- Swedish Fascia Vibes is a new form of treatment of the fascia/connective tissue, which effectively and gently increases mobility and relaxation, eases pain and tension, improves circulation and increases fluid flow
- After several years of treatment on both people and horses, Swedish Fascia Vibes has been successfully tested on dogs.
- During 2018 Atlasbalans launched a new machine, M2, specifically developed for the treatment of dogs.
The police dog Troja was helped with spondylosis
Troja has been working as a patrolling police dog since she was 4 years old. At the age of 7, she was taken out of service when she suffered from the chronic spinal disease spondylosis. Which is something that the vast majority of older dogs suffer from.
Today, Troja is over 9 years old and has been treated with Cartrophen injections at different stages. During the periods she felt worse, she was treated with Canidryl tablets. Since January 2017, she has received an injection once a month and two tablets of Canidryl per day. This was when she also became lame in the right hind leg. She could only go on very short walks of a maximum of 5 minutes, 3 times a day. More than that, she did not succeed without becoming completely lame.
At the end of March 2017, Troja got her first treatment with Swedish Fascia Vibes. After a while, the walks could be increased to 10 minutes and now, 6 months later, up to 30 minutes.
“My opinion is that the treatment with SFV has been very positive. I believe that regular treatment with Swedish Fascia Vibes can be a good way of getting dogs more agile and more durable. WIthout Swedish Fascia Vibes it’s very doubtful if Troja would have been alive today. Giving her more painkillers hasn’t been an alternative. Therefore I’m deeply appreciative for this treatment!”
– Angelica, Troja’s owner
Background: A new way of thinking
“A lot has happened in the last 10 years within anatomical research”
– Dr. Vibeke S. Elbrønd
During the development of a treatment tool to help people with recurrent pain in the neck and lumbar spine, Hans Bohlin at Atlasbalans stumbled upon a research area under constant development.
New research shows that fascia, a network of connective tissue, has a greater impact on health and well-being than we previously thought.
When successful treatment results were observed on horses, Hans Bohlin contacted the Danish veterinarian Dr. Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd, expert on research on fascia in animals, to investigate the possibility of validating treatment results and Dr. Elbrønd performed a study that showed that Atlasbalans’ treatment machine could be used to treat fascia.
What is Swedish Fascia Vibes?
We are still in infancy in research on fascia treatment. However, during the 7 years we treated horses and people with our treatment machine, we have seen amazing results. Therefore, we have now developed a machine for treating dogs!
The main purpose of Swedish Fascia Vibes is to increase the dog’s mobility, flexibility and relaxation. A flexible dog does not only raise its performance and recovery, but also makes it less susceptible to injuries.
Increased mobility and relaxation lead to less pain and tension, improves circulation, increases fluid flow in the tissue and leads to better coordination and speed.
Atlasbalans M2: SFV for dogs
Adapted for dogs
- Atlasbalans M2 use 400-1200 harmonic pulsations per minute which put the fascia in motion, creating waves which spread over large areas, both deep and wide, increasing relaxation, circulation and fluid flow.
- The M2 is delivered in a shockproof and lockable case, used both as a stand and for storage.
SFV for horses
“I was incredibly impressed with the results I got”
Janus Marquis, Physiotherapist for the American National Show Jumping team, heard from Rolf Göran Bengtsson as well as other elite equestrians about the fantastic results they have gotten using Swedish Fascia Vibes.
After having tried the treatment on her own horses during Falsterbo Horse Show 2017, she was very impressed by the reuslts and became the first American to own a treatment machine.
Research selection about fascia and treatment using waves and vibrations
Fascia in horses… and validation of Swedish Fascia Vibes
Veterinary Dr. Vibeke Sødring Elbrønd has found through autopsy that the horse has the same kind of chains and networks of connective tissue through the body, as found in humans by Tom Myers. They are called “Myofascial chains in horses”.
Since the horse is a quadruped these lines – also described as chains – are 90% consistent with those in humans. Vibeke’s study was presented at the Fascia Research Congress in Washington DC, September 2015.
Validation of Swedish Fascia Vibes
To test her hypothesis, Dr. Elbrønd used Atlasbalans treatment machine on 6 horses.
The machine was validated as effective, since all 6 horses showed decreased tension and improved circulation.
Research about treatment using waves and vibrations
Neurons in the connective tissue:
It has been found that in the connective tissue there are six times more neurons than in for example muscles. There are neurons for both pain reception and position determination. These neurons are affected by vibrations and varied movement which may explain why those with AtlasOrange1 receive both pain relief and increased elasticity in tissues. (1)
Fluid is transported via connective tissue:
Recently, a German researcher showed that the connective tissue in a human transports 15 l of water in 48 hours, which is a relatively large amount compared to for example the amount of blood and the lymphatic system. (2)
There are several studies showing that manual therapy largely involves the movement of water in tissue. In many trials, it has been shown that in manual therapy it is not about tissue processing, but about increasing the flow of water in the tissue. (3, 4). The same report shows that by using static vibration we can increase the flow of fluid in the tissue from 3-12 times depending on the frequency.
(1) Fascial plasticity – a new neurobiological explanation- Part 1 (Shleip 2002), (2) Looking in particular at flow of fluid through that tissue (Reed 2011), (3) Mathematical Analysis of the Flow of Hyaluronic Acid Around Fascia During (Roma et al 2013), (4) A theoretical framework for the role of fascia in manual therapy (Simmonds et al 2010)
“The old research premises within our anatomical field are no longer valid” – Dr Heike Jäger
Around the world there is an ongoing revolution within the anatomical research field, turning the way we view our bodies upside down and setting a new standard for how we conduct research.
Dr Heike Jäger, neuro physiologist and specialist in muscular deseases, chronic pain and back ache at the Fascia Research Center at the University of Ulm, Germany, is one of those leading this development. According to her, the old premises for anatomical research are no longer valid.
The reason being this wildfire of new discoveries that is challening our conventional view of the human body. One such example (Rein et al, 2014) is the discovery of a new type of nerv endings in the tissue, previously unknown to us.