ICE-VIBE boots are a portable massage boots with hot/cold inserts to create warm or cold circulation they can be used before or after exercise or during rehabilitation.
Using the boots before you ride can assist you to prepare your horses legs for exercise in the stable, they do this by creating a massaging effect increasing blood flow to the tendons and ligaments making them more elastic, which can help reduce the risk of injury. The massaging effect also helps to stimulate the lymph system similar to exercise to help reduce existing inflammation.
Tendons do not return to previous temperatures as quickly as muscles when cooled as they don t have the same blood supply or metabolism therefore making the legs very cold for long periods of time may actually cause an inflammatory response. The boots are designed to cool the tissue via the cold packs and slow down the blood flow to reduce inflammation but when combined with massage the blood flow is not completely restricted, this allows oxygen to be maintained to tired and damaged tissue allowing for a better recovery.
Tendon problems are often the result of a buildup of damage. By using the ICE-VIBE boots regularly you can help stimulate blood flow to your horseâ€™s legs created by the massaging effect whilst they are standing in a stable.
When an area is healing scar tissue is formed, the movement created by the vibration and massage helps to break down adhesions and scar tissue whilst increasing blood flow to assist healing.
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