WHY HIDEZ COMPRESSION WEAR FOR ANIMALS?
Hidez compression suits are engineered using innovative graduated compression technology. The Hidez Compression Wear is so beneficial to your horse. IT DOES TAKE EFFORT… but so does all of the training, riding, seasoning, caring, and hauling that you do! Admittedly, you cannot just toss it over their back and it go to work. You must zip it up, and it can take 2-5 minutes and now and then maybe an extra hand. The benefits to your partner are well worth the time and effort! You will see your equine companion relax, breathe a deep breath and exhale. Their eyes will go soft. They will enjoy your efforts. You are helping them with soreness, anxiety OR- if there are none of those issues, you are helping prevent them.
The compression (be it a suit, neck, mask, socks) is massaging the lymphatic system and increasing circulation. There is nothing wrong with just helping them “feel good” for a bit.
If you see a horse in Hidez products, it does not mean that horse has a problem or an issue or an injury. You are seeing a horse that has an owner/partner/rider that cares about how their athlete feels before, during and after their performance, in the arena and out.
Longevity is the key; Our partners are too hard to replace.
Hidez Compression Suits can be beneficial in aiding to pain management by massaging the horse, supporting to the muscle groups (multifidus muscles, psoas muscles,abdominal oblique muscles), as an all-natural anti-inflammatory aid. So why compression? Well, according to Kenneth Knight , “Cryotherapy in Sports Injury Management” (1995), compression helps control edema formation and reduces the swelling by promoting reabsorption of this fluid. Not only does the compression aid reabsorption, it shuts down the area and therefore will not allow for additional edema to formulate. If there is less tissue debris, there is less free protein which will lower the tissue oncotic pressure. Tissue oncotic pressure pulls fluid from the capillaries and will increase edema. This compression enhances the body’s natural circulation and provides the following injury recovery benefits: Less swelling – Inflammation and swelling are not only uncomfortable, they can also inhibit the healing process. Compression therapy is proven to help reduce swelling, especially in combination with cold therapy. Less edema – Excess fluid buildup can also slow down the healing process and inhibit range of motion if the injury is at or near a joint. Compression can help reduce this excess fluid in the body. More nutrients – Active compression helps stimulate the flow of lymph fluid, which carries vital nutrients, to the damaged tissues surrounding the injury. Lymph fluid is also important for removing waste from cells and body tissues, an important function during the tissue regeneration process. More oxygen – Injured tissue requires oxygen for it to repair itself. However, swelling can inhibit the flow of blood to an injury, slowing down the healing process. Active compression helps improve blood flow, thereby enhancing the delivery of oxygen to damaged tissue. Faster tissue repair – The combination of reduced swelling and delivery of oxygen and nutrients to the injury site enables more rapid tissue repair and an overall faster healing process.
DOES IT WORK?
- Recovery: Graduated compression means that a greater amount of pressure is applied at the extremities (the lowest point of the leg) and the pressure reduces along the limbs and body. The technique employed by the design of Hidez animal compression suits assists in forcing vital blood supplies out of the lower limbs, back into circulation and towards the heart. This process may enhance blood flow and oxygen available to an animal’s muscles. In addition, the process can speed up the removal of waste products like lactic acids and carbon dioxide, for vital blood supplies. Good healthy blood supplies ensures recovery from injuries faster, helps in the prevention of injuries by maintaining muscle temperature and reduces muscle fatigue by flushing out ‘bad blood’, which aids in the reduction of delayed onset muscle soreness.
- Travel: Just like human graduated compression apparel brands, Hidez animal compression suits use a unique muscle focus design when applying pressure to an animal’s hide. The suit wraps the muscle groups focusing on controlling graduated compression, but also aiding in the reduction of muscle vibrations. This is very important when animals are travelling. Muscle’s work extremely hard during travelling, they vibrate & can overstretch. Muscle vibration can cause micro fibres to tear in the muscles, as a result membranes leak and the enzyme Creatine Kinase (CK) leaks into the blood in high concentrations causing cramping and ultimately travel sickness.
- Fabric: Hidez manufactures its own fabric with superior breathability and moisture management properties in a high stretch elastomeric yarn . This fabric is made using a “warp knit” construction. Warp knitted fabrics are more durable than regular circular knitted fabrics.Our fabric is among the most durable fabrics of this kind anywhere in the world and designed to return its natural / original shape no matter how much physical exertion or force the fabrics have been put under when worn
For the most benefit, use your Hidez gear on your equine performance partner to pre-warm up, during exercise (if you have an active suit), and immediately following exercise or performance. There is no time limit for wearing the compression gear. Studies have shown, the longer the wear, the better the benefits.
