A study published in March titled "Serum muscle-derived enzymes response during show jumping competition in horses" illustrates why it is important to be proactive in taking care of your athletes.
The conclusion of the study, which probably doesn't come as much of a surprise, is that a 5 day recovery period between consecutive competition weekends is insufficient to allow the muscles to recover and avoid any increased chances of potential stress.
We've discussed in the past the problem of increased heat after a workout leading, if untreated, to potential micro tears which lead to tears and fractures. This study reveals the chemical changes that go on before and after a workout. It's a bit dense, but worth a read.
In the future, we're hoping to fund a study that will show what chemical changes occur after you treat a horse with Cytowave. That's when we can show that Cyotwave is stimulating the increase of nitric oxide, which in turns triggers an acceleration of a body's own anti-inflammatory and healing responses.
It's a given that, as a horse owner, your horse will be injured during its lifetime. If you and your horse are athletes, then you will definitely become intimately familiar with many of the available modalities out there for treating sprains, tears and other injuries.
The first step, of course, is to diagnose the injury. From there the veterinarian can recommend a treatment so you and your horse can return to the track. Fortunately, Cytowave is also an extremely effective treatment for most types of injuries. If there is inflammation, there will ultimately be an injury. Cytowave can reduce inflammation and the pain that so often accompanies it. In this manner, we are very good at preventing injuries since inflammation is generally a precursor to micro tears which lead to more severe injuries if left unaddressed.
One comment which we frequently hear from our customers is that they actually save time and money by using Cytowave because they can discontinue using some of the other modalities. Since Cytowave appears to heal a broader range of injuries and actually heals them (no masking!) permanently, there are no monthly or weekly visits to treat a horse as a temporary treatment in the hope that the horse will heal.
In fact, in one of our most stubborn cases, we had a 24 year old horse (not the best patient in terms of rapid healing) that had a tear that covered 75% of her suspensory. Yes, I admit that we almost gave up on this one but after ten weeks, we finally got the old girl back to her old routine. That was a very tough case but we healed her. Normally, her treatments would have been a number of modalities stretched out over the year and maybe then, there would be progress.
Cytowave works quite well with other treatments and the sum total of the healing is generally much greater than the individual parts. But overall, you will find that Cytowave can become your one-trick pony to heal and maintain your horses health.
If you're considering using us for the first time, give us a call and we will answer any questions you may have!
When we first rolled out Cytowave, our focus on was tendon and ligament tears within the racing crowd. Yes, we made an impact with our noninvasive treatment with racing trainers because it helped to get horses back on the track, healthier, in a much shorter time frame.
What we weren't prepared for was being embraced by the Dressage and Hunter/Jumper communities as a maintenance tool to keep their horses healthy. That bears repeating; we can keep horses from getting injured if used as a proactive modality.
We have a number of competitors who use Cytowave for back treatments before and after workouts to keep them limber before their workouts and to take away inflammation after a workout. Of course, by dealing with the aches, pains and inflammation that athletes have, your keeping ahead of problems like micro fractures developing because of overheated tissue.
“Using Cytowave treatment helps our staff and trainers promote natural healing of lesions, and strengthens soft tissue fibers to prevent future damage for our horses,” said Brazeau Thoroughbred Farms co-owner and Operations Manager Nadine Anderson. “Using Cytowave let’s us really take a proactive approach in every horse’s health through a healing pace giving them ample time to rest and rehabilitate from injury and inflammation,” Anderson said.
And of course, the pendulum has swung back to the racing trainers who are now embracing Cytowave as a maintenance tool and not waiting for an injury.