PEMF therapy is very effective in treating many different kinds of inflammation.
It can be hard to understand that inflammation can actually be a good thing for us.
Yes, inflammation itself is a sign of injury, but it’s also a sign that the body is at work repairing the damage.
However, there are health conditions that can lead to extreme cases of inflammation which can be hazardous to our health.
We can use anti-inflammatory drugs for this or we can use more natural solutions for inflammation relief. There is scientific evidence that PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy can help with the relief of inflammation naturally.
Signs and Symptoms of Inflammation
Think of inflammation as being just one side of how our immune systems function.
Our immune systems can recognize foreign microorganisms, allergens and damaged cells very quickly.
The white blood cells release chemicals that protect those regions of the body from foreign substances.
This is what causes the swelling and pain in inflamed areas of the body.
The kinds of symptoms associated with acute or chronic inflammation are slightly different.
In order to simplify things, let’s use the acronym PRISH to list symptoms of acute inflammation which include, but are not limited to:
Inflammation is easily noticeable when it affects the outer parts of the body and is visible on the skin.
When inflammation occurs on the inside of the body, it may or may not cause any discomfort or show any physical signs.
For example, some internal organs of the body don’t have any nerve endings nearby, such as the lungs.
When inflammation of organs occurs on a chronic level, some symptoms of it might include:
- Tiredness and fatigue
- Pain in the abdomen
- Pain in the joints
- Mouth sores
- Chest pain
What Causes Inflammation?
Inflammation anywhere in the body is a direct result of some kind of injury or infection.
In cases of serious or acute inflammation, there are three separate processes that occur before the inflammation is becoming noticeable in the forms of swelling and/or pain.
The first stage of acute inflammation is the increase in blood flow to the damaged areas of the body.
This is due to the dilation of the arteriolar micro-vessels in the affected area.
The capillaries then take over, absorbing more fluids and proteins easier so they can move from the blood to the cells faster.
The last stage concerns the body’s production of neutrophils.
These are the white blood cells that show up at at the site of an infection or injury in order to repair the damage.
When all of these processes have taken place, then we begin to notice the swelling and discomfort that comes with inflammation.
Acute and Chronic Inflammation
When an infection or injury leads to acute inflammation, it can happen pretty quickly.
Examples of these kinds of inflammation include physical injury, dermatitis, tonsillitis and more.
Sometimes, overexertion while exercising can cause injuries leading to inflammation.
Chronic inflammation happens over a much longer period of time.
It can take months or even years before symptoms begin to subside on their own.
Examples of these kinds of conditions include asthma, hepatitis, tuberculosis, and psoriasis of the joints and more.
How Inflammation is Treated
There are a few different ways of quickly treating inflammation.
The most common way is by taking anti-inflammatory medications.
Another option might be to take and anti-steroidal anti-inflammatory like aspirin.
However, these can’t be taken on a long-term basis without undesirable effects.
A third option might be to take steroid hormones called corticosteroids.
Nut these can produce unhealthy side effects like high blood pressure and weight gain.
They can also interact negatively with so many other medications.
PEMF therapy, on the other hand, does not cause any side effects.
It can also be used as a long-term treatment for inflammation without causing any further injury or complications.
PEMF Therapy and Inflammation
When inflammation occurs and how long it lasts is controlled by a distinct class of white blood cells in charge of protecting the body called T cells or T lymphocytes.
These cells can sometimes be active much longer than is necessary, so the inflammation lasts for much longer than necessary without the injury or infection being resolved.
PEMF therapy is a way of deactivating these t cells and reducing the inflammation as a direct result.
Research has proven that both low-frequency with low-intensity treatments as well as the high frequency with high-intensity treatments have been proven to significantly reduce inflammation.
After about 48 to 72 hours of PEMF therapy, unwanted lymphocytes begin dying off and inflammation begins to be drastically reduced.
t seems that, after 72 hours of treatment, the positive effects of PEMF therapy begin to wane.
That’s why it’s advisable to have this treatment regularly, spaced out over time.
High-frequency pulse-burst stimulation of affected areas of the body produce the longest lasting and most beneficial results.
In fact, conducted research has shown that PEMF exposure between 5-25 mT does not adversely affect normal lymphocytes.
Frequency levels associated with PEMF stimulation are most beneficial at 50Hz.
However, treatment can be beneficial within the 5-100Hz range of pulse power.
There have been extensive research studies on PEMF therapy and inflammation.
One of these happened in 2014 at the University of Mexico in the Department of Neurosurgery.
The research was conducted on mice in areas of their bodies with inflammation as well as areas of their bodies with dead tissue resulting from the poor blood supply.
The PEMF pulses were shown to reduce these tissue damages significantly.
The scientists involved in the experiments had heard about the healing, regenerative and anti-inflammatory properties of PEMF treatments.
The device used in these studies was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for these kinds of purposes and is known as the SofPulse device.
The results of these studies show that PEMF therapy can be applied in various ways to treat patients recovering from illnesses like a stroke as well as for inflammation associated with injuries and infections.
There are two main benefits of PEMF therapy combined that make it so beneficial: the regenerative and the anti-inflammatory.
These allow medical doctors as well as physical therapists to utilize the many treatment options possible with PEMF therapy.