As I've eluded to, we're designing a canine therapy product and I've been looking for guinea pigs. And right on cue, Pork Chop, our 8 year old English Bully is starting to show a little hitch in her giddy up - it's either her shoulder or elbow, but it's a little arthritic limp. If you aren't familiar with bulldogs, eight years old is long in the tooth. As an example, two of our other bullies passed at 8 and 8.5.
We decided to start treating her for just thirty minutes to see if we can notice a difference in a week or so. But before I tell you how she acted this morning, I'll tell you her morning routine for the last year as she's started to slow down.
She usually wakes up between 5:30 - 6:00 a.m. We'll feed her, give her her medications and then she'll go find her dog bed or the couch and lay back down until it's time to go to work.
This morning mostly the same. She woke up at 5:30 and I fed her, then jumped in the shower. After I turned the shower off, I heard growling, which is unusual. That's how Pork Chop plays - she's extremely verbal and sounds like she's mauling a Caribou when she's playing. At first I thought my wife was imitating her, which she does well. But it was Pork Chop, growling. A series of loud thumps followed and my wife told me that Lola (AKA PChop) had found a ball and had jumped up onto the bed and was demanding that someone play with her. She then, in her exhuberant state, pitched off of the side of the bed, jumped back up, then jumped off again. She was feeling pretty spirited. After that outburst, she sauntered back into the living room and waited to go to work.
Perhaps coincidental that she behaved this way after her thirty minute inflammation treatment the night before. But based on my experience, it isn't coincidental. We'll continue with her once -a-night 30 minute treatment and see if she continues to maintain or improve her quality of life.
Below is a representation of how she reacted to her treatment. From going to napping on her boyfriend pillow to playing way to early. We'll get updated pictures as we make it part of a routine to treat her. This last paragraph is really unnecessary but it gives me a chance to post gratuitous pictures of my daughter. Guilty as charged.
Since Cytowave began healing horses over four years ago, their have been two constants with the feedback we receive. Do you have a Cytowave for dogs? And do you have Cytowave for humans?
Let's discuss the companion animal model first and we'll save the human product for a future discussion.
Yes, we are currently developing a Cytowave companion animal product. We are weighing and studying all options and potential products - over the counter, beds and possible wearable technology that will ease the pain and soreness that so many older animals experience.
This is only in the design phase at the moment but I can tell you the coils are extremely light, coming in at around 8 ozs. If you've used the equine product, you know how heavy the coils are.
The good news is that whatever product we develop for the companion animals, we will most likely redesign the equine to a much more user friendly model. The coils will be extremely light, battery powered and much easier to use than the current iteration of equine product.
Stay tuned for updates and if you have any observations or feedback, please feel free to us the contact form and tell us your thoughts!
The playing field is quite crowded when it comes to PEMF devices. There is one consistent theme that runs through all of these companies and it is that most do not have any data supporting their results. Most everyone typically points to a NASA study, which is well and good. But as far as their product, nada.
We are no different. Sure, we have an initial 24-horse study that was done years ago. And then a confluence of events impacted our next steps. Because we were successful (sales) right out of the gate, R&D was the last thought on the leaderships mind. And of course, not being equine people and new to the industry, there wasn't any idea that research would be that important to the horse crowd. This simply showed a lack of understanding with the world of a veterinarian, which is understandable since no one had an equine or veterinarian background. So you take your lumps and you learn, hopefully. And yes, we have learned.
The inventor of Cytowave is currently finalizing his newest technology, an app that will allow someone to see day-to-day results via a detailed 3D image of the injury. The app will digitize the information obtained from ultrasound scans and create an accurate 3D image that can be rotated to allow a better look at the injury and the healing taking place.
Why is this valuable? One, this leap frogs the need for data - if you can't believe the results you are seeing in a detailed image, then we can't help you. Secondly, we don't have to euthanize any horses to do this research. Although we understand this old-school approach is how a lot of data is collected, we are now at the point were we don't have to do this. Good news for horses on both fronts - no sacrificing and quicker healing.
I've discovered over the years that horse people are among the most innovative problem solvers and resourceful people that exist on this planet. If there is a work-around or a way to make some easier or more efficient, they usually lock on to it pretty quickly to overcome an issue.
