Friday, 17 November 2017

Ground-breaking ArcEquine Ambassador network launches



The exceptional customer service supporting its unique ArcEquine microcurrent unit is to be enhanced further by manufacturer Applied Microcurrent Technology (AMT) with the ground-breaking launch of a new network of highly skilled product Ambassadors.

Over £1,000,000 and 23,000 hours of product development in the technologically advanced ArcEquine unit have resulted in what is the smallest, wide spectrum microcurrent device in the world. Drug free, non-invasive and easy to use, it rapidly reduces swelling, bruising, inflammation and pain, stimulating tissue regeneration and repair across a wide spectrum of equine injuries.

Having quickly gained global credibility with elite riders and their expert advisors in 14 different countries, the next phase of the company’s meteoric growth will include the roll-out of what CEO Peter Clayton describes as; “a ground-breaking new business service”. 

He explains; “Our Ambassador concept will enable equine healthcare professionals and the equine supply chain to offer additional services to horseowners resulting from opportunities that will deliver new revenue streams and healthy margins to their businesses. ArcEquine Ambassadors will have expertise in the technology behind the ArcEquine and its practical use by horseowners, along with skills to support equine trade and healthcare professionals in developing both proficiency in its application and associated growth in their businesses. As a team, they herald a completely new level of customer service for the equine industry that will rival well-known global consumer brands.”


The first ArcEquine Ambassadors have been appointed and are already working with equine vets, physiotherapists, chiropractors, farriers, tack shops, rehabilitation centres and trainers to help them bring the benefits of ArcEquine microcurrent therapy to their clients and also their businesses.

 
Further Ambassador appointments will follow in coming weeks and months to support the accelerating growth in trade relationships. 

Anyone interested in the opportunities at any level should contact AMT’s Head Office on 01580 755504.

Thursday, 2 November 2017

Peer reviewed publication confirms quality of ArcEquine research



Applied Microcurrent Technology’s (AMT) ArcEquine unit is the result of an £850,000 nine-year programme of research and development and the company’s proven expertise in the equine sector has resulted in acceptance of two peer-reviewed articles for publication by the Journal of Equine Veterinary Science.


‘Equine Hoof Management and the Client-Farrier Relationship in the UK’ discusses the prevalence of hoof health problems over a 5-year period, the importance of the farrier-veterinarian relationship and the impact of nutrition. The data concludes that the owner-reported frequency of hoof abnormalities is significantly higher than reported in previous studies, suggesting an encouraging increase in owner awareness, whilst highlighting the need for further research and collaboration amongst professionals to further optimise hoof health.

‘Examining Attitudes Towards Equine Complementary Therapies for the Treatment of Musculoskeletal Injuries’ considers causes of career-ending injuries amongst equine athletes and assesses the usage and perceived efficacy of complementary and alternative veterinary medicine (CAVM). This includes a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic treatments increasingly used by owners with the expectation of facilitating complete healing and enhanced recovery rates. Data suggests owners are highly influenced by their veterinarian and concludes that further randomised, controlled research trials will support increased adoption of effective treatment modalities.

Authored by AMT Director of Research & Development, Jack Thirkell and Rebecca Hyland, these peer reviewed articles report two of a number of research projects currently being funded by the company. Jack Thirkell explains; “We have an ongoing programme of research exploring different therapeutic applications of microcurrent technology, both in the laboratory and in the field. We will be sharing more of our findings in coming months and are looking forward to working more closely with equine vets and allied healthcare practitioners.”

Find out more online at www.arcequine.com or contact the Arc-Family head office on 01580 755504.

Thursday, 12 October 2017

Bitesizes - Bite 2 - The Physical and the Psychological



Since beginning to research the use of microcurrent technology in 2002, the Arc team has collaborated with a leading Professor of Psychiatry, a specialist in ‘trauma’ and probably the leading European authority on post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Lessons learned from him over the years now form the foundations for Arc’s integrated Treatment and Rehabilitation Protocols.
From physiological, biological and psychological viewpoints, the Professor explains why it is that:
  • Chronic stressors, both physical and psychological, can have a very damaging effect on the immune system, which can manifest in the same timeframe OR at any time in the future, psychologically with depressive type symptoms and / or physically with ulcers, diabetes or other conditions.
  • There is never a physical trauma without an associated psychological trauma.
  • To enable physical healing, you must first eliminate all traumas, both physical and psychological.
Understanding and accepting this philosophy, which describes the complex inter-relationship and inextricable link between the physical and the psychological, is likely to be why the use of ArcEquine microcurrent technology is so successful. Its effectiveness is now well proven, even in ‘no hope’ cases where all else has failed and in cases where there is no definitive diagnosis.

