Can PEMF Help People Who Suffer From Chronic Pain?
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a relatively new form of therapy in the same biomagnetics field as transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS). It works by creating an electromagnetic field throughout your body, increasing the voltage in your cells, and promoting healing. While this is a relatively new form of treatment, it shows a lot of promise in increasing overall health and wellness and treating patients dealing with various health conditions, including chronic pain.
What is PEMF therapy?
There are a variety of PEMF devices available. These range from devices that target your entire body, in the form of a yoga-style mat that you lie on, to devices that can target localized areas of your body. All of the devices house several flat spiral coils. When these are activated by a frequency generate, the coils become energized and they create an electromagnetic field.
All of your body’s cells produce a magnetic field which can be stimulated by the electromagnetic field generated by the PEMF device. This is important for health because if the voltage of your body’s cells drops below a certain level, that can make you ill. By increasing the voltage of these cells, PEMF therapy can have several effects on your body, including:
* improving blood circulation
* decreasing inflammation
* stimulating muscle tissue
* enhancing cellular repair
* improving the immune system
* aiding in bone healing
Can PEMF therapy help people who suffer from chronic pain?
Chronic pain (pain that lasts for longer than 12 weeks even with treatment) has a variety of root causes. PEMF therapy may not cure these, but it can help reduce the pain symptoms associated with them. Reducing people’s pain is important because dealing with chronic pain can severely interfere with their ability to function, and can reduce their quality of life.
Many of the health effects of PEMF can be associated with chronic pain. For example, inflammation can contribute to many chronic pain conditions, and reducing it can help reduce pain symptoms. Similarly, improving blood circulation can help to reduce pain, as can stimulating muscle tissue. Enhancing cellular repair, improving the immune system, and aiding in bone healing are ways PEMF therapy can help people recover from chronic pain conditions.
In sum, PEMF therapy is non-invasive, reduces inflammation, improves blood circulation, and produces pain-relief effects. Because of this, it is becoming a popular treatment for people who suffer from chronic pain. These results have been tested in clinical trials showing that PEMF therapy is an effective treatment for these conditions, including:
* fibromyalgia (https://downloads.hindawi.com/journals/prm/2007/626072.pdf)
* back pain (https://www.mona.uwi.edu/fms/wimj/system/files/article_pdfs/dr_ki_oke_wimj_march.qxd_.pdf)
* cervical osteoarthritis (http://www.pemft.net/uploads/1/6/2/3/1623943/studiesmrscx_osteoarthr_2006_rheum_int-2_3.pdf)
* knee osteoarthritis (https://academic.oup.com/rheumatology/article/55/4/755/1833454)
* persistent rotator cuff tendinitis (https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0140673684922190)
* chronic postoperative pain (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6018879/)
In all of these cases, PEMF therapy reduced pain, and many patients also reported higher levels of wellbeing and lower levels of disability. There are also few, if any, side effects from using PEMF therapy. This makes it an attractive treatment option compared to invasive surgical procedures or pain medications that could have side effects.
PEMF therapy is a safe, non-invasive, virtually side-effect-free treatment option that can help to treat chronic pain, reducing pain levels, and improving functioning and wellbeing.