Archive for PEMF

Not All PEMF Blankets Are Created Equal

April 8, 2021

If you want to take full advantage of all that magnetic therapy can offer your horse, a PEMF therapy blanket is your best bet.

Your horse has likely already used a blanket, so wearing one won’t be an unfamiliar experience. What’s more, like other PEMF systems, the blankets don’t have dangling coils and wires for horses to trip on or noisy machines for horses to get accustomed to.

Another benefit of a PEMF blanket is that it can treat all the horse’s muscle groups at one time. This makes treatment easy and efficient, so you (and your horse!) can get back to riding!

Be Cautious of These Less-Appealing Features

While there are several PEMF therapy blankets available within the equine industry, not all are created equal. Some features to avoid:

• The blanket is made outside the United States, which means you could receive minimal support if the company that made your therapy blanket is based in another country.

• Lack of accessories such as a neck wrap or hock wraps.

• The blanket comes with other options like heating or massage that add features but reduce the overall effectiveness of each individual feature while also adding to the cost of the blanket and complicating repair issues.

• Programming is complicated, making it hard for horse owners to provide proper treatment.

• Intensity (or gauss) isn’t powerful enough to address all muscle treatment and repair needs.

• A brand sales structure that favors multi-level reps and prioritizes sales volume over customer education, service and results.

Introducing the PEMF Therapy Blanket from Respond Systems

At Respond Systems, Inc., we have been providing top-tier healing products for animals since 1983. All products are made in the United States, and we service and support customers worldwide.

Our PEMF Therapy Blanket has 14 coils to ensure all important muscle groups are completely covered in a single treatment session. This expansive coverage not only aids in full body circulation but also targets core muscle and soft tissue areas that are most compromised during exercise and competition.

With a peak intensity that is 50 times stronger than some other blankets, the depth of the therapeutic field can reach up to 15 to 18 inches into tissue allowing for better targeting and repair of muscle, tendon, ligaments and fascia. So in addition to promoting relaxation and release for your horse, the Respond PEMF blanket is designed to stimulate healing from the inside out.

In addition, the Respond Systems blanket offers a variety of frequency options within the 10-60Hz range, which has been identified through research as the therapeutic range. With the ability to rotate through all the options, this variety allows the user the flexibility to alter the frequency based on the animal’s response, condition (acute, chronic, bone, ligament, or fascia) and needs.

Whether you choose a blanket for therapeutic needs or for conditioning and injury prevention, we believe your horse deserves the therapy blanket that will make a difference for him and for you.
With some of our clients having used a single blanket for more than 15 years, that is testimony to the fact that we not only create high-quality systems to deliver results for your horse, but we also provide great service to our customers when – and if – they need it.

If you have comments or questions about our top-tier PEMF therapy blanket, we have a simple form on our website for your convenience.

The Benefits of PEMF Therapy Blanket by Respond Systems Over High-Powered PEMF

March 26, 2021

PEMF, which stands for pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, offers multiple benefits for horses ranging from aging and injured horses to pleasure horses and those in elite-level competition. This non-invasive treatment helps a horse recover from injuries quickly, decreases muscle inflammation, stimulates cell metabolism, and helps horses become more supple. 

What is High-Intensity PEMF?

Most high-powered PEMF systems use coil loops, which are placed strategically on parts of a horse’s body to transmit power to the injured area and to focus on precise nerves and muscles. Due to the high-power capabilities of some PEMF machines, these treatments should be administered by an equine veterinarian or a certified equine therapist to avoid injury to the horse.

Whether a horse owner hires a certified expert to handle the task or purchases a PEMF system to work on their own horses, these high-powered PEMF systems aren’t without disadvantages.

In addition to the high cost of the machines, which can vary in price up to $25,000, some of the other drawbacks include:

• Treating multiple areas of the horse can mean a lengthy treatment time due to the limitations of the single coil attachment.
• If applied incorrectly, the high-level PEMF can actually cause tissue damage, especially when treating acute injuries or when treating a horse with neurological conditions like EPM.
• Because high-intensity PEMF can excel at blocking the pain receptor pathways, these high-intensity systems are banned from certain FEI-level equestrian events. Due to the lack of pain response caused by the pain blocking, horses run the risk of additional injuries.
• There are few, if any studies to date that document the long-term impact of high-intensity PEMF at the cellular level.

The Better Alternative to High-Intensity PEMF: Introducing the PEMF Therapy Blanket by Respond Systems

With thousands of peer-reviewed research studies on the FDA-approved, low-level PEMF intensity used in the PEMF Therapy Blanket by Respond Systems, treating your horse with PEMF therapy can be easy and effective. With over 35 years of results, the intensity level of the Respond Therapy Blanket has consistently proven to have an analgesic effect while reducing inflammation to promote healing and provide long-lasting therapeutic benefits that go beyond blocking pain.

