Back to the Basics: Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy and Magnetotherapy

What is Magnetotherapy?

Magnetotherapy operates using extremely low frequency (ELF) pulsed fields, which are characterized as 1-100 Hz. Electromagnetic fields have an anti-inflammatory effect on tissue, by inducing changes in intercellular ion homeostasis.[i] These changes activate a series of biological responses which lead to an anti-inflammatory response reducing pain, inflammation, and stimulating bone healing.[ii]

Overview Of Research

PEMF technology and Magnetotherapy have been used since the 1980s and have shown to be effective in both animals and humans.[iii] PEMF has been shown to successfully treat edema, osteoarthritis, inflammation and wound and bone healing.[iv] Magnetotherapy can also be used to limit bone loss in animals with osteoporosis.[v] Research of PEMF in dogs with osteoarthritis has shown that dogs treated using PEMF technology showed less signs of osteoarthritis after treatment. Similarly, dogs treated with PEMF technology as a post-surgical pain reduction method showed lower inflammatory biomarkers and decreased surgical site pain than dogs who did not receive the PEMF based treatment.[vi]

What is the PEMF-VET?

The PEMF-VET uses PEMF technology to stimulate healing, relieve pain, and reduce inflammation. The therapy can be used in combination with other therapies such as MLS Laser Therapy or by itself as a stand-alone therapy. The therapy works on deep tissues and bones, and is often used to treat fractures, edemas, muscle tears, contusions, wounds, ulcers, arthritis, and osteoarthritis.[vii] Magnetotherapy is a non-invasive and painless therapy.[viii] The PEMF-VET uses Flex Applicators which can be applied over the treatment area, or a cover can be placed over the applicators and the animal and sit on top of them.[ix]

Magnetotherapy and MLS®

Magnetotherapy can be used as an adjunctive therapy to MLS Laser Therapy. While MLS is often used for pain and inflammation in regard to tissue and muscle issues, Magnetotherapy can also be used to treat vascular and neuromuscular diseases. However, Magnetotherapy is different from MLS Laser Therapy because it also works on the osteoarticular level, particularly with union and nonunion fractures.[x] Together, MLS and Magnetotherapy treat a variety of conditions as both therapies stimulate biological processes which lead to wound healing.

[i] “Magnetotherapy Qs Vet.” ASA Laser Veterinary.
[ii] “Veterinary applications of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.” Science Direct. Last modified 2018. 30208X?Via%20%3Dihub.               
[iii]  “Qs Magnetotherapy.” ASA Laser. magnetotherapy_catalogue_eng.pdf.
[iv] Veterinary applications of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.”
[v] “Magnetotherapy Qs Vet.”
[vi] Veterinary applications of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.”
[vii] “Magnetotherapy Vet.” ASA Laser Veterinary.    
[viii] “Magnetotherapy Qs Vet.”
[ix] “Magnetotherapy Vet.”
[x] “Magnetotherapy Vet.”

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