Written by Henry Siegel, CEO/Founder of Magnus Magnetica, LLC.
Multi-Powered Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy and the many applications for equine athletes.
Over the past decade, the equine industry has seen the introduction of multi-powered PEMF systems at racetracks, stables and barns. The beneficial effects of
PEMF are harnessed to treat equine tendon and ligament injury, sore backs, sore stifles, chronic hock soreness, sore shoulders, non-union fractures, laminitis, stone bruises and non-healing wounds.
Magnus Magnetica PEMF Technology has the adjustability and the power/intensity to deliver the optimal healing energy to the sore or injured tissue up to 16 inches deep in the horse. Treatments typically last 30 minutes, and are not stressful. Rather, they are calming and relaxing. When PEMF delivery loops are placed on a horse, they visibly and sensitively react to the large magnetic field charge. The practitioner holds the loop on or over the affected area of the body of the horse.
Treatment Goals & Protocol
Treatment goals are to restore normal motion and neurological firing patterns to the affected spinal joints, release adjacent tight and unbalanced muscles, break up scar tissue and adhesions, disperse lactic acid and other metabolic waste products. Multi-powered PEMF technology is used to facilitate rapid removal of waste products from the treated tissues and draw in new blood flow, nutrients and oxygen. The PEMF also enhances circulation of synovial fluid through joint capsules that have been mobilized.
To be effective, the device must create a PEMF strong enough to completely penetrate the injured area at a therapeutic level. The challenge is that the strength of a PEMF signal dissipates rapidly with increased distance from a PEMF loop. Many times an injured area can be several inches below the skin. If a product is not properly designed, the PEMF will drop below therapeutic levels before reaching the site of injury, rendering the PEMF device less effective.
Deep blockages, scarring and trauma of connective tissue, ligaments, etc., may be present in the area being treated. The magnetic field radiates only so far, as the body’s skin, muscles, sinew, fat, bone and muscle tissues hinder the penetration of the magnetic field. When using a multi-powered PEMF device, maximum penetration can be achieved as the intensity setting and resulting gauss levels are increased.
The PEMF delivery loops are introduced to the horse gradually until they are in contact with the horse. The intensity starts low and is increased or decreased based upon the comfort level and response of the horse. Once a horse understands that the gentle pulsing feels good, they relax and enjoy the treatment. The large loop may be placed in a position beginning on the shoulders and after the horse accepts the pulsing sensation, the practitioner can begin scanning the horse with the loop. There are specific muscular twitching and contraction patterns that identify the sore/injured areas that need to be treated. The practitioner will stay on those areas for two minutes and then look for other muscles with similar twitching patterns.
After scanning the whole horse and treating the major muscle groups of the horse and the neck, poll and TMJ joint for two minutes each, the practitioner will move to the other side of the horse and do it again. The intensity is set to a low level so it is comfortable to the horse and you see movement in the muscles. The intensity can be altered by turning the dial in the device or the loop can be moved further away during treatment to decrease the intensity. While you will see some significant improvements after a single treatment, more severe or chronic soreness may take multiple treatments to achieve optimal results. Regular weekly treatments are recommended for competitive horses and will result in a horse that feels good all the time, is more relaxed and eliminates the peaks and valleys of the typical training regiments.
Author Henry Siegel is CEO/Founder of Magnus Magnetica, LLC.