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What is PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency) Therapy?

Any living organism contains electromagnetic energy that is created by electrical activity. That electrical activity is how the cells communicate, it’s what makes the cells operate and ultimately, what keeps the organism alive. If the electrical activity, or EM field, is removed, the organism dies. These electromagnetic fields control the chemical reactions that take place within the overall system. Reductions of, or adverse alterations to the electromagnetic activity within the organism can create an unhealthy state. This can also make it susceptible to various diseases, conditions or ailments and/or make it more difficult to correct the diseases, conditions or ailments. At the same time, correcting or increasing the EM fields has been shown to help to correct those diseases, conditions or ailments.

Each cell in our body has an electric potential, or electromagnetic field. Every time your heart beats it generates electromagnetic waves that flow through the circulatory systems and in turn throughout the entire body, affecting all those cellular fields. In addition, outside magnetic fields also influence the cellular system in a positive or negative manner, depending on the type and strength of that magnetic field.

There are now dozens of different Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) devices produced and sold around the world. The primary theory of a PEMF is that by creating a pulsed EM field, of the correct frequencies, it is possible to balance, or correct, those cellular EM fields that are either unbalanced or have low energy levels. It seems as though the in depth definition for PEMF devices are different on nearly every website and the information provided by the various PEMF manufacturers tailor their definitions so as to promote their specific product(s) with little or no scientific argument offered to substantiate or prove their claims.

Wikipedia Website Definition of PEMF Technology

"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 depression2. In the case of bone healing, PEMF uses electrical energy to direct a series of magnetic pulses through injured tissue whereby each magnetic pulse induces a tiny electrical signal that stimulates cellular repair. Many studies have also demonstrated the effectiveness of PEMF in healing soft-tissue wounds; suppressing inflammatory responses at the cell membrane level to alleviate pain, and increasing range of motion. 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. There are several electrical stimulation therapy devices, approved by the FDA, that are widely available to patients for use. These devices provide an additive solution that aid in bone growth repair and depression."

How often and why should someone use a PEMF unit?

Dr. William Pawluk, MD, MSc, responds, “Magnetic fields selected for treatment simultaneously provide health maintenance, not just treatment. PEMFs used in the home daily would be an important part of any prevention or health maintenance program, in addition to any treatment program. Magnetic therapies are usually complementary to other therapies, and they usually enhance each other’s benefits.”

In conclusion, there are various types of PEMF units; high energy output, low energy output, high gauss, low gauss, preprogrammed, custom program per user by technician, but probably the most important difference is that of the Analog vs. Digital type devices.   Please do your research and make sure you understand the difference, the pros and the cons of each.


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