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Back pain is present in over 90% of the population of working horses. It’s a significant problem that has the potential to result in suboptimal performance, lost training days, behavioral issues, rider falls, substantial treatment expenses and potential loss of career for the horse. Underlying causes are vast, hard to pinpoint, and often include poor saddle fit, weak abdominal muscles, hypertonic back muscles, lameness and spinal problems. Treatment of back pain can be extremely challenging and typically involves a multi-modality approach to resolve. The common goal in the treatment of affected horses aims to alleviate discomfort, muscles spasms and stiffness associated with chronic back pain.*

2022 Apr;111:103867. Pub Med

 doi: 10.1016/j.jevs.2022.103867. Epub 2022 Jan 23.

Effects of a Bio-Electromagnetic Energy Regulation Blanket on Thoracolumbar Epaxial Muscle Pain in Horses

Melissa R King 1Kathryn A Seabaugh 1David D Frisbie 2

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Back pain and inflammation of the epaxial musculature is a significant problem in all equine athletes. Treatment of back pain can be challenging and often requires a multimodal approach. In humans, bio-electromagnetic energy regulation therapy (BEMER) has been reported to be effective in pain modulation. With its increased use in people comes a similar robust application in veterinary medicine unfortunately, there is unsubstantiated evidence for this type of therapy in horses. Objectives of this study were to assess analgesic responses and biomechanical outcome variables using a bio-electromagnetic energy regulation therapy blanket, and to evaluate serum biomarkers as a method to monitor the treatment effects in horses with thoracolumbar epaxial muscle pain. Cohort study of 8 horses treated for 3 consecutive days. Horses with naturally-occurring thoracolumbar epaxial muscle pain were used in this study. Objective outcome variables were recorded daily for 5 days, which included spinal evaluation, mechanical nociceptive thresholds, electromyography, kinematics, kinetics, and serum biomarkers. BEMER blanket therapy significantly improved thoracolumbar epaxial muscle nociceptive thresholds. Center of pressure displacement as a measure of postural stability was significantly improved as well as significant gains in spinal flexibility were demonstrated at study completion. A significant treatment effect was not appreciated in measures of muscle tone, ground reaction forces or serum biomarkers. Limitations include the lack of a control group and a definitive structural diagnosis of thoracolumbar epaxial muscle pain. The BEMER blanket produced significant clinical and biomechanical effects in horses with back pain.

Keywords: Back pain; Bio-electromagnetic energy regulation (BEMER) therapy; Epaxial muscle pain; Horse; Postural control, Biomechanics.

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