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  • What is the BEMER?
    BEMER stands for "bio electro magnetic energy regulation" and is a type of PEMF device which has been studied in depth, adopted by thousands of hospitals, physicians, and veterinarians across Europe, and has been gaining ground rapidly within the Equine Industry in the United States in more recent years. BEMER uses low frequency pulsed electromagnetic energy and a unique wave pattern to improve circulation, and reduce inflammatory response. BEMER treatments are an effective way to address a multitude of equine problems from acute to chronic conditions as the therapy will encourage the body to heal on its own much more rapidly than it would without the BEMER's intervention. Because BEMER addresses multiple systems of the body, its impact on equine and human health and well-being is incredible. It is also an excellent way to maintain your athlete partner's health and condition when no injuries are present (maintenance sessions). Preventative measures = "prehabilitation". BEMER is a unique FDA Class II cleared PEMF device designed specifically to target the circulation within the musculature in healthy muscles — the core system necessary for optimal health. BEMER is backed by the FEI (International Federation of Equestrian Sports), by Colorado State University's Equine Veterinary Program, and by physicians globally (see also human applications). BEMER is my go-to device of choice for my personal horses, for anything from everyday maintenance to injuries or helping the body recover from illness.
  • Are you a veterinarian?
    I am not a veterinarian and therefore, I always recommend that you consult with your veterinarian prior to booking an appointment with me or scheduling any other health related treatment for your equine partner.
  • How long is a session?
    Sessions can be anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour and a half depending on what specific needs your horse has. A typical BEMER session will be 10-20 mins. Often, the horse will tell us how long the sessions should be. A typical full body session (PEMF + body work) just over a full hour. I will spend as much time as is necessary to help your horse during our appointment.
  • Do you accept check, venmo, etc?
    I accept check, cash, Venmo, and Zelle only at this time.
  • Are you available for "emergencies"?
    No. If you believe your horse is experiencing an emergency of any kind, you should contact your Veterinarian right away. If you have an urgent request, such as wanting a PEMF treatment before an upcoming event, text me and I'll do my best to fit you in.
  • Is it normal for my horse to relax during treatment?
    Yes. While all horses are different, it is quite common for horses to relax, stretch out, yawn or even fall asleep during a session. In fact, we want our horses to be in a parasympathetic state (relaxed, calm, yawning, gut sounds, blinking, licking and chewing) during our sessions.
  • How should I prepare for a body work appointment?
    Simply have your horse in a dry, clean, and preferably level area, with good lighting and be ready at our scheduled time with your horse already haltered. Please also have other horses put away so that they are not a distraction for your horse. Please inform me if your horse is not used to being touched or handled, has a habit of biting, kicking or other behaviors that will help me (and you) to remain safe during our appointment.
  • Do you donate services to non-profit organizations such as horse rescues?
    Yes. Presently, I am committed to two non-profits in NWA, and therefore am not offering additional discounts at this time for rescues.
  • Are there contraindications for BEMER treatment in horses?
    Because BEMER is a form of PEMF therapy, and there is not enough research yet on the impact of PEMF on the equine fetus, I do not perform BEMER treatments on pregnant mares unless your veterinarian specifically requests this treatment.
  • Is BEMER the same as PEMF?
    Yes and No. BEMER is a patented type of PEMF device, unique from any other on the market. BEMER (Bio-Electric Magnetic Energy Regulation) therapy is the “next generation” of PEMF therapy. It uses the PEMF signal to deliver a patented second signal which prolongs the benefits of the therapy session. Traditional PEMF sessions are 25 minutes and the effects on the body are only sustained for about an hour. With the addition of the BEMER signal, the improvement in circulation and other effects of the session last for 12-16 hours. BEMER has been clinically proven to aid in: Reduction of discomfort and inflammation Improvement of energy, endurance, strength, and circulation Increase in blood and tissue oxygenation Increased uptake of nutrients Cellular detoxification and regeneration Improved cardiac function Better concentration, mental acuity, stress reduction Muscle relaxation And much more!
