The Thermography study shows fantastic results!
The Accuhorsemat blanket has been highly appreciated by many riders who have felt and recognized many positive effects on their horses after using Accuhorsemat. However these effects have always been merely experienced without any scientific evidence of what really happens in the horse’s body when using the blanket.
So we decided to do a thermography study to see what really happens in the horse’s body. In collaboration with Tomas Cernansky from Animal Infrared Imaging, Portland, OR, USA and Dr Peter Leando, Veterinarian, President of the American College of Clinical Thermography (ACCT) and Managing Director of Meditherm Inc, FL, USA, we did a thermography study with infrared imaging. And the results were striking!
The study took place in Sherwood, OR, and was divided in two days and in three steps, as seen below. The same horse; a mare, SWB (Swedish Warmblood), 16 years old, was used on both occasions. As the infrared camera is very sensitive to changes in temperature, there was great focus on keeping the right intervals during the study. The horse was in it’s normal surroundings and was tied up during the study. During the time of photographing, the horse was moved once, to get the right angle of the image.
The study should be made in 3 steps:
1) Horse with the Accuhorsemat on but without acupressure mats. Measurements every 10 minutes.
2) Horse with the Accuhorsemat on and with acupressure mats. Measurements every 10 minutes.
3) Measurements 10-50 minutes after the blanket has been removed from the horse, due to the results above.
And this is how we did:
The horse with the Accuhorsemat on but WITHOUT acupressure mats. The horse was first scanned without the blanket to get a picture of how it looked like before anything was put on. Then the blanket was put on and taken off every 10 minutes to make infrared images. This was repeated up to a usage time of 40 minutes. And thereafter for another 15 minutes. Total weartime was 55 minutes. The amount of images taken was 93.
The same horse was used but now with the Accuhorsemat WITH acupressure mats. Exactly the same routine as the day before. The only exception was an infrared image taken 30 minutes after the blanket with acupressure mats and been removed, to see if the heat evaluation continuos, ceases or is being constant, after the blanket has been taken off. The amount of images taken was 93, same as Day 1.
The images were then sent to Dr Peter Leando, the creator of the study, for further analysis and statistical processing.
The following statements were made by Dr Peter Leando after analysis:
- Good repeatability of statistical analysis throughout all regional views. Change over time statistics show a significant difference between dermal bloodflow with and without the acupressure blanket.
- The average increase of skin temperature 15 minutes after control (blanket only) was 1,44 °C.
- The average increase of skin temperatur 15 minutes after active (acupressure mats attached to blanket) was 5,62 °C.
- The active effects of the Accuhorsemat blanket with acupressure mats increased skin bloodflow (measured by temperature) was an increase of 4,18 °C.
The results also shows that placing the acupressure mats on vital areas of the horse’s body is sufficient as the effect of increased bloodflow will spread through the whole body of the horse.
We asked yet another veterinarian, who also uses the Accuhorsemat herself, Dr Cierra Dedeker, Peak Performance Equine, PLLC, OR, USA to make a statement after having studied the report:
“With the Accuhorsemat your horse will experience an increase in the delivery of oxygen to the muscles. As seen in the thermography report, there is increased uptake over critical areas of interest that better engage the hind end and the withers to allow more fluid movement and extension through the front end of the horse.
Many treatment modalities in veterinary medicine strive to increase healing by way of increasing circulation and recruiting the healing mediators that carry anti-inflammatory properties. With increased circulation, as seen byt the thermography report, we can assume there is delivery of healing mediators via the circulatory system as well. Accuhorsemat works from a prevention, maintenance and treatment standpoint, and is an exciting tool to integrate into a performance horse’s routine before and after tacking up. Adequate warm up of the major muscle groups for any athlete is essential to performance.”
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