Ron Potts
Equine Massage Therapist
Utilizing Sound Vitality and Equissage

 

PH: 254-396-9173 or E-mail: Rpotts051@gmail.com

 

  • 40 years Equine Experience 

  • 28 years Equine Massage Therapy

           
Equine Massage Therapy can benefit the performance of horses in all disciplines from Dressage, Barrel Racing, Roping, Jumping, and Racing. 

Accomplishments and Credentials:

  • Worked on Multiple Graded Stake horses for Wallace Dollase in California. Wallace Dollase was an American trainer and owner of Thoroughbred racehorses.  Among his numerous Graded Stakes Race wins, Dollase won the 1996 Breeders’ Cup Distaff with Jewel Princes who was voted that year’s Eclipse Award as the American Champion Older Female Horse.  
     

  • Worked on dressage horses for Michelle Voorhees at collage station TX for 8 years.  Michele Voorhees is a USDF Certified Instructor USDF Region 9, Training Through Second Level
     

  • Head Trainer and owner of Topsider Farm

     

What is Equissage?

What is Sound Vitality?

EQUISSAGE HEALTH AND RECOVERY BENEFITS

  • Improves blood circulation

  • Stimulates soft tissue

  • Improves joint mobility

  • Removes harmful toxins

Performance Enhancements

When it comes to performance requirements no two horses are the same. Equissage dramatically improves blood circulation, removes harmful toxins, stimulates soft tissue and improves joint mobility – achieving optimal performance results. We have helped all types of horses, whether that be Sports, Leisure or Race Horse.

  • Improve trot speed by an average 21%

  • Increase post workout recovery time by 14.5%

  • Increase stride length by an average of 13%

  • Increase hock angles by an average 9%

What is Equissage CVT Therapy

Equissage provides a non-aggressive deep and gentle massage for the whole horse using NHC Cyclo-Therapy® technology.  The Cycloid Vibration Therapy (CVT) is characterized by a 3-dimensional non-aggressive vibration, generated by a patented electromechanical oscillator.  There is an obvious difference you can feel when compared to an ordinary vibrating massage unit. Equissage has a special suspensory system that generates therapy in a circular motion in every direction. This type of suspension causes the energy of the Equissage to penetrate deeply, but gently throughout your horse’s entire body, for optimal results.

Massage itself is as old as any form of human therapy. Generally safe, non-invasive and instantly soothing. It’s not surprising there have been over the centuries, numerous attempts to devise patented mechanical or automatic approaches to provide the benefits without the special skills, time and sheer physical work massage tends to demand. The machine age opened up a variety of new opportunities in massage, but most of these systems were seriously flawed. While they delivered the massage energy via various means, all involved some form of aggressive pounding, often piston-like hammering or slapping action. While this may have apparent effect in stimulating muscle and tissue, the jolting and rattling side effects often cancel out any real benefit.

In total contrast, Cycloid Vibration Therapy (NHC Cyclo-Therapy® / CVT), works on a radically different principle. It uses a unique elliptical movement operating like a gyroscope and creates a soothing cycloidal (instead of jarring) vibration. This is achieved by the fact the multidirectional energy waves are moving left/right, up/down while rotating on a constant basis. The result? A deep, gentle and relaxing massage treatment without any of the conventional side-effects.

Equissage is safe, natural, non-aggressive and non-invasive. The CVT technology has been positively tested and developed over a number of years across a multitude of disciplines and widely used worldwide.

Through increasing blood circulation, relaxing muscles while providing passive exercise to Improve nerve muscle communication Equissage may help to Improve, among others, the following health Issues:

  • Joint Mobility

  • Local Blood Circulation

  • Venous Drainage

  • Respiratory Problems

  • Sore and Cold Backs

  • Fibinogen Vertebrae Problems

  • Pulled Ligaments

  • Laminitis

  • Kissing Spines

While initially some minor health issues will lead to obvious decline in performance Equissage should be used regularly alongside your exercise program. Initially Equissage can immediately provide help in pre-warm up and cool down. Performance improvements have included so many variations through discipline and level of horse however these improvements include: -

  • Stride Length

  • Hock Angle

  • Speed of Stride

Equissage therapy results have shown the following:

Increased Circulation and Localised Blood Flow, which is essential for fast, effective recovery and rehabilitation. The Equissage Back Pad will help to stimulate blood through at least 2 feet of tissue and bone to provide a full body massage. The Equissage Hand Unit will improve local blood flow, stimulating fresh, nutrient and oxygen-rich blood to areas where it is needed most, providing a healing environment to treat problem areas and speed up the recovery process. It is fantastic for localized massage and therapy.

Improved lymphatic drainage, which helps to flush out the toxins and remove waste in your horse’s body, including lactic acid build up in the muscles and inflammation in the joints. The Equissage Hand Unit used in conjunction with the Equissage Back Pad can help to break down scar tissue and reduce calcification.