  • How long does it take to see results?
    We're all about results, right? And when it comes to our horses, we want results as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, most of the time the healing process of these amazing athletes of ours is in some ways out of our hands. The saying "a tincture of time" comes to mind, and you've probably heard that a time or two if you've encountered equine injuries. What I can tell you is that typical BEMER treatment results vary based on a multitude of factors, which means the time-frame to see results can be as little as ten minutes, all the way up to a couple of weeks of treatment. Some variables that factor into time-frame are: - Age of horse - The type of work is horse engaged in and how often - Whether or not horse had pre-existing injuries or health conditions - If horse suffering from conditions like ulcers, hindgut acidosis or weight loss/malabsorption issues - If horse is suffering from soft tissue or skeletal (bone) injury And the list goes on... Generally speaking, a healthy horse that is receiving maintenance treatments one to two times monthly will demonstrate results almost immediately -- (such as indications of reduced pain in sore areas, less reluctant to perform certain tasks, more "willing" and generally more relaxed in disposition, etc). A horse suffering from a severe injury, chronic pain, or serious health condition will typically see progressive results, over time with bi-weekly treatments, which are then reduced as improvement is made. Over time the horse can reduce to weekly, then bi-monthly, then monthly (upon owner's discretion). Bi-monthly treatments are recommended for working horses as maintenance. Remember that just because you may not see immediate results, therapies used such as BEMER technology for example, is scientifically proven to go to work in the body IMMEDIATELY and continues to work for hours and even days after a session! You can't always see the positive effects with the naked eye. ANOTHER NOTE: Horse owners must remember that little effort equals little results when it comes to the rehabilitation and care of our horses. A session with a practitioner, or a visit to the vet is just one of many aspects of the puzzle. The horse owner must be diligent, working daily/weekly on exercises, and routine care, in order to see optimal results. If you don't work with your horses between sessions, you will not get the same results.
  • I had my saddle evaluated online. How can I know it fits?
    Online saddle fitting is an absolute hoax. Don't take my word for it! Ask any skilled saddle-fitter, tree maker, or equine professional about the importance of seeing a saddle in person in order to evaluate the fit to the horse. Unfortunately, photos of your saddle on your horse's back do NOT show things going on underneath the saddle. If you need help fitting a saddle, contact a saddle fitter who can schedule a consultation with you.
  • What is muscle therapy?
    As the name implies— muscle therapy uses therapeutic techniques to reduce pain in the muscles of the horse, allowing the horse to experience a higher quality of life and better performance. Muscle therapy involves a variety of treatment modalities including functional movement based techniques, deep tissue massage, trigger point therapy, myofascial release, acupressure, and corrective exercises. I also use red light therapy in my practice.
  • What is red light therapy?
    Workout and strenuous activities leave the horse with muscles, tendons, and associated connective tissue micro-injuries. This can also be the simple sore muscle after exercise. The light therapy can reduce the delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS) and prepare the horses tissues for the next workout. The red lights have specific wavelengths that are absorbed by a photo acceptor, cytochrome c oxidase within the mitochondria of the cell. The energy (photons) from the lights increases the energy within the cell and that speeds up the healing process. The lights must be specific wavelengths and must be delivered at a specific dosage. Using both red and infrared lights is beneficial because the wavelengths are absorbed by different depths of tissue. In my practice, I use two specific wavelengths that research has shown to dramatically increase the rate of healing. The two wavelengths are in the visible red and near infrared spectrums. The visible red is effective for stimulating acupuncture points, releasing trigger points, treating wounds and infections. The infrared wavelength which is not visible and, penetrates deeper, has been shown to be effective in helping heal soft tissue injuries, joints and muscles.
  • Why should my horse receive a massage and bodywork?
