AOPP Responds to New York State’s Board of Veterinary Medicine’s (NYSBVM ) Restriction Regarding Equine PEMF Treatment.

Mountlake Terrace WA – In their April 7, 2019 Article, Thoroughbred Daily News Article: Equine Therapy in Cross- Hairs of New York’s Strict Regulations, NYSBVM released a statement on restrictions for PEMF therapy, which would restrict the application of PEMF to only veterinarians and veterinary technicians, despite overwhelming research data that contradicts the reason behind their decision. Their letter states that PEMF is an analgesic and may cause harm to horses.

Attorney Alan Foreman, who represents the state’s horsemen and is against the decision, was quoted in the article stating, “We’re going to go back to the department of education to seek clarification on the letter [from] the umbrella agency under which the veterinary board sits. The letter indicates that use of the PEMF machine involves diagnosis and treatment of illness or injury in the horse, which is why veterinarians and veterinary technicians are only permitted to use them, and we vigorously dispute that.” Joining Mr. Foreman is Dr. Scott Palmer, New York State Gaming Commission (NYSGC) equine medical director, who will appeal the board’s decision in the current situation involving PEMF machines. If the appeal isn’t successful, “then I think the next step is litigation,” said Foreman.

Also quoted in the article is Dr. Russell Cohen. Cohen admits that he hasn’t researched the PEMF machine thoroughly, and is quoted saying, “It’s not therapy”. Dr. Cohen also goes on to admit he does not know PEMF, but suspects it masks injury.

AOPP is a national organization open to all PEMF practitioners, and is designed to unify and train all equine, small animal and human PEMF practitioners by qualified Technicians– with the required skill and knowledge to meet all standards posed by the equine and related industry. It appears that the NYSBVM letter was created based on lack of knowledge, and displays that their board does not fully understand PEMF, and its physical use and purpose. PEMF use does not need a diagnosis, and is a general purpose device that does not produce an analgesic effect. The end user is not given a false sense of well-being. PEMF devices are used by licensed and non licensed owners all over the world. PEMF Equine users are encouraged to receive AOPP Certification and Yearly Continued Certification classes with top Animal PEMF Technicians to receive updated information on proper use practices. AOPP will be sending complete documentation, including the physics and research, to those quoted in the article who are basing their opinion on suspicion instead of facts.

The AOPP has announced it has made plans to support the current legal issues New York State’s Board of Veterinary Medicine is currently bringing to light. The following excerpts will show what PEMF is, and refutes the improperly held opinions listed in the article above:


The Magna Wave, Pulse Center, Centurion, ICES DigiCeutical PEMF systems, unlike a T.E.N.S. or Muscle Stim machines, do not send electrical currents into the subject at all, which would in essence “numb” the area (like an analgesic). Instead, the PEMF stimulates the mitochondrion/cell wall structure to flush inflammation and re-oxygenate the muscle tissue, while at the same time giving the surrounding tissue 100% sensory to help speed the healing/ rejuvenating process. Also, unlike an analgesic, which can cause the subject to over-stress the treated area, which could increase the magnitude of the underlying damage of the injured area, PEMF allows the subject to continue to sense the area, and discern the difference between fatigue and injury, should there be any.

  • Jerry Dreessen DC, CCSP, Chiropractic Sports Physician, Executive Director AOPP


I have been asked to compare the PulseVet “Shock Wave” technology with the MagnaWave PEMF technology. PEMF technology works by non-invasively reducing inflammatory response at the injury site by means of ion/charge based transmembrane cellular signaling mechanisms, whereas PulseVet “Shock Wave” stimulation employs acoustic shock to induce mechanical shear waves, to increase the pro-inflammatory response at the site of an injury to enhance local blood flow, trans-luminal vascular permeability, leucocyte infiltration, and ultimately increased angiogenesis at the injury. These two technologies are entirely dis-similar. They employ entirely different physical mechanisms, and they act through entirely different biological mechanisms. Also, MagnaWave is not electro-shock therapy. MagnaWave technology uses purely magnetic field stimulation. No electrodes are employed in MagnaWave technology, it is entirely non-invasive, and does not conduct electrical energy into tissues.

  • G. Dennis, Ph. D., Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, N.C. State University


There have been over 2800 clinical trials completed using many different PEMF devices in many different countries, all with positive results. PEMF Systems devices are CE (Human) approved in Europe and 127 other countries.

Regarding the analgesic aspect of Magnawave: Magnawave does not treat pain. Magnawave does not dull pain. Magnawave does not block the pain signal from reaching the brain. Magnawave is not a drug or other chemical, which inhibits the sensation of pain. Magnawave improves cell membrane permeability, which helps inflammation dissipate. Since i inflammation is a primary source of pain if you reduce the inflammation the pain just is not there anymore. Magnawave is not analgesic in any way. Magnawave is not a pain reduction device. It is an inflammation reduction device.

  • Michael Davis, PEMF Systems


I have never seen magnetic Fields reduce pain to levels that artificial analgesics would, such as narcotics, non- steroidal anti- inflammatory, acetaminophen, sedatives, antidepressants and antihistamines, among others. In addition, my experience and research indicates that magnetic fields actually increased neurological stability and therefore decrease the risk of injury in athletes. Also, since magnetic fields can stimulate many physiologic processes to be optimized they would in fact reduce the possibility of other pathophysiologic changes resulting from racing. This means that pretreatment prior to racing actually protects the person or animal. The research indicates that magnetic fields actually increase heat stress proteins in tissues, which protect them from injury. On balance, therefore, I think the use of PEMF’s is likely to benefit the animal and protect it from injury, and not increase the risk of harm from pain perception reduction.

  • William Pawluk, MD, MSc Co-author “Magnetic Therapy in Eastern Europe: a review of 30 years of ”


  • There are no devices that need to be attached to the horses. PEMF can be performed without direct application to the animal.

* There is no analgesic effect from a massage. If PEMF cannot be used, it would be the same as denying a massage therapist from working on a horse.

  • It would compare to making sure a horse is well hydrated before and after a run, or spraying them down with water after a run to help cool them down.
  • The people who are treating horses get training. It’s not as if someone with no knowledge is setting a PEMF device

on a horse and just hangs out.

  • PEMF is not adding anything “artificial” into the horse. It’s an amplification of the Magnetic Field already surround It’s the same principle NASA uses to help astronauts recoup from the effects of being away from Earth’s Natural magnetic field.
  • To date, there have yet to be any harmful effects documented from the proper use of PEMF on animals or humans

About Association of PEMF Professionals: Our mission is To advance PEMF technology as a mainline, accepted, and understood modality utilized by professional human and animal practitioners in all areas of health, wellness and medicine. To conduct and support further research and studies to elevate PEMF to become a recognized and mainstream modality. To work with State and National Regulatory Boards to make PEMF an accepted modality.

To support and help PEMF practitioners with actions involving current regulatory boards as we work to make PEMF an accepted modality. To establish a unified and accepted code of ethics and guidelines for PEMF professionals, as well as establish a unified and accepted method of measurement of PEMF power and signal output.

And finally, to create and maintain a current repository of PEMF applications, studies and accepted education guidelines for PEMF Professionals.

Contact: Dr. Jerry Dreessen, Executive Director 844-831-7363;