Imagine being in constant, debilitating pain every day of your life, and having no way to express it or ask for help.
Well, this may be how your pets feel when injuries occur. Although research shows that some animals, like rabbits, slightly change their facial expressions when they are experiencing pain, there’s no way of knowing exactly how much pain they’re feeling. And most animals will try not to show their pain, as a matter of survival instinct.
If you’ve been researching pain management methods for your pets and come across pulsed magnetic therapy as an option, you’re probably curious about exactly what it is and how it benefits animals who are experiencing discomfort. We’ve got all the info you need right here.
Read on to learn about pulsed magnetic therapy, how it works, and how it helps our pets when they’re not feeling their best.
What Is Pulsed Magnetic Therapy?
Electromagnetic therapy sounds a bit like what Dr. Frankenstein might have used to create his monster, right? Well, not exactly. Let us explain…
Experiments with electrical currents began in the 1700’s, but medically speaking, research truly started around the 1950’s. And then in the 1970’s, medical professionals began to use pulsed electromagnetic therapy to treat fractured bones.
Pulsed electromagnetic therapy is used on both humans and animals, and is approved as a treatment by the FDA. It is an effective treatment in many ways, some of which are:
- Healing broken bones
- Reducing swelling
- Relieving muscle pain
- Relieving arthritis symptoms
- Helping to treat symptoms of depression
- Alleviating migraines
- Regenerating nerves
As you can see, PEMF treats virtually all manners of pain-causing ailments. It is also used to prevent these types of ailments and the pain that they cause before it even begins.
Sounds like magic, right? Well… not quite. Read on to find out how this electromagnetic treatment works.
How Does Electromagnetic Therapy Work?
There are many different devices which administer this type of therapy, but they all deliver the same thing- a low-intensity level of electromagnetic pulses into the patient’s body. When these pulses enter into the body, they stimulate the cells inside.
In the middle of these cells are molecules called adenose triphosphate, or ATP, that constantly construct energy. All living things have them, and nothing can live without them. When electronic pulses stimulate these cells, the body produces more ATP. This means more circulation of oxygen and nutrients and faster removal of waste and toxins.
What effect does all of this create? Speedy recovery, faster healing, and less pain.
And scientific studies back it up. Humans, animals- really, any living thing can benefit from these stimulating pulses. They even use this therapy to decrease pain and swelling after plastic surgery.
It’s noninvasive, and it doesn’t have any side effects, which is especially important when dealing with animals.
How Does Magnetic Therapy Benefit Animals?
It’s clear that pulsed magnetic therapy can benefit all living things. But how exactly is it used to treat animals with debilitating pain? Read on to find out.
For several decades, magnetic therapy has helped horses with a number of health issues. As time has gone on, developers have created smaller machines that are appropriate for smaller animals. The strength of the pulses must be adjusted based on the size of the animal.
Pulsed magnetic therapy is successful both alone or in conjunction with other remedies to help animals feel good as new. Need some examples?
Here are three case studies where practitioners used pulsed electromagnetic field therapy to treat animals with painful injuries. Two animal healers from Colorado, Theresa Gagnon and Jodi Clark, shared them with Animal Wellness Guide.
This first case study involves a three-year-old horse named Frisco who was having some issues with a tendon on his back leg. The fibers in the tendon would repeatedly tear, causing a collection of fluid which would then swell and cause a build-up of pressure.
When given an ultrasound, they found that there was a small lesion in the fibers of Frisco’s tendon. Usually, it would take a few months for this type of injury to heal.
After nine minutes of pulsed magnetic therapy per week for three weeks, administered to Frisco’s lower leg, they gave him another ultrasound. Miraculously, this ultrasound showed that the lesion had healed completely!
In this case study, the ladies diagnosed an eighteen-year-old gelding named Ricky with a degenerative and inflammatory syndrome called Navicular Syndrome. This syndrome resulted in his complete lameness, hindering his quality of life.
After nine minutes of pulsed magnetic therapy per week for three weeks, Ricky was actually running around in his pasture! His quality of life was clearly greatly improved.
The third case study that Theresa and Jodi completed was not with a horse, but rather a pug dog. Daisy was thirteen years old and was having issues with her back legs. Although a specific diagnosis was not possible, she was experiencing marked weakness, even dragging her toes or walking on her knuckles.
After going through pulsed magnetic treatment to her spine and hind legs for around fifteen minutes, she was walking on her back feet like normal. This effect lasted for about a week, and then she required another treatment. After five rounds of this weekly treatment, they decreased to bi-weekly treatments.
From these three case studies, we can see that pulsed magnetic therapy is an appropriate treatment which most certainly helps animals in pain.
If your pet is in pain, pulsed magnetic therapy is absolutely worth a try. With many animals having seen a drastic improvement in all manner of painful ailments, your pet could be pain-free in a matter of weeks, or even minutes.
Whether they are struggling with inflammation, a fractured bone, old age-related pain, or they seem to be uncomfortable but you’re not sure why, this treatment option may be right for you. Your animal friend will thank you!
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