Magnetic 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
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.
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