Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is a non-invasive technology that has been used in human medicine for decades, and has been making strides in veterinary support. PEMF involves the use of low-frequency electromagnetic waves that stimulate the body’s natural healing mechanisms and promote cellular repair, making it an effective choice to alleviate symptoms associated with chronic conditions or acute injury. There are several actions through which PEMF helps relieve pain that include:

  • Reduce inflammation by reducing the production of inflammatory cytokines and increasing the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines which help to reduce pain associated with inflammation.
  • Modulate nerve activity by stimulating the production of neurotransmitters, which can help to reduce pain signals.
  • Improve blood flow by inducing the release of nitric oxide, which dilates blood vessels and improves oxygen delivery to tissues, rejuvenating stagnant muscles.
  • Stimulate tissue repair and regeneration by activating the production of growth factors and promoting the proliferation of cells which help to reduce pain associated with tissue damage or injury.

With these actions (plus several more), PEMF is being recognized as a proven option to manage pain and inflammation associated even with various chronic conditions as well. With consistent use, we can help moderate pain and limitations associated with:


Arthritis is a common condition in horses, especially as they age. It is a degenerative joint disease that causes pain and inflammation in the joints, leading to stiffness and decreased mobility. PEMF therapy can help reduce inflammation and improve blood flow to the affected area, which can help relieve pain, promote healing, and improve range of motion and liberty of movement.

Tendon and Ligament Injuries

Tendon and ligament injuries are an unfortunate risk for our sport and can be painful and take a long time to heal. With PEMF’s ability to stimulate cellular repair and reduce inflammation, it can help speed up the healing process while relieving pain.

Back Pain

Horses can suffer back pain for any number of reasons. Although PEMF therapy won’t resolve the cause, it can help relieve the consequence of poor saddle fit or injury and relieve tension in the muscles while improving blood flow to the affected areas. By freeing the back from pain, the horse will be able to use herself in ways to better support her back going forward. It will be important to address the underlying cause, but PEMF can help hasten recovery while reducing pain and stiffness for a quicker return to activity and wellness.

Wound Healing

By stimulating cellular repair and improving blood flow to the affected area, PEMF therapy can help speed up the healing process and reduce pain and inflammation even in stagnant, non-healing wounds.

By stimulating the body’s natural healing mechanisms, PEMF therapy can be an effective tool to improve the quality of life in aging horses, and to get injured horses back to action. You are welcome to get in touch with any questions related to your horse’s specific situation or to book a session and try. And, of course, we’re happy to work with your vet wherever necessary.