Veterinary Therapy Using Magnetic Fields

01 July, 2020
Magnetotherapy basically applies high or low frequency magnetic fields in affected areas of the body. In addition, it is used equally in both people and animals
 

Veterinary therapy using magnetic fields is a physical therapy treatment available for animals. We also know it as “magnetotherapy”. Moreover, this technique is used in regenerative procedures and pain management.

This type of treatment has been known since earlier than 600 years before Christ. Over time, man experimented with the magnetic power of certain stones until a positive effect on the biological system was found.

Under this idea, magnetotherapy applies high or low-frequency magnetic fields in affected areas. In addition, it can be used on both people and animals.

Veterinary Therapy with magnetic fields

Magnetic fields applied by magnetotherapy are generated through electrical currents. Its power is measured in “Gauss” units while the frequency is measured in Hertz.

Depending on the disease, the power needed can range from 0 to 200 Gauss, and the frequency up to 100 Hz. Technology today has made magnetic field equipment ever simpler and more portable than before.

The magnetic field acts directly on the bone, muscle, and the circulatory system’s tissue. When applied to the patient, it doesn’t emit any sound or temperature change. This certainly helps the animal not to panic and refuse the treatment or react to it negatively. However, in some cases, all they may feel is some tingling or small massages.

A dog paying a visit to the vet.
 

In general, we can identify both an organic and biochemical effect. The first is in the circulatory and vascular system, while the second has anti-inflammatory benefits and pain management.

The treatment’s duration, as well as the number of sessions, will depend on the kind of disease the patient has. However, the procedure shouldn’t last less than 20 or 30 days to make proper progress.

Sessions usually last about 45 minutes on average. It’s important to note that periodic checks on the animal are necessary in order to adjust the treatment accordingly.

Benefits of veterinary therapy with magnetic fields

  1. Regenerates muscle and bone tissues. Veterinary therapy using magnetic fields stimulates collagen production. This improves the healing processes of the skin, muscles, and tendons. In addition, this same action prevents the formation of fibrosis in tendons or scarring.
  2. It has relaxing properties. Magnetic fields act on muscle pressure, which creates a sense of relaxation.
  3. It favors vasodilation, as it works directly on the circulatory system. It produces an oxygen increase in the blood and tissues, which benefits the process of bone and muscle regeneration.
  4. Helps reduce inflammation. This is the result of applying low-frequencies in high-power sessions. By contributing to increased oxygen in tissues and blood, the body’s cells have a better ability to recover. As a result, this releases the toxins that cause inflammation. Therefore, the injured area will gradually regain its natural condition.
 

Another important benefit of magnetotherapy is its positive effect on osteoporosis. The electromagnetic field works directly on the bone tissue, enhancing its regeneration.

Veterinarians use these treatments to cure insomnia and depression, as well as on acute headaches and stress. These ailments are common in stable and farm animals.

A small dog scared of the needle.

Analgesic effects and other observations

  • Minimizes pain effects. Precisely because of its relaxing or sedative effect, it allows control over the pain caused by the injury. This is one of the most important benefits of veterinary therapy using magnetic fields.

The animal usually rejects any kind of physical therapy or treatment due to the injury’s pain. We need to have in mind what their reaction can be: they can become violent or try to escape.

By working directly as a soothing agent and relieving the pain, the animal is more willing to accept the treatment. It won’t get defensive and will largely collaborate with the therapy.

  • There aren’t any side effects. Experts consider magnetic field therapy to be a low-aggressive technique. Contraindications will be limited to the individual animal’s biological system and its health condition.
 

Physiotherapy is a technique that helps to correct and alleviate unfavorable conditions in muscles and bones. In the case of magnetotherapy, we need to add some regenerative properties within the therapy.

When we find our pet or another animal has been injured, the success of the recovery will depend on how quickly the treatment is applied. Therefore, the amount of attention that the owners give their pets is very important, together with their reaction in the shortest time possible.

Using the proper therapy for each case will improve the injured animal’s quality of life. As we always recommend, don’t hesitate to go to your personal veterinarian to ask for help and advice.