PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy) Benefits
What is PEMF?
To scientists, the acronym PEMF stands for pulsed electromagnetic fields. To your body, PEMF functions as a cellular tune-up, enhancing your body’s overall functioning as well as improving blood circulation, reducing chronic pain, promoting bone healing, alleviating symptoms of arthritis, treating symptoms of depression, increasing range of motion, and more.
Aging and bodily dysfunction begin at the cellular level and, when left unchecked, result in countless unwanted and hard-to-treat symptoms. For decades, researchers around the world have pursued methods for repairing dysfunction and reversing the natural effects of aging. While scientists continue to explore new avenues for improving our health, the efficacy of PEMF is now known. After over 2,000 medical studies, PEMF therapy is considered a safe, effective, non-invasive treatment for a wide variety of ailments.
These studies demonstrate that PEMF therapy can help cells fight off disease, rebalance internal flora, repair dysfunction, and heal the body. Significantly, these findings have held true throughout a wide range of studies, regardless of the specific type of PEMF device used in each experiment. These results point to the underlying efficacy of PEMF technology.
Pain relief is one of the most important fields of medicine, yet most options for treatment of pain are ineffective or cause damaging side effects. PEMF therapy is an effective, safe alternative. A 1993 study conducted at the International Pain Research Institute concluded that brief exposure of affected areas to PEMF therapy resulted in significant pain reduction. While this study focused on pelvic pain resulting from conditions like dysmenorrhea and endometriosis, the implications for pain relief are vast. (1)
Improves Blood Circulation
PEMF therapy promotes healing by producing significant improvement in blood circulation. Researchers at Wake Forest University found that PEMF stimulation can be applied locally to increase vasodilation in a particular area of the body, resulting in improved circulation to that area. This promising finding indicates that PEMF can help patients recover more quickly from injuries as well as prevent future damage. (2)
PEMF Helps with Arthritis
Rheumatoid arthritis is one of the most common chronic inflammatory diseases worldwide. If you are one of the millions of people living with rheumatoid arthritis, you have likely struggled to find relief for the painful symptoms of joint swelling and inflammation. In a 1998 study published in the Journal of the Indian Medical Association, researchers determined that PEMF therapy can alleviate painful symptoms of RA. While seronegative RA patients had the best results, all patients experienced improvement, suggesting that PEMF therapy may be an essential new treatment for arthritis patients. (3)
Relieves the Symptoms of Depression
Approximately 30% of patients with depression are resistant to antidepressant drugs. If you are one of these patients, PEMF therapy may be an ideal choice. Psychiatric researchers in Denmark determined that PEMF therapy, in combination with antidepressant use, caused significant improvement in treatment-resistant patients’ symptoms, with minimal-to-no side effects. (4) Additional research published in Radiatsionnaia Biologiia Radioecologiia determined that, in rats, PEMF therapy improved emotional behavior and decreased negative anxiety and fear reactions. (5)
If you suffer from chronic migraine headaches, you are well aware of the toll migraines can take on your daily functioning. PEMF therapy is an effective treatment approach for patients seeking a meaningful reduction in their migraines. In 1999, researchers in the United States investigated the effects of PEMF on migraines. After up to one month of regular PEMF therapy, all involved patients reported fewer and less severe headaches. These results suggest that PEMF may be an essential new short-term intervention for millions of migraine sufferers. (6)
Promotes Bone Healing
When a broken bone fails to heal within an expected timeframe, it is considered a “non-union.” Non-union fractures are serious medical complications that sometimes require risky orthopedic surgery. However, non-surgical intervention is possible with PEMF therapy. PEMF therapy has been shown to significantly enhance the healing of non-union fractures. In one 1999 study by the Bangladesh Medical Research Council, researchers applied PEMF stimulation to 13 long-term non-union fracture patients. Within 14 weeks, 11 out of those 13 patients experienced successful bone healing. (7)
Decreases Diabetic Factors
If you are managing diabetes, you may experience diabetic polyneuropathy (DPN), a symptom characterized by sensations of weakness and numbness on both sides of the body. DPN can dramatically reduce your quality of life, but PEMF offers solace. A 2003 study from Neuroscience and Behavioral Physiology found that PEMF therapy is directly correlated with reduced DPN symptoms and improved nerve function. With PEMF treatment, diabetic patients can minimize the discomfort associated with DPN symptoms. (8)
Induces Nerve Repair
Research indicates that PEMF therapy can successfully induce nerve repair. In a 1993 study by the Bioelectromagnetics Society, researchers found that rats recovered more quickly from sciatic nerve injury when they were pre-treated with PEMF therapy. While the mechanism behind this effect remains unknown, these findings offer hope to patients coping with nerve damage or degeneration. (9)
Increases the Range of Motion
Cervical osteoarthritis causes major reduction in range of motion. Patients struggle to remain mobile and move around as they once did. Thanks to PEMF therapy, these patients will find renewed hope. Research published in Clinical Rheumatology found that PEMF treatment increased range of motion and reduced muscle spasms and neck pain in osteoarthritis patients. With PEMF treatment, you can take control of your body despite an osteoarthritis diagnosis. (10)