Considered Magnetic Therapy for Your Horse?
Horses, like people have an electrical charge. Indeed, all of a horse’s cells are electrically charged and that is not true of people. The resting electrical current that flows through each cell is the resting electrical potential and is vital for cell function. Electrolytes carry electric current through the body via ions including sodium, potassium, calcium, and magnesium. When the ions pass by a magnetic field, a separation of ions occurs. It is this process which means that magnetic therapy can aid recovery.
Injured cells in a horse’s body will exhibit abnormally high or low electrical potential. Magnetic therapy is believed to have a positive effect on the ion exchange. The therapy can return the electrical potential of a cell to normal and so speed up recovery.
Static and Pulsating Magnetic Therapy
There are two forms of magnetic therapy. One therapy uses a static or permanent magnet, the other uses an electromagnet. The electromagnet pulses and delivers treatment via magnetic coils which are connected to a power source. With a static magnet, the magnetic field is constant. There is some debate about which form of therapy is the most effective.
How do Magnets Aid Healing?
Magnets speed up blood flow and therefore the transit of electrolytes. The magnets cause ions to separate and the process is accompanied by a liberation of heat. The ions crisscross back and forth and small eddying currents occur in the bloodstream which broaden the vessels. In other words, more blood is able to flow and produce thermal energy. Both effects aid healing whilst reducing pain. The enhanced blood flow also removes toxic by-products from the body.
The strength of the magnet is crucial to its efficacy. In static magnets, the measurement of strength is Gauss. The measurement of the frequency of pulsation in an electromagnet is Hertz. Both forms of treatment are non-invasive and pain-free. Static magnetic therapy uses magnetic pads that therapists apply to any areas that need treatment.
The pads which are available include magnetic rugs, magnetic boot wraps, magnetic boot wrap liners, magnetic poll bands, magnetic brow bands and magnetic fetlock boots. You can leave these pads on for varying periods of time depending on the nature of the problem. Explore the different types of magnetic therapy products available in our online range.
Therapy can treat injuries and relieve the symptoms of painful conditions such as arthritis and rheumatism. Magnets are also effective in warming up muscles before exercise.
Pulsating Electromagnetic Field Therapy
The therapist can control pulsating magnetic therapy by adjusting the frequency of pulsations (Hertz) and the intensity of the pulse (Gauss). They are also able to control the duration of the treatment. One of the benefits of PEMF versus static magnets is that the fields are typically much larger, so you do not have to place the PEMF coil directly on the area needing therapy. To take advantage of this therapy you will need to invest in equipment and training or the services of an expert practitioner.
Pulsed electromagnetic devices have become very popular in equine sports medicine. The magnets accelerate healing by stimulating normal tissue resonance in both Gauss units and Hertz. The frequency utilised depends on the type of injury. In general, therapists use low frequency settings on acute injuries, medium frequencies to balance and restore energy and higher frequencies to treat old injuries and scarring. It is believed that magnetic therapy can relieve pain by stimulating nerve fibres to shut down pain transmission.
Helping the Body to Heal Itself
Magnetic therapy has been around for at least 2,000 years. Whilst there is some argument about which form of the treatment is most effective, both appear to be beneficial in treating injuries and alleviating pain. The magnets do not heal injuries, they stimulate the body to heal itself.