Scar tissue is a fibrous connective tissue that forms as a result of injury or trauma to the body. While it serves an important purpose in healing, excessive scar tissue can be problematic for sporthorses, particularly in muscles, tendons, and ligaments. Although scar tissue is virtually impossible to get rid of once it has formed, especially after 18 months, there are therapies available to help manage it and promote healing in the surrounding tissue to support a healthier range of motion and pain relief.


Scar tissue forms as part of the natural healing process in response to an injury or trauma. When an injury occurs, the body sends specialized cells to the affected area to repair the damaged tissue. These cells produce collagen, which helps to rebuild the tissue. In some cases, however, the collagen production is excessive or continues even after the injury has healed, leading to the formation of scar tissue.

While scar tissue is a necessary part of the healing process, excessive scarring can cause problems. Scar tissue is less elastic than healthy tissue and can restrict movement and flexibility. In addition, scar tissue is more prone to re-injury and can lead to compensatory patterns and inflammation of the surrounding tissue that can lead to chronic pain and discomfort.

PEMF for Scar Tissue

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy has been shown to have a positive effect on scar tissue by stimulating cellular processes that promote healing and tissue regeneration. At the cellular level, PEMF therapy affects several key processes involved in scar tissue formation and healing.

First, PEMF therapy stimulates the production of nitric oxide (NO) in cells. Nitric oxide is a molecule that acts as a signaling molecule in the body, promoting vasodilation and increased blood flow. This increased blood flow can help to deliver oxygen and nutrients to the damaged tissue, promoting healing and reducing inflammation.

Also, PEMF therapy has been shown to affect the activity of fibroblasts, the cells responsible for producing collagen and other extracellular matrix components. PEMF has been shown to increase fibroblast proliferation and affect collagen production, which can help to rebuild damaged tissue and when applied while the injury is still healing, can actually reduce the amount of scar tissue formed.

Third, PEMF therapy can modulate the inflammatory response in cells. Inflammation is a natural part of the healing process, but excessive inflammation can contribute to the formation of scar tissue. PEMF therapy has been shown to reduce the production of pro-inflammatory cytokines, while increasing the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. This can help to promote a more balanced inflammatory response and reduce the formation of excessive scar tissue.

Finally, PEMF therapy can affect the activity of stem cells, which play a critical role in tissue repair and regeneration. PEMF therapy has been shown to increase the proliferation and differentiation of stem cells, which can help to promote the formation of new tissue and reduce the formation of scar tissue.

Holistic Healing

PEMF therapy and PBM (photobiomodulation, or red light/near infrared light) therapy are two forms of therapy that have been shown to be effective in managing scar tissue. PEMF therapy uses low-frequency electromagnetic waves to stimulate the body’s natural healing processes. These waves penetrate deep into the tissues and can help to increase circulation, reduce inflammation, and promote the formation of new tissue.

PBM therapy, also known as low-level laser therapy, uses specific wavelengths of light to promote healing. These wavelengths penetrate the tissues and can help to accelerate the healing process and reduce inflammation.

Both PEMF therapy and PBM therapy are non-invasive and can be used to manage scar tissue in a variety of areas. They can be particularly helpful in treating soft tissue injuries, as well as injuries affecting the skin to minimize scarring. In addition to managing scar tissue, these therapies can also be used to promote overall health and well-being.