Technology: Helping horses and humans everywhere
February 17, 2014
A young lady who loved her barrel horse and could see a world of potential in the young mare was devastated when several vets were unable to diagnose a "mystery illness" and then later the horse died of colic. "Several NFR qualifiers had looked at her and thought she had real potential. But she wasn't well and nobody could figure out what was wrong with her. When I lost her, it hit me pretty hard." After that Jamie (Strand) Longbrake, originally from Shadehill, S.D., went in search of some effective equine therapies.
"I started out doing laser therapy, then learned equine massage and then went to this machine after that," Longbrake explained. The young horsewoman, who along with her husband Weston operates Lasting Legacy Equine, continues to offer all of those options for treatment of horses. She plans to add acupressure to the lineup soon. Weston provides equine kinetics, which she described as "yoga for horses" or "adjusting equine mobility."
Now the majority of her clients, both human and equine, get treated with "the machine," officially named the Proscope 360. "The machine has amazing results," she explained. "That's my go-to idea."
"The machine," according to Longbrake, sends electrical impulses through the body and uses "artificial intelligence" to identify the problem and then send a correcting signal at 100 times per second. Sound like rocket science? In a way, that's exactly what it is.
According to the official website: "Nobel-prize winning scientists who discovered how electrical current helps the body heal itself paved the way for microcurrent therapy, and one of the physicists responsible for inventing missile guidance microchip technology created the microchip processor used in these instruments. Although the … equipment had been around for nearly two decades, it was largely unknown to the public and there were no thorough or consistent treatment protocols. Scientists knew the technology worked, but they did not understand the most effective way to use the equipment to attain the best results."
Longbrake has worked on a lot of humans and horses and had "miraculous results" treating everything from surface cuts, nervous system issues including essential tremors, broken bones, general well-being and even severed tendons. Other health issues she's learned of being treated by other technicians include M.S., cancer and fertility. "Of course the problems aren't always totally curable but when you can improve flexibility and reduce painful symptoms, it helps a lot. Pain medications usually just mask the problem but with the machine we can help reduce the need for painkillers."
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John Thorp, the company's owner broke his tibia, fibula and femur, being left with the very painful situation of bone on bone. He was told that he would never walk again without a knee replacement. A year after the injury and with proscope treatment, he competed in his first triathlon.
"Navicular, ringbone, damaged joints, colic, bowed tendons are all conditions we can treat on horses. And then with people, they've been able to help avoid the need for knee or hip replacements, we've dealt with tumors, pulled groins, just about anything," she said.
"There is an over 90 percent success rate with this machine," she explains. "It is one of the only machines that not only treats but it gives us feedback as far as how the treatment is going. That lets us know if we are helping, if we are getting through. There are intensities, frequencies, and other factors we can adjust in response to the feedback in order to speed up the healing process."
Depending on the injury, Longbrake places the machine either directly over the locale, or as close to the injury as she can; if she is working around a cast or an open wound the machine goes right against the injury. The machine has attachments such as probes, plates, headband and ear clips that Longbrake can place on or very close to the injury. She and other technicians also use the meridian system as a means to treat.
"I just got done treating a broken ankle on a girl that is preparing to compete in an upcoming rodeo, the American, she said. Another technician treated a horse with two fractured cannon bones who, medical experts said, would need to be put down because even standing up from a laying position could break the horse's legs. If he did heal, the owners were told it would take 160 days. "After 30 days of daily treatments that horse was 99 percent healed," Longbrake said.
"I'll Have Another," the winner of both the 2012 Kentucky Derby and Preakness races had never won a race before being treated for general wellness with the Proscope 360. He never lost a race after treatment began, Longbrake said.
"One of the top barrel futurity horses of 2012 was having fertility issues. The first day of treatment his semen count was 89, but the third day it was in the 590s," Longbrake said, adding that the machine has been used to treat human fertility issues as well.
Longbrake said that "Wagon Tails," a racing quarter horse, had the fastest qualifying time in the "All American" (comparable to one of the thoroughbred triple crown races). "He had a bucked shin and within three days of treatment the swelling was gone." A technician treated him for two weeks and soon afterward, he ended up in third place in the race, even being ridden by a jockey with a broken ankle who was simultaneously receiving proscope treatments.
The earlier a patient seeks treatment, the more quickly the therapy will work, Longbrake explained. She added that patients with chronic issues that have been accompanied by substantial treatments such as a cancer patient who has undergone chemo, may experience some slight "flu-like" symptoms as the toxins in the body are identified and gradually flushed out. However, most human clients report feeling nothing or a slight tingling or prickly feeling, she said.
Many horses show that they enjoy the treatment, she said, recalling one horse that she worked on that was "bred to be high strung" that nearly fell asleep while she treated him. She said a veterinarian who looked at the horse immediately following her treatment asked if she had drugged the horse because it stood patiently for an hour and a half while the vet worked on a painful abscess.
Longbrake said the technology, which has been around for over 30 years, was developed into a faster and more powerful device about a year ago. The machine is about the size of a suitcase.
She estimates that there are a few thousand machines in use across the world by certified technicians. She herself has taken part in four training sessions and logged many documented hours of practice before receiving her certification. The treatment has not been highly publicized so at this point word of mouth is the main method of reaching new clients.
A resident of Coolidge, Ariz., Longbrake is home for a few days and treating her dad for essential tremors "When I got here he couldn't hold a full cup of coffee in his left hand. He's not cured yet but now he can walk across the room with a cup of coffee in each hand," she said.
Longbrake will be in South Dakota until Feb. 6 and can be reached at 903-440-5298 to set up a treatment. For more information about the technology, go to http://www.equineproscope.com or http://www.thorpinstitute.com. Check out Longbrake's website, http://www.lastinglegacyequine.com for information about the variety of therapies she and her husband offer. F