Although used widely by veterinarians and equine therapists, the safe intensity level of the Respond Therapy Blanket makes it ideal for horse owners to use whether treating a diagnosed lameness or simply for conditioning.

The following are some of the many reasons horse owners around the world are choosing this low-level PEMF treatment option:

• The blanket is lightweight and breathable to ensure a horse’s full comfort during treatment.
• Battery packs offer up to 20, 30-minute treatments per charge.
• The battery is small and integrated into the horse blanket so there are no wires, cords or coils to get caught in the horse’s feet or tangled around their legs.
• A timer automatically shuts the blanket off, so you don’t have to supervise the full treatment course.
• The blanket comes with accessories to offer full treatment to the horse’s entire body, saving a horse owner time with the capability to focus on all major muscle groups at one time, during the same 30-minute treatment.
• The PEMF Therapy Blanket by Respond Systems is made in the United States.

If you have questions, we have a simple form on our website you can fill out. We’re always happy to answer with personalized advice and assistance to ensure your horse is getting the best PEMF treatment possible.

PEMF for Anxiety?

June 20, 2019

Do these behaviors ring a bell with you?

Excessive panting when your dog knows you are leaving for work.

Your cat excessively grooming to the point that he creates bald spots in his fur

Anxiety in your horse before competition

Historically, Respond Systems, Inc has focused on PEMF therapy for pain relief, to reduce inflammation and to accelerate healing of both soft tissue and bone. Recently, however, we’ve seen a trend of positive reports of impacts on nervousness and anxiety in animals using the Respond Systems PEMF devices.

While bone and soft tissue healing pioneered the FDA approvals of PEMF, studies within the past decade have shown beneficial effects on the brain, including for treatment of depression and anxiety.

Two recent independent studies reported a reduction in “anxiety-like behaviors” when mice and rats were exposed to PEMF fields (Choleris, et al. Kalkan, et al).  Other studies have moved out of the lab animal model to examine effects on human subjects as well.  In one study (Martiny et al), the transcranial application of PEMF resulted in a 62% reduction on the Depression Rating Scale for patients suffering with treatment resistant depression.

This research is still young, and we aren’t making any claims of cure with PEMF therapy for the depressed dog or anxious horse. There does seem to be a promising trend that bears watching regarding PEMF’s positive impact on the conditions of those battling these types of mental conditions and illnesses.

For example, Deanna Rogers, PT, CCRP, CCFT, from Good Life Physical Therapy for Animals, shared her experience on the effect of PEMF on one of her geriatric patients.

“I had a very anxious and painful home care patient that I only saw twice who was a 130lb, overweight Malinois. He had severe left groin and knee pain so when I saw him the second time, when he was much worse after battling a tangle with a laundry basket, I recommended he see the vet again. It was the weekend, the vet office was closed, and the owners couldn’t get him in the car by themselves to get him to the ER clinic. So they wanted to manage him at home till that Monday.” 

“I gave them my Respond PEMF bed in addition to other things to try. They told me he LOVED the bed at the 5 Hz frequency. They were thinking more is better and tried 15 Hz and he wouldn’t get on the bed. So they went back to 5 Hz and he would go and lie on it and become less anxious.”

For decades, we’ve heard of a similar effect in horses treated with the Bio-Pulse Sentry PEMF Blanket.

Tom Meyers, equine physiotherapist and U.S Team Physio for numerous Olympics and World Games, has been working with PEMF therapy for over 25 years, and had this to say: 

“90% of the horses treated with Respond blankets get relief from anxiety. We treated Legolas, Steffen Peters’ (Multi-Time Dressage Olympic and World Game Medalist) horse, with the Sentry blanket before all competitions for his whole career, including World Games, Olympics and World Cup Aachen!”

While a method of activation or biochemical mechanism has not been defined yet, there are a few theories on the pathways PEMF therapy takes to combat depression and anxiety. These include improving neuroplasticity processes (Cichoń et al), decreasing higher EEG frequencies (Amirifalah, et al) and positively impacting the electrical activity of neurons and neurobiological processes effecting local brain activity and connectivity.

Respond will continue to follow the research on the topic as it emerges! In the interim, don’t be surprised if you find yourself using your PEMF equipment to not only promote soft tissue healing and reduction in inflammation, but also for addressing anxiety!

Amirifalah Z, Firoozabadi SM, Shafiei SA. Local exposure of brain central areas to a pulsed ELF magnetic field for a purposeful change in EEG. Clin EEG Neurosci. 2013 Jan;44(1):44-52.

