Ocala, FL – The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center is shaking things up with their new Equine Vibration Plate, designed to increase bone density and circulation in horses while at the same time reducing muscle soreness and inflammation. The Sanctuary’s Ocala location already features a vibration plate while the soon-to-open Wellington Sanctuary facility will have two vibration plates.
“Our vibration plates have Solariums over them which is infrared light therapy that also works on pain management, reduces swelling and increases circulation,” said Brenda McDuffee, General Manager of The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center. “The vibration plate and the Solarium approach many of the same issues from two different directions.”
The vibration plate, which has been used on humans for more than 40 years and has proven to help prevent osteoporosis in the elderly, works effectively on horses. “The vibration plate not only offers rehab and conditioning benefits, but the horses seem to enjoy the process of standing on the plate. They relax and enjoy the movement and stand quietly during the process,” McDuffee said.
McDuffee added that many owners and trainers have tried out the vibration plate while visiting The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, all with positive results. “People with lower back pain have tried the vibration plate and their pain seems to go away. What they are getting in only one session is short term, but we are using the vibration plate for horses as a continual treatment.”
McDuffee said that for young horses, especially racehorses, the vibration plate helps with bone density by stimulating the periostium to lay down more bone. “The vibration plate is great for conditioning and is a pro-active way to prevent injury. If a trainer has their horse swim for cardio benefits, trains at home and uses the vibration plate with Solarium then they are going to have a much stronger horse when they get to the track or the show ring,” McDuffee said. “The vibration therapy also promotes faster hoof growth which can be very helpful in the management of chronic laminitis, under-run heels, or thin soles.”
The state-of-the-art Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, a multi-million dollar facility, is dedicated to the healing, conditioning and well being of all equine athletes. “In addition to the vibration plate, The Sanctuary features some of the most advanced conditioning and rehab equipment in the world,” McDuffee said. “Our conditioning and rehab equipment helps equine athletes in all disciplines stay fit, avoid injury, and recover faster and more completely from injuries they might experience when competing in intense and physically demanding sports.”
For more information on The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center, visit their website at www.sanctuaryequinerehab.com.
Photo: The Sanctuary Equine Sports Therapy & Rehabilitation Center in Ocala is now home to an Equine Vibration Plate, designed to increase bone density in horses. Both The Sanctuary’s Ocala and Wellington facilities will offer the Equine Vibration Plate for their equine clients. (Photo courtesy of The Equine Chronicle)