We get monthly pictures from our clients proudly showing us a simple and usually obvious ("What didn't I think of that!") solution to the short coming of our product design.
One issue that we have, although rare, is that a horse may step on a boot cable and sever it. Granted, this has only happened a handful of times over four years but it is an ever-present possibility.
One of our clients in Canada sent us pictures of a simple way to keep the cable off the ground and away from the immediate area of the horses feet.
The focus has always been on keeping the cable away from the horses feet by attaching it to either the ceiling or along the side of the stall. Of course, one horse owner in Canada provided this extremely simple workaround in the form of a necklace.
Gone are the days when you have to rig up a system like this to treat the stifle area. Crude but effective. We're introducing a new back blanket design that will help in treating not only stifle, but the sides and shoulders as well.
The new design has a twin line of velcro running down the midline and two on each side allowing you to move the dual pockets to where you want them.
One of the things that we can all agree upon is that horses are direct and to the point about what they want to do. Which brings us to a video shoot that we did with Heidi Degele and her horses. Lakota had enough of this interview and let us know in the most direct way he could - by taking the microphone. Literally.
I was disappointed that we could not hear Heidi's response but we do get to hear her wonderful laugh once the audio is restored. All in all, it was a wonderful time spent with Heidi and Emily, both dressage competitors and good sports!
Talk to any dressage competitor or trainer and they will tell you that back pain and soreness are big issues with performance. Heidi Degele of Heidi Degele Dressage knows this all too well and in fact, when that pain originates from a condition known as "Kissing Spines," it can have a big impact on how comfortable the horse is and how h/she performs. To a large extent, a successful career depends on being pain free..
Heidi began using Cytowave and from the moment she treated a horse's back and road him the next day, she understood the value and impact that Cytowave could have on her horses. Her horse moved differently under saddle and responded in ways that she had not experienced in quite some time. Flash forward to when one of her horses is diagnosed with kissing spine - you can watch Heidi discussing how well he fared with his Cytowave treatments.
Do you live in Florida?
Now that season has died do a bit and everyone can catch their breath, we'd like to make the following offer. If you live in Florida and are interested in learning more about Cytowave, we'll come out and do a free 30 minute back treatment! This gives us a chance to answer your questions, find out what issues you're dealing with and let you see first hand what effect Cytowave has on horses.
Why only back issues? Generally leg issues involve tendon or ligaments, which are of course denser tissue. It typically takes a week or so for you to see and feel the difference with those injuries. Backs however, are a much different story. Most horses have sore backs or other issues that cause them discomfort in their back. Cytowave back treatments are very effective and many times you will see the horse react within five minutes of getting a treatment. They'll start licking and chewing and some have even nodded off.
So that's the reason why we like to focus on showing you a unit while doing a back treatment. We've also heard from many users that the regular use of the 30 minute back program keeps their horses feeling good and injury free and many have reported that the leg issues they were dealing with have gone away after treating the back.
Give us a call and if we can arrange for a representative to come out to your place, we'll make it happen!
Click here to find out more about back treatments!
After listening to you, our clients, we've developed a new back blanket that will provide much needed flexibility. The first iteration (image in the upper right corner) was functional but provide a limited, static position for the coils. The new design has detachable pockets which can be placed anywhere along the velcro that runs along either side. This means you can target an SI issue with one set of coils while a second set can be placed at the shoulders.
We donated a unit last year to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center and they've been healing lots of horses that could use a little pampering. I am told that Military Secret, a 10 year old gelding, loves his Cytowave treatments. From the look on his face, I'd say that is the case!
We like to do the right thing here at Cytowave. In late 2016, we donated a Cytowave unit to the Kentucky Equine Humane Center after reading about the awesome work they do. We knew Cytowave could help the abused horses that they take in so we sent them a unit.
We just saw an article in Bloodhorse that profiled the work they're doing and how it's working out with Cytowave. Hint: The horses are happy. You can read the BLOODHORSE MAGAZINE story and if you can, make a donation to help them out. They, like many other facilities out there to excellent work that more often than not goes unrecognized. And they need the help.
Thanks for reading,
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Horses Healing Hearts is a 501c3 organization that serves a very specific demographic -
children of alcoholics and addicts. They teach skills that not only help these children surive, but instill in them the belief that they can accomplish a great deal with their lives.
