There are several other significant benefits of heat therapy that make it so appealing. MIRoTEC heat therapy is very inexpensive compared to massage and most therapies. Magnetic heat therapy is also easy to do – it can be done in the stable or when out, MIRoTEC provides specific heat wraps to target the treatment to where it is needed.
For many horses, heat therapy works best when combined with other treatment modalities, such as massage physical therapy and exercise. Relative to most veterinary treatments available, heat therapy is appealing to many equine performance disciplines because it is a simple, non-invasive, and nonpharmaceutical form of therapy.
Because of its effects on circulation, metabolism, and nerves, heat also plays a vital role in the rehabilitation of chronic injuries. Such injuries, defined as having symptoms that persist or develop over time, present a special challenge to diagnose and to treat in horses.
Horses can adapt and compensate by shifting weight from the injured area to another limb; unfortunately, this results in more strain on other parts of the body. When these compensatory changes exhaust the supporting structures, atrophy and lameness develop from disuse of the painful area. With chronic injuries, it is essential to address the cause of pain and dysfunction, not just the symptoms.
Among the types of injuries and conditions which can benefit from heat therapy are: arthritis, tendonitis, bursitis, ‘cold backs’ and muscle soreness.
Heat Therapy Benefits
- Increases metabolic activity in cells
- Cellular oxygen demand rises
- Blood flow increases
- Waste products metabolise
- Increases lymphatic flow between cells
- Delivers oxygen and nutrients to damaged cells
- Removes toxins and waste more effectively
- Prepares tissue for exercise
- Facilitates range of motion
- Softens connective tissue
- Relaxes muscle fibres
- Reduces joint stiffness
- Provides pain relief.
Why is MIRoTEC® Effective?
Reflection of Infrared Radiation (Body Heat), Boosting Blood Circulation Constant stimulation of the C-fibre mechanoreceptors has inhibitory effects (analgesic -anti-pain-action).Body Fluid Stimulation / Circulation:This activates the lymph function and lymph circulation. Therefore, it indirectly stimulates the blood circulation of the body. This encourages venous circulation, improves blood capillaries re-absorption and increases the pulsation of capillaries.Effect of Nervous System:The parasympathetic nervous system stimulated. This has a relaxation effect, together with antispastic effects and improves muscle tone. Constant stimulation of the C-fibre mechanoreceptors has inhibitory effects (analgesic -anti-pain-action).Immune System Stimulation:The immune system is stimulated by passage of lymph in the lymph nodes. This applies to both cellular immunity and humoral. Immune reactions and antigen/antibody presentation are activated by the stimulation of lymph circulation.Lymph in its flow actually takes away the toxins, the germs, and the large molecules that the venous system can’t regain. It can, in particular, remove “trapped proteins” and fat molecules in the tissues. Finally as it passes through the lymphatic nodes, small centres of filtration, it also manages our immune defences. Lymph leaves the waste and germs in the lymphatic nodes, and transports lymphocytes, specialized white corpuscles that produce antibodies.
It is easy to understand the importance of the strength of our immune system, the state of our tissues, and our general well-being. However, the lymphatic flow can stagnate or even stop for many reasons such as fatigue, stress, emotional and muscle shock, lack of physical activity, certain food additives. If the lymphatic circulation slows down, the supplying and regeneration of cells is poorly carried out. Consequently, toxins accumulate, hastening the aging process and opening the gates to various physical problems.
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By using MIRoTEC’s range of Treatment Rugs and products for treatment, travel, and general well being of your horse/s, you can maximise the performance of your horse by ensuring that it is always fit, relaxed, warmed-up and ready to go.
MIRoTEC Treatment Rugs are perfect for treating horses with sore and cold backs, arthritis, sacroiliac injuries and muscle strains. Our Treatment Rugs also help prevent tying-up and increase detoxification, improving recovery time after strenuous exercise. They are very beneficial when used as part of your warm-up and cool-down regime – without expending any extra energy!
MIRoTEC’s range of equine products can also assist in the treatment of shoulder and tendon injuries, muscle strains and spasms, shin soreness, arthritic joints and knees.