How Does Magnetic Therapy Work for Horses?
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Magnetic therapy has been used on animals and humans for many years. The use of magnets for medical treatment dates back to China in 2000BC. With the latest technological and medical advances, you might consider this therapy for your horse for various reasons. We will cover ways to incorporate magnetic therapy in your horse’s routine, why it might be beneficial, and the basics of how it works so you can decide if it’s right for your horse.
Alternative therapies are becoming more popular in the equestrian world as horse owners look for non-invasive pain relief and injury recovery options. People have successfully used magnets to alleviate pain associated with arthritis, fibromyalgia, and headaches, so it makes sense to utilize the same methods on horses. But, before starting any type of therapy, it is important to know the pros and cons.
Magnetic therapy is a natural and non-invasive treatment that can aid in pain relief and speed recovery time so that it can be combined with other therapies for your horse. It’s important to know magnets themselves don’t heal; they help support the right environment for the body to heal. It is believed magnets increase blood flow around the areas where the magnets are applied. The increased blood flow increases oxygen levels, removes waste products, and reduces inflammation.
Why use Magnetic Therapy
Magnetic therapy is used for various conditions, including stiff joints and muscles, after workouts or general relaxation. This therapy can help your horse recover more quickly from injury or a chronic condition. Magnets are easily integrated into sheets, boots, and wraps, which position them over key areas of the body.
This therapy can be incorporated into your horse’s daily routine or aid in healing. It helps with the following:
- Warming up muscles before and after workouts
- Relieving tension and encouraging relaxation
- Reducing joint stiffness and swelling
- Boosting general wellbeing
- Supporting injury recovery
Magnetic therapy can be a great alternative option for your horse. However, if your horse is recovering from an injury, speak with your veterinarian before incorporating this into their treatment plan.
Magnetic Leg Wraps
Consistently wearing magnetic leg wraps has been shown to reduce neuropathic pain, which keeps the horse more comfortable during recovery from a leg injury. Leg wraps are also lightweight and easy to use, making them an easy option for many horse owners. Magnetic boots are an excellent option for horses sensitive to medications and painkillers. As with any leg wrap, choose breathable fabric to maximize airflow. Fabrics like neoprene are not breathable and can cause overheating and tendon damage.
Sheets are an excellent way to be proactive and reduce overall body inflammation. Putting a magnetic blanket on your horse before a workout increases blood flow, optimizing performance and providing preventative care and proactive treatment of injuries. Using a sheet post-ride will help your horse’s muscles recover faster. Many horse owners will also use these sheets during travel to encourage relaxation.