WHAT IS GRADUATED COMPRESSION?
It is a type of compression that is applied to the muscles, where there is greater pressure at the extremities and then gradually easing off at the top of one’s limb and again at the top of the torso. This process forces fluids that tend to pool back up and out of the limbs and back into circulation.
Is there any proof that gradient compression will help my animal ?
We have done many trials with HIDEZ over the years. People who have used the HIDEZ suits have experienced great results with their animals. From Veterinarians, Racehorse Trainers, Harness Racing Trainers, Endurance riders and Olympic gold medalists all competing in national and international events.
WHAT DOES THE HIDEZ RECOVERY SUIT DO?
HIDEZ recovery suits do a number of things. Mainly it’s designed to enhance blood flow back to the heart from the extremities (lower limbs), It will help supply more oxygen to muscles (enhance muscle activity), flush out waste products from blood supplies (e.g. lactic acids) and stop muscles from the effects of vibration (reduces DOMS). All of which will help reduce recovery times.
Are HIDEZ designed to be used during transport (Air, road or other means)?
Yes . We have had horses travel long distances in their HIDEZ suits, by road across Australia and by Air across the globe. Including BLACK CAVIARS 36 hour return flight from Melbourne to Ascot.
How do HIDEZ support muscles in transport?
When travelling the animal’s muscles vibrate and shake around uncontrollably, causing microfiber tears in the muscles which allows the enzyme creatine kinase (CK) to leak in and break down muscle cells causing cramping and travel fatigue. The HIDEZ suits are cut and sewn in a specific way, using our distinct seams that act as anchor points to help wrap the muscles holding them firm against the body stopping muscle vibration.
Won’t my animal get hot travelling in their HIDEZ suit?
NO, Provided there is sufficient ventitalion .HIDEZ suits help maintain muscle temperatures, if it is hot the HIDEZ suit will keep the animal cool and if it is cold the HIDEZ suit will help keep the animal warm.
Thermodynamics come into play here. The reason blankets are insulative is because they trap air in between the exterior of the blanket and the skin. With compression gear there is no air to trap, so the heat and sweat wicks through the garment and evaporative cooling reaches through to cool the horse. Professional athletes such as football players, powerlifters, cyclists, runners, etc use compression gear in all kinds of weather. If you have ever been an athlete and worn compression shorts, shirts, or tights you have probably felt the compression wear draw the heat away from the body, making it comfortable in all temperatures.
How do HIDEZ help muscles?
Animals muscle feel more fatigued & less powerful when they vibrate. HIDEZ suits are constructed in a way that holds them very tight against the animal’s body in the right places, to help reduce vibration and improve muscle focus & proprioception (awareness).
Can HIDEZ help to prevent an injury?
Yes.When HIDEZ are worn during transport, the compressive effect prevents muscles from vibration & overextending (which can cause injury) . Also HIDEZ can be worn before exercise warming up muscle and reduce the risk of muscle stress.
Can Hidez help with medical conditions?
The increased oxygenation and circulation provided by HIDEZ is an excellent way of relieving a range of medical complaints including travel fatigue, muscle fatigue, lymphedema, and Ty-up. It also helps to improve circulation during pregnancy, or after an operation.
Are Hidez restrictive when worn?
No. HIDEZ suits are form fitting, but they don’t restrict movement in limbs or muscles
Will HIDEZ keep my animal dry?
Yes. Our moisture Management fabrics moves moisture away from your skin to the outside of the HIDEZ garment where it evaporates – so your animals hide remains dry.
When should HIDEZ be worn?
· During transport
· Before exercise or competition
· As a recovery aid after exercise or competition
· When recovering from injury or surgery
Can HIDEZ be worn for long periods of time?
Yes. HIDEZ are designed to help with the effect of travel sickness, muscle fatigue, and ty-up,plus speed up the recovery time of injuries. The HIDEZ suit can be left on for extended periods of time, provided the animal is in a standing position and secured, or being lead. the Hidez suits are not designed for use when the animal is laying down because of potential harm to the fabric.
How to wash HIDEZ?
