Being well at a cellular level is vital for overall health and well-being, but your cells are constantly under strain from environmental factors. Pain, discomfort and exhaustion are simply signs of cellular imbalance and disease.
PEMF therapy can help. It works by applying a pulsed electromagnetic field to the body. The magnetic field causes an increase in cellular energy, leaving the cell stronger. Similarly to physical exercise which makes our bodies stronger and increases our energy reserves, PEMF therapy stimulates the cells to produce more energy. The pulses cause the cells to contract, speeding up the healthy circulation of nutrients and expulsion of toxins, helping your body to work the way it should.
PEMF therapy helps to stabilize the natural voltage of your cells, leaving you feeling stronger and more energetic.
The History Of Electromagnetic Field Therapy
As modern as the use of magnetic fields might sound, they were used for medicinal purposes as long ago as 4,000BC. Hindus used lodestones – a rare stone that occurs naturally as a magnet – for the treatment of disease, and around 2,000BC Chinese physicians were using lodestones on acupuncture points. More recently, Cleopatra was said to wear a magnet to preserve her youth and Hippocrates – father of modern medicine – used magnets for the treatment of pain.
The magnetic loop coil used in PEMF systems was designed by Nikola Tesla in the late 19th century. Nikola Tesla himself theorized on the healing powers of electromagnetic fields, and believed that electromagnetic therapy could even increase intelligence.
Since then, the benefits of PEMF therapy have been studied, leading to some really interesting research by NASA. There are many health risks associated with space travel, including:
- Hearing loss
- Kidney stones
- Cardiac problems
- Weakened immune system
- Vision loss
- Sleep deficiency
The NASA scientists found that electromagnetic waves boosted cellular wellness, addressing problems such as a lack of energy, sleep disturbances, inflammation and impaired blood flow. This is vitally important for astronauts in space.
PEMF – The Fifth Element Of Health
Electromagnetic therapy and its effect on health is so important that Bryant Meyers, a former physics professor, called it the ‘fifth element of health’ (after food, water, air and sunlight). The earth naturally has a magnetic field known as the Schumann resonance. This is vital to our health, and is the reason why astronauts visiting space experience many health problems.
However, the Schuman resonance has declined by 50% over the past 300 years and many theorize that this has led to an increase in many health issues. This is combined with the fact that the average person stays inside for 90% of the day – the concrete buildings and metal cars shielding us from the naturally occuring PEMF. This is why regular cellular exercise through PEMF pulse therapy can help.
What Are The Benefits Of PEMF Therapy?
Pulsed magnetic field therapy has many benefits and can be utilized for the treatment of multiple conditions. As well as the following conditions, PEMF therapy can also be used for speedier recovery after exercise for athletes, flushing lactic acid more quickly and building stronger muscles, ready for the next training session. Here are some of the other exciting benefits of this amazing treatment.
PEMF For Osteoporosis
Osteoporosis is a health condition that weakens bones, leaving them fragile and more likely to break. It is estimated that over 44 million people in the US have osteoporosis, and this number will only increase with an aging population.
PEMF therapy uses pulsed low frequency and high intensity magnetic fields to encourage the restoration and recovery of cells, reducing inflammation and easing pain. The magnetic fields also stimulate the passage of calcium ions into the bone tissue, which boosts bone mass and helps fractures to heal.
The therapy is pain-free, non-invasive and doesn’t involve taking more medication, making it a sought after treatment for many people with osteoporosis. Studies have shown that regular PEMF therapy could slow the progress of osteoporosis, greatly improving the quality of life for sufferers.
Reducing Back Pain With Electromagnetic Therapy
Chronic pain, including chronic back pain, is one of the most difficult conditions to manage. Living with chronic pain can cause a significant reduction in quality of life. Existing treatments mainly consist of medication, such as opioids, which can have nasty side effects (and cause other issues like addiction and resistance). It is no surprise that people suffering from chronic pain often search for other, less-invasive treatments.
PEMF therapy enables cells to circulate nutrients better, allows oxygen to move through the body and helps cells to detoxify. This improved circulation helps to reduce pain by alleviating swelling, regenerating damaged tissue and repairing fractured bones.
This means that using PEMF therapy for chronic pain can not only ease the symptoms, but can also help to heal the cause, potentially leading to a pain-free life.
For back pain specifically, a review of various studies found that PEMF may have a great effect in reducing the pain intensity in patients suffering from lower back pain.
PEMF Therapy For Neuropathy
When nerves are damaged, it can lead to a condition called neuropathy. The symptoms of neuropathy include:
- Numbness and tingling in the hands or feet
- Stabbing, shooting or burning pain in the hands or feet
- Loss of coordination and balance
- Muscle weakness
Neuropathy can be caused by diabetes, physical injury, a viral infection or it can be a side effect of certain medicines. It is uncomfortable, painful and – if left untreated – can mean an increased chance of ulcers, gangrene and even amputation.
Because PEMF therapy stimulates the natural repair processes of the cells, it may have the effect of calming the nerves and aiding recovery. Electromagnetic therapy can also reduce the pain receptors in the brain, relieving some of the perception of the pain.
The treatment can be an excellent long-term method of managing neuropathy, because of the lack of side effects and the safe, pain-relieving outcomes.
PEMF And Cancer
Two of the most common treatments for cancer, surgery and chemotherapy, are known to have very many side effects. From bruising and infection with surgery, to nausea, fatigue and appetite loss with chemotherapy, the treatment can be extremely uncomfortable.
