This article really applies to both people and horses, often doctors and veterinarians are very quick to suggest steroid injections for joint or back pain, and certainly steroids have their place, but you must know that there are risks of complications, and also that there are alternatives!
Read more here- Avoiding Steroid Injections
Did you know… PEMF Therapy improves blood circulation? 🤔 One of the most basic functions magnetic fields have in the body is to increase circulation, not by increasing heartbeat or blood pressure, but by opening and dilating the arteries and capillaries.
When a cell (such as a red blood cell) is injured or ill, it does not hold its ideal charge. This causes red blood cells to “stick” together, making circulation slow. When a magnetic field passes through the cell, the membrane becomes properly charged, allowing the cell to repel itself and keep separate from other cells, thereby increasing circulation. Blood vessels dilate improving the amount of blood flowing through the vessels and therefore increasing the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues.
Poor circulation makes tissues unhealthy and prone to disease and breakdown.
Improved circulation helps tissues get the nutrition they need, while expelling the waste they produce.
Good circulation helps tissue with healing and regeneration, reduces swelling and bruising.
Did you know that barrel racers are among some of our most loyal PEMF users? Look at the athleticism these horses must utilize to be amazing at this sport! The number of times I’ve heard it’s taken full seconds off of a barrel run is incredible. When you help the horses feel good they work harder and stay healthier! Are you pulsing your barrel racers? If you aren’t you should be!!!
Amazing photo of fellow PEMF practitioner Demeri Jo Cobb
pc: The Art and Science of Kinesiology
I love this picture because it illustrates so clearly how muscular tightness can change the balance of your whole body! You can see that the shortened quadratus lumborum causes the pelvis to shift and the lumbar spine to become curved. This of course isn’t the end of it, because if your hips are out of whack, then your knees suffer as well.
So it turns into a whole body issue, just from one muscle! If you are a rider, the problem compounds. We all know that if you are sitting unevenly in the saddle, the best case scenario is that you are going to have a hard time using your seat to communicate with your horse. But worse, over time this uneven distribution of your weight over your horse’s back can also cause him to have a sore back, which can then go to his hips, then to stifles, hocks, and so on and so forth. You get the picture!
The point is, we can get ahead of these issues if we fix them before they get too far. Don’t let a minor muscular tightness turn into a whole body problem! Regular massage and PEMF therapy are the keys to staying loose and in balance!
Did you know PEMF 🌀 can Improve Athletic Performance by Enhancing Muscle Function? 💪🏼 .
A four-year collaborative study conducted by NASA found that…“PEMF was able to stimulate growth and repair in animal tissues. It has been found that muscles actually work harder and longer and recover faster”
PEMF improves muscle energy production. This allows muscles to work harder and longer, and recover more quickly from their work. Muscles that are contracted or in spasm are better able to relax, decreasing tension and reducing pain caused by spasm.
PEMF enhances the synthesis of proteins allowing the body to take full advantage of proteins.
This means that you, or your horse, can run faster, lift stronger, jump higher and recover faster! Which is awesome!
“I was introduced to the PEMF by a good friend. Being a competitive athlete I thought lets give it a try. After my first time I was really impressed with how loose and pain free it made me feel. I immediately told my coaches about it and set a time for it to be introduced to the coaches and fellow athletes. Everyone was impressed and it has become a regular therapeutic modality. I would recommend the PEMF to all athletes and everyone who suffers from pain and range of motion problems.”
Take it from the pros- if you are looking for a drug free way to relieve pain and perform your best, PEMF therapy is your answer!
WHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?🤔⬇⬇
The plantar fascia plays an important role in normal foot biomechanics. 🏃🏾The plantar fascia is firmly anchored to the calcaneus (heel bone) and extends forward as a thick band of longitudinally arranged connective tissue fibers. The fibers diverge and as they pass anteriorly, they form individual bands that enter the toes and connect with bones, ligaments and the skin.✅This fascia provides static support for the longitudinal arch of the foot and acts as a dynamic shock absorber.💪🏾 Plantar fasciitis is an overuse condition of the plantar fascia at its attachment to the calcaneus (heel bone), it is due to collagen disarray in the absence of inflammatory cells. 🤕Thus, the condition resembles that of tendinosis/tendinopathy and should be more correctly referred to as “plantar fasciosis” or “fasciopathy”. Individuals who have low arch (flat feet) or high arch feet have an increased risk of developing this condition. Plantar fasciitis is commonly associated with tightness in the calf, hamstring and gluteal region. Tightness in these areas can predispose to plantar fasciitis by altering the normal foot biomechanics.📖
Source: (4th Edition) Brukner & Khan’s Clinical Sports Medicine . and @physioosteogram
If you suffer from plantar fasciitis, I can help! Massage and PEMF therapy have shown to be very effective at helping to reduce the pain and heal the tendons and fascia of the foot, as well as easing the muscular tightness that contributed to the condition in the first place!
“I get asked a lot about why PEMF is good for us and why other EMFs (power lines, cell phones etc) aren’t. This article explains a lot about the Schumann resonance (the magnetic field of the Earth that is 7.83hz). Our bodies were designed to pulse at frequencies that low. The harmful frequencies are 100s to 1000s of pulses per second. They drain our body while PEMF helps restore our bodies to where they were designed to be. It’s why laying in the grass or sitting on the beach can be so healing to our bodies… just don’t sit on an ant Hill or a jelly fish! 😉😊” Words of wisdom from fellow PEMF practitioner Laura Mungioli. Check out the article below for a more in depth look at this subject!
“Research suggests that PEMFs – although not a cure – can alleviate many of the major symptoms of MS, including spasticity, fatigue, cognitive function, mood changes and other impaired physiologic functions. This is because PEMFs act at such basic cellular and physiologic levels. They improve the function of all cells of the body, even those impaired by any specific disease process, such as MS. As such, PEMFs can substantially enhance the quality of life of individuals with MS without the side effects associated with pharmaceutical approaches.”
Check out this article for more information about how PEMF therapy is being used to help people with MS!
How massage can benefit you:
There’s no denying the power of bodywork. Regardless of the adjectives we assign to it (pampering, rejuvenating, therapeutic) or the reasons we seek it out (a luxurious treat, stress relief, pain management), massage therapy can be a powerful ally in your healthcare regimen.
Experts estimate that upwards of ninety percent of disease is stress related. And perhaps nothing ages us faster, internally and externally, than high stress. While eliminating anxiety and pressure altogether in this fast-paced world may be idealistic, massage can, without a doubt, help manage stress. This translates into:
Enhanced sleep quality
Furthermore, clients often report a sense of perspective and clarity after receiving a massage. The emotional balance bodywork provides can often be just as vital and valuable as the more tangible physical benefits, such as:
Alleviating pain and improving range of motion
Helping athletes of any level prepare for, and recover from, strenuous workouts
Increasing joint flexibility
Relaxing and softening injured, tired, and overused muscles
Relieving migraine pain
How massage can benefit your horse:
Muscular pain is often a major cause of equine behavior and performance problems, but most people don’t even realize it when their horse has a muscular problem, and have no idea what to do about it!
To understand why we need to know more about muscles, we must realize that more than 60% of the horses body weight is muscle. Small muscle injuries can take up to 90 days to become apparent (by a change in attitude, decreased performance and lameness) by which time they may have caused more serious injury. Prompt attention to these ‘minor’ muscle injuries not only enhances a horse’s performance but also may prevent future problems. Muscle tightening is transmitted from one muscle group to another, so for example, shoulder tension may be transmitted to the muscles of the forearm, resulting in extra stress being placed on the tendons. Muscles may also enlarge with tension.
Equine massage can help to resolve many muscular problems, and can improve performance, by:
- increasing flexibility
- increasing range of motion
- improving circulation
- enhancing muscle tone
- relaxing muscle spasms
- preventing and relieving adhesions in muscles
- releasing tension
- aiding in mental relaxation