The use of PEMF devices is gaining traction in the companion animal market. Simply put, PEMF is a a pulsed magnetic wave directed to the body or injured area to promote healing. Numerous studies indicate that PEMF has a benefit and has been approved for non-union bone fractures. You can do research online but be careful - there are plenty of charlatans out there and it can be hard to wade through what is legitimate.
The PEMF playing field is crowded with companies such as BEMER and SPORTINNOVATIONS.NET having companion animal and human products.
Cytowave is a company that I am intrigued by because they are a hybrid technology – PEMF and a patented “STS” or Squid Therapy Signal. Keep in mind this is unproven in terms of research but the case studies I’ve seen and the people I’ve spoken to swear by it. Many high level (as in Olympians and Kentucky Derby competitors) competitors use Cytowave and the results are intriguing. Currently they are equine only but may toss their hat into the companion human animal market.
The theory is interesting. Richard Parker, the inventor, patented tissue-specific algorithms he created using a SQUID machine – hence the squid therapy signals.
“Because the signals are tissue – specific and derived, the body recognizes them as its own and readily accepts them,” said Richard Parker. He went on to say that many products out their simply offer a “shotgun” approach and treat a whole body rather than a specific area. You can listen to the inventor, Richard Parker, here.
Let’s hope they put some money into redesigning a unit so it can be used for dogs and cats. I can’t think of a better holiday gift for an aging dog or cat than a mat that they can snooze on and heal themselves with. God knows they spend most of their time healing humans so that’s the least we can do for them.
The big issue to keep in mind is safety since these are typically unregulated and there are several products out there that are highly dangerous. Read this article for a good overview on which products are considered dangerous.
If you are interested in a specific PEMF treatment for you four-legged companion and have questions, feel free to reach out to us and we'll get you an answer.
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