1. What is Mirotec?
Utilising ‘space blanket’ technology, Mirotec simply reflects the body’s own heat (infra-red radiation) to increase blood circulation, which aids the recovery of injury and can also be an effective part of warm-up and recovery routines.
2. How long should I leave Mirotec on for?
We and animals are different and will react differently to the products used. For animals, we recommend that you begin using Mirotec when you are going to be around the animal for a couple of hours. The reason for use will also be important as you would probably use the products differently for warm-up purposes than you would to treat a specific problem. For warm-up purposes you can use the product for as little as 15-20 minutes. To treat specific injuries, the longer you can leave the product on, the better (as long as there is no excessive sweating taking place).
When treating a new injury, Mirotec should only be applied after 36 hours where there is no bleeding or internal bruising.
3. What results should I expect?
Your aim is to promote healing by raising the tissue temperature by 2-3 degrees, for a specific time. This should not cause heavy sweating, but if this does happen, apply for short periods only. You may notice that your animal will become more relaxed when wearing Mirotec products, particularly if they have an injury or are suffering from muscle fatigue after exercise. You may notice a small sweat spot appear, and this could indicate that there is more heat in that particular area than other parts of the animal. If after using Mirotec wraps swelling increases, discontinue use and seek professional advice.
4. Will my dog / horse overheat?
Following the directions for use and monitoring the effects, there should be no reason for your animal to overheat. Mirotec is micro-perforated to allow it to breathe, to prevent overheating. Weather conditions do play a part in the amount of body heat, so we would suggest that you use the product differently in the summer compared to the winter.
5. How do I wash it?
Mirotec products should be hand-washed, or sponge-wiped to keep clean. If particularly dirty they can be gently machine washed on a cold cycle only. DO NOT SPIN DRY. Hang up to dry only. Treatment Rug for horses has removable panels of Mirotec so that once they are removed and hand washed, the rug can be machined washed.
6. What happens if I leave it on too long?
You will have noticed heavy sweating or moisture between the skin and the Mirotec product. Apply Mirotec for shorter periods. You may find that you / your horse will only sweat up for the first couple of times you use Mirotec, and then may not sweat up after use for the same amount of time on future occasions. Dogs will pant more and probably try to get the rug off if they are uncomfortable.
7. What sort of problems does Mirotec work with?
If your animal’s condition / injury / recovery will be helped by increased blood circulation, then Mirotec can help, as it has proven to substantially reduce healing time from cases where animals are relying on nature’s cure…time only. If you are currently undergoing other treatments then seek professional advice.
8. Is it safe to use outdoors?
When you begin to use Mirotec products we recommend using them indoors / in the stable. This allows you to monitor the effect that Mirotec has on you / your animal. We now have an outdoor cover available for the quilted SnugRug – a lightweight, waterproof outdoor cover in Mirotec colours. Using a waterproof cover reduces effectiveness by reducing the breathability, but makes a SnugRug suitable for outdoor use in all weathers.
All other Mirotec products can be worn outside, however you / your animal should avoid coming into direct sunlight for long periods of time whilst wearing Mirotec.
9. Can you travel horses or dogs with Mirotec on?
This will come down to personal preference. If you have a horse or dog that gets excited or hot when travelling, then Mirotec products are best applied once you reach your destination. However, we have had people report that – by using Mirotec products on long journeys, they have helped the animal arrive at their destination less fatigued, more alert and quicker able to recover from the journey. For horses travelling on long journeys Mirotec can certainly help, but we would recommend that you and your horse are familiar with the products before using them in this way.
10. Can you use Mirotec rugs underneath other rugs?
Mirotec works best when it is able to breathe, which is why we have chosen outer materials that can breathe effectively. When using other rugs over the top of Mirotec, monitor over a period to ensure best results from MIRoTEC is gained. Mirotec is equivalent to three conventional rugs and works so well that you will be able to do away with all of the heavy, bulky quilted rugs, In fact we guarantee that a SnugRug is the warmest rug your horse will ever wear.
This means you can:
- cut the overall cost of rugs
- dramatically the weight of rugs on your horse
- protect your horse with one warm, functional and smart rug
- cut by at least half the amount of time to take them on and off
Some of Australia’s leading show riders have been able to keep their horses in peak show coat by cutting down on rugs. Mirotec SnugRug is lightweight, (weighs just over 2kg) warm, smart and very comfortable – perfect for stabled / clipped horses.
SnugRug has been used to prepare yearlings for sales, with excellent coats. Although the SnugRug was designed as a stable rug, we have positive feedback from people who use SnugRugs underneath a light canvas rug, for extra warmth in colder climates. In these cases, horses tend not to grow such a dense winter coat, which means that clipping may not be necessary. Results will vary on each individual case and how you use the products will come down to your own judgement, once you have become familiar with how effective Mirotec products are, compared with conventional – non reflective rugs.
11. My horse or dog will not like the rustling sound it makes?
If you take care when introducing Mirotec to your animal, you should not have any cause for concern. Be sure to let them have a look and a smell before you put it on and do this slowly and gently without fuss. We have not heard reports of animals that would not accept Mirotec products, although we have been told of a couple who were wary at first, but by the second or third time were quite accepting and confident. Most animals will be noticeably more relaxed when they are wearing Mirotec products.
12. Will Mirotec replace my masseur, chiropractor, acupuncture etc?
Mirotec is designed to compliment other types of treatments and natural remedies, not necessarily replace them. Mirotec works exceptionally well when used before, after or during massage. Mirotec can be helping your animals warm-up or recover naturally in-between visits from your masseur, chiropractor / practitioner.