The Science and Benefits Behind Hidez
The basic theory behind the Hidez Equine Travel & Recovery Compression Suit or Active Compression suit can be described as applying a controlled external pressure to the major muscle groups, which has remarkable benefits for equine and canines. The suit is designed to facilitate the return of fluid to the bloodstream, reduce inflammation and encourage good blood flow to the muscles. The below content covers infrared changes, muscle structure, muscle energy sources, compression technology and the various equine and canine benefits.
- Enhances greater blood flow
- Promotes oxygen availability to muscles
- Speeds up the removal of waste products from the bloodstream
- Reduces delayed onset muscle soreness
- Helps maintain muscle temperature
- Speeds up recovery time
- Decreases risk of muscular injury during times of muscle fatigue
- Helps maintain a great looking coat
- Helps reduce insect bites
- The moisture management fabric keeps the equine cool, dry and comfortable at all times.
- Protects and speeds up recovery in specific wounds and lacerations
- Reduces anxiety
- Effects positive behavioral changes
- Reduces dehydration in travel
- Reduces loss of electrolytes in travel
- Your dog immediately calms down and would prefer to lie down. This is ideal for dogs who suffer from anxiety, are travelling, who have had an operation or have certain medical conditions.
- Behavioural benefits
- The suit promotes increased blood flow around the body, which will allow more red and white blood cells, oxygen, vitamins and minerals to read each muscle group.
- Injured dogs will benefit from increased blood flow, ensuring vital injury repairing vitamins, minerals and white blood cells are continually arriving at the injury site quicker and in higher concentrations, whilst removing the associated acids and toxins from the body quicker. This helps your dog repair injuries faster with less swelling.
- Effects positive behavioural changes.
The infrared images below show the muscle groups before wearing the Hidez Compression Suit and again one hour later after wearing it.
The images before wearing the Hidez Compression Suit demonstrate the lack of blood supply to each muscle group. The images after wearing the Hidez Compression Suit for one hour demonstrate the muscles groups can be seen to have increased blood flow with vital vitamins, minerals and oxygen reaching every muscle fibre.
Whether in horses or in humans, each muscle consists of thousands of cells that are bundled together to form one functional unit. Skeletal muscles are covered with a protective sheath that eventually comes together to form tendons & ligaments. Muscles have a plentiful blood supply because they require constant delivery of oxygen and nutrients. The blood supply should also take away the toxic waste substances that muscles build up during their high levels of activity.
Equine muscle fibers are classified as either slow-twitch or fast-twitch fibers. Slow-twitch or Type I fibers (which are white in the strained muscle section pictured) are highly oxidative, meaning they use aerobic metabolism to produce energy-generating ATP. These fibers are used for endurance; they are “fatigue-resistant” as they are capable of reducing the toxic end products such as lactate or lactic acids. Fast-twitch fibers or Type II, fibers are subdivided into Type II A (stained a dark tan colour) & Type II B (stained a lighter tan color) fibers.
Type II A Fibers
Type II A fibers are both high & low oxidative. These fibers are capable of utilising both aerobic metabolisms to produce energy for work and are used to maintain high speed or for jumping.
Type II B Fibers
Type II B fibers are invaluable, meaning they are highly anaerobic & are used to give horses speed. Neither class of Type II muscle fibers has the ability to reduce lactate as do Type I fibers, meaning fatigue is reached in a shorter time.
Distinct differences exist in the ratio of Type I to Type II fibers among breeds of horses, more specifically among type of performance. Quarter horses & Thoroughbreds have a lower proportion of Type I fibers when compared to Arabians or Andalusians. In horses, the muscles contain fibers of the different fiber groups, but selective breeding has led to a predominance of specific muscle fiber types in several breeds.
Type I fibers are invaluable in activities that require endurance. Horses that travel long distances need to be able to use energy efficiently; therefore, their muscle composition should contain a high percentage of slow-twitch fibers. For example, Arabian horses are known to excel in endurance activities; therefore, it is not surprising that their typical muscle tissue composition contains a high percentage of type I low-glycolytic, high-oxidative fibers.
Compression technology is an efficient way to speed up the removal of toxic waste products that have built up in the muscles through exercise, thereby facilitating recovery.
Muscle Energy Sources
All cells are reliant upon high-energy phosphate bonds for energy. When these powerful phosphate chemical bonds break down, they release energy that is used by the body to power things, like pumps, enzymes, and revolving doors for proteins to come and go from cells.
The fastest method of producing energy comes from a molecule that stores phosphate, known as creatine phosphate or phosphocreatine. However, this hot fuel called creatine phosphate or phosphocreatine only lasts for less than 1 minute.
For a more continuous function, muscles will need to make and store a more reliable energy source. The most ‘reliable’ energy is found in a molecule called ATP. It’s so important it’s often called “energy currency.” ATP itself must come from the breakdown of nutrients-sugar (glucose, or Glycogen in it’s stored form), fats & protein. ATP is continually used, remade & reused again. If there is no ATP the muscle will not function.
The Hidez graduated compression animal suits are innovative engineered garments, using revolutionary technologies to construct the suits. The scientifically engineered fabric is cut (into panels) in specific ways, then the strategically placed panels are sewn together to focus on certain muscle groups.
The unique seams also play a role, acting as anchor points and the seams help us with muscle focus creating the right amounts of controlled graduated compression to the animal.
The term graduated compression means applying a greater amount of pressure at the extremities (the lowest point of the leg) and the pressure reduces off along the limbs and body. This technique Hidez uses forces these vital blood supplies out of the lower limbs (where fluids tend to pool) back into circulation, back towards the heart.
This process enhances blood flow and oxygen availability to animal’s muscles and speeds up the removal of waste products (e.g. lactic acids and carbon dioxide) for vital blood supplies. Good healthy blood supplies recover injuries faster, help prevent injuries by maintaining muscle temperature, reducing muscle fatigue and by flushing out “bad blood and waste products” it reduces delayed onset muscle soreness (DOMS).
Hidez uses a unique muscle focus strategy when applying pressure to an animal’s hide. Hidez wraps the muscle groups focusing on them to help control graduated compression, but also to reduce muscle vibrations. This is very important when animals are travelling.
Muscles work extremely hard during traveling, they vibrate and 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.