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.
By using the Magnetic Back Pad first you are helping to relieve the pain and by using the Massage Pad, you can begin to improve the flexibility by mobilising these stiff tight muscles.
The EQUILIBRIUM Therapy® Massage Pad has taken over two years to design and develop and this product has most certainly been worth the wait.
Each massage session lasts for approximately 30 minutes and runs through a cycle of three different massage modes. It will pulse, stroke and vibrate. This ensures that the muscles are worked in different ways within every session for maximum benefit. Not numbing the back by having the same continuous vibration. There are three intensity settings:
Low - (this is the default setting when you switch it on).This setting is good to get the horse/pony used to the pad and also for cooling the back down after exercise.
Medium - This setting is ideal to warm muscles prior to exercise
High - This setting is very intense and helps alleviate back problems
Although the programme will last for 30 minutes you can stop at anytime during the programme. We have found that it has a beneficial effect after only 10 minutes.
The battery charges in a few hours and lasts for at least 6 sessions. This, combined with the product's light weight and nylon carry bag, makes it very portable, so can be used at shows and events, as well as all round the yard. It covers the horse's back from withers to quarters, and being soft and pliable it sits comfortably on the back of a wide range of horses.
Horses and ponies really enjoy using the back pad and when we think of all they give us, it is nice to think that we can do something as nice as this for them.