There is a ton of information out there on both microcurrent and PEMF devices. When trying to decide whether to go with microcurrent versus PEMF for treating your horse, it can be a daunting task to sort through why one would be a better fit for you than the other. In this post we’ll try to explain, as simply as possible, what each is so you can make the most informed decision based on effectiveness, ease of use, and cost.
This isn’t to say you can’t use or have both types of devices, just throwing that out there up front. We love our gadgets too!
First, what is microcurrent and PEMF?
Microcurrent is a gentle electrical current applied directly to the body in the range of 0-500 microamps (µA) that is typically subsensory (cannot be physically felt).
PEMF is a pulsed electromagnetic field that enters the body with or without the need for direct contact (like a MRI machine). The strength of the magnetic field is expressed in units of Tesla (T) or microtesla (µT) and varies widely in strengths from subsensory to intense physical sensation.
What does science say about each as it pertains to therapeutic effects in a living being?
Extensive research and case studies have been done over the last 40-plus years for the benefits and effectiveness of each. Since all living beings are recognized as using electrical energy, both microcurrent and ultra-low frequency PEMF provide similar benefits in the body such as:
- Reduction of inflammation and associated pain.
- Increased production of ATP (the body’s currency for repair and regeneration).
- Increased ionic flow and cell membrane transport (accelerated recovery).
- Restoration of bioelectrical potentials within damaged tissues (restore mobility and function).
- Accelerated wound healing
- Quicker recovery from bone fractures
We’ll start with what research has to say about microcurrent. It’s been universally accepted as safe and effective therapy with little to no adverse events associated with treatments. Current research has now been focused on which frequencies of microcurrent are best for addressing various issues such as soft tissue injuries, wounds, circulation, inflammation, and pain. The trend is not if it works, but how best does it work to assist the body’s natural healing process?
The answer to that question is by using alternating frequencies and not a “one size fits all” single frequency of microcurrent. The only device on the market to use alternating parameters utilizing this latest scientific research is the EquiPod Equine Therapy System. With a 3-in-1 treatment protocol, they’ve done all the work for you to optimize a microcurrent therapy session.
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a type of physical stimulation that affects biological systems by producing interfering or coherent fields. Given that cell types are significantly distinct, which represents an important factor in stimulation, and that PEMFs can have different effects in terms of frequency and intensity, time of exposure, and waveform, it can be tough to know how to use a device safely and effectively. Distinct positive and negative responses would correspond to frequency and flux density, time of exposure, and waveform. (1)
While PEMF at ultra-low frequencies is considered safe, at the higher end there is risk for damage. Some devices require a person to become certified in the usage of the equipment as dangerous levels of PEMF can be reached, resulting in damaged tissue and secondary issues. Other devices only operate at the “safe” range but may not be pre-programmed for effectiveness, which still requires the user to know how to set the device to maximize benefits.
When comparing PEMF devices to the EquiPod system, we also have to look at size and ease of use.
With the EquiPod, you get:
✅ Research-backed technology
✅ App-controlled programs engineered by professionals which allow you to customize to your
horse’s needs at the push of a button.
✅ Sensation-free microcurrents that effectively target the tissues at the cellular level WITHOUT
causing any discomfort to your horse.
✅ Quick 30-60 minute sessions are all you need to support your horse through injury recovery
or routine movement.
✅ Equipment small enough to fit in the palm of your hand and hands-free accessories to get the treatments where your horse needs it the most.
With your busy schedule, it can be difficult to fit treatments in for your horse. Especially if you have to lug out bulky equipment or stand there administering the treatment the entire time, which is the norm with most PEMF devices.
Imagine freeing up your hands by applying the EquiPod using one of their hands-free accessories. With the KorWrap and KorBand you can target the legs or back, allowing the treatment to run while you accomplish your other barn tasks. Powerful relief for your horse and amazing convenience for you means you will be more likely to give your horse regular treatments, maximizing your investment.
- The EquiPod KorBand Has been designed for targeting of the back, withers and surrounding tissues. Ideal for regular and general maintenance applications.
- Adhesive Electrode Pads Self-sticking pair of electrode pads for independent pad placement either side of an affected area. Ideal for wounds and targeting specific areas on the horse’s body.
- The EquiPod KorWrap Leg wrap has been ergonomically designed to comfortably secure the EquiPod in a number of locations, specifically designed for the fore and hind legs; on, above, and below the knee. This enables an extended number of direct applications.
And on that note—let’s talk cost!
The EquiPod Equine Therapy System starter set includes the EquiPod device, free mobile app, KorWrap, electrode gel pads (for all those hard-to-reach places), and electrode gel for an average price of $899. KorBand sold separately.
PEMF devices start on average in the $4,000 range and go up to nearly $40,000 for full body systems. Some of the more expensive units require certification to purchase, or you must purchase through a sales distributor.
While both types of therapy can provide similar health benefits, the EquiPod system is a convenient, preprogrammed, ultra-wearable device that is hands free and easy to use. With its quick treatment times and affordable price point, the future of wellness for every horse has arrived.
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