- PEMF therapy was first FDA approved for use on horses and can now be used on a variety of animals.
Many people seek alternative means of health care. We do yoga, visit naturopaths, try acupuncture — anything that leans away from more pills and more masking of pain and suffering, rather than invoking the natural healing that occurs within our own bodies. And why shouldn't we do the same for our pets? Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is one option, involving the use of static magnets as a healing modality. It started with horses and later humans. Abraham Essinger performs PEMF therapy locally on both humans and animals.
PEMF therapy involves the production of magnetic fields applied to a targeted area or the entire body, which penetrate the body without pain or invasive methods. PEMF therapy is thought to help prevent pain signals from passing through the body and promotes the body's natural ability to heal itself. By contrast, painkillers often only mask pain instead of allowing the body to heal at the source of the pain. Proponents say PEMF helps animals and humans alike by recharging the cells within the body, optimizing cell function and restoring the body's natural ability to heal.
"For dogs, especially for those with hip dysplasia, arthritis and any soreness, I've seen unbelievable results," Essinger says. "Three to five visits on PEMF therapy and you can see a day and night difference in small animals and horses. The animals are so much more in touch with the natural pulse of our planet, the 7.83 hertz, so for animals the benefits are astronomical."
PEMF therapy exercises the cells using pulsed magnetic fields, in an effort to bring them back into electrical balance while increasing oxygen flow. The thinking is that properly charged cells result in decreased soreness, decreased inflammation, increased range of motion, reduced stress and the ability for the person or animal to perform at their personal best. Essinger discusses "hertz" because the charge varies depending on the ailment for which you seek PEMF therapy. Animals respond well to the type of therapy due to their accelerated metabolisms compared to humans, he says.
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- Abraham Essinger performs PEMF therapy on horses, small pets and humans in Central Oregon.
"When I go to farms and ranches, all the other animals lay on the cord, they gravitate right to it," Essinger says. "The animals are much more in tune with the rotation of the earth. We don't feel it because we have shoes on and are in brick and mortar buildings. You and I only feel about 3.5 hertz."
Essinger says PEMF therapy can be beneficial for improving symptoms of arthritis, hip dysplasia, post-surgical recovery, immunity strength, anxiety, bones and wound mending, soft tissue injuries, degenerative bone disease and more. For many of these conditions, anti-inflammatory medications have often been the go-to. Owners of pets with these conditions find the non-invasive process of PEMF therapy to be painless for the animal, Essinger says, and can see results without the use of anti-inflammatory medications.
"Once we get through the initial five to 10 visits, I recommend pets come in once or twice a month for regular upkeep, especially for larger animals," Essinger says. "They should see a noticeable difference — sleeping better, more focused, more alert, eating, drinking more water, animals are overall healthier with PEMF therapy. It's the fifth element, it's the vibration of our planet."
Treatment for people involves lying on a pulsing table or chair connected to the PEMF machine. The therapy itself feels similar to a pulsing massage. Essinger uses a machine manufactured by a company called Pulse Centers. For animals, PEMF pulses are applied using loops of varying diameters worn by the horse or small animal. These loops are ideal for small animals, and on people, can be used for small areas of tissue.