PEMF Therapy Keeps the Body Healthy
Pain is transmitted by very tiny nerve fibers in our skin, blood vessels, and muscles, to even larger nerves, moving up the extremities, to the largest nerves in our spinal cords and brains. Once a nerve cell is irritated, it becomes increasingly excitable even by a small stimulus. It will constantly fire, giving off what is perceived as a persistent pain signal.
There is a wide range of sensations generated by the same nerves – from an itch to an intense stinging, lancing, or even burning pain. Eventually, the nerve can become overwhelmed to the point of numbness. Several studies have shown that magnetic fields actually decrease the firing of nerves, and can help bruised or swollen nerves to recover, even if the nerve is severely damaged.
Electromagnetic fields have been found, in animals and in humans, to be equivalent to about 10mgs of morphine in terms of the amount of pain able to be reduced. They help the pain problem at a number of different levels – at the local level, region of the body, and from there, the entire body. Used on the head and/or spine, they may be additive to the benefits of pain medications, allowing for less medication to be used.
Because magnetic fields also act on acupuncture meridians, they will have many of the benefits that acupuncture does in terms of stimulating endorphins and bringing about other hormonal changes.
Training and workouts, even informal athletic activity like yard work, often cause muscle soreness from the buildup of lactic acid, and breakdown of tissues.
Using a magnetic therapy system after strenuous activity can both greatly diminish soreness and reduce painful muscle spasms and cramping. The body has a somewhat limited repertoire of reacting to damage, injury, or illness.
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT), also called pulsed magnetic therapy, pulse magneto therapy, 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 depression.
In the case of bone healing, PEMF uses directed pulsed magnetic fields through injured tissue. This is believed to stimulate cellular repair. The FDA has approved several such stimulation devices. These devices provide a complementary solution that may aid in bone repair.
Having healthy cells is not a passive process. Active, regular tuning-up of our cells is not only feasible, but also necessary to slow aging and reduce the risk of cell dysfunction. We are, after all, only as healthy as our cells. Imperceptible cell dysfunction that is not corrected early can lead to disease. Fine-tuning can be done daily in only minutes, using PEMFs. In addition, when there is a known imbalance (when symptoms are present) or there is a known disease or condition, PEMF treatments, used either alone or along with other therapies, can often help cells rebalance dysfunction faster.
Magna Wave 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. Magna Wave up-regulates the body’s functions and optimizes the body’s ability to heal itself.
Having healthy cells is not a passive process. Active, regular tuning-up of our cells is not only feasible, but also necessary to slow aging and reduce the risk of cell dysfunction. We are, after all, only as healthy as our cells.
Magna Wave affects the charge of the cell membrane, which allows membrane channels to open up. These channels are like the doors and windows of a house. By opening cell channels, nutrients are better able to enter the cell, and waste is more easily eliminated from the cell. This helps to rebalance and restore optimum cell function. If you restore enough cells, they will all work more efficiently. Cells of the same type come together to make tissues, and those tissues come together to make organs. So, by restoring or maintaining cellular function, you will, in turn, restore or maintain organ function, allowing the entire body to function better.
Cellular “injury,” the state of a cell when it is not healthy, leads to disease conditions. Magnetic fields protect against cell injury by improving circulation, repair processes and energy, and increasing special stress proteins in the cells. These proteins are used to prevent cell breakdown and wear and tear as well as help speed recovery from injury. Magnetic fields balance cells, tissues and bodily functions at very fundamental levels, even before damage and problems become obvious to you.
PEMFs have been used extensively for decades for many conditions and medical disciplines, and results can be seen in animals as well as humans. The National Institutes of Health have made PEMFs a priority for research. In fact, many PEMF devices have already been approved by the FDA, some specifically to fuse broken bones, wound healing, pain and tissue swelling, and treat depression. Most therapeutic PEMF devices are considered safe by various standards and organizations.
PEMFs work to:
- Reduce pain, inflammation, the effects of stress on the body, and platelet adhesion
- Improve energy, circulation, blood and tissue oxygenation, sleep quality, blood pressure and cholesterol levels, the uptake of nutrients, cellular detoxification and the ability to regenerate cells
- Balance the immune system and stimulate RNA and DNA
- Accelerate repair of bone and soft tissue
- Relax muscles
Taking care of problems as they arise is the key to keeping the body balanced. Neglected problems – or accumulated stress – unbalance the body quickly and tend to cascade into new problems, creating a downward spiral of worsening health. Problems in the body have degrees of involvement and different tissues are involved in any given injury.
The degree of involvement can be considered in terms of layers or levels: the energetic level, the physiologic level, the pathophysiological level, and the pathologic level.
- When a cold is first beginning, many people feel a vague sense of disease or discomfort, without any specific sense of where or what the problem is. This is the energetic level.