Tuesday, 3 October 2017

'Incurable' hind suspensories heal and Championship win results!


Georgina Clarkson and a happy, healthy ProJo

Purchasing ProJo as a four-year-old in 2010, Barbie Clarkson rode him twice before prolonged snow forced a lay off, but back into work, he was always a little inconsistent and so began a six year journey that was to encompass both the despair of a very poor prognosis and finally, the elation of qualification for the BE100 Misubishi Motors Cup at Badminton and a team win in the Pony Club Eventing Championships.
By ProSet, the eyecatching and athletic 17hh gelding ProJo is known as Joe and Barbie shares the ups and downs of their story in her own words...
Joe seemed always to be a little bit ‘on and off’, never nasty or difficult, but a bit nappy or grumpy, although we couldn’t work it out and thought perhaps that as a rising five-year-old coming back into work he was testing our patience. However he progressed to ‘planting’, so we started to think about pain, but still weren’t sure; was he just being a bit difficult? We thought about gastric ulcers and he was affected, so treated, after which we expected his behaviour to improve, which it did a little. So we got going and even did a little bit of eventing.
He was always happy to jump, but on the flat found it difficult to produce power. When he was six in 2013, we had started novice level eventing, were doing novice level dressage and had even done a few elementary tests, but he never progressed as expected and things ‘sneaked up’ on us over time.
It was the following year, in 2014, that we didn’t get a good start to the eventing season. I had planned that we’d do three BE100s, then go novice, but events were cancelled because of bad weather. Our first run ended up being novice level, at which the show jumping was on long, lush, wet grass and he said ‘no’ for the first time, resulting in us being eliminated.
We came home and two days later had a session with my dressage trainer. She eventually said - “he’s not sound behind”, but I couldn’t feel it. She said she’d watched him many times in training and had thought there was ‘something’ for a while, but couldn’t pinpoint it.
Our vets nerve blocked him and confirmed lameness in both hind legs. So he had around eight weeks off, because there was no obvious sign of anything wrong. At that time I really didn’t want to know my very lovely horse was lame and maybe would be written off like others before him!
The rest didn’t work and back in work, he was quite difficult, so we did a ‘bute test and he was fine, which confirmed a pain issue and the investigations became more serious. An MRI scan revealed a problem with his suspensory ligaments, high up in both hind legs, where the ligaments attached onto the hock, but without external swelling or heat. Conformation was not the reason, treatment options were limited and he ended up having the whole of his seven-year-old year off.
Veterinary options were shock wave treatment or surgery, but success was unlikely. We talked about ArcEquine as we’d got to the point where there were no other options, and started using an ArcEquine unit during a 10-week period of box rest.
Walking him out started at week two – initially for 10 minutes a day – but Joe was terrifying and eventually I started to ride my daughter’s pony and lead him on a chifney, which worked because whenever Joe misbehaved, the pony would bite him, which gave me control! We broadly followed the ArcEquine rehabilitation plan and built the walking up to 30 minutes daily before I got back on. He has benefited from use of the ArcEquine unit ever since and fortunately we have never looked back and not had another major injury.
The following season as an eight-year-old we did only flatwork and dressage, progressing massively at that point. He was hacked out at home and we were really careful and paranoid about everything to do with his limbs; he became a proper diva! When you’re on that ‘last chance’ kind of thing, it was all about keeping him properly fit, getting him to carry himself properly, whilst ensuring he was never overusing any particular structure in his body.
As a nine-year-old we progressed to doing 1 x BE90 to test whether he would be sound! He was very silly, loved his jumping and it told me he was still keen for the job and really happy. He was sound the next day and stayed sound.
Barbie Clarkson and ProJo cross country schooling
with confidence and power!
It wasn’t until 2016 when Joe was 10 that I thought I would try out a little more, but not until I knew the ground was going to be OK.  I planned not to do many events, but following pre-season training with Blyth Tait, at which we ended up jumping 1.30m despite my slight lack of confidence, then a confident cross country session with Les Smith over novice fences, we decided to start at BE100. We finished fourth, so he was definitely back.
I was very careful all season, using iced boots to cool his ligaments along with the ArcEquine after every event and for maintenance each month. We had three novice runs and as I messed up, not him, we had no novice points and were still therefore eligible for the BE100 Misubishi Motors Cup Regional Final, which I entered.
That event was at Aske Hall and the ground was appalling. Jumping in ‘clart’ and slippery conditions is horrible and you just get to know over the years that there are too many things you can break in a horse for no reason and you don’t want to risk them. Fortunately, none of that happened and amazingly, we qualified for Badminton!
However that wasn’t to be, as a freak accident lunging a client’s horse resulted in me fracturing my elbow and when her horse Henry started to suffer from Hard Ground issues in July, my daughter Georgina took over the ride and the lovely Joe has been an absolute star!
Loving the cross country phase! Georgina and ProJo in action
Earlier in the year she had ridden him in the National Schools Eventing Association (NSEA) eventing at Northallerton and won the 100 section. That was their very first event together.  She was then selected for our South Northumberland Pony Club 100 team with him - fortunately they'd done their three mandatory qualifying rallies over the winter!  She ran him at Warwick Hall for a quick practise run before the Pony Club Areas there in June - and was placed again.  At the Areas, the team only made it into 2nd place but the National Championships held at Cholmondeley Castle in Cheshire is a different ballgame and the experience of all our riders came through to make them unbeatable, whichever combination of scores were used.

