissues to receive the next procedure with maximum effect. The goal and usual result is maximum improvement in a minimum amount of time.

    Every procedure is important but the final procedure is the Grand Finale. This would be the EquiPulse, which is a highly effective application of a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field or PEMF, the most powerful healing technology yet developed for man or beast. PEMF is non-static, unlike therapy with standard magnets or magnetic blankets. PEMF delivers the magnetic field in high-powered pulses, and can penetrate far deeper into the tissues than static magnets, with far greater effect.

    In the world of medicine, physicians have long known that “the body electric” is for real: tiny electrical currents and magnetic fields are constantly firing off inside you. Until recently, we haven't known how to harness these forces for healing. But a handful of scientists and medical innovators have relentlessly pursued this and have been ultimately succeeding, especially now with modern technology enabling production of a sufficiently portable machine that can generate a powerful enough PEMF that can be controlled and therapeutically applied.

    So how does PEMF heal? Nerves, muscles, bones, cartilage, spinal fluids and blood all rely on a symphony of dancing ions to function correctly. Injuries or stress that accumulates to cause tissue inflammation can interrupt this “dance”. PEMFs activate these electrically charged particles in ways that turn off inflammation and turn on cell repair. PEMF instantly expands the diameter of veins and capillaries, which does the following:   

     

    • More blood can flow to the area being treated, which is critical to accelerating the healing process.
    • Around inflamed areas, vaso-dilation will help dissipate buildup of fluid, thus reducing swelling and inflammation.
    • Vaso-dilation quickly enables many other of the body's healing mechanisms, such as cell growth and repair, lymphatic drainage, oxygen flow, and energy storage.

     

    Additionally, scarring and trauma to muscles, tendons, ligaments, fascia and cartilage start to break up. This provides the relief most patients (including horses) experience after one or two treatments on an affected area. No other form of therapy, not laser, not TENS, shockwave, ultrasound or anything else currently available, has the widespread scope of regenerative and relieving effects of PEMF. The EquiPulse is considered the Ferrari of PEMF devices.

    Over the last decade there has been a proliferation of PEMF devices in every discipline of the equine industry, primarily the EquiPulse:

    • Dr. Henry Adair, DVM at the University of Tennessee has integrated the EquiPulse into our country's only Equine Rehabilitation Certification Program for DVMs and RVTs.
    • Dr. Mark Martinelli, DVM, PhD, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Surgeons, Diplomate American College of Veterinary Sports Medicine, has integrated the EquiPulse into his practice at Southern California Equine Orthopedics since 2009, with great success.
    • Dr. Chris Newton, DVM of The Rood and Riddle Equine Center in Lexington Kentucky, has used EquiPulse with “stunning results”, along with many other equine therapeutic facilities nationwide.

    And..

    Dr. Michael Reuben, D.C., CVCP of Equine Sport Performance in Southern California has integrated the EquiPulse into his equine therapy practice since 2013. He has recorded astounding results, and many happy horses and their humans, which is why at Equine Sport Performance the EquiPulse is the “Star of the Show”.

     

     

    Friday
    Feb032017

    Why You Must Make Back Care Part of Your Horse's Health Routine

     

    “No hoof, no horse.” This is the mantra that farriers, hoof trimmers, and all manner of hoof care specialists have instilled in the minds of the horseback riding public, and rightfully so. Putting your weight on a horse puts additional burden on the structures of the foot, resulting in altered patterns of growth and wear. Add to this the restriction of movement imposed on most horses by keeping them in stalls, and you now have the necessity of regular outside intervention of hoof care specialists in order to prevent these altered patterns from crippling a horse. In addition, if you aren't regularly taking care of your horse's feet, everybody can see it, so farriers and other hoof care specialists are quite busy taking care of everybody's horses. Wild horses have no need for hoof care, and most horses that have been turned out to pasture with no further attempts by humans to ride them need little if any further hoof care.

    Putting your weight on a horse also puts additional burden on the structures of the horse's spine and spinal joints. This results in altered patterns of stress not only on the spinal joints, but the supporting muscles, tendons and ligaments in the spine. The spine has a wonderful feedback mechanism in the nervous system that is designed to protect the vital nerves and structures of the spine when stress accumulates and is starting to cause damage. Unfortunately, the degenerative changes and loss of function associated with this mechanism aren't visually apparent to the average rider like the feet are. A horse eventually begins to experience pain and discomfort from this accumulation of stress, but many riders interpret the signs as misbehavior or stubbornness. Renee Tucker, DVM in her book “Where Does My Horse Hurt?” states:

    “The best way for a horse to tell you they hurt is by refusing to do something.”

    If ignored, the vital structures will begin to break down. Spinal joints will develop arthritis, tendons in the legs will become inflamed, and overworked muscles will develop a chronic syndrome not unlike fibromyalgia in humans. And no, pain medication does not solve this, only serving to temporarily mask the symptoms. 

    Proper and regular care of a horse's spine and associated structures will prevent this from happening and maintain a horse's maximum health and performance. Equine Sport Performance is dedicated to provide the finest in state of the art procedures to keep your horse's back at maximum comfort with minimal maintenance cost. Contact Dr. Reuben today for more information.

    So remember: 

    No BACK, horse out of WHACK,

    And he ain't worth JACK

    And that's a FACT, Mack!