Magna Wave & Pulsed Electromagnetic Field FAQs


How is a Magna Wave session conducted?

In this video, Magna Wave is applied at a medium-strength setting for a generalized treatment.  The effect is a penetrating but comfortable "cellular massage" to relieve discomfort and stress.  In this mode, the operator retains the ability to recognize more sensitive areas and then treat accordingly.  Note that muscular twitches during the "pulsing" phase of the treatment indicate areas of cellular malfunction associated with tissue restriction.

I begin your horse's first Magna Wave session by introducing him to the three components of the device: the machine itself (which resembles a suitcase), the connecting rubber hose, and the attached paddle.  Once your horse is comfortable with the off-power device, I will switch the Magna Wave on to familiarize him with the "clicking" sound of the pulse.  Next, I will bring the paddle toward your horse's body and apply it to a non-sensitive region, usually his chest.  At first, I will use my hand as a buffer between the paddle and your horse; then, I will touch the paddle directly to your horse.  Once your horse is at ease with the pulsing sensation, I will then make adjustments to the power setting before sweeping the paddle all over his body to locate sensitive areas.  Following this initial assessment and our discussion of goals, the Magna Wave will be used to target problem areas and to incorporate them into a whole-body session for systemic healing.  

What does the Magna Wave actually do TO my horse?

Magna Wave essentially acts as a massage for your horse's cells.  When touched to your horse, the Magna Wave paddle sends a pulsing magnetic field deep into his body.  As the device pulses "on," the cell membrane is gently pulled by the magnetic field.  On the "off" phase of the pulse, the cell membrane is relaxed.  As they expand and relax, the cell membranes become more permeable, allowing the cells to exchange metabolic waste for oxygen and nutrients essential for muscular energy.   This exchange process facilitates rapid cellular rebalancing, which in turn improves circulation, reduces inflammation, and interrupts pain signals to the horse's brain.

What are the benefits of PEMF therapy, and what is it used to treat?

PEMF therapy is clinically proven to repair and regenerate damaged tissue, accelerate the rebuilding of bone and the healing time for wounds, increase oxygenation of cells by up to 200%, and increase the absorption of ATP (the molecule that transports chemical energy within cells for metabolism) by up to 500%.


Conditions treated by PEMF:

  • arthritis
  • back soreness
  • colic recovery
  • abscess
  • tendon and ligament injury
  • muscle injury
  • muscle soreness
  • scar tissue/adhesions
  • general maintenance

PEMF decreases:

  • pain
  • stiffness 
  • inflammation 
  • edema
  • spasms 
  • stress 
  • cellular waste

PEMF increases:

  • circulation
  • energy
  • cellular nutrition
  • neuromuscular response
  • cellular metabolism
  • utilization of nutrients
  • flexibility
  • immunity
  • bone density
  • range of motion
  • strength
  • stamina

How does it show areas of sensitivity and malfunction?

Muscle tissue palpitates in problem areas due to molecular movement in the cells—only tissues containing imbalanced cells are acted upon by the pulse.  Chemically and electrically balanced areas do not react to PEMF.  

Is it the same as static magnetic therapy, like magnetic blankets and boots?

While the basis of therapy is similar, the difference is in the delivery method, which acts more deeply and efficiently upon the body.  The higher power of Magna Wave provides shorter treatment times and immediate results.  What a magnetic blanket can do in 2-3 weeks, the Magna Wave can do in 10 minutes.

Why treat the whole body and not just the problem area?

In treating any condition, the balance and participation of all systems need to be considered—merely targeting a site of injury may bring short-term relief, but a whole-body treatment will efficiently balance all systems in order to facilitate overall wellness.  In the case of Magna Wave, improving cellular health means improving total health and comfort.

How soon can the horse be worked after treatment?

Immediately!  No downtime or recovery is needed.

Can it be used pre-event?

I urge new Magna Wave clients to schedule their horse's first session well in advance of their horse's performance in order to assess for individual reactions.  Many horses are more relaxed after a treatment and may lack the edge desired before an event.  Other horses enjoy the boost of energy and are ready to perform.  If your horse is experienced with PEMF therapy, you may already know that he's one of the "good-to-go" guys.  Otherwise, I recommend first trying Magna Wave at least several days prior to your horse's performance.

How long does a treatment take?

Normal treatment time is 20-40 minutes per horse.  Regular maintenance sessions are usually on the shorter side, while introductory sessions and those designed to address a specific condition run longer.  Longer sessions do not necessarily yield greater benefit—results are derived from the intensity of the pulse, not the duration of the treatment.  Therefore, ongoing sessions aim to gradually acclimate your horse to stronger pulses for quicker results.

How quickly will my horse benefit from treatment?

Pain relief is immediate.  As circulation and blood oxygenation are primary effects of a Magna Wave treatment, whole-system benefits will build for up to 72-hours after a session.

How long do results last?

Depending on the condition and the severity of the condition for which Magna Wave is sought, results can last days, weeks, or permanently.  As a general guideline, expect an injury such as a torn suspensory ligament to heal in approximately half the normal time when treated with Magna Wave.

What are the side effects?

For unconditioned horses, the muscular contraction stimulated by PEMF therapy can cause minor soreness, akin to a light workout after inactivity.  Extensive clinical research demonstrates that this is the only side effect.  Magna Wave is 100% safe.

Who should not use Magna Wave?

PEMF is contraindicated for use in cases of the following scenarios:

  • pregnancy
  • cancer
  • acute inflammation and joint effusion
  • infection
  • the presence of any implants

We will thoroughly review your horse's health before use of Magna Wave to ensure your horse's safety.  ***Please retain your vet's approval prior to treatment.***

How long have PEMF technology & Magna Wave been in use?

While static magnets have been used therapeutically since 2000 BCE, application of PEMF technology in the medical field originated in Germany in the 1940s.  Magna Wave was founded in Louisville, KY, in 2002 specifically for the treatment of racehorses at Churchill Downs, and has since been made available for use by animal (and human) wellness practitioners around the world.  While the majority of Magna Wave devices are in use by vets, Magna Wave's safety and ease of application makes it a reliable tool for operation by even casual horse owners.  Of note: Magna Wave is the only PEMF provider that certifies its practitioners!