There’s no need to hand wash your HIDEZ. You can put them in the machine, but wash them on a cold, delicates setting. It’s best to use a gentle detergent too. As with all elastomeric garments, the gentler the washing process, the more life you’ll get out of your HIDEZ.
How to dry HIDEZ?
Do not tumble dry your HIDEZ. Let them dry naturally
How long will they last?
Obviously this depends on how you take care of your HIDEZ suit, how often you use them and how often you wash them.
SINCE HORSES CAN’T TALK TO US, WE DECIDED TO LISTEN TO ATHLETES ABOUT COMPRESSION WEAR THAT CAN:
CAN COMPRESSION GEAR PREVENT SORENESS? NEW SCIENCE SHOWS THAT TIGHTS MIGHT BE THE ANSWER TO YOUR POST-EXERCISE ACHES
BY MICHAEL EASTER
Tuesday, April 7, 2015
The revival of men in spandex at your local gym and CrossFit box isn’t some weird tribute to 80s exercise videos. New research finds that tights can help you avoid dreaded post-workout pains.
“When compression garments are worn during and after heavy exercise, they appear to reduce muscle soreness,” says Jessica Hill, M.S.c., a U.K.-based exercise scientist who authored a 2013 review on the topic, published in the British Journal of Sports Medicine.
It concluded that people who wear compression garments after their exercise sessions experience less soreness and faster muscle recovery than people who rock a more traditional gym outfit, like a t-shirt and shorts.
When you work a muscle group hard, it can become inflamed. “When we experience an inflammatory response we get an increase in fluid and white blood cells to the affected area. This leads to swelling and increases in pressure, and therefore pain,” says Hill.
Compression garments “work” by constricting your muscles. That reduces the amount of fluid buildup, decreasing the swelling and pressure.
“Compression garments also may increase blood flow to the muscles, which removes creatine kinase, an enzyme in your muscles that leaks out after muscle damage and can cause the ache,” says Hill.
The tight gear isn’t salvation from soreness, though—it only helps.
Spanish scientists had a group of soccer players wear a compression sleeve on one leg, and nothing on the other leg. Then the players ran downhill for 40 minutes (an activity commonly used to elicit soreness). They showed 27% fewer markers of soreness in the compressed leg compared to the free leg.
And a U.K. study found that marathoners who wore compression tights in the 24-hours after crossing the finish line reported feeling less sore, but not ache free.
Bottom line: think of compression gear as another weapon in your arsenal against post-exercise aches.
DOES COMPRESSION GEAR REALLY WORK?
By William Imbo, Oct 2014
What the research shows:
Since compression gear became a common feature in athletics, there have been several studies seeking to examine whether it can actually help to improve performance. However, they are mostly inconclusive. Now, a lot of these reports did show that compression garments showed an improvement in blood flow (especially in well-trained runners), though there was no significant improvement to running endurance. In fact, in 2011 a German literature review published in Sportverletz Sportschaden analyzed 37 different compression garment studies, concluding that, overall, the studies “showed no general scientific indications regarding the benefit of compression garments in competitive sports.” This appears to be pretty damning evidence, does it not?
However, there are some studies that lend support to the notion that wearing compression gear can help you recover post-exercise. Many reports showed that athletes simply felt less sore after exercise when wearing compression attire, and they believed they recovered better too. Of course, this might just be a placebo effect—athletes believing that they felt less sore simply because they were wearing some fancy sports gear. Fortunately, researchers in New Zealand found a way to control the placebo effect. A 2012 study published in the Journal of Strength and Conditioning Researchrevealed their test. Fourteen “trained multisport male athletes” performed an initial 40km time trial on bikes, then rested for a full 24 hours before performing the time trials a second time. During this rest period, some of the athletes were given a full-length compressive garment to wear, or a similar looking piece of non-compressive placebo gear. The intent was to make all of the test subjects believe that they were wearing compression clothing. A week later, the two test trials were performed again, only this time the athletes who had worn the placebo gear the week before were now given compression tights, and vice versa. The results of the study showed that on the second-day rides, the athletes went 1.2 percent faster when they wore compression gear during recovery as opposed to the placebo clothing. Though the researchers weren’t entirely sure what the underlying biological mechanism was that allowed for the increase in speed, the study would appear to prove that wearing compression gear post-exercise does indeed help you recover quicker, thus allowing you to perform better on a day-to-day basis.