Arthritis is a condition involving inflammation of a joint, usually accompanied by pain, swelling, and stiffness. Depending on the severity a horse may remain completely sound or become extremely stiff. Arthritis can occur as a result of infection, trauma, degenerative changes, metabolic disturbances, or other causes. Various forms of arthritis exist, for example osteoarthritis.
The inflammation increases the amount of fluid within the joint and usually causes visible swelling in that area. This then causes the horse pain when the joint is flexed. Many Horses develop arthritis and it is quite a common condition.
Can Equissage help?
Depending on the severity of each individual case and the extent of the associated swelling, your vet may prescribe NSAIDS (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs) so that your horse is more comfortable. However it is perfectly safe to use Equissage alongside such treatment without conflict.
Although the swelling is nature's way of protecting the damaged joint, when a joint becomes too swollen, that in turn also affects its mobility. So the primary aim is to reduce the swelling so that the joint can naturally regain its mobility at least to some degree but as arthritis affects the distal joints of the body it is more difficult to reduce/relieve the swelling due to the effects of gravity.
Daily applications of Equissage will significantly reduce the swelling - naturally - as the deep cycloidal massage reaches all the parts of the body promoting good circulation both of the blood and lymphatic systems. Use of Equissage also creates warmth within the body and that warmth also helps the healing process helping constricted vessels to "open" or dilate. If your horse has to have NSAIDS, then by using Equissage you are helping the body more readily eliminate the toxicity such drugs have.
Use the Pad in conjunction with the Leg Boot if a lower limb joint is affected. If possible a twice-daily treatment will be of more benefit especially if the swelling is quite severe; or for use in chronic cases (such as the older horse/pony where generally age has caught up with him) or for general maintenance, then once a day is suitable, preferably prior to exercise if the horse is still in work. Use the Pad for the full 20 minute cycle on a medium setting; if using the Leg Boot as well then 10 minutes is the optimum time for that. If, for example, the hip joint is affected, then again use the hand unit in conjunction with the Pad for maximum benefit.
Point to Note:
If holding the Hand Unit or placing it in the Leg Boot, ensure that the rubber cap is placed against joints - particularly the knee joint - as the vibration against the bones can cause or increase discomfort.