 Choleris E, Thomas AW, Prato FS. A comparison of the effects of a 100 ut specific pulsed magnetic field and diazepam on anxiety-related behaviors in male CF1 mice. Bioelectromagnetics Society, 21st Annual Meeting, 20-24 June, Long Beach, CA, Abstract No. P-91, p. 129-130, 1999.

Cichoń N, Bijak M, Czarny P, Miller E, et al. Increase in Blood Levels of Growth Factors Involved in the Neuroplasticity Process by Using an Extremely Low Frequency Electromagnetic Field in Post-stroke Patients. Front Aging Neurosci. 2018 Sep 26;10:294.

Kalkan MT, Korpinar MA, Seker S, et al. The effect of the 50 Hz frequency sinusoidal magnetic field on the stress-related behavior of rats. Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference Biomedical Engineering Days, 20-22 May, Istanbul, Turkey, p.78-81, 1998.

Martiny K, Lunde M, Bech P: Transcranial low voltage pulsed electromagnetic fields in patients with treatment-resistant depression. Biol Psychiatry 2010, 68:163–169.

Respond Systems Recharges Chester Weber’s Team

October 19, 2016

Ocala, FL (October 18, 2016) — Thanks to two new Sentry PEMF Blankets in Chester Weber’s arsenal, Respond Systems – a longtime supporter of Team Weber and Jane Clark’s high performance KWPN geldings – kept the World Equestrian Games Silver Medalist and 13-time National Champion combined driver recharged over his summer CAI European tour. Team Weber finished the summer as the top-placed American team in the 2016 FEI World Four-in-Hand Championships in Breda, the Netherlands.

Respond Systems Sentry PEMF Blankets with therapeutic magnetic fields are a cutting edge option in caring for the sore muscles and stiff joints found in today’s equine athletes. Respond Systems blankets have been utilized by Team Weber since 2009, and help to ensure that Weber and Clark’s horses stay in tip-top shape while facing the world’s most competitive FEI drivers and teams.

Team Weber has been equipped with two Sentry PEMF full body suits, a neck piece, and hock boots, courtesy of Respond Systems of Branford, Connecticut. The company has been developing state-of-the-art veterinary therapy systems for horses and small animals since 1989. Sentry PEMF bio-pulse blankets are designed to cover all major muscle groups. With eight large coils, (two for the topline, plus coils for the hamstring muscles and inside the stifle), this is a must-have blanket for the highly athletic, injured or aging horse. Each battery-powered blanket provides up to 20 treatments per full charge.

“In driving, with a marathon carriage being 600 kilos and the horses having to work well over their backs, Respond Systems is a big help,” says Weber. “People ask if I have worked with other magnetic products or lasers, and I have always said that I have no need to – Respond Systems answers all the questions they should. The whole crew from Respond Systems is fantastic to work with. Our therapy blankets get tuned up every fall and come back good as new. It’s a product you wouldn’t know you needed until you have one.”

Respond Systems is equally as pleased to provide the athlete and his team of high caliber horses with the tools to aid in their success. Vice President and Director of Marketing for Respond Systems, Lisa Miksis, stated that, “Chester and his team not only represent excellence in the sport, but are also an inspirational example of the magic that can happen when a team works in unison. We sponsor Chester’s team so that the horses can perform in peak condition and their bodies can keep up with the demands of that excellence. Our Sentry PEMF blanket system helps to do exactly that, and with a competing team of four equine athletes, the blankets get a lot of wear and tear. Given the intense levels of performance that the team has achieved over the last few years, in addition to the wonderful relationships we have built, we felt it was time to outfit the team with two new Sentry blanket systems! We are looking forward to cheering on the team for many years to come!”

Team Weber began its summer with a solid performance at the CHIO4* Royal Windsor Horse Show in England, then on to Drebkau, Germany to win top honors at its CAI3* tournament, and a third overall in the CAIO4* at CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival in Germany before Breda. Now back in Ocala for the fall, Weber is turning his focus to developing a potential new bay to the team, a five year-old KWPN gelding called Governor. Weber and his champion team will head to their next competition, the Hermitage Classic and Fall Festival in Goshen, Kentucky, on October 21-23.

For all the news on Team Weber’s latest triumphs and additions to the team, follow the official Facebook and Instagram @ChesterWeber accounts and visit www.ChesterWeber.com.

Photo: Team Weber thanks Respond Systems for two new Sentry PEMF Blankets (Photo courtesy of Chester Weber, contact staffwriter@jrprnews.com for full resolution image).

Prevention is the Best Medicine

May 9, 2016

Image courtesy of Therapy4Horses.

Ben Franklin’s words of wisdom that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” is just as true today as it was 300 years ago when he said it.  Although Franklin was most likely referring to the human species when he voiced those wise words, the same can easily be applied to the equine species as well.

