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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.