Managing Director of FMBs Therapy Systems, Serena Hickson, talks to us about Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF), how this works, what it does and why many leading riders use it as part of their horses’ daily regime.
Alternative therapy takes many forms, and one that’s certainly on the rise is PEMF, which uses magnetic pulses created using electrical energy. This type of therapy involves passing electrical current from a battery over a number of copper coils. The frequency of which the current is sent is controlled by the control box and varies depending on why the therapy is being applied, whether it’s for maintenance and performance or for rehabilitation.
PEMF therapy encourages the body’s cells to work more efficiently together, which speeds up repair. Each cell in the body needs energy to function and as energy is dynamic, it has a frequency that changes all the time. Each cell produces its own electromagnetic field, but damaged cells don’t have the correct electromagnetic field and their metabolic processes will be impaired as a result. Using PEMF restores the electromagnetic fields with the tiny pulses provided stimulating cell repair and allowing them to heal themselves. This type of therapy also influences the cell membrane channels, and this helps the cell to receive more nutrients and allows waste products out.
PEMF can be used for rehabilitation, but the positive way it influences cells in the body has applications for performance horses too. It can be used to help reduce pain and inflammation, to improve energy and body processes, to support the immune system, to accelerate repair of bones and soft tissues, to relax muscles and more. If your horse has an area that’s sustained an injury, then repair will be a priority for you, and if you were to use a PEMF unit, you’d select a relevant programme. However, if you have a performance horse that you’re looking to reach his full potential, selecting a different programme aimed at this would also be beneficial as it could help give him the very best chance. Of course, it won’t make your horse go from zero to hero overnight, but just as correct training, well fitting tack and regular farriery helps to support the best performance possible, so does PEMF.
PEMF may sound like it needs a degree to use, but if you pick the right piece of equipment that contains
relevant preset programmes, all you need to do is make the right selection and then leave the control box to it!
If you’re interested in PEMF, there are a number of systems available ranging from a unit that can be bought or hired for minimal cost to rugs that combine PEMF with other therapies such as massage – using PEMF doesn’t have to break the bank – if you’re interested in this type of therapy, there will be a solution to fit your budget.
FMBs Therapy Systems sells Activo-Med systems, such as the Combi-Pro rug, that combine PEMF and massage in product. This ingenious rug is used by many leading professionals such as William Fox-Pitt, Scott Brash, Zara Phillips, Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Nicola Wilson, to name but a few. The company also sells a stand-alone PEMF unit that can be used on its own and is very cost effective. For more information see www.fmbs.co.uk or call 01494 883433.