Can Canine Magnetic Therapy really heal my Dog?
In recent years, canine magnetic therapy has gained a large following among some pet owners. It is seen as a safe and simple method of treating various disorders, often producing positive results without side effects or much expense. This type of treatment is often used in conjunction with or to replace other therapies including traditional medications, surgery, and hydrotherapy.
You might ask, does Canine Magnetic Therapy really work, and if so, can my dog benefit from canine magnetic therapy?
At first glance canine magnetic therapy might seem a bit strange or new age, but it is by no means ‘off the wall’. Keep in mind that the Earth has a normal magnetic field and the cells in our bodies also have a normal magnetic field that allows for proper functioning.
In numerous NASA experiments it was determined that rats in space that were not provided with a suitable magnetic field perish due to a disrupted energy flow.
NASA scientists have also noted that astronaut’s experience similar calcium deficiencies after long-term space flights.
Some doctors attribute many illnesses to the decline over the centuries in the Earths normal magnetic field.
So how does canine magnetic therapy work?
Magnets appear to heal the body removing inflammation and restoring circulation. By increasing blood flow to a diseased site on the body, increased nutrients become available to speed the healing process.
In fracture healing, for example, the use of magnetic fields increases the adherence of calcium ions to the blood clot formed at the site of the break. This allows for the proper formation of the callus that is necessary for fractures to heal properly. X-rays have shown that the use of canine magnetic therapy can speed up the repair of bone fractures by up to 30%, and it has a similar effect on soft tissue injuries.
In the eastern view of healing, magnets help restore the energy flow of the body to allow healing and proper metabolism. This is similar to one of the theories used to explain the positive effects of acupuncture.
In canine medicine, canine magnetic therapy is often used to aid fracture healing and in the treatment of many other ailments including arthritis, hip dysplasia, osteochondritis, epilepsy, pain relief, chronic organ disorders and vertebral disorders. Sprains and strains and other traumatic injuries may also benefit from canine magnetic therapy.
It has been shown to relieve intermittent lameness often seen in the giant breeds during fast growth spurts, and whilst the evidence is clear, the reasons behind its success are somewhat hazy and are still viewed with suspicion by many.
Magnets should not be used in acute infectious conditions, on cancerous growths (although some doctors do find them useful in treating cancerous tumours), in acute injuries, (at least 72 hours is recommended), in pregnant bitches, or in dogs with cardiac pacemakers.
Owners with cardiac pacemakers should not be allowed within close proximity to their dog while the machine is in use. It can cause adverse and dangerous reactions.