Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy & Pain Relief
PEMF Therapy and Pain Relief
Dr. Oz called PEMF Therapy one of the biggest breakthroughs in pain management that he has ever seen in 2011.
Approximately 30% of the world has to deal with some degree of chronic pain. This is more than cancer, heart disease and diabetes combined. Pain is the most common reason that people seek medical help yet it remains one of the most neglected and misunderstood areas of healthcare. One in four Australians live with chronic pain. This rises to one in three people over the age of 65. The most common forms of pain are:
- Low back pain (27%) – approximately 6 out of 10 people will have back problems at some point in their life
- Severe headache or migraine (15%)
- Neck pain (15%)
- Facial pain (4%)
- Fibromyalgia (pain in many different muscles and bones) (6% - 8%)
PEMF Therapy helps to reduce or relieve pain by:
- increasing endorphins (body's natural opiate), serotonin, and other hormones, which helps to relieve pain
- temporarily interrupting the pain signal ( less signal equals less pain)
- shortening the time it takes for the body to heal the affected area causing the pain
- increasing oxygen, water and nutrient absorption
- improving the elimination of toxins in the cells
- reducing inflammation… the precursor of most pain
PEMF, which uses pulsed electromagnetic frequency technology, increases the charge of each cell in the body. This increases the cell’s membrane potential up to the threshold voltage that allows the outer cell wall to become more permeable. This enables the cells to operate and absorb nutrients better, to move blood-oxygen through cell membrane and also helps cells to detoxify.
With chronic pain reduction, PEMF can be used as an electrotherapeutic. It helps to improve blood circulation, not by increasing blood pressure or heartrate. PEMF increases nitric oxide, which dilates the blood vessels. At the same time, it reduces the viscosity of the blood… thus blood pressure is actually reduced. It also charges the red blood cells so they don’t stick together (Rouleau effect). This allows the red blood cells to flow much easier through the microcapillaries. Improved circulation also alleviates pain by reducing oedema (swelling), eliminating diseased and damaged tissue and repairing fractured and torn bones and tendons. The body’s natural magnetic field is formed through the transmission of electric impulses through cell membranes and the flow of electrically charged ions in and out of cells.
Only a pulsed electromagnetic field (generated by a PEMF device) and not static magnets can produce electrical variations on a cellular level in the body for cell metabolism to be influenced. Static magnets only generate continuous levels of magnetic fields. PEMF delivers a short duration electromagnetic pulse, which is time varied. This brings into effect Faraday’s Law of Induction and microcurrents are generated within the cells. This results in a magnetic field that penetrates completely through muscles and joints in as little as 2 to 20 minutes, and consequently alleviates pain faster and has long-term benefit.
Some PEMF devices like the iMRS or Omnium use low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (100 Hz or less). These offer a very effective method of treating and significantly reducing chronic pain. PEMF devices reside within the fast-developing field of bio-magnetics, bioelectronic medicine or in layman’s terms… energy medicine. PEMF is very effective using low-frequency, low-intensity electromagnetic waveforms (earth-based within the biological window) that resonate with bodily tissues that have evolved and resonated over eons with the lower natural earth frequencies.
PEMF therapy devices have been accepted for use in many countries around the world.
The US FDA approved the use of PEMF therapy devices for the healing of:
- non-union bone fractures in 1979
- urinary incontinence and muscle stimulation in 1998
- depression and anxiety in 2006.
- one form of brain tumour (GMB) in 2015
Israel has accepted the use of PEMF devices for migraine headaches.
Canada Health Service has accepted PEMF devices for many uses.
Many countries within the European Union have approved the use of PEMF therapy in many areas including healing and recovery from trauma, degeneration and the treatment of pain and range of motion issues.