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to learn more. Please donate either time or money to help them to continue to grow and change lives.
Polo professionals, like most equine competitors, really respect and value their horses, both as companions and competitors. Their horses have short periods of very intense activities, and as you can imagine, they will have the usual aches and pains that all athletes get.
We are now treating our first professional Polo Players horse, the first in what we suspect will be many. What we found interesting is how laid back and calm this horse was when compared to a thoroughbred. Yes, we know that all race horses aren't tempermental and prickly, but we have met a few. And then some.
We're really looking forward to becoming a part of the wellness programs for the polo players horses. Cytowave is tailor made for the type of nagging injuries that these horses get, and once the polo crowd learns how well we work, the cat will be out of the proverbial bag! We should probably question why the cat was in a bag in the first place, but we'll save that for another post.
We'll keep you updated on how successful the treatments are as we get information. Till then, have an awesome and safe holiday break everyone!
Marcus continues his healing, storming back to activity after more than 8 months of being lame. From multiple and unidentified issues. Heather sent us the video below which shows him exercising and jumping - something that he has only done a few times prior to becoming lame. He looks like he's getting the hang of it!
We've heard it so often that we don't question it and it's become part of the fabric of our mantra. Once you have scar tissue, it's there forever. We're hoping to prove that may not always be the case.
The reason this has even come up is that it was brought to our attention that Monte (yes, that Monte), our original Cytowave rescue horse, had so many tears and scar tissues, they played with the idea of putting him down. But upon reviewing his scans after he was treated, it was noted that not only did he recovery quite nicely (he's barrel racing now), it appears that there is something else going on with this legs.
We're hoping this year to really be able to research EXACTLY what and how Cytowave heals and to what extent we actually create new tissue (instead of scarring) is formed, as several veterinarians have suggested. Stay tuned.
We've written about Marcus before and what a tough road he's traveled.
As a refresher, Marcus had a number of issues, the least of which was osteophyte formation in his joints. After nine weeks of Cytowave treatments (fracture/bone treatment program), this is what Marcus's veterinarian had to say on her report:
"There appears to be differences in both the left and right SI joint spaces from July to September. There is mineralization in the left jt on the Sept. exam which was not present (or not seen) in July. The right jt had a large mineralization (osteophyte) in July, which is not readily visible in the Sept exam and the joint space appears more normal on the Sept. exam compared to the July images."
Heather sent us an email and informed us that Marcus is doing well and that he has started jump training. This coming from someone who a number of months ago thought she was going to have to put her horse down. Heather said, "I am happy that I have my horse back and training better than ever!"
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.
Toxoplasmosis or E. Coli are probably the most well known zoonotic diseases and one rarely hears of a instance where a disease is transmitted from a horse to a human. However, a woman died from an illness that appears to have been contracted from a horse that she had contact with.
An elderly woman who ran a horse boarding and riding facility in Washington came into contact with a horse before it began taking antibiotics for Streptococcus equi zooepidemicus. The CDC report suggests that the age of the deceased may have been a contributing factor.
The CDC report can be read here.
You can read the story here.
I came across Marcus's case via a conversation with Arlene White, she of the Animal Rehab Institute in South Florida. The owner of a horse had contacted her seeking help. They had not been able to find out the cause of his lameness, nor had they been able to treat it successfully.
Phenylbutazone, Penicillin, dex, steroid ointment, Baytril, acupuncture, Methacarbamol, Thermotex blanket, Previcox, Pentosan. Marcus has been through a lot in an attempt to figure out why he had come up lame, as well as deal with a string of other issues.
Heather started using Cytowave to see if that may have a positive impact on Marcus's health.
Even though she's not terribly far into a treat schedule relative to other cases, she has noticed a few things;
- no longer "dances" around in the cross ties, stands quietly, seems more relaxed
- no longer tries to bite at my arm when girthing up the saddle or grinds his teeth with saddling
- very relaxed and stood nicely when the farriers reset his hind shoes, in the past months when he has been sore++ he doesn't want them to lift his hind feet, pulls his feet away (he is rested every 5 weeks and has been rested many times since the onset of his lymphangitis/lameness) but July 31st (1st time since cytowave) was by far the best behaved he's been.
