Arthritis is a condition involving inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness.
Depending on the severity a horse may remain completely sound or become extremely stiff.
Horse Arthritis can occur as a result of;
- Degenerative changes
- Metabolic disturbances
Various forms of arthritis exist, for example osteoarthritis.
The inflammation increases the amount of fluid within the joint and usually causes visible swelling in that area. This then causes the horse pain when the joint is flexed. Arthritis in horses is quite a common condition.
Can Niagara Equissage help with Horse Arthritis?
Depending on the severity of each individual case of horse arthritis and the extent of the associated swelling, your vet may prescribe NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) so that your horse is more comfortable. However it is perfectly safe to use Niagara Equissage alongside such treatment without conflict.
Daily applications of Niagara Equissage will significantly reduce the swelling – naturally – as the deep cycloidal massage reaches all the parts of the body promoting good circulation both of the blood and lymphatic systems. Use of Niagara Equissage also creates warmth within the body and that warmth also helps the healing process of horse arthritis. If your horse has to have NSAIDS, then by using Niagara Equissage you are helping the body more readily eliminate the toxicity such drugs have.
Use the Back Pad in conjunction with the Leg Boot if a lower limb joint is affected with arthritis. If possible a twice-daily treatment will be of more benefit especially if the swelling is quite severe; or for use in chronic cases (such as the older horse/pony where generally age has caught up with him) or for general maintenance, then once a day is suitable, preferably prior to exercise if the horse is still in work.
Use the Back Pad for the full 20 minute cycle on a medium setting; if using the Leg Boot as well then 10 minutes is the optimum time for that. If, for example, the hip joint is affected with arthritis, then again use the hand unit in conjunction with the Back Pad for maximum benefit.
Point to Note: If holding the Hand Unit or placing it in the Leg Boot, ensure that the rubber cap is placed against joints – particularly the knee joint – as the vibration against the bones can cause or increase discomfort.
- "We use the Niagara Equissage pad on the horses every day, they are all much more supple, it is a very important part of their daily healthcare routine."
- “We use the Niagara Equissage a lot. The horses really like it and it helps to loosen them up before we ride and show.”
- The circulatory benefits I see from the Back Pad creates an essential foundation of muscle relaxation on which to work. TheHand Unit is very efficient in targeting specific areas prior to addressing muscle/soft tissue problems such as trigger or stress points. Niagara Equissage is an important partner in my work to achieve performance improvement for my clients.