Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy

PEMF therapy has scientifically documented beneficial effects on multiple biological tissues ranging from bone to brain. The reason for these beneficial effects is because PEMF therapy triggers a cascade of biological processes that supports ailing tissues. Before any chemical or physiologic response is elicited in a biological system, there is always an exchange of energy. The use of specific pulsed electromagnetic frequencies prompts this therapeutic exchange of energy in a safe and cost-effective manner.

What is Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy?

PEMF is a pulsed low-level magnetic field that is so small it is measured in milligauss. The pulsed magnetic field creates a tiny electric current. Your own cells generate a similar current in the microamp range. This is why you can’t feel it - the current is so low it doesn’t stimulate sensory nerves. PEMF therapy has been in use for over 75 years.

How does it work?

PEMF is a physiological modality that increases ATP (energy) production in the cells of your body. In doing so, this dramatically increases the tissue's healing rate. The almost immediate response to the correct frequencies suggests that other mechanisms are involved as well, e.g., resonance. The exact effects or changes that result from frequencies have not been proven because no biopsies have been done after PEMF therapies have been applied. Nevertheless, the changes in the tissue are unmistakable; scars will often suddenly soften; trigger points often become less painful; swelling often drains within minutes when the “correct” frequency is applied. In many situations the changes seen seem to be long lasting and in many cases permanent.

Why do the frequencies on the machine need to be changed?

Specific frequencies seem to induce specific effects on cells and other tissues. For example, there is a specific frequency for nerves, a different frequency for muscles, another for tendons, etc. PEMF is thought to be good for cells, muscles, tendons, and nearly every aspect of your body. In addition to each tissue having its own unique frequency, there is a specific frequency for each condition. Thus there is a frequency for inflammation, a different frequency for scars, another to promote secretions, etc. To address the different processes required by the tissue(s) involved, we need to know what is the underlying mechanism or injury.

How do the frequencies work?

We believe PEMF works on the principle of biologic resonance. A singer can shatter a glass when the note resonates with the crystal structure of the glass. Pulsed electromagnetic frequencies seem to be able to resonate with biologic tissue when the frequency is correct. Once the tissue is changed and stable, it seems to be able to stay in the new configuration with proper nutritional support. Animal research confirms that the frequency to reduce inflammation reduces inflammation by 62% in a mouse model, whereas prescription drugs reduce inflammation by only 45% in the same mouse research. The frequencies reduced inflammation in other studies almost immediately as well. Thus, according to research, the proper frequencies reduce inflammation better than pharmaceuticals.

Trigger points

When an area of muscle or fascia gets damaged either by trauma or repetitive stress, local areas of tenderness or nodules may be found that either cause pain or referral to other areas. By compression, stretching, and/or strain-counter strain with frequency therapy, soft tissue pain generators can be eliminated. Your problem may be caused or exacerbated by poor biomechanics. If this is the case, postural advice and exercises for strengthening may be indicated.

What about nutritional supplements?

Good nutritional support is always important to help improve and maintain good health by supporting cellular health and detoxification of the tissues. Drinking lots of clean water is very beneficial.

Do the benefits last?

Every patient responds individually, but the changes to the muscles and other tissue seem to be long lasting. About 60% to 80% of the changes created in one treatment last until the next treatment, about four to seven days. Your tissue is used to being the way it is and may return to the old configuration if not treated again. Although patients have had permanent changes in one treatment, the average number of treatments depends on the complexity of the problem. By using the MR7 every day, you can, in effect, give yourself a continuous treatment. We also suggest nutritional support tailored to your condition to help create lasting change.

Is there any risk?

Your health and well being are always our first concerns. There is no record of any permanent harm being done to anyone treated with PEMF. Although not known to be dangerous, PEMF is rarely used across the brain, in patients with pacemakers, or during pregnancy. If you have a spinal cord injury or a disc bulge pressing on your spinal cord, the normal side effects of treatment might be greatly magnified. All of these reactions to treatment have been temporary. Of course, the biggest side effect is using PEMF for something that needs to be addressed by a different method. Delaying appropriate treatment is always a concern when the condition does not improve or the outcome is much worse if another treatment is delayed. You will not feel the pulsed magnetic fields because they are measured in milligauss. (There are persons with extraordinary sensitivity who might feel them.) The magnetic fields generated by the MR7 are about 60 milligauss. The magnetic field of the Earth is almost 10 times stronger: 250-650 milligauss.

What are the side effects?

Resonance appears to change the muscle tissue, removing long-stored waste products and increasing cellular metabolism so quickly that there may be a detoxification reaction after treatment. Some people have similar reaction after a massage, but the reaction after PEMF is stronger because it does so much in such a short period of time. The side effects can include nausea, fatigue, drowsiness, or a temporary increase in pain or a flu-like feeling. The side effects usually start about 90 minutes after treatment and may last from 4 to 24 hours. Not everyone has side effects. Some people increase range of motion and physical activity so much that they have temporary symptoms in muscles and joints near the treated area.

What can I do about the side effects?

Liver detoxification pathways deal with the by-products from the muscles. If you feel the side effects, drink more water. It should pass in about 20 minutes. Some treatment protocols do not produce a detox reaction.

Preparation for PEMF Therapy

Adequate hydration is essential for all PEMF treatments. You should drink two (2) quarts (eight 8oz glasses) of purified water each day you use the MR7. If you are not adequately hydrated, you may not see the desired results. You may experience alteration/reduction in pain or new sensations during the treatment. A sense of calm or sleepiness may occur. This indicates that a frequency is resonating with its intended target.