All PEMF Devices Are Not Created Equal: How the Assisi Loop and Therapy Pad Differ from Over-the-Counter Devices

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This post is sponsored by Assisi Animal Health*

Whenever I post about the Assisi Loop or Assisi Therapy Pad, I occasionally get the question “why can’t I just buy a PEMF device on Amazon, and for a lot less money, too?”

The simple answer is: you get what you pay for.

What is targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy?

The Assisi Loop uses tPEMF, which was first studied in the 1970s and is FDA-cleared for use in humans, uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to help relieve pain and swelling.

How the Assisi Loop Works

The Assisi Loop, created by Assisi Animal Health, is a non-pharmaceutical, non-invasive device provides targeted pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (tPEMF™). tPEMF, which was first studied in the 1970s and is FDA-cleared for use in humans, uses low-level pulses of electromagnetic energy to stimulate the body’s own healing mechanisms to help relieve pain and swelling. This therapy can benefits cats with pain associated with arthritis, pancreatitis, wounds, or post-surgical swelling as well as many inflammatory conditions. The Loop is well tolerated by most cats. In fact, many cats really enjoy receiving Loop treatments. Because the Loop stimulates the body’s own healing process, rather than introducing a new substance (like a medication), even a sensitive cat body can handle it easily.

Results from PEMF devices vary widely

There are many factors that influence effectiveness of a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy device, including variations in waveform, as well as recommended treatment regimens. Each variation can yield wildly different results when it comes to the strength, efficacy, and safety of a PEMF device.

In medical trials with people, two similar osteoarthritis research studies illustrate the varied results of over-the-counter (OTC) PEMF devices. Both studies demonstrated that patients needed to wear either the generic Healfast or Actipatch PEMF devices for 12 hours per day. At the end of four weeks, these patients experienced only 25% less pain.

When you compare this to a research study using an Assisi Loop targeted PEMF (tPEMF) device, the difference is dramatic. (Human) patients only needed to treat for 15 minutes, twice daily. Within 72 hours, patients reported an average 66% reduction in pain. This means that tPEMF helped patients heal faster in fewer treatments, and as a result, they experienced less pain and inflammation.

Obviously, our cats can’t tell us exactly how they feel after a Loop session, but the results are visible to countless pet parents who have used the Loop over the years.

Targeted PEMF (tPMF) vs. PEMF

One of the key differences between OTC PEMF devices and the Assisi Loop is that the Loop is a targeted PEMF device, meaning the waveform is specifically designed to efficiently deliver energy to tissues and modulate biological processes. Less effective, generic technologies are not targeted, meaning they were not specifically designed to evoke specific biological effects. In addition, these generic PEMF options are not backed by peer-reviewed research, while the success of Assisi Loop Therapy has been well-documented in both human and veterinary medicine.

Backed by scientific research

A two-year double blind study at the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine looked at using the Loop as part of pre-to-post-operative treatment to reduce pain and accelerate recovery in dogs undergoing spinal surgery. The results of this study undeniably show the Loop’s ability not only to reduce pain, but also to help the injured nerve tissue recover faster.

For more information about how the Assisi Loop or the Assisi Loop Lounge could help your cat, visit http://www.assisianimalhealth.com or contact Assisi Animal Health at info@assisianimalhealth.com, 866-830-7342.

*FTC disclosure: Assisi Animal Health is one of our sponsors, which means that I receive compensation for featuring their products. I do not receive a percentage of purchases. Regardless of payment received, you will never see products or services featured on this site that I don’t approve of.

Photo provided by Assisi Animal Health, used with permission

2 Comments on All PEMF Devices Are Not Created Equal: How the Assisi Loop and Therapy Pad Differ from Over-the-Counter Devices

  1. Sandy Weinstein
    May 2, 2021 at 8:54 am (1 week ago)

    I have been using the loop for a very long time on my dogs. I got mine b4the company was brought out and still in southern pines/Pinehurst nc. I have seen one lately that is a round plate, the company tried to tell me it was better than the assisi loop. The loop has really increased in prices since it was brought out. I have seen many products similar when you Google Pemf, some are in the thousands.

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  2. Janine
    April 12, 2021 at 5:51 am (4 weeks ago)

    I am a strong believer of “you get what you pay for”, especially with something like this. Your pet can’t tell you if it’s working or not. Why take the chance when you know something is proven to work?

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