The basic unit of our bodies is the cell: a marvelous collection of chemicals, tiny organelles like the mitochondria, and genetic code enclosed in a lipid membrane. Made from cholesterol, that lipid membrane is actually a double layer, insulating the cell contents from its external environment. The inner side of the membrane has a negative charge, while the outer layer is positively charged. This cell membrane is not a closed system. It’s studded with “gates” that allow ions like potassium, sodium and calcium to move in and out of the cell as needed. But it takes electrical currents or pulses for those gates to work properly — and that’s where PEMF therapy comes in.
We don’t think much about our health at the cellular level, but that’s where “the rubber meets the road”. When the electrical gradient between the inner and outer sides of the membrane is disrupted, we don’t get the proper exchange of chemical ions in the right sequences. Ultimately this shows up in impaired circulation, increased inflammation, decreased mobility and pain.
Exposure to toxins, lack of basic nutrients, disease, and trauma all degrade the cells’ ability to function. That means reduced ability to send electrical signals through the brain and the body as a whole. The pulsed electromagnetic fields generated in PEMF increase the motion of chemical ions and electrolytes in our body’s fluids and tissue. That motion stimulates an increase in the chemical and electrical activity the body needs, both for normal function and for healing and repair.
When we “turn up the dial” with PEMF, we are literally increasing our cells’ ability to work. Some of the ways that increased functional capacity can express itself are:
- restored neurotransmitter & brain function
- increased blood oxygen levels
- balanced blood pressure
- increased ATP* production
- activation of cellular antioxidant defenses
All of these cellular functions are critical to our daily well-being, but most of all in recovering from chronic conditions, which are particularly destructive to cellular health and efficiency.
FDA approved in 1979 for healing of non-union fractures, PEMF therapy has a long history of clinical success. The technology originated from NASA research in how to counteract the negative effects of space travel on the human body. Particularly successful for bone healing, pain and inflammation, post-surgical pain, and joint pain, its use has expanded to recovery from chronic conditions like Lymes disease and depression.
Here’s a partial list of conditions that I consider as candidates for PEMF therapy in my practice:
- Joint, back & neck pain
- Unresolved or acute inflammation
- Concussion & TBI
- Lyme’s disease
- Chronic fatigue syndrome
- Stroke recovery
- Anxiety & mood disorders
- Prostate dysfunction
- Osteopenia & osteoporosis
- Skin conditions
- Wound healing
I love that PEMF is both safe and effective. But what excites me most is that we are harnessing the very mechanisms that the body uses for its own function to aid in recovery. That’s therapy worth knowing about!