Respiratory Conditions

Niagara Equissage can help alleviate the impact of numerous symptoms caused by respiratory problems.

Respiratory problems often go undetected as they are not always accompanied by any clinical signs e.g. coughing, nasal discharge. The most common respiratory problem affecting adult horses is Recurrent Airway Obstruction (RAO) which was previously known as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). Other respiratory problems include Exercise-induced Pulmonary Haemorrhage (EIPH), Secondary bacterial respiratory infections (e.g. Influenza) and Viral Respiratory infections, which are common in horses.

Niagara Equissage can help with a range of respiratory problems, the unique cycloid action is very beneficial as it can reduce spasms and help to clear mucus from the respiratory tract. Respiratory conditions often result in congestion of the airways as a result of excess mucus and inflammation. The cycloidal vibrations help to shift this mucus and reduce inflammation.

The Niagara Equissage massage therapy system works well to alleviate coughs and help breathing, particularly in bleeders as lung fluid and pressure may be reduced. The Niagara Equissage Hand Unit, which should be used in conjunction with the Niagara Equissage Pad, can be used to help treat general and specific respiratory problems e.g. thick-winded horses.


In general, the majority of breathing problems, including bleeders and thick winded horses will be treated by the Niagara Equissage Back Pad used on a daily bases in the saddle position for 20 minutes at speed 4. However, we recommend the use of the Hand Unit in conjunction with the Back Pad prior to strenuous exercise for optimum care and results.


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