EQUINE ACUPRESSURE: HOW IT WORKS
Acupressure Reduces Pain, Tension, and Soreness in Horses
The Accuhorsemat makes acupressure therapy accessible to any horse owner, but how exactly does it work? Acupressure triggers healing action in your horse’s body – releasing endorphins to provide a natural pain relief and calmness, increasing blood flow to carry more oxygen to the muscles and help the body heal, reducing fascial tensions to restore mobility and reduce strain.
An All-Natural Equine Therapy
Acupressure is an ancient treatment method, and the Accuhorsemat® brings this proven and effective therapy to horses in a tool that any horse owner can access. The Accuhorsemat is a system of acupressure mats covered with 11,000 “spike rosettes” perfectly positioned over the horse’s shoulders and hindquarters to treat the whole body. A blanket holds the mats in place and provides an even pressure, and when 11,000 points activate a horse’s body, a noticeable effect is achieved in a short time. Results are achieved in just a 15-20 minute treatment! No batteries, no electricity required!
Accuhorsemat® is a clever acupressure rug for use on horses. It increases blood flow, relaxes muscles and releases beneficial endorphins, so your horse relaxes and feels better.
Using the rug before riding relaxes the muscles and calms tense horses – making it easier to get to work. Using Accuhorsemat® after training helps the horse’s muscles to recover more quickly and at the same time gives a pleasant feeling of relaxation.
Taut muscles mean that the horse can experience pain, overcompensate with movements that are harmful to the body, develop a shorter stride length and have impaired muscle growth. Our tests show that Accuhorsemat® makes horses calmer and relaxes the muscles, which means your horse relaxes and feels better.
Increasing blood flow is also an ancient method to promote healing. Circulation is critical to a horse’s recovery process. It brings nutrient rich oxygen to help muscles recover, removes toxins and wastes, reduces inflamation, and improves the body’s ability to heal itself.
Fascia is the connective tissue web that runs throughout your horse’s entire body, surrounding and infusing every muscle, tendon, ligament, bone, organ, blood vessel and nerve in the body (just like a human body!). Rigorous physical training programs can put stress and strain on the fascia system, causing it to be bound down and restricted. These fascial restrictions tighten over time, and the resulting tension can cause many problems like lack of flexibility, sore muscles, back pain, lead change problems, balance issues, poor collection, behavior issues, and tendon and ligament injury.
Using an acupressure blanket on a regular basis works to relax the restrictions in the fascia system. The Accuhorsemat will restore the natural glide of the fascia to facilitate smooth movement, prevent injury, and improve recovery after exercise.
THE ACUSWEDEMAT HEAD
1. Shoulder acupressure mats
The Accuhorsemat blanket includes a large velcro patch on the inside, in the shoulder area. The velcro area is deliberately larger than the shoulder mats so you can adjust the mats to where it works best for your horse, depending on how the blanket fits, and your horse’s needs.
2. Hindquarter acupressure mat
The hinddquarters mat is the the largest of the three acupressure mats, with the majority of the Accuhorsemat’s 11,000 pressure points found on this mat. It has no points along the middle (spine area), and covers the hindquarters on both sides of the horse.
3. Adjustable pressure and fit with the blanket
The adjustable front closure straps on the blanket make it possible to regulate the pressure on the shoulder acupressure points – pull the straps tighter to place more pressure on the mats. These straps also help insure the best fit of the blanket for your horse. The surcingles can be tightened as needed to keep the hindquarters mat firmly in place.
The acupressure mats for the hindquarters and shoulders are affixed to the blanket with velcro on the underside of the blanket. The mats and blanket can be separated easily for adjustments and cleaning.
4. Sensitive areas are avoided
The hips and some of the spine processes are sensitive to pressure and should not be stimulated by an acupressure rug. The Accuhorsemat avoids these completely.
HOW TO USE YOUR ACCUHORSEMAT
All horses are unique and can react differently to acupressure. Even if you’ve used horse acupressure before, it’s important to take a slow and careful approach the first time you use the Accuhorsemat. Apply one mat at a time and monitor your horse’s reaction as you go, adding each piece once your horse is comfortable. Watch the video below to see how to get started including how to apply the mats, add the blanket, and remove the Accuhorsemat after treatment.
Using an Accuhorsemat® before riding has a relaxing effect on the muscles and can calm a tense horse, which makes it possible to achieve looseness from the very beginning of the riding session. Alternatively, you can use the rug after training or competition to help your horse to recover more quickly. Using the rug for a short period before treatment by a masseur or equine therapist can help the therapist to treat the deep muscles more quickly.