Humans and horses have forged a powerful bond dating back thousands of years. From use in the Greek military over 2,000 years ago to the ranches of the burgeoning American Wild West, horses have fulfilled a crucial role in the history of man. Their bodies have evolved to master speed, endurance and strength and today, many of those qualities are exhibited in sport.

Their bodies may be built to run, jump, and support a rider, but training can put incredible stress on the body of a horse.  Common conditions such as suspensory and other ligament and soft tissue injuries are occurring at incredible rates. Kissing spine, SI pain, tying up, navicular and other conditions are common among horses across all sport disciplines.

While all injuries are not preventable, many can be with carefully executed training and conditioning programs. A key team comprised of a trainer, veterinarian, therapist and chiropractor is the first component in prevention. The expertise of this team in conjunction with a rider and owner who are in tune to the body and needs of the horse can make for a very successful injury prevention strategy.

Right on level with the importance of nutrition are laser and pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy systems. Both systems use FDA approved, non-pharmaceutical mechanisms to reduce inflammation and pain and accelerate healing by using a specific wavelength of light or pulsed magnetic fields to stimulate the body’s own healing and immune process.

PEMF blankets and wraps are a crucial component of the conditioning regime of top equine athletes around the world. Used prior to competition to warm-up the joints and muscles to prevent injury, or after competition to remove lactic acid, reduce soft tissue inflammation and ease the tension in muscles and joints, these systems are a must-have for overall conditioning and treating injuries.

Laser therapy uses scientifically proven wavelengths of light to jumpstart the body’s cells to churn out ATP, the energy molecule crucial for all cellular function, to help reduce pain, decrease inflammation and accelerate healing. From healing wounds to soft-tissue injuries, laser therapy can target specific areas of the horse’s body to treat a specific injury or strengthen a weak area prior to competition to help prevent further injury.

Peak condition is required for elite performance and that is where RSI Equine, a division of Respond Systems Inc., plays an integral role. Backed by 30 years of experience manufacturing laser and pulsed magnetic field therapy in the USA, RSI Equine’s products have become a critical component for conditioning and have become a therapy of choice for healing injuries.

Visit RSIequine.com for more information on how to not only prevent injury, but to also treat conditions and injuries quickly, safely and effectively to get your horse back into peak condition.

PEMF Therapy Can Put a Smile Back on your Pet’s Face

March 2, 2016

Nothing is more heartbreaking than a pup or kitty with those sad eyes looking up at you because they are in pain or are uncomfortable.  Age, injury, a chronic or acute condition….there are a plethora of reasons that an animal can be sore. Compounded on top of that can be depression because he is no longer able to go on walks, play with you or his fellow animal friends or even jump up on the couch (if they are allowed!).

So what are your options?

When considering an elderly dog or cat, complications with anti-inflammatory, steroidal or pain medications are definitely a factor.  There are many highly effective pharmaceuticals on the market today, and many time prescription medications are necessary. But if your veterinarian is not mandating a medication, and you are wary of side-effects with a voluntary prescription to help with the pain and inflammation, there are other options.

Chiropractic care, rehabilitation therapy, laser therapy and acupuncture are among a few of the most common alternatives to help your pet suffering from conditions such as arthritis, soft tissue injury, hip dysplasia, degenerative joint disease, bone fractures and neurological injuries. Check with your veterinarian for a referral if your general practice does not offer these options.

Another FDA approved, non-pharmaceutical and highly effective treatment is pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF).  Respond Systems’ Bio-Pulse PEMF systems have been in use for over 30 years on horses, dogs, cats and even elephants and giraffes! PEMF uses pulsing magnetic fields, developed by pulsing a small amount of battery current through coils of wire, to initiate normal biological cellular reactions that result in improved circulation and provide pain relief.

PEMF has the unique ability to pass through fur, skin, bandages and bone. The depth of field of Respond Systems Bio-Pulse PEMF Small Animal Bed can penetrate through the entire body of a dog lying on the bed reaching deep into the joints and muscles stimulating circulation.

The 30 to 60-minute treatment cannot be felt but the effect is noticeable and many times your pet will relax on the bed or even fall asleep. Typically, you will see results within two weeks and many times you will notice an immediate difference in the way your pet rises, walks and runs.

Quality of life is top of mind for any pet owner caring for an elderly or injured animal. Managing the pain and inflammation due to some of the conditions mentioned above is crucial to your pets comfort level and can indeed be managed or even remedied! So put a smile back on your pets face with a PEMF therapy treatment.

For more information visit respondsystems.com.

Respond Systems is a second-generation, family owned business that has been manufacturing both laser and PEMF therapy systems for the veterinary market over 30 years. Proudly made in the USA, Respond Systems is dedicated to a mission of providing quality equipment, service and innovation to better the lives of all who use the therapy systems.