VETOFLEX compression products for horses,riders

VETOFLEX ' Materials

MATERIALS USED

All VETOFLEX® products are made using materials of the highest quality based on the highly elastic LYCRA® fibre renowned for its great stretchability. The fibres are capable of stretching to seven-times their original length and return to their original condition without any damage once the stretching force is removed. It is a basic quality that persists over the long term in LYCRA® fibres.

Before they are used in our products, LYCRA® fibres are braided with polyamide in Switzerland. The resulting yarn forms the base of all our products.

VETOFLEX® products also contain microfibre. This artificially made polyamide fibre provides excellent qualities in terms of keeping outside moisture and cold at bay while the porous structure of the material helps to wick sweat away from skin. Microfibre materials closely resemble natural silk in both look and feel while the surface is resistant to pilling. Microfibre also maintains its desirable qualities despite washing and cleaning.

Microfibres are very fine (less than 1 tex), finer even than natural silk. Compared to microfibre, cotton has fibres three times and wool as many as four times as coarse.

Another material used in VETOFLEX® products is yarn containing silver. Selected VETOFLEX® products contain one of two types of silver-containing yarn.

01 When LYCRA® is braided thin silver fibres are added imbuing the resulting material with an air of exclusivity due to its silver shine and the specific manufacturing process. This Swiss-made yarn can be found in bandages and belly band of the Therapy Silver product lines.

02 The second type used in our products is the SKINLIFE fibre, manufactured from an advanced mix of polyamides (microfibres) that contains inherent silver particles integrated at the level of the polymer matrix and providing the resulting fibre with antimicrobial qualities. This way the antimicrobial effect is permanent, i.e. never lost due to washing. This fibre is used in sleeves and knee stockings for riders.

Silver demonstrates antimicrobial effects against a wide range of bacteria (e.g. Escherichia coli, Chlamydia trachomatis, Providencia stuartii, Vibrio vulnificus, Pneumobacillus, Staphylococcus aureus, Candida albicans) and other pathogens. It can also accelerate healing of small wounds and bruises and prevent moulds, mycoses and eczema.

  1. Yarns used in VETOFLEX® products contain no nanomaterials as defined in Commission Recommendation 2011/696/EU and as such are considered biologically safe.
  2. Since the antimicrobial agent (silver) is present in the form of fine fibres or micro particles there is no risk of migration of silver into the skin and no risk of an allergy developing.
  3. Silver fibres or micro particles can also be never washed out of the material ensuring efficient antibacterial protection over the entire life of the product.

VETOFLEX® sleeves feature crimped polyester, soft and comfortable to touch, very much like natural silk. Its major benefits include high stability and resistance to light, climatic influences, and microorganisms as well as low moisture absorption that enables it to dry quickly.

Riding knee stockings VETOFLEX® are made with the use of cotton fibre. Once again, VETOFLEX® takes the path of utmost quality and our knee socks thus contain mercerised and singed cotton that gives them a smooth and cooling silky feel. Cotton treated in this way has very little tendency to pill and fluff.

MICROFIBRE

This artificially made polyamide fibre provides excellent qualities in terms of keeping outside moisture and cold at bay while the porous structure of the material helps to wick sweat away from skin. Microfibre materials closely resemble natural silk in both look and feel while the surface is resistant to pilling. Microfibre also maintains its desirable qualities despite washing and cleaning.

Microfibres are very fine (less than 1 tex), finer even than natural silk. Compared to microfibre, cotton has fibres three times and wool as many as four times as coarse.

LYCRA®

Lycra® is a synthetic, highly stretchable polyurethane fibre, a member of the elastan family. VETOFLEX® products use Lycra® by INVISTA.

Lycra® fibres are typical for their exceptional elasticity. They are capable of stretching to seven-times their original length and return to their original condition without any damage once the stretching force is removed. It is a basic quality that persists over the long term in Lycra® fibres and one that sets the material apart from other elastan fibres that may lose their elasticity over time. The fibres may be woven without further treatment or they may be braided, depending on the technology chosen. VETOFLEX® products contain braided fibres. Products using Lycra® are valued for their increased elasticity, shape stability and improved draping that combine to elevate wearing comfort to a whole new level.

