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Magnetic Therapy To Balance The Equine BodyMagnetic Therapy To Balance The Equine Body

Magnetic therapy refers to the use of magnetic fields to promote healing and/or pain reduction in patients, both two-legged and four-legged.

Chinese healers as early as 200 B.C. were said to use magnetic lodestones on the body to correct unhealthy imbalances in the flow of qi, or energy. Now we have many forms of magnets available to choose from such as static products that provide a stable consistent set field or products using electricity to produce fluctuating, pulsating, and/or alternating magnetic fields.

Gauss is the unit of measurement for the strength of magnetic fields and while the gauss of a magnet may be important, the balance of its fields may be more important.
For example, a magnet used in a junkyard to pick up a car is very strong but is not therapeutic. Some of the static magnets are designed with one side being a positive pole and the other side the negative pole. These should be used by practitioners trained to know whether to use the positive pole to “stimulate” an area or an acupuncture point or use the negative pole to “suppress” that point. The product line we routinely use in practice uses an equilateral triangle design with alternating poles/fields to balance the energy in the area.

How magnetic therapy works is still being researched and debated. One of the modern theories is that the magnetic fields help reset the action potential (amount of energy required to stimulate a nerve impulse) of nerves to a more normal level in the area of damaged/inflamed tissue thereby reducing the over-firing of pain fibers and muscle fibers. In any case, there is evidence that the proper use of appropriate quality magnetic therapy products may improve circulation, relieve pain, reduce trigger points and muscle spasms, and enhance performance. As such, magnets are often used to treat sore soft tissue structures (muscles, tendons, ligaments, joint capsules) and some bone issues (arthritis, bruises, navicular). While magnetic therapy may be helpful, it should be part of a complete balanced treatment approach.

This tip was brought to you by Dr. John Hanover, DVM (www.wholevet.net, Nikken) and KAM Animal Services, home of KAM’s “Equine Learning Circle” FREE webinars, which take place monthly. These webinars are an expansion of KAM’s weekly tips. Go to www.kamanimalservices.com  to sign up for the next webinar. The FREE webinars will conclude with a question and answer session, so be ready with your questions.