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Enhance Your Quality of Life One Cell at a Time. Use PEMF to Heal the Pain. Learn What Happens When You Use PEMF
Author: Dr. Faisal Hayat, MBBS
PEMF is an Electrogamnetic Modality
PEMF stands for pulsed electromagnetic field and is an electromagnetic modality. The electromagnetic modalities generate both electric and magnetic fields. A few examples of electromagnetic modalities are transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS), interferential current (IFC), neuromuscular electrical stimulation (NMES), high voltage pulsed galvanic (HVPG), and pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF). The movement of electrons generates the magnetic field.
How does PEMF differ from other electromagnetic modalities?
Some modalities such as TENS, NMES, HVPG, or IFC directly use the electrical field. These electromagnetic modalities create an electrical field in a direct current that runs between the electrodes. This movement of electrons affects the cellular physiology of excitable cells.
Unlike other electromagnetic modalities, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is designed specifically to direct magnetic fields through the tissues to facilitate healing.
What is PEMF?
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a non-invasive bio magnetic technology that is safe and effective to use. The FDA approved it to be clinically used for broken bones fusion, reduce joint pain, tissue pain, and support muscle function.
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices are clinically approved and have diverse clinical uses. These are low-cost and easy to administer with no side effects. Many clinical trials have proved that pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has long-lasting benefits and doesn’t affect the body’s ionizing or thermal effects.
The pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy and PEMF devices have dramatically relieved low back pain, chronic pain, pelvic pain, musculoskeletal pain, and diabetic neuropathy. The patients having anxiety, panic, and post-traumatic stress disorders have also shown significant improvements in the sign and symptoms of diseases. PEMF devices are also useful in managing Parkinson’s disease, osteoarthritis, and malignant disorders.
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has improved the quality of life in many patients by minimizing the long-term use of pharmacological treatment options. Extensive and chronic pain-relieving drugs produce dependence, toxicity, and side effects. Clinicians clinically use pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy in many diseases as an adjunctive treatment option.
How does it work?
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is an electromagnetic frequency that stimulates low-intensity magnetic fields to help cellular dysfunction. It sends magnetic energy into the targeted body tissues. These magnetic fields enhance the blood supply to the damaged tissues and help to increase electrolytes and ions. The increased blood supply further enhances oxygen flow to the injured site and relieves pain, swelling, and inflammation there.
Despite conducting dozens of clinical trials, the exact mechanism of pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is unknown so far. The published clinical studies have proposed some theories to help understand the process
1. Fractured bone healing
- Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy generates an electrical field that stimulates fracture healing. It is known that bone tissue is deposited in the regions of a negative charge, and PEMF induces a negative field that supports the healing process.
- Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy stimulates bone cells to proliferate, differentiate, and mineralize at a cellular level.
- At the tissue level, PEMF improves the quality of bone tissue and enhances bone preservation.
- In the first phase of bone healing, PEMF stimulates blood vessel production. In the second phase, PEMF increases the production of growth factors and activates signal transduction pathways. In the third phase, PEMF increases the mineralization matrix and calcification of fibrocartilage. In the final step, PEMF increases the rate of osteoblast activity.
- One hypothesis is that pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy may induce Eddy currents in biological tissue, which could, in turn, mediate downstream biological effects.
- It may inhibit pain by direct modulation of the nervous system, perhaps by stimulating inhibitory sensory neurons as proposed in gate control theory. It may mediate local electrochemical changes, which may, in turn, have downstream effects on gene expression.
- One theory concludes that PEMF therapy has a low-frequency electromagnetic current, with an extended range of frequencies that increase the permeability of the cell membrane and stimulate many intracellular functions.
- A recent theory suggests that PEMF therapy may alter the gene aspect that comprises genes of pain courses like endogenous opioids and eicosanoid enzyme courses.
- Numerous cellular studies have addressed the effects of EMF on signal transduction pathways. And the magnetic fields are capable of affecting the signal transaction pathways via alteration of ion binding and transport.
DcCure – FDA Listed PEMF Device
DcCure is an FDA Class 1 listed, safe, and effective pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapeutic device. It is affordable and convenient to use for patients with chronic pain. A clinical trial conducted on 42 people of 18-75 years of age with non-specific low back pain has proven its safety and efficacy in relieving non-specific low back pain (LBP).
- A Randomized Controlled clinical trial was conducted in 2019 by Anthony J Lisi et al. It was published with the title “A Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy Device for Non-Specific Low Back Pain.” In this trial, 42 people of 18-75 years of age were randomized. The PEMF device used in the trial was “MDcure®, Aerotel Ltd., Holon, Israel, and Aerotel Inc. USA, New York, NY, USA.” The authors concluded that the device is safe and provides preliminary evidence of effectiveness in improving function in patients experiencing non-specific low back pain. No adverse or severe effects were seen in the trial.
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