Magna Wave:  Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Magna Wave is a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) device.  Its application assists in increasing the permeability of cell walls to aid in the chemical and electrical rebalancing of any tissue in the body.  PEMF therapy promotes the reduction of pain, the stimulation of natural regeneration processes, overall efficiency and healing of the system, and a wide array of somatic benefits—all starting at the cellular level.

PEMF's unique access to the cellular building blocks of your horse's body enables a Magna Wave practitioner to target the source of pain, rather than just manage its symptoms.  Perhaps best of all, because a Magna Wave session is non-invasive, comfortable, and fast, horses truly enjoy it!

Read on for a summary of mainstream PEMF research, history, and use, or click the image to the right for answers to common questions about Magna Wave! 

Clinical benefits of use

  • increased circulation
  • decreased inflammation
  • enhanced muscle function
  • bone healing
  • stress reduction
  • blood oxygenation

Indications for use

  • to decrease pain and muscle spasm
  • to increase blood flow in superficial and deep tissues
  • to stimulate bone healing


Contraindications to use

  • application over any implants
  • pregnancy
  • cancer
  • acute inflammation and joint effusion
  • infection


In the realm of human medicine, PEMF technology is FDA approved for the treatment of depression, bone healing, migraine headaches, and incontinence.  A four-year NASA study led by Thomas J. Goodwin, Ph.D. was the first to clarify bioelectric and biochemical technologies' parameters of efficacy for tissue growth and restoration.  Dr. Goodwin's research conclusively demonstrated PEMF's unique ability to stimulate growth and repair in mammalian tissues.  (To read Dr. Goodwin's full report, click here.)  For a concise summary of the history, research, use, and future of PEMF technology (as well as ample sources for further investigation), please see Keith R. Holden, M.D.'s excellent report, "Biological Effects of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy."

Animal application

After initial experimental use in human medicine in Europe through the first half of the 20th century, public interest in PEMF surged in the mid-1970s following reports of successful enhancement of speed and endurance of racehorses treated with PEMF.  The technology then gained widespread therapeutic use in restoring the delicate tendons, ligaments, and bones of injured greyhounds, as well as those of birds.  Hundreds of studies performed among animals of all species and sizes have since confirmed the myriad benefits of PEMF in treating a wide array of concerns for animals and humans alike.  

Magna Wave was founded in Louisville, KY, in 2002 specifically for the treatment of racehorses at Churchill Downs.  Today, it is in service by wellness practitioners around the world.  While the majority of Magna Wave devices are used by vets, PEMF's safety and ease of application makes it a reliable tool for operation by competent horse professionals.  And because the only known side effect of PEMF therapy is mild muscle soreness, its uncommon safety makes it an ideal adjunct to the maintenance and rehabilitation of virtually any animal.  Of note: Magna Wave is the only PEMF provider that certifies its operators.

For your horse

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. 

Magna Wave's role in maintaining excellent global health of the equine athlete owes to its action on the circulatory system.  PEMF is clinically advised for the following conditions in horses:

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

For horses recovering from specific injury and tissue trauma, Magna Wave is especially applicable for use during the remodeling stages of healing.  Following acute inflammatory stages, Magna Wave also becomes an asset for horses recovering from wounds, edema, and common postsurgical complications.