The old practice of icing legs is being replaced by Far Infrared Wraps
There are some old practices being utilized by trainers at race tracks that contribute to the decline in the number of races a horse can run. The practice of icing down legs before and after a race should be considered as an out of date a practice as bloodletting. Of course ice reduces swelling but it also impedes the natural healing rate and can cause more injuries rather than prevent them.
Before a workout or a race we need to warm up muscles to get the circulation going. Muscles often become tight and if not warmed are more prone to injury. Muscles are elastic, meaning that they are stretchable, but there are limits to this. This limit is called the stretch reflex. Simply put, the stretch reflex is a muscle contraction within the muscle itself. When a muscle hasn't been properly prepared for strenuous exercise, this reflex causes the muscle to contract or tighten up, causing strains or tearing of the muscle fibers. Warming up causes blood vessels to dilate and allows for optimal elasticity of the muscles.
Strenuous exercise leads to microscopic tears in the muscle, which leads to inflammation and soreness. This sounds bad but the muscle damage is an important step in the muscle getting bigger and stronger. Muscles are made up of protein filaments that shorten, leading to a contraction. Essentially, as the body repairs those microscopic tears, it builds new, healthy, and strong muscle tissue.
Icing down the legs goes against common sense! The best treatment is using Far Infrared Leg Wraps. Far Infrared heats evenly the inside and out to enhance blood flow and oxygenation. FIR reduces pain, inflammation and swelling plus accelerates the natural healing process. FIR treatment is the most advanced practice being used by professional and amateur athletes today. You can find FIR wraps at EyeOn Equine Carethe same ones being increasingly used by trainers in Europe.
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Thousands of animals and people from race horses to professional and amateur athletes to injured, elderly and arthritic animals and people have been benefiting from EyeOn products for years. Often called a miracle cure, EyeOn actually enhances the natural healing process and is only used topically.
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