Dino Gets MagnaWaved
|"Oh yeah. That's the stuff." - Dino|
The claims are extravagant and ring of something that's too good to be true, but when a barn buddy told me her friend and MagnaWave practitioner was offering $60 sessions at our barn, I signed Dino up.
It certainly couldn't hurt, it might make him feel good, and even if it did diddly-squat, I wouldn't be out too much cash. It seemed like a win-win situation.
The practitioner asked a few basic questions about Dino before she started - any trouble spots in his body, what I did with him, his age, what I hoped to get out of the session, etc. I pointed out the areas that always showed tightness and muscle knots during bodywork: Dino's poll, flanks, and the base of his neck, which gave us a few areas to focus on during the session. MagnaWave will also cause some trouble areas to "light up" with muscle fasciculations, which can be a way to pinpoint areas that may need further diagnostic work by a vet. I thought that was a pretty interesting way to use the system.
Dino, in short, LOVED the MagnaWave. Within a minute or two of the machine turning on his eyes and ears went to half mast and he started licking and chewing. His entire body relaxed, and he went into Zen Pony Mode. There was some activity in the fascia over his back when we worked on that area, but nothing so much as to be concerning, and the practitioner said that was typical of most horses even if they didn't present with any back pain or soreness. After a 40 minute full-body session focusing on the points that often held tension and muscle knots, Dino was basically putty. He was so, so relaxed.
By the time our session was done it had cooled off enough that riding became a possibility again, and I tacked up to take my very relaxed pony for a spin. One of the neat things about MagnaWave is that there is no recovery time associated with the therapy. A horse or human athlete can go straight from a therapy session to a workout.
When I got on, Dino felt very mobile and loose in his back, which was nice to feel. He was, however, TOO RELAXED. He did not want to do the thing, he did not want to work, he wanted to bask in the zen glow of his MagnaWave sesh. So I made him walk, trot, and canter around until he stretched at all three gaits and then we were done. If I do this for him again, I'll make sure not to ride him afterwards!
The day after his session I did do a full-intensity dressage ride, and Dino came out swinging. From the moment I got on he felt very loose and through over his back, and gave me some really nice work despite it being super, super hot and humid. The MagnaWave didn't magically transform him into a 10 year old GP pony, but it did seem to help him feel loose, strong, and comfortable in his body.
Does MagnaWave do everything it claims to? Who knows. And on a pony with no real soundness issues other than typical old-man occasional creakiness, (*KNOCK ON WOOD*) I really didn't expect it to have any kind of dramatic effect. But it absolutely made Dino feel good during the session, and seemed to improve his overall relaxation, flexibility, and ability to use his body during work. At the price I paid, it's definitely worth it to do this for him once in a while, even just to make him feel good during the session as a "thank you" for everything he does for me.