Did you know that the same incredible Infratonic therapy technology which is used by people is available for horses as well? Below is some of the research which has been done using this technology on standardbred horses.
You will also find ADDITIONAL RESOURCES at the bottom of this article.
Blood Chemistry Analysis Representing Evidence of the Effectiveness of the Use of Equitonic therapy (previously known as CHI Equisonic QGM) on Standardbred Horses
Ronald J. Riegel D.V.M.
These graphs summarize the changes in concentration of the diagnostic enzymes CPK (Creatine Phosphokinase) and AST (Aspartate Amino Transferase) in standardbred horses over six weeks treated 45 minutes per day.
Summary: This study utilizing standardbred horses was highly controlled, with all horses eating the same food, utilizing the same workouts day after day, and cared for by the same trainers. Except for CPK and AST, all horses had normal bloodwork throughout the study. 9 of 10 control horses showed worsening race times and blood work and 4 of the 10 became lame and dropped out part way through the study. Average CPK levels for the control group went up from 665 to 857 (normal is 150-450). Meanwhile 10 of 10 treated horses showed decrease in CPK, averaging 557 down to 404. Also, all 10 horses showed decreases in AST, averaging 444 down to 352. The treated horses also showed improvements in rate of recovery after races, attitude, and performance, shaving 1.65 seconds off their time over six weeks, enough to make the difference between last and first place in many close races.
Scientific Evidence Reveals the Effectiveness of Infrasonic Sound Waves upon the Standardbred Racehorse
Evaluations involving thermography, blood chemistry levels and training times support the effectiveness of the Equitonic therapy device. A two part controlled study involving groups of ten standardbred racehorses in each group first determined the proper treatment protocol and then evaluated its effectiveness upon racing standardbreds.
The Equitonic device emits sound waves in the 7.35 – 13.85 Hz ranges in a chaotic fashion which are a form of deep penetrating energy and function as a type of acoustic acupuncture. When applied properly, these sound waves provide an effective analgesic and anti-inflammatory effect.
In the first trial, various protocols were used to determine the effectiveness of infrasound upon the hock of the standardbred racehorse. Finally, a treatment regime that utilized the acupuncture points for the hock and direct treatment of the hock itself showed profound results and were selected. The right hock and the right side of the horse were used whereas the left side was used as a control. With only one treatment of 40-45 minutes with the animals still in training, substantial decreases in thermal gradients were observed which did not start to return to their pre-treatment state until 96 hours post treatment in all ten animals.
Utilizing this treatment protocol, a second clinical trial was then established utilizing two groups of ten standardbreds, in active training. The first group was utilized as a control and the second group was treated with the Equitonic therapy device. The treatment group received a bilateral treatment involving the standard twelve acupuncture points for the hocks that occur over the entire body. This entire procedure was accomplished in approximately one hour of time. Blood samples were taken initially, immediately after treatment, one, four, six, 12, 24, and 48 hours post treatment, and then twice per week for six weeks. A complete blood count and serum chemistry evaluation was done on each sample.
This second clinical trial revealed a significant drop in both the AST and CPK levels within the serum in all ten horses in the treated group, and an increase in these measures in the control group. Both of these enzymes are indicators of inflammation within the muscle tissues and their reduction reveals a healing or anti-inflammatory effect taking place within these tissues. The blood evaluations did not reveal any negative side effects from this treatment.
The most significant finding of all was that all horses in the treatment group were pacing faster, with an average decrease of 1.65 seconds. These animals recovered faster, had a better appetite and were healthier in appearance than those in the control group which, in contrast, had an increase in training time of 4.07 seconds. Four of the animals within the control group had to be pulled from training due to various musculoskeletal problems during the study.
Scientific evidence is now available to demonstrate the effectiveness of the Equitonic therapy device. Thermographic, serological and athletic evidence all provide conclusive evidence as to the effectiveness of this unit. A proven economical therapeutic device is now available that will provide both analgesic and anti-inflammatory effects upon the equine athlete.
Additional research by Ronald J. Riegel, DVM shows that joints which are inflamed and “dry” (containing a reduced amount of synovial fluid) are rejuvenated after Infratonic treatment.
After just 5 weeks of treatment, he found not only that the concentration of HA (hyaluronic acid) had increased, but also that the quantity of synovial fluid had increased dramatically so that the joint was now fully lubricated and pain and inflammation had all but disappeared in all treated subjects.
This research shows why the Infratonic is so effective in such a wide variety of muscle,
connective tissue, and joint conditions.
Dr. Ronald J. Riegel, DVM is the author of the award winning “Illustrated Atlas of Clinical Equine Anatomy.”
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