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ABOUT VITAFLOOR Vitafloor has been tested on horses since 2002, both at our stables in Larvik and at Sweden’s Agricultural University at Uppsala (SLU). The research so far shows that Vitafloor has a healing effect on various injuries as well as muscle stiffness and colic, has preventive properties and trains the horse’s muscles.
When standing on Vitafloor, the horse’s blood circulation increases without the horse being strained by heavy work. It is no easy task to stimulate a 500kg body mass, especially when the aim is to prevent cell breakdown in stimulating circulation.
Vitafloor stimulates the whole horse.
This is a unique facility, which is difficult to achieve in any other way except for stationary wholebody stimulation. The blood circulatory system is the body’s most important transport system in which the blood vessels act as roads, the blood as a mode of transport and the heart as the power engine.
Blood picks up oxygen from the lungs and delivers it to all cells in the body.
At the same time it collects waste products and transports these to the body’s purifying organs.
This is the front line in keeping healthy and repairing injuries.
Research on humans shows that stimulation improves blood circulation, which makes it an ideal treatment for maximising blood flow when it’s needed. VITAFLOOR AS Tveteneveien 94 – N-3265 Larvik – Telephone + 47 33 11 31 31 – Telefax +47 33172811 Edited by Equine Health Centre Ltd 3 VITAFLOOR CASE STUDIES Page 4 of 19 Letter from racehorse trainer Bendik Bö We use Vitafloor in our stables and are highly satisfied with the results we get with our racehorses.
We trained the Horse of Year in 2007, and we have won several major races.
Since we began using Vitafloor we’ve had hardly any health problems with our horses.
Sometimes owners bring us horses that are having difficulties, and we rehabilitate them before starting to race.
These pictures were taken at ATG Täby’s Horse Clinic using ultrasound.
They show a tendon injury on a racehorse that was in rehab.
The horse made an excellent recovery in a short time after treatment on Vitafloor.
The first four pictures below show a central tendon injury.
You can see the central black “gap” which is the bleeding in the tendon and where there are missing fibres.
This is a serious injury for a racehorse.
There is always a risk that a tendon injury will recur.
The injured tendon needs daily support to prevent that.
Often, small haemorrhages appear without us discovering them.
Gradually, the bleeding increases and the injury returns.
Vitafloor increases the circulation and prevents this haemorrhaging.
It enables us to build up the horse’s condition, and the tendon has a better chance of staying healthy. — VITAFLOOR AS Tveteneveien 94 – N-3265 Larvik – Telephone + 47 33 11 31 31 – Telefax +47 33172811 Edited by Equine Health Centre Ltd 14 VITAFLOOR CASE STUDIES Page 15 of 19 12.
PREVENTIVE TREATMENT DIGESTION Horses treated on Vitafloor have been shown to maintain a healthy digestive system.
Vitafloor increases the blood circulation in the intestines, thus improving the digestion of food.
To date, there have been no problems with horses suffering from colic following treatment.
In fact the opposite holds true.
Horses in the early stages of colic have, without exception, been cured after 30 minutes of treatment on Vitafloor.
However, we always recommend that a vet be contacted if a horse has colic. MUSCULATURE As mentioned in the section on injuries, we have seen muscle improvement after treatment using Vitafloor.
We believe that, with regular treatment, horses will have considerably less chance of suffering from muscular problems. JOINT PROBLEMS This is a serious problem among racehorses.
The primary and secondary causes of joint problems is topic that is a much discussed.
Good coordination skills, strong and supple muscles, and healthy tendons, ligaments and skeleton result in fewer or no problems with joints and joint fluids.
Regular use of Vitafloor can offer significant benefits in these areas. URINATION Urination and the circulation and uptake of fluid is vital to a horse’s health and wellbeing.
We often see that after treatment on Vitafloor, horses drink water and urinate.
This is a good indication that the horse’s cleansing functions are working properly. VITAFLOOR AS Tveteneveien 94 – N-3265 Larvik – Telephone + 47 33 11 31 31 – Telefax +47 33172811 Edited by Equine Health Centre Ltd 15 VITAFLOOR CASE STUDIES Page 16 of 19 As we have mentioned, Vitafloor treats the horse as a whole, improving its general health, physical condition and mood. COLIC Stig H.
Johannson, the Swedish trot trainer, has said that after installing Vitafloor he no longer has problems with horses suffering from colic.
He uses Vitafloor frequently on horses that trot badly and have poor coordination on the track.
Aside from the obvious benefits, he is also very pleased with the Vitafloor’s effect on more indefinable problems.
In summary he is delighted with Vitafloor’s effects and results. VITAFLOOR AS Tveteneveien 94 – N-3265 Larvik – Telephone + 47 33 11 31 31 – Telefax +47 33172811 Edited by Equine Health Centre Ltd 16 VITAFLOOR CASE STUDIES Page 17 of 19 13.
VITAFLOOR AS TRAINING EQUIPMENT Tests on humans have shown that whole-body vibration has a training effect on muscles.
Muscles undergo constant minute changes to their length, and this results in a training effect.
Tests have shown that just 10 minutes of daily treatment over the course of 10 days produces a significant increase in muscular power.
We have seen an overall positive effect on horses that we have treated on Vitafloor.
They are considerably faster and have more spring in their step.
Trotting horses become more trot-reliable.
We, and many of the people we work with, have seen that horses treated on Vitafloor and on box-rest for longer periods, do well and look healthier.
These horses start training more easily and have a higher level of base condition than normal.
This is a consequence of increased blood circulation.
Vitafloor helps horses to becoming more flexible and supple.
This has a positive effect when the horses warm up before races, and they use less energy in finding the trot. RESEARCH AT THE SWEDISH AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY (SLU) AT UPPSALA — VITAFLOOR AS Tveteneveien 94 – N-3265 Larvik – Telephone + 47 33 11 31 31 – Telefax +47 33172811 Edited by Equine Health Centre Ltd 18 VITAFLOOR CASE STUDIES Page 19 of 19 14.
PRELIMINARY CONCLUSION SLU has carried out intensive research on Vitafloor.
They have not found any negative effects on the horses – only positive ones.
Vets describe the healing process on tendon injuries as good, and just as good as or better than other currently known treatments.
It has been noted that blood circulation increases in the whole horse.
This can be observed in conjunction with the fact that the muscles are being trained during treatment.
During the research period at SLU, the horses simply stand in the box, so that no other outside factors influence the research results.
An increase in the horse’s metabolic rate has been observed, and there have been no problems with colic.
They are used to horses that suffer periodically with colic, and have been surprised at how quickly the horses recover after treatment with Vitafloor.
This is something that they do have control groups of, since there are many horses that stand in ordinary boxes during their stay at SLU.
The vets at SLU consider Vitafloor to be an exciting product.
This is confirmed by the fact that they have applied to Sweden’s Agricultural Research for funds for more research.
This, combined with the findings of our own research and that our reference users, means that we feel justified in stating that Vitafloor has a great effect on healing and the prevention of injuries, and is also a productive piece of training equipment. VITAFLOOR AS Tveteneveien 94 – N-3265 Larvik – Telephone + 47 33 11 31 31 – Telefax +47 33172811 Edited by Equine Health Centre Ltd 19
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