Whole body vibration (WBV) Horsepower Plate.
Over the years there has been a great deal of research (mostly in humans) into the benefits of WBV. By comparison the use of WBV via vibrating plates is quite a recent transition into the Equine industry, yet it is already proving to be a useful and beneficial therapy in the rehabilitation and well being of horses. Research into equine use continues and is producing some very encouraging results.
How it works
Vibrating plates typically run between 15Hz to 60 Hz. Hz is a unit of frequency. The frequency of a vibration is the number of to and fro movements made per second. As a generalisation 15Hz = 15 vibrations per second, 20Hz = 20 vibrations per second and so on.
The vibrations are created by motors underneath the platform. The vibrations flow through the feet to reach the whole body, triggering a natural reaction within the muscles, which involuntarily contract and relax 30 to 50 times per second, depending on the frequency the machine is set at. Due to this stretch-reflex contraction, more muscle fibres are used than in a conscious, voluntary movement. The repetitive action tires out the muscle and as it recovers it strengthens to withstand the increased effort.
WBV stimulates blood circulation through the entire body. The increased blood flow improves oxygenation of the tissues. This helps with the removal of toxins and metabolic waste thus enhancing the body’s ability to heal itself.
Some of the benefits of using the Horsepower Plate
- Improved blood circulation and lymphatic drainage.
- Improved musculoskeletal and soft tissue healing times.
- Increased rate of hoof growth.
- Increased bone density.
- Greater joint mobility and flexibility.
- Increased muscle strength and toning.
- Pre exercise warm up.
- Post exercise warm down.
- Ideal for horses on box rest or reduced exercise.
- Long Slow Distance work (LSD).
- Conditioning and maintaining fitness levels.
- Can easily be integrated into a daily routine.