RESEARCH ON THE EFFECTIVENESS OF VITAFLOOR IN SIGNIFICANTLY INCREASING HOOF GROWTH
The most recent Study that was conducted using a Vitafloor, was published scientifically in 2018 in 'Research in Veterinary Science'.

This study (full copy link below) was conducted by Peninsular Equine Medical Centre in Menlo Park, California. In a 60-day study on ten horses, the hood and sole growth was markedly accelerated after twice daily Vitafloor vibration sessions. This latest research sheds light on a natural, non-invasive treatment, with no side effects, which accelerates healing and hoof health.

These results are also very promising for laminitis patients, as the study shows a significant increase (up to 40%) of hoof growth especially in the first 30 days of treatment. Once the study was finished after the 60 days and treatments were stopped, the hoof growth fell back to similar levels as before the treatment. Vitafloor whole body vibration therapy is one more tool to help combat the stressful problem of laminitis by generating faster, healthy hoof growth without trauma to the horse, and helping with pain and inflammation.
“Vitafloor Whole Body Vibration (WBV) increases hoof growth significantly over a 30 and 60-day period with the main increase seen in the first 30 days of the treatment. No prolonged effect on hoof growth rate was seen after cessation of WBV. These results indicate that Whole Body Vibration can be used as a non-invasive, safe and non-labor intensive therapeutic modality to accelerate hoof growth in the horse.”

-Bart Halsberghe, Veterinary Surgeon, DABVP (equine), cert. ISELP, CVMA, cVSMT, CERT.: Peninsula Equine Medical Center, Menlo Park, CA.
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Source: Effect of two months whole body vibration on hoof growth rate (in mm) in the horse: A pilot study
Research in Veterinary Science 119 (2018) 37-42
This study echoes experiences at the Rehabilitation Center in California (www.dutchdreamhorses.com), owned by the Vitafloor owners.
Below is an example of a laminitis case they recently treated. This pony had a history of laminitis flare ups for several years, but this year it became much worse. When the coffin bone began to rotate, her veterinarian recommended she should be brought to their facility to use the Vitafloor® Stall unit. She was already in clogs that were screwed on as she couldn’t handle the pain of nailing the shoes. As the radiographs show, the sole growth is impressive! The left x-ray was taken just before Vitafloor sessions began, and shows a clear example of foundering with some rotation. She then started twice daily therapy sessions on the Vitafloor®. The right x-ray shows the same foot just under six weeks later. Note how the angles are improved as the farrier was able to take off a large amount of toe due to increased hoof growth, and the sole thickness has increased dramatically. This pony is now back at home having made a complete recovery.
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RESEARCH ON WHOLE BODY VIBRATIOIN - VITAFLOOR®

BENEFICIAL IN RESTORING SPINAL FUNCTION ADN STABILITY LEADING TO REDUCED BACK PAIN

Whole body vibration (WBV) in humans has been proven to increase muscle activity and strength, improve postural balance and reduce chronic back pain, which led veterinarians to explore the benefits of WBV in the horse. Research participants included nine horses, aged 9 to 19, with clinical signs of back pain and associated lameness. The horses underwent 30 minutes of WBV twice a day, five days a week, for 60 days in addition to their normal exercise routine. The WBV was administered with horses standing quietly on a Vitafloor® VMO vibrating platform which applied vibration to the feet.
The results are very exciting as the authors conclude the following:
1. Significant increase in muscle building was found in the back (m. multifidus) of the participating horses after only 30 and 60 days on the Vitafloor.
2. A statistically significant improvement in m. multifidus symmetry (becoming more symmetrical) after 60 days on the Vitafloor®.
This is important as this is thought to be a key factor in preventing recurrence of back pain in people. Due to the fact that the function and anatomy of m. multifidus in the horse is comparable to that in man, this would also help prevent back pain in horses).

3. Whole Body Vibration may be a valuable alternative to dynamic mobilization exercises.
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“From a practical perspective, being able to increase the size of this muscle may play a key role in the treatment and prevention of back pain in the horse, as has been shown in humans. Moreover improvement in muscle symmetry has been suggested to be a sign of the muscle returning to normal and as such improved spinal health.

The importance of spinal health should not be underestimated as data indicates that 74% of horses with primary back pain show lameness and 32% of the horses with a primary limb lameness have back pain. Furthermore WBV can be used in maintaining or even improving muscle mass when horses are laid up for an injury with the usual deconditioning as a consequence. With the current research Vitafloor WBV appears to be an invaluable adjunctive therapy to maintain muscle mass as well as bone density in these horses during their rehabilitation” said Dr. Halsberghe.