    There are a multitude of benefits that come from equine massage and body work. Horses with certain conditions can find relief from pain and stress. Massage offers relaxation and a calming experience for a horse that is in high-stress work. But the benefits go far beyond the "feel good" experience. Here is a list of conditions that equine massage and body work can address are part of a treatment program: Kissing Spine Ligament injuries Bone injuries Post surgery recovery (think physical therapy) Tendon injuries Diseases that cause discomfort - Cushing's, laminitis, cancer, and more. Improve joint health with increase of synovial fluid. Improve digestion, reduce stress-related ulcers. Improves circulation Reduces muscle fatigue, inflammation or tightness. Helps PREVENT future injury ("Prehab") Helps with CURRENT injuries (rehabilitation). Can help horses mentally by calming the horse, and allowing the horse to build trust through a pleasant experience. Relieve spasms. Increased flexibility and range of motion. And the list goes on.... There is rarely a reason to NOT massage your horse. Trained therapists are able to apply special techniques and address target areas through feel.
  • Does my horse need an equine massage therapist if I own a massage gun?
    Massage guns can be excellent, handy tools when used properly on our horses. I have several massage guns and I have been using them on my personal horses for years. Hands-on equine massage and muscle therapy is quite different from the experience your horse receives from the "gun", as the human touch allows for specific areas to be addressed with trained techniques that promote healing. Further, a practitioner such as myself can feel things that a massage gun simply cannot feel. I can manipulate fascia, working with my hands or fingers in specific areas, while simultaneously calming the horse with my opposite hand, as an example. As another example, my hand can feel for abnormalities and "knots" that need to be worked out whereas a massage gun, being an inanimate object cannot tell us anything. A massage gun can be a great tool for "on-the-go" applications or following your regular appointment with a skilled bodyworker.
  • How did you come to be a bodyworker?
    From childhood, I knew I wanted to work with horses. This was a passion instilled at a very young age as my family started me with horses at age three. When I was old enough for a library card, my journey began. I would go to the old Lakewood library, and check out as many books as my father would allow at one time -- all of which were about equine care, equine anatomy, physiology, and horses in general. My parents encouraged me to follow this passion, and my family helped me get involved with horse people in our community so that I could begin my "equestrian career". While I think my parents had hoped my horse obsession was a phase, turns out decades later I haven't let up. Ha! I had some wonderful opportunities to work with horses in my youth which helped me decided that I wanted to be a large-animal veterinarian. I was honored to receive one of several national undergrad scholarships at the time from Colorado State University's College of Veterinary Medicine and Biomedical Sciences. With great enthusiasm, I accepted and so, began my journey in pre-veterinary studies, primarily focused in equine science and a minor in agricultural science. Life threw me a curveball in 2006, as a drunk driver changed the course of my life forever. Thankfully, even with all of the injuries I sustained, I was fortunate to make a full recovery after about a year and a half of surgeries, therapies, and making a new start. Because of the injuries I had sustained I could not attend university, and lost my scholarship at CSU. Being one who didn't want to take on the large amount of student debt associated with vet school, my career path changed--for the better I say. : ) My own physical therapy and all of the holistic or alternative therapies I chose during my recovery played a role in sparking a new interest -- equine rehabilitative care and sports therapy. I saw the lasting and powerful effects of things like acupuncture, massage therapy, physical therapy, and later, PEMF, and was astounded. If these modalities could help me recover from such a horrific accident, multiple surgeries, and over a year of rehabilitation, surely they could do the same for horses. During my recovery, I ended up studying business, and became a TPA consultant for one of the country's leading third party benefits administrators, but I never gave up my passion for working with horses and their people. I continued my education in equine studies, this time focusing more on integrative therapies. In my early 20's, I worked with OTTBs from Arapahoe race track in Colorado, and learned a great deal about equine rehabilitation through those years of experience which I later applied in my work with local horse rescues. During this time, I also worked on a cattle ranch through the summers, allowing me to obtain an even deeper understanding of the horse (and the cattle industry). For fun, I barrel raced and went to local gymkhanas which helped me learn a great deal about BALANCE. By my mid-20s, I had begun working with students of my own, teaching fundamentals