PEMF vs Shockwave Therapy

 

The following are the main points of differentiation:

  • Shockwave can only be done on a specific point such as back or legs, while PEMF can be used on the whole body. 
  • Shockwave is invasive and painful as it creates energy by concussion and sound waves. PEMF is non-invasive, NO sedation is required and horses quickly relax, enjoying the treatment. 
  •  Shockwave requires sedation and because of the damaging potential, the treatment must be performed by a Veterinarian. PEMF does not require sedation and has no potential to damage cells.
  •  Shockwave has a small focal area of a couple of inches wide at the surface skin level,  that goes down to a maximum penetration point of about 4 inches. PEMF has a wide focal area and the wave area does not diminish as it penetrates the body; up to 16 inches.

 


PEMF Vs Laser Treatment

 

  • Laser has no ability to detect soreness, and will just treat the specific point of laser direction. PEMF has the ability to detect where a horse is sore or injured because only the sore areas will twitch or pulse. 
  • Laser has a very small focal area of less than in inch. PEMF has a wide focal area and the wave area does not diminish as it penetrates the body. 
  • Laser has a limited penetration of less than 2 inches, unless the power is increased, which increases the potential to damage the cells at the surface. PEMF magnetic wave travels up to 16 inches into the body.
  • Since Laser has such a small focal point, it takes a long time to treat a larger area making full body treatments less feasible. PEMF can be used on the whole body and takes 30 to 45 minutes for a full body treatment. 

PEMF vs Magnetic Blankets

While the therapy is similar, the difference is in the delivery method and the ability to focus the right level of power to the specific area that needs it. While the blankets provide a low, uniform level of power, it may not be adequate for deeper injuries or in denser parts of the body. The power of PEMF is measured in gauss, like distance is measured in metres. The cells need at least 25 gauss in order to effect cellular repair, while it is believed that 50 to 85 gauss is considered an optimal level. As the magnetic field travels away from the coil or through denser tissue such as bone, the power diminishes. So it is important to be able to deliver the right level of power to the damaged areas. The main areas of difference are as follows:

  • EquiPulse has the ability to detect where a horse is sore or injured because areas of soreness will twitch or pulse in a certain way, which can be recognized by a trained PEMF practitioner.
  • EquiPulse is an easily adjustable device. This ability to adjust the intensity provides gentle but optimal level of power to a specific area and receive immediate results. 
  • EquiPulse can provide the optimal level of power to a specific point anywhere on a horse. This is particularly useful when treating areas like; hamstrings, necks, legs, abscess' in hooves, and acupressure points for a wide variety of issues such as colic and calming points.