All horses are individuals and react differently to the Accuhorsemat. It is therefore important that you try it out and see how the rug works best for your own horse. We recommend that you start by laying the hindquarter’s acupressure mat on your horse for a while, without the rug, to allow the horse to get used to the acupressure rosettes. If necessary, you can make light circular movements over the mat to provide a little pressure, replicating what happens when the rug is laid over the top. When your horse has become accustomed to the sensation, you can use the complete rug and gradually increase the duration of use.
When your horse is accustomed to the rug, we recommend that you use it for around 30-45 minutes. If you see no direct reaction, the rug is still having a positive effect as blood circulation is increased, speeding up the recovery of the musculature.
- Before the treatment it is important that the horse is restrained in the stable and constantly under surveillance.
- Fit the blanket to the Velcro attachments. Attach the front clasps first, but wait to fasten the girth straps. This is to see how the horse is reacting to the acupuncture pads. If the horse looks calm, fold the hind quarter section of the blanket backwards onto the hind quarters. Fasten the girth straps, and make sure that the horse’s hair is laying down. Avoid the spine with the acupressure pads and make sure the acupressure pads are at its place under the blanket.
- The Velcro bands on the blanket are a bit bigger than the acupressure blanket, which enables you to reposition the acupressure pads to address the horse’s needs.
- Let the horse stand still with the Accuhorsemat® for 10-15 minutes and see how the horse reacts. If the horse is not calm, you can adjust the girths by loosen it or tighten it, and remove acupressure pads that may be irritating the horse. To get the process going quicker, you can gently apply light pressure with your hand where the acupressure pads arelie located.
- After a few minutes you should see that the horse gives you a sleepy impression. This indicated that the horse is relaxed and is feeling good. Do not leave the horse out of sight.
- After 30-45 minutes the treatment should be done and the Accuhorsemat® removed. Make sure to loosen the front clasps and scroll the blanket backwards when taking it off.
The blanket is made out of beaver nylon and the straps are made of synthetic/cotton blend. The blanket (without the acupressure pads) can be machine washed at 40 degrees Celsius (104 degrees Fahrenheit).
The acupressure pads are made out of environmentally friendly TPE and are water resistant. The material is very hygienic and easy to rinse. After rinsing, hang them to dry. Do not tumble dry.
How to Apply and Take Off the Accuhorsemat
To give your horse the very best experience when first introducing the Accuhorsemat to your horse, we suggest letting your horse slowly get used to the sensation of the acupressure rosettes on its back by applying the hindquarter mat only. This without the actual blanket attached to it.
Horses have varying individual temperaments which will manifest itself in how they react to the acupressure mat when first being introduced to it. Most horses take to it immediately and will start enjoying and relaxing within a short period of time. Other horses may take a little longer.
Once you feel your horse is well adjusted to the acupressure mat, then it’s time to apply the whole blanket. On the other side of this page you will find step-by-step instructions on how to properly apply the blanket complete with the acupressure mats.
It is extremely important that your horse is securely fastened in its cross ties or tied up in other appropriate place. Never leave your horse unattended when wearing the Accuhorsemat. Recommended time of wear is 30-45 minutes.
1) Stand your horse in the cross ties. Our recommendation is to only apply the hindquarter mat the very first few times the Accuhorsemat is introduced to your horse. This is to let the horse get used to the sensation of the acupressure rosettes.
2) Once your horse is used to the acupressure mat, the blanket with the shoulder mats fastened with velcro can be applied on the horse. Start with applying the hindquarter mat making sure the spinal column is free of acupressure rosettes. Fold the blanket as the picture shows.
3) Fasten the triple front closures. Not too tight in the beginning. The pressure can be adjusted afterwards if needed.
4) Fold the blanket over the hindquarter mat as shown.Take care not to lift it too high over the back as some horses tend to tense up when approaching the hind end. Just gently pull the blanket over the back as close as you can.
5) Fasten the surcingles, not too tight. Their purpose is more to keep the blanket in place.
6) The fillet string aids the hindquarter mat to better envelop the hind end. It’s up to you whether you want to use it or not.
7) Leave the blanket on for 30–45 minutes, time depending on how your horse reacts. We recommend that you increase the time gradually, and you will notice fairly quickly what time frame best suits your horse.
8) When taking off the blanket, start with the fillet string, then the surcingles and end with the front closures. Just how you take off a regular blanket. Fold the front part of the blanket back over the hindquarters.
9) Put your hands, palms facing up, in underneath the blanket and lift it off. Don’t pull it off as it may irritate the horse. Remove the hindquarter mat, fold the blanket and put it all back in the designated blanket bag.
Accuhorsemat Cooler (with new acupressure on the back)$309.00 ex. VAT
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