WHAT IS PULSED ELECTROMAGNETIC FIELD (PEMF) THERAPY?
The Activo-Med Impulse Line products all contain Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (magnetic pulses created using electrical energy). PEMF therapy is created by passing an electric current (from the battery) through a number of copper coils. The frequency at which the current is sent is controlled by the control box. This is set up to frequencies suitable for therapeutic use to suit pre and post exercise plus specific conditions and rehabilitation.
Our multifunctional control box generates a pulsed electromagnetic field of up to 8millitesla (80gauss), with a frequency range of 1-50Hz, which can be combined with a variable degree of vibration massage simultaneously, offering a unique and effective treatment solution which is highly adaptable to suit individual’s needs.
PEMF can pass through all muscle tissue, tendons, ligaments and bone to help with wellbeing and regeneration.
How Does PEMF Therapy Work?
The body is made up of numerous cells, all of which need energy to function. Energy is dynamic and has a frequency, which changes all the time. All energy is electromagnetic by nature and all cells produce their own electromagnetic fields. This means that nothing in the body happens without an electromagnetic exchange (trillions of cells are communicating via electromagnetic frequencies). Damaged cells will not have their correct electromagnetic field and their metabolic processes will be impaired.
PEMF helps restore the cells electromagnetic fields and their metabolic processes. The PEMF uses the magnetic pulses it creates to induce tiny electrical signals that stimulate the cell to repair, up-regulating the cells naturally generated energy and allowing them to heal themselves.
The PEMF also has an effect on the cells membrane channels (these control what enters and leaves the cell). It opens up these channels allowing more nutrients into the cell and waste products out, helping to restore the cells optimum balance. If enough cells are restored then they will work more efficiently.
Cells of the same types come together to make tissues and these tissues come together to make organs. So by restoring or maintaining cell function, organ function will also be restored or maintained allowing the body to function better.
PEMF works to:
- Reduce pain, inflammation and the stress on the body
- Improve energy, circulation, blood and tissue oxygenation, stress, blood pressure, nutrient uptake, cellular detoxification and regeneration
- Balance the immune system
- Accelerate repair of bone and soft tissue damage
- Relax muscles.
- Aid in the treatment of laminitis and cushings disease
- Has been used to treat arthritis in horses.
PEMF and Magnets: What’s the difference?
PEMFs are frequency-based, applied to either the whole body or parts of the body. PEMFs may only be needed for short periods of time, while the effects last for many hours/days, setting in motion cellular and whole-body changes to restore and maintain balance in metabolism and health. The body does not ‘get used to’ the healthy energy signals of therapeutic PEMFs, even if used over a long time, compared to magnets.
Stationary (or “static”) magnetic fields from magnets have fixed strengths. They are used in mattresses, bracelets, knee wraps etc. Most have a shallow penetration into the body, resulting in a very limited ability to affect deeper tissues, and they rarely treat all the cells of the body simultaneously.
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What are the origins of PEMF Therapy?
There is documented evidence of the therapeutic use of magnetic fields by Greek and Chinese over 2000 years ago however PEMF therapy evolved from NASA’s research involving the benefits of pulsed electromagnetic fields on astronauts for fatigue, depression, bone loss and other symptoms following even short trips to outer space. Scientists discovered that the cause was due to astronauts being without this beneficial natural field.
Veterinarians became the first health professionals to use PEMF therapy to treat patients after research showed the effectiveness of electromagnetic fields for healing broken legs, having a positive effect on soft tissue swelling and pain, and increasing stamina and endurance in racehorses.
PEMF was approved by the FDA in 2004 after many clinical studies showed the non invasive effects it had on pain management and pain relief. After this many PEMF devices hit the market for both humans and animals.