Supplementing these treatments with PEMF therapy may be beneficial. Some studies have found that breast cancers may be reduced by regular PEMF therapy (when used in conjunction with radiotherapy). Although more research needs to be done into the benefits, cancer patients who use PEMF therapy tend to report a better quality of life and a reduction in those distressing side effects from other treatments.
PEMF therapy can help to build up healthy cells while potentially being toxic to cancerous cells. This means that the body may be better equipped to fight the cancer, and this could be hugely beneficial alongside other treatments for cancers such as ovarian and prostate cancer.
Helping To Improve Mental Health With PEMF Therapy
PEMF is an incredible FDA approved treatment for depression in the US and Canada. Depression, a long lasting low mood disorder, significantly affects sufferers’ ability to do everyday things, feel pleasure and take interest in activities.
Depression can affect people of any age, even children, and it is one of the most common mental illnesses there is. In fact, it is estimated that 16.2 million adults in the US have at least one major depressive episode each year.
Likewise, anxiety disorders (often experienced alongside depression) can interfere with daily life and stop you from doing ordinary things – even leaving your home in its worst state. Anxiety disorders affect 18.1% of the US population every year.
How Can PEMF Help With Depression And Anxiety?
PEMF can balance production of serotonin (the hormone which helps you to feel calm, optimistic and self-confident), dopamine (which helps you to feel excited and motivated) and cortisol (which controls your fight or flight function). This means that PEMF therapy can improve motivation without relying on antidepressants. When used longer term, it could even lead to improved mental health to such an extent that antidepressants or other medicines are no longer required.
This is a natural, side effect-free option for people struggling with anxiety and depression.
Many individuals are or have become treatment resistant when it comes to anxiety and depression, meaning that they have to struggle with their conditions without effective medication. This makes the illness very difficult to manage. PEMF therapy can offer an option for those people.
The therapy encourages nerve stimulation and vibration of nerves and cells in the brain, which may help to improve overall mood.
PEMF Therapy For Sciatica
Sciatica is caused by the pinching of the sciatic nerve. The nerve starts from the spine and branches down each leg. When the nerve is pinched, symptoms can include burning or tingling in a leg, numbness, pain when sitting or walking (which can be debilitating). It can even lead to bowel and bladder dysfunction.
PEMF can be a fantastic treatment for this condition because it can address both the symptoms and the cause of the problem. Electromagnetic therapy can boost the production of endorphins in the body – these are natural pain relievers. It also helps to reduce the inflammation and increase oxygenation – both are vital for decreasing pain.
The therapy may also help to regenerate the damaged nerves, and other problems which lead to sciatica (such as disc herniation and repair of vertebrae).
Boosting Eye Health With Pulsating Magnetic Field Therapy
Poor cellular wellness can affect every part of the body, including the eyes. Diseases such as glaucoma, cataracts and macular degeneration can be improved by regular PEMF therapy treatment.
Many eye problems are exacerbated by poor blood flow in the eyes. When this is increased, the nutrients and oxygen that your eyes need are delivered, speeding up healing and potentially even reversing damage. PEMF therapy allows the body to naturally heal itself, and several studies have found it to be beneficial for eye complaints.
As we age, vision begins to diminish. This can lead to a difficulty to focus, trouble reading small print and headaches due to eye strain. The stimulation of nerves and blood vessels triggered by PEMF therapy can help to halt and even reverse this aging process.
Are There Any Negatives?
PEMF therapy is painless and non-invasive but you may experience a few minor reactions, such as:
- During treatment, as pain in one area decreases, pain in a new area may appear. This can be seen as part of the treatment process – often it is a previously unidentified underlying problem, which can then be treated to bring you back to full health.
- Due to the increased blood circulation and detoxifying process, you may notice headaches, fatigue and a dip in energy after the PEMF therapy. It is important to drink plenty of water to make sure that you are fully hydrated.
- You shouldn’t use PEMF therapy if you have a pacemaker, cochlear implant or any other implants that are battery operated or magnetically charged.
Many people find that any effects disappear after a few sessions of PEMF therapy.
People often worry that PEMF therapy could be bad for you because of other electromagnetic fields you will have heard about; for example, those emitted by mobile phones or microwaves. However, the frequencies are extremely different and, importantly, in PEMF therapy the waves are pulsed – leading to the healing effect.
What Happens During A PEMF Therapy Appointment?
Your appointment will depend on the particular part of your body which you are experiencing difficulty with. The treatment can either be administered with hand held devices to a particular area, or a larger device to the whole body. Either way, the treatment is comfortable and painless, and people often fall asleep during it.
The amount of time a treatment can take will depend on how used to it you are. Your practitioner might suggest starting with a smaller period of time and building up.
Because PEMF therapy is so safe, it is possible to use it as often as needed (and in fact, it is usually recommended that you have treatment routinely to achieve peak cellular wellness, healing your injuries and allowing your body to find balance). Many people use PEMF therapy daily, or even several times a day.
Where Can I Get PEMF Therapy?
At BluVida Wellness & Med Spa, we pride ourselves on our holistic approach to wellness, incorporating the very latest technology. You can be sure that you will leave our spa feeling relaxed, healthful and on the road to true wellness.
We offer our PEMF therapy treatments to the people of Houston, Texas and the surrounding areas, helping you to boost your health at a cellular level. Booking an appointment online is easy, and we look forward to helping you on your path to vitality!