How Does an Assissi Loop Work?
An Assissi Loop emits bursts of microcurrent electricity that evenly penetrates body tissue around the area where the loop is placed. This electromagnetic energy causes a chemical process that increases nitric oxide production, known to promote healing in humans and animals. This compound is released naturally in the body when we are injured, and even when we exercise to signal the body to repair itself.
The loop is effective on both hard and soft tissue including skin, bones, ligaments, tendons, and even organs. It was designed to use a specific ratio of frequency-to-burst width that has been proven to be effective at delivering the optimal amount of electromagnetic energy needed to stimulate nitric oxide production. Too little isn’t as effective and too much can actually slow the healing process. In this case, more power does not mean more effective.
Assisi loops are pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices offering non-invasive therapeutic benefits. This FDA-approved therapy can be used on dogs, cats, and horses as well as on humans. The 15-minute timed treatments promote blood flow and have no known side effects. The Assissi Loop has been found to not only speed the healing process but also to reduce inflammation and reduce pain levels. It penetrates fur, casts, and bandages to reach body tissue for powerful relief with only a minimal tingling sensation in some people and animals.
Medical Conditions the Assissi Loop May Treat
The Assissi loop can be beneficial with medical conditions that cause pain and swelling, inflammatory conditions, some neurological and degenerative conditions, as well as post-surgical care and wound healing. This includes:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Degenerative joint disease
- Cruciate tear (CCL)
- Broken bones and fractures
- Lumbar stenosis
- Intervertebral Disk Disease ( IVDD)
- Hip dysplasia
- Muscle strains
- Amputation healing
- Degenerative myelopathy
- Wobbler’s syndrome
It may also help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), pancreatitis, cystitis, granulomas, tumor removal, tooth extraction, and other medical issues. If you’re unsure if it may be useful for your dog, please ask.
How Do I Use an Assissi Loop?
An Assissi Loop is a prescription item that must be prescribed by a doctor or veterinary professional. When you bring your pet to a vet, we will do a thorough evaluation and then will discuss treatment options with you which may include an Assissi Loop. If it is not mentioned and your dog has one of the medical issues noted above, it is worth asking.
To use the Assissi Loop, simply hold it over the area you wish to treat and press the button to turn it on. You will see a flashing light to indicate that it is working. Each treatment is timed for 15 minutes, so when the light stops flashing, you know the treatment is done.
Your vet will tell you the treatment recommendations for use. Typically it will be in the range of two-to-four 15-minute treatments per day. For acute conditions, like a fracture or post-surgery, you may use it at a higher level for the first week and then taper off treatment. For chronic conditions or degenerative issues, you may continue treatment until there is a significant improvement or possibly indefinitely. You may be able to taper treatments down in time even if continues for a long period of time.
What Does My Dog Feel with an Assissi Loop?
Using the loop can significantly increase tissue oxygenation and blood flow. This reduces pain associated with a lack of sufficient oxygen and improves overall tissue health. As a result, some animals will notice a warming or tingling sensation though it is subtle and many animals won’t notice any differences at all. Some animals will relax as soon as the treatment begins. Others may move away from it initially due to the increased sensation.
It’s possible you may see some mild twitching, particularly in animals with certain long-term degenerative or chronic conditions. This is very rare, and it is caused by the increase in blood flow to the area. If you do see this, contact your vet and they will likely recommend you reduce the duration of the treatment until the twitching subsides and the area is assimilated to the increase in blood flow.
If you’re concerned, try it on yourself! You can absolutely put it over an area on your own body to see what it feels like before using it on your pet.
When Can I Expect to See Results?
Like with so many medical issues, the answer is: it depends. For acute inflammation like post-surgery or trauma, you will likely see a noticeable difference after the first or second treatment. It can take longer, and up to 2 to 4 weeks, for chronic or degenerative issues. Stick with it, though, and you should see results from the long-term healing process.
The Assissi Loop provides a minimum of 150 treatments that are 15 minutes each. Generally, it is covered if you have pet insurance though you will want to check first if that is a concern.
If you’re looking for ways to help reduce pain and inflammation and to promote healing, an Assissi Loop is an effective, FDA-approved treatment option for your dog. I have been using them for years in my practice with positive results and would be happy to answer any questions. If you’re curious, please ask as we can try it out in the gym!