Concierge Care Offerings at Berkley Farm
All of our hands-on Concierge menu offerings are administered or overseen by our own “go-to” horsewoman, Alison Caiazzo. She lives on Berkley Farm with her husband Corby—our head trainer and quint-“essential”trainer and farm manager—along with their two teens, who are also hands-on horse people. Berkley Farm is truly a family affair with an additional staff of riders, horse transporters and dedicated grooms.
Ali is a Licensed Massage Therapist (LMT) in the human world and has taken additional course work in all the modalities offered here. She also earned certification in Equine Sports Massage Therapy, Acupressure, and Zero Balancing. Ali brings a lifetime of horse-womanship to Berkley Farm. As a rider herself, she has a long history with equines in training, competition, and care, and has ‘thorough” knowledge of the physiology of the “thorough”-bred equine bodies.
And, as you can see from our photos, Ali gives our horses her own special TLC and can help guide you in selecting which intervention may be best for your horse.
Our Concierge Menu items (in alphabetical order):
BEMER stands for Bio-Electric Magnetic Energy Regulation. The BEMER mat fits like a blanket or a leg wrap and uses electro-magnetic frequencies to aid in the body’s circulation. The equine micro-circulation is specifically targeted in order to improve oxygen and nutrient flow to certain areas of the body, while removing toxins from the cells.
Basically, poor blood circulation and decreased oxygen levels leads to low cell energy, which means bioenergetic deficiency, or low ATP. This affects us at a cellular level, then a tissue level, then an organ level, creating symptoms.
The BEMER signal blanket has a positive influence on your horse’s entire body, and effectively stimulates the parasympathetic nervous system. It is also responsible for the stimulation of “rest and digestive” activities. The application of BEMER before training, competitive riding, or transportation aids in the tranquility and comfort your horse experiences. Through the use of BEMER Vet products, your horse will benefit from faster recovery, regeneration of muscle tissue, and more efficient hydration.
Dr Sinatra on “electroceuticals” in the human world:
For more information the Bemer Blanket watch the video below:
Top notch concierge care at our farm includes microcurrent processing treatments with the Electro-Equiscope. This electrical homeopathic remedy uses biomedical technology to read the responsive energy from tissues through biofeedback, often on acupressure points or known areas of injury/strain The intelligent bioenergetics system interprets responsive energy and sends corrective micro-electric current back into tissue restoring electrical homeostasis which can help fight inflammation and speed up healing. Microcurrent therapy is non-invasive and is performed directly through the skin by a highly trained professional therapist.
“The Electro-Equiscope® is truly unique device that is controlled by a Sophisticated Guidance System correcting injured or abnormal tissue. The Equiscope® is result driven electrical therapy. It normalizes and relaxes damaged tissue, thereby allowing the body to return to homeostasis and heal itself. The Equiscope® combines Picocurrent, Analog and Digital two-way feedback, adjusting its electrical therapy through the skin. Our non-invasive Equiscope® therapy is a painless calming experience, delivering results within three sessions.”
For more, including Dr Sinatra’s rationale for using the electro-equiscope: http://equiscope.net/
Results! Thoroughbreds treated by the device and racetrack success:
Equine massage is the use of hands, arms, and elbows to rub and knead the muscles of the horse’s body to decrease tension and/or pain, and to help them perform better. Equine massage is both restorative and preventative. Equine massage utilizes modified human massage techniques on horses to help them perform better and decrease pain to increase blood flow to speed healing and decrease muscle spasms. It also enhance joint flexibility and range of motion, as well as prepare and recover from exercise, release natural healing endorphins (our body’s inhouse pain relieving hormones that also boost well being), and reduce scar formation.
Lameness and resistance to training are also mediated nicely with hands on massage.
For more on Alison Caiazzo Equine Massage Therapy:
For an informational video on equine massage, watch below:
NES Health Sessions
The result is a state of total wellbeing and an astonishing increase in performance for both horse & rider. With the NES Equine Performance System energy and the flow of information in the body are optimized, so biological and chemical processes are able to work properly. Like the human, the equine body is supported to heal physical imbalances using its natural, innate self-healing power.
Our equine friends cannot describe to us their discomforts. For diagnosis of disease, disorder, or injury or strain we most often rely on physical symptoms we can observe with the naked eye. Is mobility impaired? Is the range of motion restricted? Is there a reduction in physical energy and performance? Is there a loss of appetite? Does the coat look dull?
With NES, the true source of the illness or injury can be identified by looking behind and beyond the symptoms. Blockages in the flow of energy and information can cause a deterioration of the health status for horse and rider, and consequently a loss of performance. Energy and information flow are not the only important elements for an optimum state of health – ethical treatment, medical care, food, physical activity and many more factors contribute to an all-round state of a horse’s wellbeing. And, like the competitive human athlete, the racing thoroughbred can be vulnerable to strain and injury.
The NES Equine Performance System contributes to a noticeable reduction in healing time and optimal state of health and wellbeing in three simple, straightforward steps: 1) Scan for energy blockages
2) Rejuvenate energy to specific areas with the miHealth device.
