We sent Sue Palmer from The Horse Physio along to catch up with the founder of Equicore Concepts, Nicole Rombach, to talk all about the Equiband System.
You can watch the interview by clicking on the image below, or read the transcript underneath.
Sue Palmer MCSP: “Are you pleased with how the Equiband has been received?”
Dr Nicole Rombach: “I have to say it has exceeded expectations! In the USA the orders that come through are now 95% purely vet referral, and that’s huge to see how the veterinary community has really embraced the concept as part of a rehabilitation system for horses that have specific issues. It’s recommended regularly for horses after kissing spine diagnosis, after colic surgery, and as well in cases where gait irregularities have been observed. Because when the core is ‘off’ the movement is distributed through the limbs, and we’ve seen a number of cases where giving that core stability in movement, the gait asymmetry has essentially disappeared. Again, the focus is on movement retraining from the inside out.
The fact that we now have some research that’s been made public on the effects of the Equiband system has certainly added to its credence. There are more research projects currently underway and further in the planning. We know from the study that has already been published that you can see an alteration in the symmetry of movement (excursion) of the back and the pelvis. Back motion and pelvic symmetry are key indicators of performance, so to be able to achieve this through use of the system is certainly very useful.”
Sue Palmer MCSP: “That was the study that was carried out at the Royal Veterinary College in London and published May 2017?”
Dr Nicole Rombach: “Correct, yes.”
Sue Palmer MCSP: “The key finding was ‘improved dynamic core stability’.
Dr Nicole Rombach: “Yes. Of course, other studies are underway. These include studies with riders, because of course it’s key to look not only at the movement of the horse without a rider, but also how it translates into ridden work. There’s a lot of anecdotal evidence and feedback on the efficacy of the system and positive results that riders feel. But in order to remain in the realm of it being approved and recognised under veterinary use further studies are necessary. So it’s exciting to see that students in different fields, both the physiotherapy field here in England, and people in other areas of research, are embracing the system, to look at different parameters or variables within the studies, so that we can expand on it’s use, and really understand better where the use is most appropriate, and how it can be applied in not just clinical or therapeutic settings, but also as part of overall maintenance or conditioning programs.”
Sue Palmer MCSP: “Evidence based practice is the way to go, it’s the gold standard. You’d hope, really, that it’s always going to be ‘further studies recommended’ because it’s always about ongoing learning, progressing, developing, improving.”
Dr Nicole Rombach: “Absolutely.”
Sue Palmer MCSP: “It sounds as though we’ve already come a long way with that, from an initial saddle pad with a hole through it, to now a much more user friendly version.”
Dr Nicole Rombach: “Exactly, yes. This has been a seven year journey so far, and I hope a journey for many more years to come.”
Sue Palmer MCSP: “It’s great that so many vets are recommending it”
Massive thanks to both Nicole Rombach and to Sue Palmer, and keep an eye out for the next in the series of blogs about the Equiband System…or if you can’t wait head over to watch the other interview installments here!