What is Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy or PEMF?
There are many pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) generators in the market, all of which use different signal formats producing different effects. Extivita uses the BEMER, which stands for Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation. BEMER is an FDA Class II cleared consumer medical device that is non-invasive. It uses PEMF to deliver a patented bio-rhythmically defined therapeutic signal which temporarily increases local blood flow (micro circulation). The device does this by delivering safe, electromagnetic fields with various organized waveforms that facilitates optimal health. The safety of PEMF devices is supported by thousands of clinical trials and scientific studies.
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How Does PEMF Work?
The safe, noninvasive device works within certain signal ranges which were developed to improve tissue microcirculation(1). These specific BEMER signal pattern initiates something called vasomotion, which is similar to blood vessel relaxation-contraction activity that occurs in the micro vessels(1). This increases blood flow in your smaller arteries, facilitates blood flow in your tissues, and supplies oxygen to tissue regions that were receiving little to no oxygen. The changes in microcirculatory effects have been demonstrated via microscopy and spectroscopy(3).
What are the Benefits of PEMF?
When our body’s cells, tissues and organs are adequately nourished and metabolic waste products are removed, our bodies are healthier and function properly.
- Improves oxygen delivery
- Improves nutrient delivery
- Detoxifies the body
- Reduces pain
- Reduces fatigue
How to Prepare for your PEMF Session
Drink plenty of water pre and post treatment. Avoid caffeinated beverages prior to your session. Each session can last from 8-20 minutes. Patients sit or lie (fully clothed) on a PEMF mat called the B. PAD which delivers general full body treatment. Sometimes, other accessories like the B SPOT or B PAD is applied in addition for targeted, deep treatment (for example, on an injured knee or joint pain). We do not allow cell phone use during your session as this could interfere with the frequencies from the PEMF mat.
For some people, increased oxygenation to tissues causes toxins to be moved out of the cells. This can result in mild side effects such as headaches, nausea, muscle aches, and fatigue. However, these are temporary. We encourage you to drink plenty of water, take Epsom salt baths etc. to promote removal of toxins from the body.
Contraindications include organ transplants, internal pacemakers/defibrillators, and pregnancy. Discuss with our provider before use.
- Gyulai, Franciska et al. “BEMER Therapy Combined with Physiotherapy in Patients with Musculoskeletal Diseases: A Randomised, Controlled Double Blind Follow-Up Pilot Study.” Evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine : eCAM vol. 2015 (2015): 245742. doi:10.1155/2015/245742
- Klopp, Rainer Christian et al. “Effects of various physical treatment methods on arteriolar vasomotion and microhemodynamic functional characteristics in case of deficient regulation of organ blood flow. Results of a placebo-controlled, double-blind study.” Journal of complementary & integrative medicine vol. 10,Suppl (2013): S39-46, S41-9. doi:10.1515/jcim-2013-0035