The ICE-VIBE® boots are rechargeable vibrating boots that help to boost circulation in horse’s legs by creating a massage effect. They combine the effects off cooling and massage therapy to effectively treat strains, ligament and tendon damage. The massage effect helps to stimulate the lymph system to remove soreness and swelling as well as improving circulation. Everyday wear and tear on joints can be managed with daily use of the boots and rehabilitation through injury can be achieved more effectively.
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 horse’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 adhesion and scar tissue while increasing blood flow to assist healing.