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Designed and created by the team who brought you Ice-Vibe, Sportz-Vibe is the most comfortable, lightweight and portable massage therapy rug for horses. Ideal as a warm up or recovery rug, it helps to warm up muscles before work and ease soreness and stiffness afterwards, and is ideal for maintaining muscular well-being throughout the year.
HOW IT WORKSSportz-Vibe’s massage action is gentle enough that it won’t over-work your horse’s muscles, but will effectively reduce muscle tension, and removable massage panels mean you can target a specific area.
Massage therapy is one of the oldest known methods of therapy, and is renowned for its ability to promote healing. Massage can help to reduce pain, improve blood supply to tissue, and reduce inflammation in horses that are suffering from long term muscular back problems.
By encouraging the lymph system to move, massage helps to drain inflammation and stimulate repair to damaged tissue.
WHY USE SPORTZ-VIBE?Using Sportz-Vibe before exercise can help reduce the risk of injury as increasing blood flow to muscles, tendons and ligaments helps to make them more elastic.
Sportz-Vibe can help manage every day wear and tear, and help your horse to recover more quickly after hard work.
WHAT IS THE SPORTZ VIBE MASSAGE RUG?
The Sportz vibe massage rug is a lightweight, breathable massage rug that runs from a small rechargeable battery. The removable panels allow you to move the panels around the pockets to treat your horse in specific areas.
WHERE ARE THE MASSAGE POCKETS ON THE RUG?
The pockets for the massage panels are on the neck, the shoulders, the saddle area and the hind quarters.
HOW MANY SETTINGS ARE ON THE RUG?
There are two settings on the rug, setting one is a slow setting lasting 20 mins. Setting 2 is a stronger setting also lasting 20 mins.
HOW DO I KNOW WHAT SETTING I AM ON?
There is an indicator light on the battery controller. The green light = setting 1, the red light = setting 2.
HOW DO I TURN MY RUG ON?
You hold down the Top White button on the battery for 3 seconds, it will then illuminate in green, setting one, to go to setting 2 press it once, to go back to setting 1 press once. To switch it off hold the button down for 3 seconds.
HOW MANY TREATMENTS DO I GET FROM A FULLY CHARGED BATTERY?
Depending on what setting you are on, the battery averages 8 treatments before requiring a recharge. A red light will remain on at the top of the battery to indicate the battery is recharging.
HOW DO I KNOW WHEN THE BATTERY IS GETTING LOW?
There are 3 small indicator lights on the front of your battery controller that shows you the charge level of the battery, 3 lights equals full battery, 1 equals low battery level.
WHAT DOES THE SPORTZ VIBE HORSE RUG DO?
The Sportz vibe horse rug, uses alternating massage panels to reduce muscle tension. This helps the horse in three ways;
A. This helps to relax the horse, which is useful before and after exercise.
B. Massage stimulates the lymphatic system which helps to remove waste products
C. Reducing muscle tension allows blood to flow into a stressed muscle to allow it to recover and develop
HOW MANY MASSAGE PANELS CAN I USE AT ONE TIME?
The rug uses vibrating panels to create a massaging effect. This gently works the muscles to help reduce muscle tension. One of the issues with massage products is that they can overwork the muscles creating fatigue. Therefore we recommend using no more than 6 panels at one time. If you are using the rug twice a day, 4 panels is adequate at one time. The Sportz vibe rug is set at a gentle hertz level to prevent over working the muscles of the horse.
WHEN SHOULD I USE MY SPORTZ VIBE RUG?
The Sportz vibe rug is ideal to use before exercise as a warm up tool and after excercise for recovery and cool down. The rug is also useful to use for rehabilitation or between your physiotherapists visits.
WHAT SETTING SHOULD I USE TO WARM MY HORSE UP?
When you first start using your Sportz vibe rug you should always use setting one for a few days to allow your horse to adjust to the rug.
After 3 or 4 days you can start using setting 2. Once your horse is used to the rug you can use setting 2 as your warm up setting and setting 1 for cool down or rehabilitation.
I WANT TO BUY EXTRA ELECTRONICS TO HAVE IN THE NECK OF MY RUG, WHAT DO I DO?
You can buy 2 extra panels a cable and a battery at your local Sportz vibe Stockist.
HOW OFTEN SHOULD I USE MY SPORTZ VIBE RUG?
You can use your rug every day, up to a maximum of three times a day.
I CAN'T WORK OUT HOW TO SET UP MY RUG WHAT CAN I DO?
There is a setup video on the sportz-vibe.com website that you can refer to.
MY HORSE HAS A TEMPERATURE, IS IT OK TO USE MY SPORTZ VIBE RUG?
No it is important not to use massage whilst your horse is ill or has a temperature.
MY HORSE HAS A FRACTURED PELVIS, IS IT OK TO USE THE RUG?
No you must wait a minimum of 8 weeks before using the rug if your horse has a fractured pelvis.
I HAVE A SPORTZ VIBE RUG, WILL THAT REPLACE USING A PHYSIOTHERAPIST?
No the rug will not replace the treatment a qualified physiotherapist can give your horse. It is designed to be a maintenance rug which will assist your horse to repair wear and tear and reduce muscle tension.
Always make sure your horse has access to fresh water after being treated with the sportz vibe rug.