- soundness has improved, while not 100% best he's moved since onset of lymphangitis.
Heather sees a difference since they started treating Marcus with Cytowave. She considers him to be 90% sound, which is the best he's been since the lymphangitis started at the end of January. If you are curious, below is his treatment log so far:
20th - 30 mins inflammatory
21st - 30 mins inflammatory
22nd - 60 mins back
23rd - 60 mins back
24th - 60 mins back
25th - 30 mins inflammatory (in the AM with the vets) and 60 mins back in the PM
26th - 60 mins back
27th - 60 mins back
28th - 60 mins back
29th - 30 mins inflammatory
30th - 60 mins back
31st - 60 mins fracture
1st - 60 min fracture
2nd - 60 min fracture
3rd - 60 min fracture
4th - 60 min fracture
5th - 60 min fracture
6th - 60 min back
7th - 60 mins back
Heather is a good mom to Marcus and has done a great deal to diagnose and treat him. We're hoping that Marcus continues to respond to Cytowave treatments and that both he and Heather can go for long rides with no discomfort and no worries.
I was speaking with someone who had just returned from Gulf Stream park and they were quite upset. When I asked why, he stated that he had run into a group of young girls who were treating horses with a "wave" product in the form of a PEMF machine. He asked what settings they used and one girl responded that she just turned the knob until she felt it was high enough.
Young kid, no training or direction, using a potentially dangerous product, being exposed to harmful levels for hours each day. What could possibly go wrong? Read the paragraph below and you'll understand why the gentleman was upset.
"Also, it is especially dangerous if there are any pregnant women – or horses – in the barn while the device is running because the electromagnetic radiation dispersed could cause miscarriages or birth defects. There is also extreme risk for people with heart conditions. For a person with a heart murmur or arrhythmia, it can be life threatening to be in proximity to a PEMF device while it is running."
These girls had no idea that they were using an open field PEMF machine that had an output of 17,500 gauss (we looked it up)*. When you're treating your horse, you're also treating yourself and everyone around you.
Here's another way to think about this. When you get an MRI (5,000 - 30,000 gauss output), the techs are generally shielded inside a lead room**. Now think about a young girl, being exposed to MRI levels ALL DAY without a LEAD ROOM to protect her.
It's critically important to understand PEMF and what the potential risks are. When you take into consideration that Cytowave gauss output levels are between 28 - 34 gauss (considered extremely low and safe), you'll probably be floored when you learn that some pulsed magnetic therapy devices run at an AVERAGE OF 19,000 GAUSS! Here is an excellent article that discusses popular brands than can pose a risk.
Below are links to help you get started on learning what PEMF is and the possible dangers.
* From the Magnawave website: The measured magnetic energy produced by the Magna Wave PEMF devices is approximately 17,500 Gauss, 1.75 Tesla.
**MRIs use output levels of 5,000 to 30,000 gauss and when activated the patient is alone in a sealed chamber protecting the rest of the medical staff from exposure. In contrast, high-voltage PEMF devices use similar levels of gauss and the entire barn - horses and people alike - are exposed.”
If we've learned one thing since we introduced Cytowave, it is how effective our technology is with treating inflammation. Inflammation reduction is generally noted with the first 4 treatments or so. And given that inflammation is at the root of almost every injury, we're in a pretty good position to heal a broad range of injuries as well as prevent them.
There are a number of particularly vexing equine health issues that don't have known cures. CPL is one of them. Unless you share your life with a draft horse or those predisposed to CPL, you may not have heard of Chronic Progressive Lymphedema, an inflammation based disease.
You can read more about CPL here.
I mention this because we've had our first treatment of a CPL case (a stunning Fand the results are not only encouraging, they are quite compelling for those that have breeds that are susceptible to this disease.
You can read the interview with Emily, owner of the aforementioned Freisian with CPL below.
Emily and Mike Jewell own a small farm in southern Indiana and they breed and raise Friesian and Andalusian horses. At any given time they care for 10 or more horses, a few of which are Friesian and Andalusian mares. They stand two stallions, an Andalusian and their pride and joy Friesian stallion Keegan.
Keegan is the celebrity in their area and has appeared in several magazines such as Horse Illustrated and Horse and Rider. Keegan and some of their other horses have been used in several Farnam ads. Keegan has really made a name for himself and Grace and Beauty farms with all of his accomplishments.
