August 2015 - A Surge of Well-Being
Written by Henry Siegel
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 21:45
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High-powered pulsed electro-magnetic field therapy and the equine athlete.

by Henry Siegel, CEO/Founder - Magnus Magnetica, LLC

Almost everyone has heard of using magnets therapeutically. PEMF (Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field) Therapy is another method of utilizing a magnetic field, somewhat like static magnets, which have been used for centuries. The Yellow Emperor’s Canon of Internal Medicine describes treating acupuncture points with lodestone, which emits a naturally occurring magnetic field, to relieve painful conditions. In the Middle Ages, magnets were very popular as they were thought to be a cure for almost any malady. Fast forward to the 20th Century, when magnetic bracelets, beds, rings, belts, blankets, etc., have been sold to treat all manner of problems, from athlete’s foot to insomnia.

Over the last several years, the equine industry has seen the introduction of High-Powered PEMF systems into race tracks, stables and barns. By strategically placing the loops in known problem areas like joints and major muscle groups, it is easy to treat equine patients. The beneficial effects 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. For Thoroughbreds, after short treatments over several days, owners, trainers and riders can generally see and feel an improvement in the way the horse moves.

Scientific Students on PEMF

Thousands of university level case studies exist about the use of PEMF on hundreds of indications, from arthritis to edema to neuropathy on humans. The High-Powered devices were developed under the theory that if a weak PEMF field has benefit, then a very large PEMF field will generally yield a faster and much better result. Given the correct amount of current and the optimum number of loop windings, the loops for a High-Powered PEMF device can emit a measurable magnetic field up to 18 inches from the surface of the loop.

Equine treatments typically last 30 minutes, and are not stressful; rather they are calming and relaxing. The EquiPulse practitioner holds the loop on or over area of the body of the horse. The horse visibly and sensitively reacts to the large magnetic field charge. While a practitioner is safely subjected to this large PEMF field, the question also arises “Can humans be successfully treated with this same device?” Yes, they can. It is not unusual to find owners of High-Powered PEMF devices treating themselves, family members and friends.


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 or more 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 High-Powered PEMF device, maximum penetration can be achieved as the intensity setting and resulting gauss levels are increased.

Treatment Objectives & 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. High-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.

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. The intensity can be altered by turning the dial on the device or the loop can be moved further away during treatment to decrease the intensity. 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 will then begin scanning the horse with the loop. When muscles are found that twitch or pulse in irregular patterns, these are identified as sore muscles, or an injured area that needs to be treated. The delivery loops will remain on those areas for two minutes and then the practitioner will continue to scan for other muscles that twitch or pulse in irregular patterns. After scanning one side of the whole horse, then treating the major muscle groups and the neck, poll and TMJ joint for two minutes each, the practitioner moves to the other side of the horse and repeats the treatment protocol.

While one 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 and eliminates the peaks and valleys of the typical training regiments.

Author Henry Siegel is CEO/Founder of Magnus Magnetica, LLC, which provided this article. For more information, visit