PEMF = Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT), also called pulsed magnetic therapy, pulse magnetotherapy, or PEMF, is a reparative technique most commonly used in the field of orthopedics for the treatment of non-union fractures, failed fusions, congenital pseudarthrosis and depression. In the case of bone healing, PEMF uses directed pulsed magnetic fields through injured tissue. This is believed to stimulate cellular repair. The FDA has approved several such stimulation devices. These devices provide a complementary solution that may aid in bone repair. Read more at Wikipedia here...
Now let’s try with a more layman explanation:
Home-based PEMF is basically a system where it is designed to generate pulsing electro-magnetic field at a very low frequency (1-100Hz usually) which you place it against part or whole of your body that need the treatment. The pulsing magnetic field is proven to help speed up the body’s natural capability to self-heal (i.e. healing from bone fractures, wounds, etc.) and also recharge your body cells (i.e. blood cells) to improve vitality. Aside specific group of people that may be sensitive to electro-magnetic field (i.e. people with pacemaker, pregnant women, epilepsy, etc.), almost anyone can safety use the treatment under proper instruction. Over the years, the PEMF therapies have evolved from clinical use to home use for non medical professional, general wellness and pain relief purposes.
Benefits of PEMF
While PEMF is not a silver bullet nor wonder drug, it does have numerous clinically proven health benefits and treatment results under its belt, something worth everyone’s attention, as this is really a safe, drug and operation free wellness options that everyone should evaluate. Nonetheless, do note that PEMF essentially works on the principle of bringing back the balance of your “sick” cells and allow them to function normally and therefore speed up body’s natural healing capability. As what treatment is effective using which type of device or method is beyond the discussion of this section and web site.
You can read many and various claimed benefits of PEMF online. The application of PEMF is best explained by Dr. Pawluk website provides a good starting point, as it offers a very clear and definitive explanation on not just the benefits but also why and how.
Following section is the extract for your convenient. Please visit Dr. Pawluk.com to learn more about PEMF
Increased blood circulation
One of the most basic functions magnetic fields have in the body is to increase circulation. When a cell (such as a red blood cell) is injured or ill, it does not hold its ideal charge. This causes red cells to “stick” together, making circulation slow. When a magnetic field passes through the red cell, the membrane becomes properly charged, allowing the cell to repel itself and keep itself separate from other red cells, thereby increasing circulation. In addition, PEMFs increase various chemicals in the blood vessel walls that cause the blood vessels to dilate, improving the amount of blood flowing through the vessels and therefore increasing the amount of oxygen delivered to the tissues.
Poor circulation makes tissues unhealthy and prone to disease and breakdown. Improved circulation helps tissues get the nutrition and oxygen they need, while expelling the waste they produce. Good circulation helps with tissue healing and regeneration. The result of improved circulation is the reduction of swelling and the removal of bruising.
Enhanced Muscle Function
Muscle energy, needed for muscles to work, is developed through a process called Myosin Phosphorylation. Myosin is muscle, and phosphorylation is energy (ATP) production. Optimal energy allows muscles to work harder and longer, and recover more quickly from their work. Muscles that are contracted or in spasm are better able to relax, decreasing tension and reducing the pain caused by spasm.
Inflammation is a cascade of physiologic processes initiated by the body to repair cellular damage in tissues by increasing the blood flow to the damaged area and increasing the number of good inflammatory cells. The process of inflammation is generated and supported by the interaction of a number of immune cell types, with other cell types (like T cells) playing a regulatory role in the cascade effect. Inflammation is a necessary and beneficial process, but it often persists longer than necessary, resulting in chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation is frequently a cause of chronic pain. PEMFs have been found to reduce chronic, damaging inflammation. Inflammation can be initiated by many causes, and knowing the nature of the cause is important in designing therapeutic approaches.
T cells are a major regulator of the inflammatory cascade. In bacterial infections, early infiltration of the affected tissues by white blood cells is followed by the arrival of T cells, which kill bacteria. In this circumstance, eliminating of T cells can delay or stop healing. Conversely, in trauma-induced injury, T cells are less important to the healing process, and may be harmful if present for too long. In this case, elimination of T cells can minimize the unwanted effects of inflammation, accelerate healing, and reduce the risk of chronic inflammatory diseases. In chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, or tendinitis, T cells support the persistence of the disease state, and removing them would be favorable.
Research shows us that PEMFs can induce the appropriate death of aged, chronic T lymphocytes, by actions on T cell membranes and key enzymes in cells. For example, PEMFs affect ion flow through specific cell membrane channels (like those for sodium, potassium, and calcium), which positively affect these enzymes.
Stress is part of being human. Normal stress, called eustress, is necessary for survival. Too much stress is very harmful to the body, and accelerates aging. Stress is responsible for at least 65% of our illnesses, so stress reduction is necessary for all of us. Stress-reducing activities performed only now and then will allow too much stress-related damage to accumulate over time. Therefore, stress reduction must be a daily activity. Magnetic fields have many stress-reducing effects. Daily use of PEMFs help to wash away the negative effect natural stresses have on our bodies.
Magnetic fields pass through the body – even the bones – as if the body wasn’t even there. PEMFs work to repair bones, whether they are damaged by surgery, injury, or disease, and have been found to improve bone regeneration such as occurs with osteoporosis and osteopenia, among other bone destroying conditions.
Just as a fire cannot burn without oxygen, our cells cannot produce heat and energy without oxygen. Our lungs extract oxygen from the air we breathe. It passes into our blood and is carried by arteries away from the heart and delivered to the rest of the body, including all the organs. PEMFs help with the process of extracting oxygen out of the air we breathe and help it to be transported into the circulation. The absorbed oxygen is then transported through the body to all the cells, where it is absorbed into the individual cells. In the cells, enzymes and other basic cell energy production processes use the oxygen for cell metabolism, the energy necessary to function properly. The metabolism of an organism determines which substances it will find nutritious and which it will find harmful. Proper blood-oxygen levels at the cell level (not just in the blood) allow this process to continue quickly and efficiently. After the oxygen exchange takes place, veins carry deoxygenated blood and metabolic waste products away from those same cells and back to the heart for recycling again.
Recharging your cells (mind & body)
The best evidence of your cells are being recharged after exposing to PEMF is viewing them under microscope. The blood sample below are taken using dark field microscopy technology showing the blood cells condition before and after the PEMF therapy. Red blood cells in a non-optimal body condition usually see them clustered together (1st snapshot), restricting their surface area for optimal oxygen and nutrient delivery. Immediate after the therapy, the difference is obvious as shown in the 2nd snapshot, where red blood cells are de-clustered. The benefits are obvious – de-clustered blood cells are more fluid, allowing them to deliver nutrients and oxygen more effectively, restoring cells optimal efficiency. The result usually can be immediately felt by the person after using the full body PEMF therapy, with an increase dose of vitality and energy.The following snapshots are taken based on sessions done with iMRS system.
Dark Field Microscopy before and after PEMF treatment
Before exposing to PEMF Therapy 8 minutes after exposing to PEMF Therapy
Before exposing to PEMF Therapy 8 Minutes after exposing to PEMF Therapy