Horse PEMF information

Basic Treatment Information

  • Introduction Process:

    • Your Technician or Vet introduces themselves to the animal - letting the animal smell them, become accustomed, more so if they are new to the animal.

    • Introduce the Loop - The device will be turned on with a low intensity setting, letting the animal smell the Loop.

    • We’ll always avoid any and all “surprises”.

    • For a new animal, we maintain contact with one hand as we slowly bring the Loop toward the animal’s torso. The primary goal is to get the animal to relax.

    • At a fast pulse rate (low intensity), we approach treatment areas slowly/carefully. Your Technician will watch for signs of discomfort or alarm.

    • When the EquiPulse is working discomfort eventually subsides. The Technician will Increase the Intensity Level for deeper penetration/treatment and there is no need to rush.

  • Avoid using the EquiPulse with:

    • Fly Spray

    • Toxins Agents

    • Liniment

  • Because:

    • PEMF creates more Cell Permeability

    • Toxic Agents can then penetrate more deeply than intended and can cause an Adverse Response

  • But...

    • DMSO is OK ... Because it already penetrates the Cells and works well with ther EquiPulse

    • Antibiotics are OK... because the EquiPulse aids antibiotic performance and aids cellular mobility

Frequently Asked Questions

+ When changing magnetic delivery loops, does the EquiPulse need to be completely off or can just the pulse part be off?

Yes, loops can be changed after pressing the red button and the pulse is turned off. To mitigate any chance of a problems the power should be completely shut off, prior to removing/changing the leads.

+ When treating a specific area can one remain in one place for the full treatment cycle or should the loop be moved it around?

Good question! Depends upon how large of an area. Hindquarters and backs are large areas that need more treatment time for proper coverage. Horses generally like the stroking of the loop over these areas, so move the loop around. When treating hocks, fetlocks, hoofs, etc. leave the loop in place for the full 10 minute treatment cycle. At 5 minutes rotated the loop 90 degrees so the magnetic field penetrates the body part from a different angle. This is a bit more challenging for stifles. When treating a stifle, choose a loop that is dependent upon the size of the horse’s stifle. A smaller stifle can be surrounded by a joint loop.

+ When moving the loop around, how long should the treatment actually remain in one spot?

For a complete treatment on one spot 6-10 minutes is adequate, Again, horses are huge animals so in the case of treating hindquarters, backs and shoulders, holding it in one place, vs moving it around, may or may not address the specific area that requires treatment. If the Vet knows what specific area requires treatment, and that area can be covered by the loop, then 10 minutes on that area is adequate.

+ How often should the therapy be done? Can you treat a particular spot to much?

Treatments can be administered two or three times daily, with 4-5 hour breaks between treatments. Treating a spot too much: There’s no evidence that an animal can be over-treated. However, if there is recent, extensive damage to tissues then it is possible that a highly aggressive contraction could cause further trauma and hemorrhage. With a human, who for instance have a sprained ankle, the technology is applied at a low intensity setting for 10 minutes. The objective is to keep the lymphatic system open, blood flowing and reduce the chances of swelling.

+ How many times/days should an area be treated and should this vary depending on times treated?

Since there is no evidence of negative side effects for extended use of PEMF, the treatment limits would be based upon results. A human will tell you that they feel better and that a problem area feels good and no further treatment is required. Obviously, a horse cannot communicate this. Thus, it a decision needs to be made by the owner, vet or trainer. Many people and horses continue treatment after an injury has been resolved, as a matter of maintenance. This is more so with athletes, whether it is a human or horse.

+ How high should the intensity level be? As long as it is tolerable is it ok? Can it be set so low that it isn’t helping?

The Technician will look for imbalance in the horse’s carriage or for resistance when the horse is moving. Low settings do provide a benefit. A valuable test is accomplished by placing the delivery loop of the EquiPulse on the horse at a low setting. The Technician will look for twitching and pulsing directly beneath the loop. However, if the injury is deep within the muscle tissue of within a joint, the more treatment cycles will be required. There are no formal studies or evidence as to the trade-off between the two. The threshold of discomfort can be a measure of intensity level. The stronger the intensity the deeper the penetration. A Practitioner has specific treatment protocols as to when low and when higher intensities are to be used. The EquiPulse PEMF Technician will generally find that as the state of the injury improves, there is less discomfort to a more intense (deeper penetrating) treatment.

+ If a horse is sedated should anything about the treatment change?

The PEMF will cause the drug to be metabolized much more quickly. If a sedative is required, experiment with a lower dose and once an EquiPulse treatment commences, watch to see if the lower dose provides adequate sedation.

+ Can any damage be caused using the EquiPulse?

  1. Absolutely! Keep it away from water!
  2. Like most athletes and active people, who feel amazing after a treatment, care should be taken not to push the athletic limits to quickly. Take time before attempting to run a horse hard or compete too soon, if they have been treated for an injury, etc.
  3. If a horse becomes startled or bolts there is a high potential for damage to persons, property and the horse. Thus, the application of the loops and intensity settings are very important.