Emily understands that when it comes to horses, there is no shortage of maladies that they can suffer from. Take for example one of her Friesians. Emily noticed something was wrong when he was around 5 or 6 years old.
Small nodules had appeared on the horse’s rear legs, just behind the hoofs. At first Emily thought he had scratches, but when the condition worsened, she researched and discovered that this was the early stage of Chronic Progressive Lymphedema (CPL), a lymphatic disorder that many draft horses, including Friesians are seemingly predisposed to.
Emily began treating her Friesian horse to slow the advancement of CPL but results were not positive. In spite of her efforts, the symptoms spread from the right rear leg to the left rear leg, then progressed to the two front legs.
She began to fear the inevitable - since there is no known cure, most heavy bodied horses with CPL have to be euthanized around 15 years old.
By chance, Emily was approached at a horse show by John Dovenmuehle who told her about Cytowave. “When he said “inflammation reduction” I really perked up.”
At this point, she was ready to try anything to slow down the progress of this relentless, inflammation based disease. Cytowave did not have a specific CPL based set of therapy signals, but it did have a robust pain/inflammation program that had proven effective with other inflammation based conditions, including cellulitis. “At first, I didn’t know what to think. We had tried everything up to this point but really didn’t have anything to lose.” Emily stated.
On April 27th, 2016, Emily began to use Cytowave treatments exclusively on her horse. After only 4 days of treatments, Emily noticed the inflammation had decreased. After the first week, the inflammation in the rear legs and the Cannon bone size had decreased as well. The nodules and the folds were softer, not as hard to the touch and the Cytowave boots were easier to wrap around his legs due to the decreased swelling.
The shift in her horse’s demeanor underscored that positive physical changes were taking place. “He was more relaxed and comfortable. When I let him out in the pen, he was more active, running and bucking,” Emily said.
After eight (8) days, the inflammation and Canon bone swelling continued to decrease. The folds in the rear legs were not as thick and were separating. Folds and nodules were softer and more pliable. There was still some dampness and oily feeling in the creases of the back hoof area but overall, the lesions were drier and reducing in size. And for the first time in weeks she was able to massage his legs without any discomfort.
“He really began enjoying getting his legs massaged after his treatments,” Emily continued. “Overall he just seems really happy. I did not realize how much the disease had slowly robbed him of his spirit over the years because it was so gradual. Once he started feeling better, I realized I was getting my old horse back!”
In the span of 10 days, measurements showed that the swelling had been substantially reduced. The Canon bone showed the most dramatic reduction in size, with the left leg going from 12 ½” to 10 ½”.
On May 11th, Dr. Royal evaluated her horse and he noted that the Cytowave treatments had drastically reduced the swelling and inflammation. He said her horse seemed to be in very good health and his BAR (Bright, Alert, Responsive) was excellent. He was in very good health, sound, with little sensitivity in the folds of his legs.
After twenty one (21) days of treatments, Emily continued to see positive results in slowing the progression of the CPL condition. The size of the folds and nodules decreased and lesions in the rear legs were drier and smaller. Pain and sensitivity in the folds of his legs lessened. His overall health improved and it was apparent that her horse felt much better.
“At first he stamped his feet and was a bit agitated until he got used to the boots,” Emily said. “Now it’s a walk in the park for him and he really enjoys the treatments.”
Her horse will continue with treatments and hopefully completely recover. As for Emily? She was so impressed with the results that she is now working for Cytowave to help promote their new technology.
Emily Jewell - Grace and Beauty Farms
We've talked about this, probably ad naseum, but it is important because it's the health of a horse and human at stake. Sort of hard to dismiss that as a non-issue.
We at Cytowave pride ourselves on the safety of our product. The output of our magentic coils is extremely low, around 34 gauss. Which is why the following blurb absolutely floors me:
The EPA (Environmental Protection Agency) in the U.S. and Sweden have made a cutoff point of 1 mG as acceptable exposure levels and recommend people avoid chronic exposure. This is why it is significant to note that some manufacturers advertise emitted magnetic energy of up to 19,200 gauss for their electromagnetic open field devices marketed for horses.
You can read the rest of the article so you have context and more reference points.