of riding as well as coaching new horse owners on horse purchase, and horsemanship, care, and horse maintenance. I began schooling OTTBs that were not suited to racing in order to show their potential in other disciplines. During those years, I also served on the board and co-founded several horse related organizations in order to further my knowledge, and help the horse community where I lived. One such organization, afforded me the opportunity to work at King of Hearts Ranch as the organization's Vice President where we rehabilitated literally hundreds of horses over the course of my five years with them and ultimately came to be known as the fastest growing equine rescue in the country. By 2015 I had moved to northeastern Colorado where I worked with horses on a consulting basis, as well as rehabilitated horses for riders competing in a plethora of disciplines. During that time equine sports therapies and equine nutrition became focal points. Around 2014, I took a great interest in saddle fitting, as I noticed that general education regarding saddle fit was lacking at large in the horse world and I was frustrated with my own challenges in helping the many rescue horses I would foster or adopt. Most of the horses that came to me were suffering from the pain caused by ill-fitting saddles. I began studying saddles and saddle fitting, gaining knowledge from experts in Colorado and beyond, and I am now able to share that knowledge that I have learned over the years with others. Later, I began to hear about BEMER from a friend and took great interest in this device. I was introduced to PEMF coil devices by my local vet at the time, which I then began using on a special case -- a horse that had suffered extreme neglect. I was so impressed by my findings in using two different devices, that this led me to study PEMF therapy, PEMF devices, and to certify in PEMF therapy through the AOPP and several other institutions. Side note - BEMER is amazing and is helping horses all over the world! Also during that time, I had returned to my studies, and through the years have learned from bodywork experts such as Jim Masterson and Mike Scott. Eventually, I completed a series of certifications or re-certifications through continued education. My education continues today and will for the remainder of my life. Eventually I relocated to northwest Arkansas in 2022 to live near my family. It didn't take long to get involved with the AR horse community, and fall in love with the beauty of the Natural State. Most recently, I have returned to an old interest -- thermography. Some years ago I had an injured quarter horse mare, and despite her seeing multiple specialists, no veterinarian I took her to was able to diagnose her. I resorted to thermal imaging on a hunch, and sure enough, we were finally able to determine that the horse had a mysterious shoulder injury. Thermography helped me so much with that mare, and I always wanted to learn more about it and eventually was able to invest in my own equipment and education on the subject in order to help other horse owners and their equines. Presently, I continue to study equine thermography via the works of Maria Soroko-Dubrovina, a "pioneer" of equine thermal imagine in veterinary application. I'm thrilled to be serving the NWA horse community, and hope to continue to collaborate with fellow equine professionals, and to help horses heal and live their best lives now and in the future.
  • Is equine massage therapy always safe?
    Massage is almost always safe and can be highly beneficial. However, there are some contraindications to equine massage including conditions of the skin such as tumors, lacerations, unhealed scar tissue, heat/swelling of wounds, infection, fever, or shock. (Shock lowers blood pressure and massage may cause further lowering of blood pressure). Things like ringworm, ruptures, or cysts could be irritated by massage. Communication is key so always ask your veterinarian if your horse is in suitable massage condition, and let me know beforehand if there are certain areas or issues of concern.
  • I LOVE my saddle...can I keep using it even if it isn't the perfect fit?
    As horse owners, we have a responsibility to our horses. Our horses cannot speak for themselves, and so we are their guardians. An ill-fitting saddle, no matter how much you love it, and no matter how much you spent on it, WILL absolutely hurt your horse and may already be causing your horse pain or performance issues. In order for your horse's body to move properly and function without pain, a proper fitting saddle is imperative no matter what your discipline, and no matter how many hours you will be riding. Think of it this way-- if your saddle does not fit your horse, yes, that is an expense you'll have to contend with in that you'll need to purchase a different rig. However, in purchasing a saddle that fits your horse, this will literally save you money, heart ache, and an injured horse down the line. There are a host of acute to chronic problems associated with poor saddle fit and horses have even sustained such traumatic long-term injuries from ill-fitting saddles that in some cases, the horse has had to be retired altogether. Fit the horse. Fit the rider. Fit the budget. You'll be so glad you did.
