Why we use Thermal Imaging

If your horse is dipping, flinching or nipping when groomed or tacked-up, their performance under saddle has changed, their gates are uneven, difficulty bending, bucking into canter or other non-typical behaviors, it may be due to muscular or soft tissue problems in other areas besides the back. Thermal Imaging can help us identify this problem spots.

Marvel Massage uses a Thermal Image camera to assist in the early detection of problem areas.  It is a tool that helps us understand how the horse is feeling.

About Thermography

Equine Thermography can detect injuries up to three weeks before major anatomical disruption occurs.  The thermal camera can show changes in the physiology of the animal (e..g, the blood flow),  which is altered when tissues are under stress. These changes often occur before the horse shows signs of problems such as swelling or lameness.

Thermal imaging or Thermography is a non-invasive imaging technique designed to measure differences in surface temperature of the horse, dog, human, saddle or other animal or object being imaged.  Thermal images can depict areas of heat, inflammation, cold and reduced blood flow in the muscular, vascular, skeletal and nervous systems. Thermography can highlight activity before actual breakdown occurs

The thermal images will show cold spots, hot spots, disruptions in circulation, and show you what you can't feel. The application of blisters and liniments, and recent injection sites also cause changes to the animal’s physiology, which are present for several days afterwards. This can be an indicator of a desire to mask something that’s underlying, and may indicate to your vet that there is a need to pay particular attention to certain areas.

Marvel Massage uses thermal Imaging to assist in the detection of changes in temperature of the soft tissue which which could be potential problem spots for the horse.  It should not be considered a diagnositc tool or test.

Mr. Ed had no problem telling us about his aches and pains but a typical horse can't talk.

Many horses show signs of a sore back which is often a secondary problem. The soreness may be caused by the horse changing their posture to alleviate the pain.