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Using Magnetic Therapy to Treat Horses – Effective Aid or Wishful Thinking?
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Using Magnetic Therapy to Treat Horses – Effective Aid or Wishful Thinking?

Magnetic therapy has been considered for a long time a successful way to provide pain relief and also promote the process of natural healing. In fact, there is evidence that magnets were employed by the ancient Greeks and Egyptians, as records produced by Aristotle mention, while Chinese traditional medicine also references them in about 2000 BC.

Today, magnetic therapy is often presented as an effective and safe way of releasing pain and enforcing natural healing in both humans and different animal species, including horses. This notion is underlined by the idea that it is a completely non-invasive, natural and complementary therapy that doesn’t include side effects.

In practice, this form of therapy includes using static high strength magnets which are placed on the body as close to the point of the pain as possible. The idea is that the process works by modifying the natural magnetism of the body which leads to the change of movement of the blood cells and enhances their presence in the area where the magnets are located. Through this process, the blood cells are able to absorb more oxygen and feed it to the injured part, along with things like antibodies, minerals, nutrients, iron, vitamins, endorphins and other beneficial elements that are a part of the blood flow.

The magnetic therapy should provide high quality blood to the injured tissue and organs while it also provides more effectiveness and speed to healing. This way, the natural process is aided by better circulation, elimination of the excess fluids and toxins that are a result of inflammation or some other unwanted process.

However, skeptics regularly dispute the same claims of static magnets being able to affect the body in this manner, arguing that their magnetic force is too weak to have any influence on the overall flow of blood. Additionally, they point out that this therapy is regularly used along with other treatments which make the determination of its effects unclear. Finally, it is also believed that the healing process would take place naturally in many cases where magnetic therapy was used, so no one can tell if it was any faster because of the magnets.

While the use of active or electromagnetic devices that operate using a pulsed magnetic field has been proven as beneficial to the healing process, it appears that many scientific studies that are produced by independent parties provide mixed or inconclusive results when it comes to static magnets. However, the magnetic therapy is becoming more widespread as it gains popularity and becomes a worldwide promoted and accepted healing method.

Today, an increasing number of products designed for magnetic therapy for horses is available. These range from leg wraps and rugs to back pads. Additionally, horse owners claim that these helped with a number of issues, from stiffness before or after an exercise to healing, and even when it comes to alleviating pain.

So far, it appears that the final verdict on the use of magnetic therapy for horses is still unclear, but this does not stop horse owners from employing it.


Image source: EquineMagnetix

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