  • Why do you talk about dentistry?
    Whole-horse balance, means addressing the entire horse. Balancing the mouth is a proven way to add to your horse's quality of life and overall well-being. Believe it or not, what goes on in your horse's mouth plays a crucial roll in how he carries his head/neck, often factors in to tension/pain in the poll area, can mean the difference between success and failure in the show ring or rodeo arena, and can mean the difference between your horse being healthy or developing disease. To balance the mouth, we must consult with equine dental professionals, who specialize in dentistry as the majority of veterinarians are not specialized in this area of study and focus. If you need a dental practitioner in Arkansas, I highly recommend Ben Matheson who can be reached at (870)-582-2030. If you require a dental practitioner in Colorado, I highly recommend Sydney Burt who can be reached at (720)-224-5483.
  • Why do you talk about chiropractic care?
    In balancing the horse and the rider, we must look at all areas of the body, and all body systems, including the skeletal system. Modalities that I practice such as massage and PEMF are proven to work incredibly well in conjunction with equine and human chiropractic care. Here, we can align horse's spine, joints, and supple/relax the muscles while stimulating circulation (leading to cell regeneration (healing)).
  • Why do you talk about hoof care?
    In balancing the whole horse, we must also balance the hooves, especially if our horses are in work of any kind. The old saying, "no hooves, no horse" rings true, as often horses suffer a multitude of body conditions that all lead back to the feet. The hoof plays a crucial role in our horses' movement, posture, and daily life. It acts as a means for blood to pump back up the leg to the heart. It is truly magnificent in that it is resilient while also fragile. To balance your horse's hooves, you will need to do several things: 1) Ensure that YOU train your horse to stand politely and quietly for the farrier. If you cannot do this on your own, send your horse to a qualified trainer. If neither of these is an option, sedating the horse may be an option for you to discuss with your veterinarian but typically I do not recommend this as it teaches your horse nothing, is costly in the long run, and can be a nuisance for your farrier. 2) Connect with a skilled, experienced farrier who understands horse biomechanics, hoof balance, and who has experience in dealing with a wide variety of "corrective" measures to balance hooves that are not "typical". Get references, and look closely at photos of his work on other horses. Note that there is absolutely no scientific proof that "barefoot trimmers" (naturalists) are beneficial to the modern-day, domesticated horse. I am not suggesting that barefoot trims are a poor choice, but MANY horses require the assistance of special shoes, or typical shoes due to the work we have them in, or due to conditions that do not mesh well with the barefoot ideology.
  • What is PEMF?
    The short answer to this question is that PEMF stands for "pulsed electromagnetic field" and this electromagnetic field is similar to that of the earth's natural magnetic field. PEMF is a powerful therapy which uses a device to produce electromagnetic frequencies allowing the stimulation of the body's natural healing processes. PEMF therapy was studied by a NASA scientist in its early days, and over the years more research has been dedicated from scientists, professionals, and even University clinical trials. One PEMF device, the BEMER is unique in its class, and is the only device to have a published clinical (equine) trial by Colorado State University proving its effectiveness to treat back pain. BEMER therapy (a form of PEMF) stimulates blood flow (circulation) which stimulates cell regeneration (healing), and to reduces inflammation and pain. Essentially, BEMER treatment is proven to help the body heal itself more efficiently and works through multiple systems of the body. The science behind PEMF is discussed in greater detail on my educational blog and Facebook page.
  • Why Don't You Use the Magna Wave?
