Treating Chronic Pain with Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy, also known as PEMF therapy, involves a device that sends electromagnetic waves at different frequencies to stimulate and encourage the body’s natural recovery process. It has traditionally been used by orthopedic surgeons to help fractures and wounds heal and has gained popularity in recent years as a solution for chronic pain.
PEMF therapy works by using low-level electromagnetic radiation that is similar to the frequencies you encounter naturally, so it does not overwhelm your body. Rather, PEMF machines work in conjunction with the body’s recovery process, relieving pain by restoring the cells’ ability to function effectively. Because your entire body is composed of cells, the membranes have positive and negative charges. These charges are what carries the chemical elements that your body needs to function, including calcium and potassium. When cells deteriorate or become damaged, they lose their magnetic charges and their ability to exchange ions.
This process leads to inflammation, fatigue, and pain due to the cells with low charges. PEMF is able to restore the healthy electromagnetic charges of the cells and heal pain levels in the process. PEMF generates energy at the cellular level without the need for invasive procedures. It works to re-align the electric potential of the cells. Resting cells are negatively charged on the inside and positively charged on the outside. Cell stimulation allows positive charges to enter the cell via open ion channels. This allows the inside of the cell to become more positively charged, which encourages electrical currents to transform into electrical pulses, also known as action potentials.
The body interprets these patterns of action potentials and performs the ideal movements, thoughts, and behaviors. If these electrical currents are disrupted, it can cause damage to the body. The purpose of PEMF is to restore the disruption of the electrical current and restoring the cell to its normal state. This goal is in line with our philosophy at ReGen Medical Dallas, where we believe in encouraging the body to find its own capacity to heal.
Where Do Electromagnetic Fields Come From?
In the same way that electric fields influence other materials of charged particles, they are able to influence the human body. As electric fields act on conductive materials, generate a magnetic field and influence the distribution of electric charges. These magnetic fields affect the behavior of other charged objects in the vicinity of the field. Because our bodies are electric, our heartbeats generate electromagnetic waves through the blood vessels of the body, which stimulates the tissues. The electromagnetic fields and external magnetic fields interact. This means that a magnetic field that passes through the whole body has an electromagnetic effect on each of the cells. Therefore, magnetic fields affect the basic functions of all cells.
Magnetic fields affect the charge of the cell membrane. This allows the membrane channels to open up. When cell channels open, nutrients have a clearer path to enter the cell, and waste is able to be eliminated, so the cells of the body are able to function at an ideal level. By restoring cellular function, the body will be able to restore organ function as well. Organ function is key to the function of the entire body, and can help slow down the degeneration and aging process.
Magnetic fields also protect against cell injury through the process of improving circulation, repairing body processes, optimizing energy levels, and elevating stress proteins in the cells. Increasing this level of protein is important because it helps prevent cell breakdown and encourages faster healing times.
What Are the Benefits of PEMF?
There are over 2000 studies that have proven the cellular and biological effects of PEMF. In fact, PEMF therapy has a 60+ year-long track record of clinical success. It was approved by the FDA in 1979 in order to heal nonunion fractures, and has been garnering popularity in the U.S. thanks to its ability to expedite healing for a wide range of conditions. The cellular effects of PEMF include:
- Increasing cellular oxygen levels
- Promoting cellular heating
- Increasing cellular energy levels
- Improving intercellular fluid and blood flow
- Stimulating electron transport in cells
- Improving intercellular communication
- Stimulating the production of ATP
The biological effects of PEMF include:
- Reducing fibrous tissue formation
- Stimulating the release of endorphins
- Reducing swelling and inflammation
- Increasing blood and lymph flow
- Promoting faster healing of injuries
- Accelerating tissue repair
- Accelerating cell growth
- Providing pain relief
PEMF Therapy Efficacy
PEMF therapy can also be used to enhance the absorption of nutrients and medications. For this reason, each patient will experience different benefits depending on their lifestyle, individual conditions, and their diet and lifestyle habits. PEMF therapy is one of the state-of-the-art technologies that ReGen Medical Dallas offers in order to help our patients’ bodies stimulate their own natural healing processes. Like all of our treatments, PEMF is noninvasive and requires zero downtime.
Although discomfort sometimes occurs with initial treatment, this side effect is temporary and tends to stop when therapy is continued. For every patient, our end goal will be to approach pain management in a way that promotes healing and addresses the source of pain instead of masking it. We understand that pain is a complex issue that is difficult to treat, and unfortunately, many pain management clinics work to cover the issue rather than treating it. We are proud to say we take a different approach, with our PEMF treatments and with all of our therapies. Our goal is to address the core problem and resolve it at the source.
To get started on your journey of healing, call us at (214) 855-7750 or contact us online.