PEMF - Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
What is PEMF Therapy?
PEMF is a non-invasive, calming, low frequency magnetic field which aids in energy creation, cell repair, improved cognitive functions, and enhances the body’s natural capacity to heal itself.
The PEMF device’s frequency output initially affects the blood vessels. The frequencies promote blood-stream equilibrium and may result in a natural dilatation of the blood vessels, which boosts blood flow and oxygen levels. PEMF therapy also works on a cellular level, stimulating the cells and aiding in the uptake of essential vitamins and minerals. This raises the cell membrane’s energy level and oxygen absorption capability which may lead to an increase energy production within the cell, healing and equilibrium in the blood, lymph, and other systems in the body.(1)
What does Treatment Involve?
For the first session on the PEMF, a 15-minute consultation will occur before the session to discuss your medical history and what your goals from the treatment are. Before treatment, you will be asked to place your phone, smart watch, belt, and some jewellery items on the table. Other items of clothing will not impact the treatment. PEMF therapy involves laying on a treatment table with a mat underneath and resting for 8-60 minutes (depending on condition being treated) while receiving the treatment. The mat has small copper coils inside which produce the pulsating frequency. Some people experience tingling and heat at the back of their legs, while other people do not. PEMF therapy, like any other treatment, takes time to show results. The duration is determined by the condition being managed as well as your body’s natural healing mechanism. During the treatment, the practitioner will leave the room for the programmed duration of the session.
The Science of PEMF Therapy
Electric frequencies are necessary for the functioning of several organs in the human body, including the heart and brain.
The magnetic field of the earth, and more specifically, the Schumann resonance frequency, is essential for human cellular function.(2-4)
It is believed that PEMF treatment was developed in 1841 to help treat common illnesses. However, the majority of the key PEMF treatment research was carried out by Americans, Russians, Swiss, and Germans between the 1960s and 1980s.(5) PEMF treatment was created and applied to help cosmonauts’ blood circulation, blood oxygenation, and prevent calcium depletion at the Russian MIR Space Station. Since then, PEMF systems have been developed to aid in the healing process of common conditions.
What Conditions may PEMF therapy Help Manage?
- Ankle, knee sprains
- Arthritis, osteoarthritis
- Bone fractures
- Asthma, bronchitis
- Depression and anxiety
- Dermatitis & psoriasis
- Non-healing wounds
- Endometriosis & PCOS pain
- Joint pain & sprains
- Effects of heart disease
- Neck, back Hip pain
- Muscle injury
- Nerve damage
- Improve sleep quality & quantity.
- Gastric & duodenal ulcers
When Should PEMF therapy not be Used?
The absolute contraindications for PEMF therapy include:
- Cochlear implants
- Intrathecal pumps
- Insulin pumps
- Spinal cord stimulators
- The first trimester of pregnancy
- Systemic Fungal infections
- Hyperthyroidism, adrenal gland, hypothalamic and hypophyseal/pituitary dysfunctions
Please let your practitioner know if you have any of the following conditions:
- Myasthenia gravis
- Hashimoto’s Disease
- An active infection
If you have any concerns, please consult your doctor before your first treatment.
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