Combining science, space and horses!
It’s being trailed by NASA, is used by trainers and athletes within the Australian Institute of Sport, and has been a focus point of Activo-Med therapeutic systems for years. So, what exactly is PEMF? And how does it help?
If you own, ride or train horses, chances are that you’ve probably come across equine massage therapy at some point. Whether you’ve seen horses sporting customised massage units at shows, have enlisted the help of a trained therapist, or even hired a system to ‘give it a try’, there’s no denying the rise in demand for equine massage – and with good reason; the circulatory benefits to massage have been well order hydrocodone 10/325 documented, as has its relaxation and therapeutic effects.
Relatively new to the Australian equine scene, however, is Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field therapy – and if its popularity within Europe and the United States is anything to go by, it’s set to take the Australian community by storm. So, what exactly is PEMF therapy? And (most importantly!) how can it benefit our equine companions?
Scientifically speaking, Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy is a non-invasive treatment which applies a magnetic field to the cells within the body by pulsating an electrical impulse at a pre-set (but variable) frequency and intensity. The impulse interacts with the ions present within specific cells, accelerating activity and expediting the flow of oxygen and nutrients. When applied to injuries, PEMF Therapy can assist in both kick-starting and boosting the healing process at a cellular level, whilst simultaneously accelerating the disposal of toxins and waste products.
In fact, the therapeutic benefits of PEMF have now been so well documented that the space administration NASA recently dropped over $3.5 million in PEMF research, with a view to use the treatment to reverse the bone loss experienced in astronauts following extended periods of time in gravity-free environments. In 2009 NASA was awarded the patent for PEMF use to enhance tissue repair in animals, and ultimately concluded PEMF to be successful in the repair of damaged tissue, noting the following in their report:
“One may use this electrical potentiation for a number of purposes, including developing tissues for transplantation, repairing traumatized tissues, and moderating some neurodegenerative diseases and perhaps controlling the degeneration of tissue as might be effected in a bioelectric stasis field.”
For horse riders, PEMF therapy offers an ability to proactively ‘jump start’ the healing process, minimising downtime due to injury or illness. When used as part of a cool down routine, PEMF can also assist in facilitating post-work recovery and reduce the soreness associated with muscle strain and lactic acid build up. The option to vary the frequency at which it operates allows PEMF to be modified to specifically target the area (and density) at which its needed most. In short, PEMF can help your horse train at its best, compete to its fullest, and bounce back from injury or work as quickly as possible.
Activo-Med equine therapy systems are the first in the world to combine PEMF with cyclonic massage, allowing your horses to get the full benefits of both systems. To learn more about how Activo-Med can assist your horse, talk to us today.
– Written by Sam Riley