3) Restore information flow with infoceuticals.
Modified from: http://www.nesequine.com/the-system/
“Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT, or PEMF therapy), also known as low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS) uses electromagnetic fields in an attempt to heal non-union fractures and depression. By 2007 the FDA had cleared several such stimulation devices.
“Veterinarians were the first health professionals to use PEMF therapy, usually to attempt to heal broken legs in racehorses…”
Although claims that electricity might aid bone healing was reported as early as 1841, it was not until the mid-1950s that scientists seriously studied the subject.
“The original PEMF devices consisted of a Helmholtz coil which generated a magnetic field. The patient’s body was placed inside the magnetic field to deliver treatment. Today, the majority of PEMF wellness devices resemble a typical yoga mat in dimensions but are slightly thicker to house several flat spiral coils to produce an even electromagnetic field. A frequency generator is then used to energize the coils to create a pulsed electromagnetic field.”
PEMF therapy has now been widely used to treat a variety of health issues in humans as well as horses, and there are a number of FDA approved devices on the market. This non-invasive approach to promote healing and enhance well being and performance is is now available to horses boarding at Berkley Farm.
Excerpted from source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pulsed_electromagnetic_field_therapy
For a scientic explanation video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YnXMzf8iwJg
Dr Sinatra on “electroceuticals” in the human world:https://heartmdinstitute.com/alternative-medicine/electroceuticals-helping-heal-the-bioelectrical-you/
Dr Stephen Sinatra, Berkey Farm owner since 2014, has joined with Kentucky University’s Gluck Institute and veterinarian Dr David Horohov (pictured above) to do research into exercise physiology and nutritional supplementation in the thoroughbred racehorse. You can see some of their scientific publications here: http://www.racehorses.com/scienfific-studies
Dr Sinatra is also doing his best to limit the use of Lasix in the thoroughbred, which you can read more about here: http://www.racehorses.com/lasix-forum
Based on his long history of using natural supplements to treat his own cardiology patients, and lowering their need for pharmaceutical interventions, Dr Sinatra has developed unique selection of targeted nutritionals for his own exercising racehorses that he is offering other equines training at Berkeley Farms.
As a longtime researcher into CoEnzyme Q10, ATP & energy metabolism, and cardiology applications in humans, Dr Sinatra brings his expertise and passion—and sometimes research on his own horses—to Berkley Farm. Corby Caiazzo has been instrumental in conducting those studies.
For more information and details about Dr Sinatra’s “Secret Sauce” (also the name of one of our own thoroughbreds) supplement program, you can contact Corby Caiazzo at email@example.com.
If you do talk with Corby, Dr Sinatra is also willing to address inquiries from anyone who is seriously interested in his equine supplement program. For more on Dr Sinatra’s supplement line for humans, and some articles to read: www.drsinatra.com. For more educational material on maintaining optimum health and his line of books: www.heartmdinstitute.com
Other services available and administered on Berkley Farm by veterinarians local to the Darlington, MD area with special training:
“Equine acupuncture is a highly sought-after modality for keeping working and companion horses in top shape. It decreases the need for joint injections and medication by creating analgesia, decreasing wind-up pain, and releasing endogenous substances to directly affect the central and peripheral nervous systems. Additionally, acupuncture decreases stress during travel, aiding in digestion and decreasing the frequency of associated ileus. Finally, acupuncture is used as a direct assessment for overall body health and prevention of sports-related injury. By integrating holistic approaches such as acupuncture with Western medicine, we help keep our equine athlete patients in peak performance condition.”
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Equine Chiropractic Adjustment:
“Equine chiropractic care is a rapidly emerging field among veterinarians due to increasing demand from horse owners for alternative therapies. It is an art of healing that focuses primarily on restoring the spinal column’s normal movement and function to promote healthy neurologic activity, which in turn supports effective musculoskeletal function and overall health. Chiropractic care centers on detecting abnormal motion of the individual vertebra and its effects on the surrounding tissues. Reduced mobility between two vertebral bodies can irritate the nerves exiting the spinal cord, leading to decreased nerve supply to the tissues. This altered nerve function causes problems such as pain, abnormal posture, uncoordinated movement, overloading of leg joints, and muscle changes.
There are many circumstances where adding chiropractic to your horse’s health care routine would be appropriate, the most significant being signs of pain. Some pain indicators include behavior changes; abnormal posture; reduced performance; ear-pinning or biting when being saddled; head tossing under saddle; refusing jumps; difficulty performing lateral work or collecting; difficulty turning or working in one direction; sensitivity to touch or grooming; and chronic weight loss.
Other reasons you might pursue chiropractic care include musculoskeletal conditions that are recurring or not responding to conventional therapy; treatment following recovery from a significant lameness or trauma; and preventive or maintenance care for horses in training. Early implementation of chiropractic care following an injury will produce the best results. Chiropractic can be very useful for alleviating pain in horses with chronic issues but will not reverse degenerative changes already present. This therapy’s benefits are greatest when it’s used in conjunction with traditional veterinary care as a preventive approach to help keep a horse balanced and performing at his best.”
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