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Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is a treatment used to relieve pain and improve wound healing by emitting an electromagnetic field from a round coil of wire called a solenoid.

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PEMF

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Introduction to Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy

More than 33% of Americans suffer from chronic pain, and people are searching for solutions other than drugs, unnecessary surgeries, and deep injections to find relief. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF or PEMT) is a non-invasive, painless treatment for various injuries, bone-related conditions, and pains. 

PEMF works by emitting a pulsating, varying intensity and frequency electromagnetic field, coming from a solenoid (a round coil of wire) placed around the patient. The application of pulsed magnetic fields has been shown to help the body to restore normal potentials at an accelerated rate, and assist in the healing of most wounds, regenerating tissue, and reducing swelling faster.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy replicates the earth’s natural magnetic field, which we were once strongly connected to. Over time this magnetic field has gotten weaker (an estimated 10% weaker since the 19th century) and due to industrialization and modernization, we are further separated from the earth’s natural magnetic field. 

PEFM actually originated from NASA’s research involving the benefits of pulsed electromagnetic fields on astronauts for fatigue, depression, bone loss, and other symptoms following even short trips to outer space. Scientists discovered that the cause was due to astronauts being without this beneficial natural field emanating from our Earth.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy was approved by the FDA in 1979 specifically for the healing of nonunion fractures, which came after a Columbia University study that was encouraged by NASA, and has recently gained attention in the U.S. 

The value of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been shown to cover a wide range of conditions, with well-documented trials carried out by hospitals, rheumatologists, physiotherapists, and neurologists.

Benefits of PEMF Therapy

Clinical experience has shown that pulsed electromagnetic field therapy may be used for a number of conditions and issues including::

  • Reduction of pain and inflammation
  • Improve energy/circulation
  • Improve blood/tissue oxygenation
  • Regulate blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as the uptake of nutrients
  • Increase cellular detoxification and the ability to regenerate cells
  • Accelerate repair of bone and soft tissue
  • Relax muscles

How Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Works

Disruption of electromagnetic energy in cells causes impaired cell metabolism, whatever the initial cause. This can happen anywhere in the disease process and contributes to the inability to recover. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy addresses this impaired chemistry dysfunction.

Utilizing low-frequency electromagnetic fields generated from the medical solenoid device, even the weakest strengths pass right through the body in a safe manner, penetrating every cell, tissue, organ, and even bone without being absorbed or altered. As these pulsating electromagnetic fields pass through the body, they stimulate most of the electrical and chemical processes in the tissues and improve cell metabolism, improve regeneration abilities, and contribute to the improved repair of tissue.

Pulsed electromagnetic field devices deliver beneficial, health-enhancing fields and frequencies to the cells by addressing the impaired chemistry and stimulating the proper functioning of the cells. As they pass through, they stimulate most of the electrical and chemical processes in the tissues and are specifically designed to positively support cellular energy, resulting in better cellular health and function.

A large benefit of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is there are absolutely no side-effects and treatment takes approximately 20-30 minutes. It is applied by running an electrical current through a copper coil which creates a magnetic field (there are many different styles of devices and technology), which penetrates through the body, muscle tissue, and bone.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy improves blood circulation and increases oxygen distribution around the body, making it a very useful and non-invasive therapeutic option for pain relief and post-injury healing. PEMF also encourages the blood cells to spread out and reduce plaque in the bloodstream to increase blood viscosity.

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Behind the Science

Science & Safety

A Cochrane review found PEMF Therapy to be helpful in relieving pain caused by osteoarthritis. The meta-analysis consisted of 15 completed trials.

Another study evaluating the use of PEMF in the relief of knee pain related to osteoarthritis found PEMF to reduce pain and improve overall functioning. This was a double-blind, randomized trial consisting of 60 participants who received therapy for one month.

A randomized trial of 36 patients with low back pain showed improvement in pain when compared to sham PEMF therapy. Low back pain scores and leg pain scores improved with therapy. Other measures included various pain and depression scales as well as consumption of pain medications which also showed beneficial effects of pulsed electromagnetic therapy.

A small study of 17 patients showed benefits of PEMF Therapy on chronic musculoskeletal pain. Although a small study, there were no adverse effects showing promise for PEMF therapy to relieve chronic pain.

A small study of 17 patients showed benefits of PEMF Therapy on chronic musculoskeletal pain. Although a small study, there were no adverse effects showing promise for PEMF therapy to relieve chronic pain.

Spectrum

Where does PEMF fall on the medical spectrum?

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy falls under ‘Energy Medicine’ section of the medical spectrum.

Alternative Medicine

Also known as holistic medicine, it is the study and application of nature, botany, energy, and technology to bring the body back to balance and address the root causes of disease without detrimental side effects, toxins and chemicals, or a lifetime of intervention.

Biological Medicine

Also known as European Biological Medicine, this modality, popular in Germany and Switzerland, applies numerous therapies that aim to restore the body’s regulatory and self-healing capacity by promoting proper regeneration on a cellular and organ level.

Conventional Medicine

Conventional medicine is the most recognized and practiced section of the medical spectrum that includes pharmacological drugs, surgical procedures, lab testing, and more in an attempt to reduce symptoms and manage disease. 

Conventional Therapies

The Innovative Medicine approach considers all conventional options and appropriately prescribes or refers patients to specialists in which this approach would be most suited.

Emotional Therapies

Mental health and the study of mind-body medicine is an integral part of the medical spectrum that can often go overlooked and unaddressed.

Psycho-Emotional Intervention

The study of psycho-neuro-immunology (PNI) has shown how our thoughts and psychological state impact our biochemistry and can lead to disease. Any comprehensive treatment plan must address psychological stress to be successful.

Spiritual Practices & Therapies

We often confuse spiritual practices with religion, but the role of spirituality, consciousness, awareness, purpose, and information on a quantum level is incredibly important in healing.

Receiving Therapy

Receiving PEMF Treatments

The New York Center of Innovative Medicine (NYCIM) offers pulsed electromagnetic magnetic field therapy and has multiple PEMF devices from around the world. However, the use of this or any of our numerous therapeutic options is only performed on patients after an in-depth health evaluation. Our ultimate goal is the complete restoration of health in the most efficient and safe manner, and with so many therapeutic options, it is impossible to know if PEMF treatment is right for you without an initial evaluation at our clinic.

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Frequently Asked Questions

PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy.

By using low-frequency electromagnetic fields generated from a medical solenoid device, the therapy penetrates cells, tissue, organs, and bone without being absorbed or altered. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy replicates the earth’s natural magnetic field.

PEMF works by emitting an electromagnetic field from a solenoid (a round coil of wire) placed around the patient. As the pulsed magnetic fields pass through, they stimulate most of the electrical and chemical processes in the tissues. PEMF is specifically designed to positively support cellular energy, resulting in better cellular health and function.

The application of pulsed magnetic fields during PEMF therapy has been shown to help the body to restore balance in the body, reduce pain, assist in the healing of most wounds, help regenerate tissue, and reduce swelling.

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