You may have heard about PEMF therapy from your doctor, or maybe you’ve read about it in the news. If you’re a science buff, you might even know that it has been used by NASA to help mitigate bone loss and muscle atrophy in astronauts. If you’re curious about the science behind PEMF technology and how it helps alleviate pain.
What is PEMF Therapy?
PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field. Devices that utilize PEMF technology emit electromagnetic waves at different frequencies in order to stimulate and encourage your body’s natural recovery process. You’re probably wondering how PEMF technology can benefit your body when other electromagnetic fields - like those produced by microwaves and x-ray machines - are harmful. According to Bulletproof, “frequency and duration make all the difference.” The waves created by PEMF devices occur in brief bursts and are very low-frequency, like the electromagnetic waves found in nature. In fact, most waves involved in PEMF treatments have a lower frequency than you would be exposed to during a thunderstorm.
How Does PEMF Therapy Relieve Pain?
Your whole body, including skin, bones, and organs, is composed of cells. The membranes of healthy cells have positive and negative magnetic charges. These charges are required to exchange ions carrying chemical elements your body needs to function, like calcium and potassium. Over time your cells deteriorate or get injured, and when that happens they lose their magnetic charges - and with them, the ability to exchange ions. Symptoms like inflammation, fatigue, and pain are caused by damaged cells with low charges. PEMF technology targets the affected area and restores cells’ healthy electromagnetic charges.
Should I Explore PEMF Therapy?
If you suffer from pain, have pain from a recent injury, or if you’re in search of joint pain relief, PEMF therapy may be able to help. PEMF therapy is a non-drug form of pain relief, and even better, it has never been associated with any negative side effects. Always listen to your body and consult your doctor before trying any new methods of pain relief.
Who should not use PEMF therapy?
Therefore, pregnant women should not be exposed to PEMF since it increases the risk of miscarriage, birth defects and it has other potentially grave side effects. In the first about ten minutes of PEMF, the cells in the body get exercised, which means that they undergo mild stretching and relaxation.
What is PEMF therapy good for?
By inducing a mild electrical magnetic current into damaged cells, PEMF therapy slows or stops the release of pain and inflammatory mediators, increases blood flow of the cells, and re-establishes normal cell interaction. With reduced inflammation, pain decreases, energy increases, and faster tissue healing occurs.”
What are the side effects of magnetic therapy?
Magnet treatment is relatively safe. Some patients may experience dizziness, low energy, palpitation, nausea, and vomiting. Side effects can include a decrease in blood pressure, or local skin areas can become itchy, burning, and painful; however, side effects only happen in a very small percentage of cases.
How often can you use PEMF?
How Long to Use PEMF Therapy. Treatment times vary based on the system you are using. But as a general rule of thumb, we suggest people try to do a minimum of 30 minutes at a time, twice per day. If you have a portable system, you could do continuous treatments.
Features of PEMF
Hot Stone therapy places heated pressure along the back or stomach to relieve stiffness and muscle tension in the user. The heated surface temporarily increases your local blood circulation to deliver more oxygen throughout your body, which is beneficial for alleviating minor muscle spasms and even improving flexibility. It also works to soothe both the body and the mind, leading to increased sleeping abilities and the rejuvenation of energy.
Far Infrared therapy is a form of absorbable non-visible light that penetrates the human body up to 6 inches deep into the muscles, tissues, joints, and more. Devices that emit far infrared rays are intended to provide temporary relief of minor muscle and joint pain and stiffness, the relief of joint pain associated with arthritis, muscles spasms and strains, muscular back pain, muscle relaxation, the temporary increase of local blood circulation, and much more
Photon Light therapy uses visible red light at a wavelength of 660 nanometers to penetrate just below the surface level of the skin to affect the body on a cellular level. These rays of light are shallow and work best with direct contact to the affected area. Photon therapy is used for detoxification, collagen production, wound recovery, and minor skin impairments.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy (PEMF) supplies magnetic waves at the same frequency as the Earth (7.83 Hz) to give the body a cellular recharge. PEMF is beneficial for reducing muscle pain, joint pain, and circulation, as well as reducing minor symptoms of depression, increasing energy levels, and much more.
Negative Ion therapy fills the air with negatively charged molecules that reduce contaminants in the surrounding environment and enter your body to produce positive changes. They are beneficial for improving your lung function for more efficient breathing, combating insomnia through the production of serotonin, and releasing some mental stress with supplemental oxygen flow.