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.
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.