    This is a loaded question, and you may be surprised at my detailed answer which can be discovered in my educational blog. In a nutshell, my decision to use BEMER rather than MW came to me after I personally studied both devices first-hand over the course of a nearly a year, using each on multiple different horses. In the end, my findings concluded that the clinically backed BEMER device was my preferred choice, but this does not mean that I don't believe in the benefits of MW and coil PEMF devices. After many hours of research and study, I have concluded that comparing the two devices is like comparing apples to oranges. Each has its place, but they are both quite different. There are many modalities and devices that may benefit the horse and it is up to each individual horse owner to decide what is best for his or her horse. Three things brought me to my decision to use BEMER as my go-to device for the horse -- science (facts), practicality, and overall results during my own trial of the devices. You can read about that in more detail here.
  • Are there negative side effects of BEMER treatment in horses?
    BEMER is scientifically proven with no negative side effects, non-invasive, and safe to use. As a result, the horse's body can work more efficiently to heal itself, and feel more energetic. Furthermore, BEMER is an FEI approved supportive therapy.
  • What is myofascial release?
    Myofascial release is an alternative therapy that alleviates pain and restores muscle function, and overall well-being of the horse. Myofascial release is the manipulation of the body's fascia, a complex web-like part of the tissues (muscles) that runs throughout the entire body. This gentle, constant massaging technique allows for the release of the myofascial tissues which in turn, alleviates pain, tension, allows for improved flexibility of the muscles, and helps improve joint mobility and range of motion. Myofascial release integrates well with other body work such as massage, but it is deeper and more constant in specific, targeted areas. Massage generally addresses elongating the superficial muscular tissues of the horse's body, and myofascial release addresses fascial tissue. The two are very intertwined, hence the term "myofascial". Myofascial release technique can benefit horses no matter what their intended use.
  • What is acupressure and how will it help my horse?
    Acupressure is a treatment modality rooted in traditional Chinese medicine. Different from acupuncture, which uses needles, acupressure influences pathways within the horse's body to treat various conditions in the horse by using noninvasive pressure (fingers or red light). Practitioners identify various locations called acupoints which are located on pathways known as meridians that run through the horse’s body. Imbalances in energy flow through your horse's body can cause problems such as pain, inflammation, and muscle spasms, and acupressure addresses these gentle pressure at an acupoint and assess the horse’s reaction. Acupressure is one of many modalities, and is not an "end all, be all". It will not cure every problem in every horse, but many horses do respond well to acupressure. The use of this technique releases endorphins and cortisone, substances that relieve pain and anxiety and reduce inflammation in injured tissues.
  • How can equine thermography help my horse?
    Thermography is one of many diagnostic tools available in modern-day equine practice such as radiographs or ultrasound. It can be a powerful tool in aiding horse owners in determining what areas of the body are experiencing abnormal temperature (inflammatory response). Thermography is uniquely powerful, in that it is the only imaging that can show subclinical injuries (signs of injury on camera before they ever present physically). Thermal images are taken from a special high-resolution infrared camera under specific conditions that allow for clear, accurate images of the whole body or specific parts such as the hooves. Thermography is a wise choice BEFORE your horse is injured as well. Getting a base-line image of your specific horse's body, allows us to see what your horse's temperatures look like on a typical day when he is "normal". This way, when injury or issues occur, when new images are taken, we are able to compare to the originals base-line images.

Frequently Asked Questions

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PEMF, massage, laser, kinesiology taping, acupuncture, and many more are all modalities used in the treatment of equine injuries or illness in efforts to rehabilitate the horse, or to maintain a healthy horse's condition. I believe that the use of multiple modalities increases the horses chances of full recovery in many cases, and can even reduce the time required for recovery significantly. BEMER therapy is my go-to modality of choice due to its effectiveness, on my own personal horses and client horses, and its wide range of applications. BEMER treats the whole horse as it literally impacts all systems of the body (cells and circulation), helping the horse heal itself. 

As with ANY treatment or therapy, you should always consult with your Veterinarian beforehand.

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