TheraPlate Might Help Minimize Muscle Loss in Horses on Stall Rest

Because research into vortex wave circulation therapy is new, one researcher sought to understand how it might be helping horses, and she produced measurable results.

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When placed on stall rest, some horses can develop atrophy (muscle wasting). Greene's study looked at the effects of vibration stimulation on horses' muscle thickness. | Photo: iStock

A newer addition to the equine injury rehab tool kit, stimulation therapy, has grown in popularity among horse owners looking for noninvasive ways to help their athletes heal. Because research into this modality is new, one researcher sought to understand how it might be helping, and she produced measurable results.

“Many owners use vibration stimulation when their horses are injured and placed on stall rest, during which horses can develop atrophy (muscle wasting),” said Ashley Greene, a graduate student at Mississippi State University, in Starkville.

Specifically, Greene looked at the effects of this type of therapy on horses’ muscle thickness. She presented her results at the 2019 Equine Science Society Symposium, held June 3-6 in Asheville, North Carolina

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Alexandra Beckstett, a native of Houston, Texas, is a lifelong horse owner who has shown successfully on the national hunter/jumper circuit and dabbled in hunter breeding. After graduating from Duke University, she joined Blood-Horse Publications as assistant editor of its book division, Eclipse Press, before joining The Horse. She was the managing editor of The Horse for nearly 14 years and is now editorial director of EquiManagement and My New Horse, sister publications of The Horse.

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