Ceramic Fabric Therapy for Horses
After having performance horses for quite a few years, I thought I’d heard of most of the different forms of equine therapy out there, but this one was new to me! The following is a guest post written by Kat Chrysostom, the owner/designer of BENEFab™, a company which makes ceramic fabric therapy products for humans and horses.
Ceramic Fabric Therapy: A Natural Way to Get Your Horse Back on Track
Tense muscles and joint stiffness are surprisingly common problems in horses. If your horse has had a past injury, you are probably familiar with its lasting effects on additional areas of the body, beyond the site of injury.
Even if your horse hasn’t experienced a trauma, he may still suffer from back soreness or simple muscle pains. As riders, we know that pushing our animals to perform their best is no different than pushing ourselves in a workout plan. If we wake up feeling sore and achey after an intense workout session, why shouldn’t they? Of course, we know that they do, and it is important to have non-invasive, natural remedy on hand to aid in their muscle recovery.
There are two basic types of therapy: hot and cold. Cold therapies are primarily intended for new injuries to slow down blood flow and by doing so, the bruising and swelling will decrease. Heat therapy, on the other hand, is intended to stimulate healing for old injuries or it can be used for preventative purposes.
By applying heat to an area, you are dilating the capillaries (fine blood vessels) to stimulate oxygen flow. This helps deliver oxygen and added nutrients to relax muscles and reduce pain and swelling in joints, tendons, and ligaments.
Luckily, there is a fabric that does just this… The fabric works when placed on your horse. There are no electrical outlets, needles, or medication involved – just fabric.
You’re probably wondering how this is possible… These fabrics are infused with ceramic nano-particles which are a combination of 30 lead-free minerals such as Silica [SiO2], Magnesium [Mg], and Aluminum [Al]. The materials emit far-infrared rays, a natural ray that the sun emits on a daily basis.
Far-infrared rays are absorbed by the body and are not harmful at all. In fact, they are incredibly beneficial and necessary to our bodies! The heat emitted from the products is a soothing, thermal warmth which lends a helping hand in relaxation and the healing processes.
Ceramic fabric therapy is a non-invasive therapy that has been used by veterinarians, doctors, and athletes and is backed by science (see this journal article for more information). This is an age-old science that takes us back to basics and works by keeping the blood circulating and loosening muscles. As stated earlier, it can be used for preventative purposes (like before competition) or for recovery.
Kat Chrysostom is the owner/designer of BENEFab™, which carries an array of products featuring ceramic therapy for both horses and riders. You can visit www.BenefabProducts.com to read more about ceramic therapy, view testimonials, and browse their products.