Troy & I use a full range of Pulsating Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) equipment with the various therapies we provide for your horses. Most of you will recognize/remember the blue blanket [Summer Therapulse] that Troy uses during your appointment. But only a few of you have seen him use ..
The neck Piece
The Mini Pulse
I know that every time that we use the equipment during your appointment that we take the time to fully explain how it works. But I thought this quick Q&A might simplify the info and put it in perspective for you.
Questions and Answers about PEMF
What is pulse magnetic field therapy (PMFT)?
All the cells of the body have a weak, natural electric current flowing through them. The currents are caused by electrically charged particles in the cells called ions. Ions affect the metabolism, or the work of the cell. PMFT is a method of applying a magnetic field to the cell which sends a weak electrical signal, influencing the interaction of the ions, and the flow of nutrients in the cell. Enhanced circulation and nutrient exchange can speed the healing process and reduce down time.
What are the cellular effects of PEMF?
Very simply, cells contain electrically charged particles, called ions, which cause a weak, natural electrical current to flow. Changes in the electrical properties of cells result in the activation of various ion “pumps”, which move nutrients back and forth across the cell wall. PEMF creates a magnetic field in motion, which activates the pump. The resulting change in pump action improves the metabolic rate of the cell.
Why is it called “pulsing” magnetic field therapy?
The most effective form of signalling cells is to send a series of magnetic pulses, of the proper frequency and wave form to stimulate cellular action.
Why not just use normal North-South magnets, or “bi-polar” (static) magnets?
Couldn’t I expect the same results? You can’t expect the same results. Without the on/off, expanding, collapsing magnetic field, which is what characterizes the pulsing, you cannot influence the ions in the same manner. Static magnets are unchanging; their magnetic fields remain permanently placed. They cannot impact the ions and change the pumping action. Effects from static magnets are confined to the specific area on which they are placed, most only affecting tissue within half an inch of the magnet.
How much of the body is affected by the Bio-Pulse systems?
The pulsing magnetic field developed by the coils are large enough to penetrate the major joints and muscles of the body. In fact, if you hold a test magnet close to a coil, and gradually move the test magnet away from the coil, you will still feel the pulsing from 12-18 inches away. This means that a 30 minute session is enough for most animals to realize a noticeable benefit.
What can I expect from PEMF therapy?
PEMF therapy is a relaxing, healthful therapy than can reduce or eliminate the need for pharmaceuticals if your animal suffers from stiffness, soreness or painful conditions. You will usually see a difference in 1 to 2 weeks of therapy, a difference in the way they rise, walk and run. They may also eat and sleep better with PEMF therapy.
How is PMFT used?
This type of therapy has been used since the 1970’s on performance horses, such as show horses and thoroughbred race horses, to treat sore backs, sore muscles and stiff, arthritic joints. Acute and chronic inflammations of the tendons and tendon sheaths are treated by using leggings, and arthritic hocks are treated with hock boots. A neck wrap contains PEMF coils to treat stiff and sore necks caused by competing and training.
How does pulsing magnetic therapy differ from magnetic wraps and pads?
Three major differences:
1. Pulsing Magnetic therapy penetrates completely through the joints and muscles. The strength of a magnetic field is directly related to the size and the composition of the magnet, and determines the depth of penetration. When you pulse battery current through the ten coils blanket, you are turning each coil of wire into a large, pulsing magnet. You can feel the pulsing up to 15 inches away from the coil by holding a test magnet in your hand. Now, hold a test magnet next to a magnetic wrap. You can’t even feel it an inch away. In fact, a study conducted by an independent testing laboratory found that at 1/3 inch away from the magnetic wrap, the magnetic field was barely measurable. The blanket, with coils located at strategic locations on the horse, provides a strong, pulsing magnetic field that penetrates completely through joints and muscles for a complete therapy in just 30 minutes!
2. Time Needed for Therapy. Only needs to be used for 30 minutes each day. This means that, in the space of one day, you can use your equipment for all the horses in your barn. Bi-polar magnet blankets that have the magnets sewn into the sheet must be used for 3-4 days to have even a minimal effect on surface capillaries.
3. Published, scientific studies abound for pulsed magnetic field therapy. PMFT has been widely used in the treatment of human delayed union fractures for over a decade, and there is a growing body of literature concerning the biological and clinical effects of this energy. If you ask a magnetic wrap supplier to send you studies, they will send you studies about PMFT, because there is no scientific data concerning magnetic wraps. A recent study using pulsed magnetic fields reminds us that in clinical studies done over 17 years, over 200,000 patients have been treated safely with PMFT. Now you can use this therapy on YOUR horses, too!
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