Dressage success riding a Medium level test
for Georgina and ProJo
In amongst all that, Georgina and Joe also qualified for the Pony Club Open Dressage at the Championships as individuals and finished 5th in their arena, following it up with a 5th in the Elite dressage competition too, riding the British Dressage Medium 73 test.
Following the Pony Club Championships they went on to do their first British Eventing novice together at Richmond and finished well for a first run with a qualifying score towards the BENu18 Championships for next year.
I never thought Joe would become a Pony Club boy, let alone go to the National Championships and put Georgina on the podium but he loved his week in Cheshire.  It was great compensation for the loss of my Badminton run but I think I may have to let Georgina continue to event him for me as she's doing such a great job!
Looking back, we had exhausted all further veterinary options, although our vets were supportive of my use of the ArcEquine unit and I do swear by it for his recovery. It would be interesting to re-do the MRI scan and see the ligaments now, as when I ride Joe he feels like a very, very different horse and he can use himself in a completely different way, producing power and hence able to work much better in every discipline, as he’s proved this season.

To find out more and to purchase an ArcEquine, visit www.arcequine.com and join in the conversations on social media.

Thursday, 7 September 2017

5 Things You May Not Know About Microcurrent Therapy



As more riders become aware of the benefits of ArcEquine’s unique microcurrent therapy, there might still be some things you don’t yet know about this cutting-edge technology, so here are just five key facts to get you up to speed ...

      1.       ArcEquine microcurrent therapy works throughout the whole body, so rotating the ArcEquine unit around the horse’s legs for each daily, three-hour treatment will help treat all injuries, in all types of tissue, wherever they are on the horse.

      2.       Drug-free, non-invasive and easy to use, the pocket-sized ArcEquine unit uses sub-sensory microcurrents that are not ‘felt’ by the horse.

     3.       ArcEquine units are used by a growing number of leading international riders, for whom the technology is becoming their ‘secret weapon’ in the quest for improved performance and competition results.

4.       Increasingly recommended by equine vets as an effective treatment modality, both as a stand-alone and as an adjunct to other treatments, ArcEquine offers support and free advice to all customers.

5.       ArcEquine is equally effective at prevention, as it will facilitate healing of minor niggles before they develop into major injuries and also supports faster recovery after strenuous training and competition workloads.

Everyone is talking about ArcEquine and now you’ll be able to confidently join the discussions.  

A complete ArcEquine kit contains everything you need to get started and costs £449.99 (+p&p) from the secure online store at www.arcequine.com or by contacting the office on 01580 755504.

The ArcEquine website has lots of information and case studies – and why not join the discussions on facebook, Twitter, Google+, Instagram and LinkedIn.