Magnetic Therapy in Veterinary Practice: All you need to know!
The magnetic therapy, or better known magnetic field therapy,
involves the use of magnetic fields generated by permanent magnets or electromagnetic to cure or treat some
Before going more in detail with the use of magnet therapy in animals, we know a little about its history. The use
of magnets for medical treatment dating from 2000 BC it is said in Chinese manuscripts found. Also used in cultures
of Egypt, India and Greece. Magnetic Medicine study has remained until this century due to recognition of the
presence of ions in fluids and tissues of living organisms.
In recent decades, it was the Japanese who started with therapy using permanent magnets, while in Germany became
more popular the use of low frequency PEMF in animals and humans. With technological advancements, equipment used
for this type of alternative therapy have been reduced in size, weight and cost, which has allowed its development
and is most used in several classes.
In which animal species are often used magnet therapy?
Magnetic fields have been used in horses for decades, whereas the patient's size determines the size of the
magnetic field needed for the penetration of damaged tissue, original equipment PEMF were inappropriate for use in
small animals. But with technological advancements in this area today are used in smaller animals such as dogs and
Equipment used in veterinary magnetic therapy
Permanent magnets can be purchased in the form of magnetic strips, beads, wraps, harnesses and pet beds. More
specialized equipment such as leg wraps shirts, boots, and blankets, can only be achieved through veterinary
Practitioners. It can be difficult to keep in place the permanent magnets in animals. PEMF equipment can be
administered by veterinarians or trained therapists under the supervision of a veterinarian in accordance with
state or provincial acts.
In what types of treatments is the most widely used magnet therapy?
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved the use of PEMF equipment for the treatment of non-union
fractures. Some of the more common applications of this alternative treatment are enhance healing from injuries and
wounds or to treat chronic conditions such as hip dysplasia, tendonitis, vertebral disease, degenerative joint
disease, and lameness caused by other neurologic or musculoskeletal conditions.
How can my pet benefit from this type of treatment?
Your pet may benefit in many ways, especially if he suffers a disease of chronic pain as this type of treatment can
help increase the speed of healing and reduce pain as soon start with the magnetic therapy.
How successful is magnetic therapy?
Unofficially abundant information about using magnets to treat acute and chronic diseases but few studies
demonstrating its effectiveness. The results have been highly variable with many patients who show little or no
improvement. A small number of patients benefited enormously and for a very small number of patients may be a bad
alternative. The low cost of the permanent magnets are worthy of consideration for use as complementary therapies
in musculoskeletal treatments. The only really who has proved to be effective in treating nerve regeneration, bone
repair and wound healing as they received much more research is PEMF therapy.
How safe is magnetic therapy?
Normally the magnet therapy is free of side effects. It is said that prolonged use of permanent magnets the body
adapts to them causing them to lose their effectiveness. Some doctors believe that if the bar magnets are placed
incorrectly (with the south pole touching the patient) treatment effects would be negative. It is very important to
mention that the magnet therapy should not be applied to fresh injury in pregnant patients or patients who had
pacemakers. Caution is needed in the treatment of cancer and infection.
What is the cost of magnetic therapy?
Permanent magnets are usually cheap, though this may vary depending on their size and configuration. FEMP equipment
use is often very expensive, this is reflected in the use of equipment and the time and expertise of the
Can magnetic therapy be combined with other types of veterinary medicine?
Totally, the magnetic therapy can be integrated with traditional treatments and some alternative veterinary medical
If you need more information not found on our website, visit the American Holistic Veterinary Medical Association,
Which Can Be accessed at www.ahvma.org
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