Thermotex: The Light Therapy Blanket

The Thermotex Therapy Systems delivers gentle, deep-penetrating, and therapeutic infrared heat to the horse’s neck, back, shoulder, lung, barrel, and hip area to relieve pain. After just 20 minutes of use, the soothing infrared wavelengths penetrate up to 2.36 inches into the applied area. This results in an increase in blood flow, which enhances the natural properties that the body requires to heal. Providing nutrients, oxygen and proteins to the area and delivering relief of pain and inflammation.

Thermotex delivers more effective and deep penetrating heat versus conventional heating pads which rely on conductive heat production from wire coil resistance. Horses are comfortable during the treatments because there is no over heating of the skin. Since there is no dehydration factor during treatment, which allows the Thermotex to be applied for long periods of time. The deep therapeutic heat is relaxing and provides a comforting and powerful psychological effect to the horse. Just watching the horses during and after treatment tells us how good it must feel good to them!

About Infrared Therapy

Infrared is the non-visible wavelength of light therapy. The infrared therapeutic heat in the Thermotex provides a deep penetrating form of thermal energy. This increase of thermal energy within the tissue results in an increase in the metabolic processes within the cells. This causes an increase in blood flow to the area, a decrease in pain, a decrease in stiffness, and an increase in tissue extensibility.

Infrared heat has an analgesic effect on the tissue and provides a sedative effect on the sensory nerve endings. This leads to a relaxation within the tissues, especially the muscle tissue. As a result to the increase in circulation, the waste products of injury are removed at an increased rate and are not allowed to stay in the area. These waste products are what create nerve sensitivity and pain.

With the increase in blood flow and the added application of heat, muscle tissue becomes more elastic and are no longer left in a state of spasm. This allows the muscles to elongate further and more efficiently when placed under the stress of exercise. The same positive benefits can be seen with the tendons and ligaments. They become more elastic which provides some prevention to strains and sprains while exercising.

Utilizing the deep penetrating infrared to a joint also has numerous benefits. There is an immediate increase within the elasticity and flexibility of the tendons and ligaments associated with that joint. This allows for greater range of motion and a relief of stiffness.

Application

We have found that when doing a series of Thermotex treatments over time these tell-tale wet spots start developing during treatments. These spots indicate where further treatment is needed, and we generally follow up with the SoundWave or Microcurrent on these areas. Some horses will show nothing for several treatments, but over time these things are brought to the surface.

Benefits of Thermotex

Provides relief from:

  • Back ache
  • Early treatment of lung bleeding
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Myositis
  • Exertional Rhabdomyolysis (Tying Up)
  • Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy
  • Hyperkalemic Periodic Paralysis (HYPP)
  • Equine Protozoal Myeloencephalitis (EPM)


Helps to improve:

  • Creating ease of breath
  • Reduction in colic symptoms
  • Enhance the respiratory system
  • Increases hemoglobin up to 25% to 28%
  • Acts as a diuretic and helps bleeders
  • Reduces lactic acid levels to prevent tying up during competition
  • Increase in kidney function
  • Shiny hair due to an increase in natural oils