VETOFLEX ' Compression effect on organism

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The anatomy and physiology of the equine lymphatic system is both unique and complex due to the unique physiological features of the animals. The circulatory system is kept going by a single big muscle, the heart. It is a muscle that is in operation 24 hours a day for as long as the animal lives. On the other hand, the lymphatic system has no such device, it has no pump of its own. Instead, it relies on skeletal muscles whose contractions help to keep the lymph moving in the right direction, back into the central system of blood circulation. Apart from bones, horses' lower legs contain only connective tissue which is unable to perform the same function for the lymphatic system as muscles do. That is why the lower leg has a tendency to accumulate lymph with subsequent formation of swellings, commonly known as windgalls, that usually disappear only with exercise. One possible substitute for exercise is lymphatic massage when the lymph is "moved along" by the therapist in the direction of its desired flow helping to drain it from the lower limbs.

New developments in bandage technology can help to maintain the lymph flowing as desired and to prevent its accumulation in the lower extremities between therapy sessions. In healthy animals the bandages can help to prevent the formation of windgalls in the first place by maintaining proper circulation in lower limbs.

VETOFLEX® BANDAGES FOR HORSES

All Vetoflex® bandages are made by our company in the Czech Republic with the use of the best braided Swiss-quality yarns. All our products contain microfibres. This artificially made fibre provides excellent qualities in terms of keeping outside moisture and cold at bay while the porous structure of the material helps to wick sweat away from skin. Microfibre materials closely resemble natural silk in both look and feel while the surface is resistant to pilling. Microfibre also maintains its desirable qualities despite washing and cleaning.

A unique technology of seamless weaving enables the creation of targeted pressure areas over different body parts, while the qualities of the material and the specially designed shape make the products suitable not only for clinical treatments of post-traumatic conditions but also for daily preventative use since they maintain their desirable qualities and safety over the long term.

The state-of-the-art, computer-controlled manufacturing process facilitates the production of tailored, non-standard sizes as well as the creation of bespoke products to cater to exceptional situations that only life can bring.

Through cooperation with veterinary specialists Vetoflex® products bring you three different levels of compressions catering to a broad range of ailments.

VETOFLEX ' How it works

HOW IT WORKS

New to the Czech equestrian market are VETOFLEX® bandages for horses and other associated products specially developed by a team of experts in the fields of orthopaedics and physiotherapy of both human and veterinary medicines with a special focus on the circulatory system.

A unique technology of seamless weaving of carefully selected yarns, combined with a computer-controlled manufacturing process, enables the creation of targeted pressure areas over different body parts to achieve the optimum compression required.

The bandages are made of a highly elastic material originally developed for human medicine. As human medicine has already been relying on the material for a number of years it has also provided valuable feedback to its further development. It is regularly used to accelerate recovery after exertion and as a therapeutic aid in treating swellings in extremities caused by impaired lymphatic function.

The bandages are tailored to the target animal and its size. They are anatomically shaped to fit the equine leg and to achieve the desired effects and ensure high levels of comfort and safety.

VETOFLEX® bandages can be used in healthy animals as a preventative measure forestalling swelling in lower legs and maintaining proper circulation e.g. overnight or when on box rest promoting faster regeneration. As a therapeutic measure VETOFLEX® bandages help to maintain good lymphatic circulation in limbs and prevent lymph accumulation in lower limbs.


VETOFLEX ' Usage tips


PREVENTION- VETOFLEX CLASSIC

The Classic line is suitable for preventative care and protection of horses' legs in the following scenarios:

    • Support for lymph and blood circulation
    • Swollen legs
    • Soft windgalls
    • Following a limb surgery (swelling prevention)
    • During therapy following an injury (swelling prevention)
    • Support for the lymphatic system during recovery
    • Following increased physical exertion (training, competition)
    • During lengthy travel
    • Limb protection during exercise (on its own or as an extra layer underneath protective boots)

THERAPY - VETOFLEX THERAPY

  • Support for lymph and blood circulation
  • Treatment of chronic disorders of the lymphatic system
  • Treatment of chronic swellings and phlegmons
  • Chronic tendon disorders
  • Soft windgalls
  • Following a limb surgery (swelling prevention)
  • During therapy following an injury (swelling prevention)
  • Protection of skin lesions (Therapy Silver)
  • Support for the lymphatic system during recovery
  • Following increased physical exertion (training, competition)
  • Limb protection during exercise (on its own or as an extra layer underneath protective boots)
  • Mud fever - bandages with antibacterial silver thread

INJURY (IMMEDIATE TREATMENT) - VETOFLEX MEDPRO

Maximum compression bandages designed to stem swelling following an acute injury. These products should not be worn for prolonged periods of time (no more than five hours) and should only be used upon veterinarian's advice.

Material composition of all three types of bandages: 25% elastane, 75% polyamide.