Relaxation of the muscles, which naturally helps to relieve pain, unlock tension, ease bruised tissue and relax muscle spasm. Perfect for horses that tie up. Improved joint mobility, should result in a speedier more effective recovery. 

Why is the circulation system so important to your horse?

Your horse is an athlete, no matter what your goals are. Your horse needs good circulation to:

  • Perform at its best;

  • Aid in its recovery from work and injury;

  • To oxygenate blood and muscles;

  • To reduce swelling;

  • Prevent a build-up of toxins and lactic acid;

  • Optimize muscle tone.

What can happen if your horse’s circulation is not at its best?

Muscle fatigue, decreased joint mobility, decreased performance and an unhappy horse! 

How can Equissage help?

Equissage is produced to the same standards as medical grade human CVT devices, which allows you to take control of your horse’s health, performance and therapy needs. It is safe, natural, non-invasive, easy to use and most importantly, it works. The Equissage hand unit is a registered medical device and is used in human therapy and in hospitals and healthcare centers around the country.

Medical Research has been carried out in leading institutions such as;

  • University of Brussels, Belgium

  • Flinders University, Australia

  • California Medical School, USA

  • Loughborough University of Technology, UK

  • Writtle College UK

Clinical trials at Writtle College in the UK proved that Equissage helped to increase horse’s length of stride by up to 13%, assisting performance across all disciplines. The study included eight horses of varying ages who were monitored for their length of stride before and after a treatment with Equissage daily over two weeks.

Veterinary Surgeon Dietrich Graf von Schweinitz says: “Not only did the stride length appear to improve, but an increase in the speed of the stride (from an average of 2.6m/sec to 3.1m/sec) was also found in the study.” “The hock joint flexion and swing phase of the stride improvements provide an increased power translating in improved performance for all disciplines.” 

Therefore, because of the increased stride length, Racehorses, Polo ponies, Eventers and many other horse disciplines all perform with fewer strides and a faster time. Because of the increase in joint flexion and power, Dressage horses in particular can increase their performance and scores, as lack of impulsion and hind limb engagement is one of the most common reported faults in Dressage.

Equissage is Safe, Natural, Non-aggressive and Non-invasive. Equissage is an essential tool in improving the performance of horses in every discipline, in every stable at every event!

 

Sound Vitality

The E-9 uses alpha range sound waves to simultaneously relax the body, reduce cellular trauma, and stimulate the production of Hyaluronic Acid (HA).

  • Accelerate recovery time

  • Heighten athletic performance

  • Increase Hyaluronic Acid Production

  • Pain relief

  • Calm and settle excitable animals,

  • Stimulation on acupuncture points to relax the whole hind quarters

  • Stimulating the stomach alarm point to increase gut motility.

Trauma sends cells into chaos. Cells often react to injury, surgery and other distress by producing excess inflammatory chemicals. Unfortunately, inflammation can slow down healing and cause pain.

The randomized sound waves of the Infratonic 9 penetrate deep to those frenzied cells, returning them to their calm, normal state so they can begin their natural healing process towards long-term relief.

Pain Relief:  Ideal for promoting healing and relief for any kind of injury or pain in tissues, muscles and joints-from acute injures to chronic spasms, and everything in between.

How Infratonic Therapy Relieves Inflammation, Heals Muscle Damage and Increases Joint Lubrication

When it comes to natural pain relief from chronic joint pain and muscle pain, animal research studies are the gold standard for efficacy because, unlike humans, animals don’t have preconceived notions on healing. Animal studies also provide more dependable research because people vary so much in diet, lifestyle and genetic makeup and condition. The research studies reported here were conducted in 2000 with genetically similar standard-bred horses being fed the same diet and undergoing the same training programs on a regular workout schedule training for races (daily training and weekly racing). The horses developed inflammation (heat and swelling) in their hocks (ankles) from the regular pounding and shock. Inflammation from repeated pounding is an excellent example of how mechanical shock can induce residual cellular trauma, abnormal responses and pain. Take a look at three of our controlled studies on horses.

1) Infratonic Therapy Reduces Inflammation. The following research investigations in horses show that Infratonic Therapy reduces inflammation as indicated by Infrared Thermography [equine paper 2a]. On ten horses, one hock was treated while the other hock served as a control. After 30 minutes, the treated hocks dropped more than 3°C. This photo shows a typical result, with the treated hock on the left. The red shows abnormal inflammation. This result indicates that Infratonic Therapy substantially reduced inflammation.

Equitonic Treatment

 

The following graph summarizes the results of three studies conducted a week apart, showing progressively more effective reduction in inflammation, which indicates that repeated treatments over days or weeks offer a cumulative effectiveness far greater than individual treatments alone. Note that a second 20-minute treatment (green bars), 12 hours after the first treatment, provided profoundly deeper and longer lasting relief in inflammation. Even after 100 hours the treated hocks remained substantially cooler than the control hocks. This is a dramatic demonstration of the effectiveness of the Infratonic to reduce joint inflammation, indicating that Infratonic Therapy is cumulative, with two or more treatments providing substantially more benefit than a single treatment [2a].

