The hamstrings are a major focal point of every Pulse Equine full body PEMF session – and are the topic of focus for our monthly blog (for good reason)! Often, the Equine Community at large focuses on maintenance and therapeutic efforts on the joints as the end-all-be-all for continued health and wellness when it comes to the competitive edge in our Equine friends. In addition to emphasis on the joints of the hind-body, even better insights can be reached when we also account for how the musculature and fascia (connective tissue) of the body integrate into the overall health and function in the locomotion of the horse. That only leads to better support and a more streamlined approach to guide us as Pulse Certified PEMF Professionals!

A combination of the Gracilis, Semimembranosus and my personal favorite example of muscle nomenclature, the Semitendinosus, the hamstrings are a muscle group of serious strength and ability. Responsible as a heavy hitter in hind end locomotion, overall propulsion and a huge propeller of front-body reach and flexibility, the horse’s hamstrings are big muscles and a big deal. 

Body Workers and Equine Therapists, like Pulse Certified Professional & Equine Massage Therapist Michele Haman notice that tightness or inflammation in the hamstrings are often a contributing factor to a myriad of musculoskeletal discomforts. 

“Anytime there is lower back tightness or limited reach in stride, I know the hamstrings are going to be an integral muscle group from tightness or injury and that I’ll need to address them during the session,” Haman notes when asked where hamstrings show up in her daily therapy clients. 

She also highlights that they are major supporting muscles of the hip joint and work in harmony with the other adductor muscles; those that move the limb toward the hind-body. This includes the quadriceps and glutes, which all attach at or near the point of the buttocks – an area Haman finds pulsing to be an incredible support tool for. Doubling up the large loops over the point of buttocks at a low intensity for any extra time can be incredibly helpful in targeting this area.

Photo Credit: Michele Haman, Equi-librium Therapy, LLC

 

Each situation and client is unique. So, as a Pulse Certified Professional, remember that your approach should always be tailored to the client and their specific needs. The hamstrings are a major focus of the Pulse PEMF full body session and, when targeting this area, the Pulse Equine Team and our expert Equine Professional recommend keeping a few things in mind. 

In deciding whether to place the loops over or under the tail, there are a few things to consider. As a safety measure, if the horse is new to PEMF or new to you, we recommend not pulsing under the tail. This is a sensitive area for many horses and is not totally necessary to access directly since the Magnetic Wave travels readily outside the loop placements by a few inches. Loop placement alongside the tail is generally close enough. Also, always make your own safety a priority by standing to the side of the horse’s hip while pulsing the hind-body. 

As for Pulse intensity (or Magnetic Field Strength) on the hamstrings, a lower intensity set to very comfortable toleration is the winner yet again. The hamstrings of the horse are usually very responsive and don’t usually require high-intensity pulses. The horse will be more comfortable and, therefore, the body will be more accepting of the effects of the pulsing session. 

Michele Haman adds that the fascia of the body, a major focus and contributing factor with all of her clients, responds much more positively to low intensity pulsing for longer periods of time. As for increasing intensity, be certain you have a legitimate reason to do so, such as plateau with a long term client or a specific, chronic issue. Remember, just one incredible benefit of Pulse’s state-of-the-art PEMF systems is that they can be adjusted to meet the needs for that client, on that day.

When used regularly, Pulsing the hamstrings may provide support for the horse and client assistance with range of motion and comfort as well as overall healthier and better functioning of the hind-body. Please add your suggestions or stories in the comments. We would love to hear them!