- Once a cold begins to produce a sore throat, slight temperature, or runny nose, the infection has moved to the physiologic level.
- If the infection is allowed to progress in the body, it may produce bronchitis, rhinitis, pneumonia, etc., This is the pathophysiologic level, and is where most chronic problems are stuck.
- More significant cellular damage leads to tissue and organ failure, and is considered the pathologic level.
Treatments directed at a problem that is at the energetic level are more dramatic and likely to produce responses rapidly. Daily use of PEMF therapy can help the body stay well and rebalance problems before they progress through the levels of illness.
Although electromagnetic therapy became widely adopted in Western Europe, its use was restricted to animals in North America until 1979, when the FDA approved non-invasive devices using pulsed electromagnetic fields designed to stimulate bone growth. In 2004, the pulsed electromagnetic field system was approved by FDA as an adjunct to cervical fusion surgery in patients at high risk for non-fusion.
Veterinarians became the first health professionals to use PEMF therapy, usually to heal broken legs in race horses.
Professional sports doctors then decided to experiment with veterinarian devices off label on professional athletes which ultimately led to legally licensed devices for human use in the United States, but under strict stipulations that it was only to be used for non-union bone fractures under a medical prescription from a licensed doctor.
Often, magnetic fields do not reduce pain by working directly on the pain fibers themselves. They may be working on reducing swelling, which can cause a build-up of natural chemicals that are irritating to the nerve and can increase local acidity. By improving circulation to the swollen area, magnetic fields can reduce the chemical mediators of swelling and clear the area out, so to speak. Magnetic fields may also reduce pain caused by a lack of oxygen to the area, which results from poor blood flow due to tense muscles or constricted blood vessels.
All the actions of magnetic fields in tissues happen simultaneously. That being said, the body will determine what actions it requires at the time of treatment. If the body is healthy and balanced, many of the actions of magnetic fields will be ignored. The body will always decide what it needs, and that is the beauty of magnetic fields – they only act to stimulate the body’s own systems.
Using a magnetic therapy system before physical activity has many real benefits for the athlete. PEMFs stimulate a process called myosin phosphorylation, which is the process of energy production in the muscle. Phosphorylation produces ATP, which is essential for cellular energy. ATP depletion, which happens with strenuous activity, causes muscles to weaken and potentially spasm. Rest naturally restores ATP, assuming the body is healthy enough to replenish it. PEMFs restore ATP by stimulating the myosin phosphorylation process. In fact, through an increased motion of ions and electrolytes, magnetic fields can help cells increase their energy by up to 500%.
Exercise and muscle exertion also causes an increase in the heat stress or heat shock proteins, which prevent cell breakdown and wear and tear, as well as help speed recovery from injury. Active muscles are stressed muscles, and the more stressed a muscle is, the more heat shock protein it will produce. If you induce heat shock proteins in the muscle before strenuous activity, you reduce the subsequent tissue damage, helping to speed recovery. PEMF therapy is a gentle way to stimulate the production of such proteins.
Magnetic fields increase the uptake of oxygen into the muscle. Research shows at least a 1% increase in local tissue oxygen uptake after PEMF treatment enough to significantly enhance muscle performance and endurance. Magnetic therapies also increase circulation, further helping tissues get the nutrition and oxygen they need, while expelling the waste they produce.
All injuries produce swelling in the tissues, as does exercise itself. Swelling delays the ability of the tissues to be nourished with oxygen and nutrients. This is why you see athletes frequently being treated with ice packs. Ice packs reduce superficial swelling, but swelling or bruising deep in a muscle will not respond as well to ice. Conversely, PEMFs penetrate tissues deeply without risk to the superficial tissues. The PEMFs reduce swelling and speed removal of the blood in a bruise, leading to faster recovery and return to activity, competition or training.
From this, we can see that all athletes, competitive or otherwise, should be using daily PEMF treatments for preventative reasons and for overall health maintenance. In addition, the treatment of any injuries with PEMF’s accelerates even subtle healing, allowing the athlete to be healthier, stronger and perform better.
Better health is something for which we all strive-it means living longer, better lives. Working toward better health is a daily activity, and requires both physical and mental maintenance. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy can keep our bodies in tune, helping to wash away the physical and mental effects of stress, and keeping our organs running more efficiently.
With daily health maintenance, our bodies can respond to minor imbalances before they become debilitating. All 30 trillion cells in our bodies have a life cycle – some are replaced daily, others weekly, others annually, and some only every 7 years. It is an important aspect of health maintenance that we ensure new cells are ‘born’ into a healthy tissue environment. It is equally important that old cells die, as they should. This is the cycle of life, and daily use of PEMFs can help keep the cycle running smoothly.