 

2) Infratonic Therapy Accelerates Muscle Cell Healing Success in the infrared thermography research left the question of mechanism. This led to additional controlled research with two groups of 10 race-horses. These studies tested healing of muscle damage by monitoring enzyme levels in the blood. CPK and AST are two diagnostic muscle enzymes that are elevated in tissue that has been injured or subjected to trauma. When these cells get damaged or the cell membrane becomes weak, CPK and AST leaks into the blood stream indicating muscle damage.

Ten horses were treated with the Infratonic and ten served as the control group, receiving no treatment. Results in the treated group showed a significant drop in the serum level of CPK and AST, which indicate accelerated muscle healing. The treated group showed a steady and marked improvement in the reduction of pain, reduction of inflammation and accelerated healing while the control group’s health declined in those same categories over the 6 of the weeks.  

 

 

These graphs show that the ten treated horses improved to normal in serum CPK and AST levels during the study while the control group worsened. This controlled study shows the cell membrane in muscles of the 10 horses treated with Infratonic Therapy became stronger, decreasing CPK and AST leakage. This results were supported with the findings that the treated horses showed reduced muscle swelling after workouts, remained healthy through heavy workouts, and ran faster times, while several in the control group became injured.

What we learned: Constant pounding, or any kind of abuse– be it mechanical, electrical, chemical or emotional– can cause cellular trauma. This stalls healing and cells start producing inflammatory chemicals which in turn, cause pain or other abnormal activity, which further interferes with the healing process and increases pain.

In addition to reduced muscle inflammation indicating healing, reduced swelling after workouts, and reduced tissue damage, the treated horses ran an average of six lengths faster after six weeks of treatment.

3) Hyaluronic Acid Production Study. To explore the mechanism behind the remarkable healing of muscles of race horses, another hypothesis was developed, that trauma in cellular tissue causes abnormal secretions, such as inflammatory chemicals, and impedes production of normal secretions. The hypothesis was that constant pounding traumatizes the cells in the synovial lining, which, instead of producing healthy synovial fluid rich in hyaluronic acid, produces inflammatory chemicals that break down Hyaluronic Acid, resulting in "dry hocks"– joints that are poorly lubricated. It was further hypothesized that Infratonic Therapy would remove this trauma, restoring normal production of HA compared to the control group. [2b]

This hypothesis was tested in the year 2000 by measuring the synovial fluid in the hocks of ten standard-bred horses treated with the Infratonic. The horses were treated on one hock, and the other hock remained untreated, serving as a control. The results showed that production of Hyaluronic Acid (HA) increased with Infratonic Therapy. While the HA concentration continued to decline in untreated hocks, it increased steadily in the hocks treated with the Infratonic.

Infratonic Reduces Cellular Trauma. This is precisely what was found. Not only did investigators see a 41% net increase in HA (see graph below), but also an increase in volume, viscosity, and clarity of synovial fluid. This is compelling evidence that Infratonic Therapy normalizes cellular activity in traumatized cells, discontinuing production of inflammatory chemicals and increasing production of needed healing chemicals, such as Hyaluronic Acid.

Infratonic Therapy Increases Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Production Another mechanism that emerges from the HA study is that a fundamental mechanism of Infratonic Therapy is that it may increase hyaluronic acid production throughout the body, just as was observed in the synovial tissue. HA is not just a lubricant, but rather, is a fundamental substance in the extracellular fluid that is capable of holding ionic compounds firmly in place or allowing them to pass freely, depending on how tightly it is coiled. It is known to be a fundamental ingredient in supple skin, healthy eyes, and healing of bone, muscle, and cartilage.

Further, if it is the additional HA that causes the horses’ muscles to heal, it appears likely that HA plays a major role in a wide variety of body functions such as cell wall coherence, influencing not only muscle strength, but also things like congestive heart failure and edema where fluid escapes from the cell wall into the intercellular space. It may also influence the sodium potassium pump that maintains necessary electrical potential in every cell. Further, it may affect the structure of meridians, the electrically conducting pathways in the body associated with acupuncture and acupressure.

Injections of HA into the hocks of horses have been common therapy for sore and inflamed joints for decades, and in recent years, have been used by doctors for pain relief in human patients. They use either animal derived HA or synthetic substitutes for arthritis and degenerative joint conditions, for several hundred dollars per injection.

Performance Improvements in Race Horses While it is impressive that horses in the muscle-healing study showed increased training speeds by six lengths, it is important to know whether there were actual performance improvements in races. Horses across the country using Infratonic therapy have been making stunning recoveries from injury and winning races.

Monarchos wins the 2001 Kentucky Derby, in the second fastest time ever. His trainers used Infratonic Therapy daily before the race.