Full Test Results
Equilibrium puts its products through clinical trials to prove that they work and the Massage Pad was tested by Myerscough College in Lancashire.
The results following 6 weeks of testing show that the pad offers significant benefits to working horses, improving back flexibility, promoting relaxation and can help to increase stride length.
The trial consisted of horses where the effects of massage were investigated.
There were two parts to the study:
1) The horses were measured for signs of stress / relaxation immediately before, during and after the application of the massage pads over a six week period
2) The horses were assessed in terms of flexibility and suppleness. There were two groups of horses - a treated group and a control group.
Reducing Stiffness Massage therapy helps to reduce back stiffness caused by injury and long term chronic conditions such as arthritis. It does this by increasing the blood supply to the effected muscles and removing the build up of toxins. Test results show an overall improvement in back flexibility of approx 46%
Promoting Relaxation Equilibrium Therapy® Massage Pad reduces the horse's heart rate and maintains a state of relaxation throughout the massage. The test horses show a drop in heart rate which is a measure of relaxation.
Improving Performance Tension is often one of the most common reasons for poor performance and by increasing relaxation and improving back flexibility; the negative effects of tension can be reduced. Relaxed muscles will assist with flexibility and movement in particular for competition horses performing dressage movements and jumping technical fences.