Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy has been used in healing for decades. The specific PEMF frequency initiates vasomotion which 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(1).
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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Who can PEMF Help?
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy has been shown to improve many issues including back pain, arthritis, athletic performance, and sleep. PEMF as a therapy has been shown to help bone fractures heal, improve blood pressure and vascular function in patients with high blood pressure, and improve learning and memory in animal studies. The effects will vary from person to person depending on lifestyle and medical/health conditions.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions About PEMF
What is PEMF therapy?
What does PEMF do?
Can PEMF cure diseases?
No, PEMF does not cure diseases. Through its mode of operation on microcirculation and subsequent improved maintenance of somatic cells, cells can perform the functions they were intended to do. In this way the body helps itself and expedite the healing process.
Is PEMF therapy safe?
What does PEMF therapy feel like?
Perception of PEMF application differs from user to user. Some users experience a light feeling of warmth or a tingle. Most feel clearly relaxed and invigorated after the application
When might I first noticeably feel a difference in energy?
Are there any side effects?
Are there any contraindications with PEMF?
Can PEMF be safely used in conjunction with blood thinning medications such as marcumar or warfarin?
Should you begin using PEMF whilst being treated with the aforementioned blood thinning medications, we recommend that you inform the doctor, and in the first six weeks of use continuously monitor the INR level that they have prescribed (once per week).
How long do I have to use PEMF to see results?
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Recent PEMF Therapy News & Research
Fracture Healing: Effects of Mechanical and Electrical Stimulation on Fracture Repair
Electromagnetic Therapy. Areas of active bone growth and regeneration or areas of bone deposition during physiologic bone remodeling are electronegative with respect to less active areas.
The microcirculation is the business end of the cardiovascular system. It is in this branching network of microvessels that transport and exchange of heat, respiratory gases, nutrients, waste products, water and hormones occurs between blood and the body’s tissues (1,2).
Conservative Treatment of Nondisplaced and Minimally Displaced Scaphoid Waist Fractures
Abstract: Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy has been extensively studied by Hannemann et al. (see Chapter 23).20 With regard to pulsed low-intensity ultrasound therapy, Mayr et al. performed a single-blind randomized controlled trial with...
- 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