Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMFT) or pulsed magnetic therapy is a reparative method which is commonly used in orthopedics for the treatment of congenital pseudarthrosis, non-union fractures, failed fusions and depression. In the case of bone treatment, PEMF applies directed pulsed magnetic fields into the injured tissues. This activates cellular healing. Electromagnetic therapy was initially restricted to veterinary use especially in treating broken legs in racehorses. Sports doctors later, experimented it using veterinarian procedures off label on athletes. This ultimately led to licensed procedures exclusively for non-union bone fractures in the US. Today, consumer PEMF devices are even sold on the internet. The PEMF therapy kit consists of full body mats and pillows that contain energized coils of wires.
How PEMF Treats
PEMF does not cure arthritis, diabetes, heart disease or cancer but can make a massive improvement in symptom relief. It can be used together with other treatments for even better outcome. Most often, PEMFs can be applied to reduce or replace pain medications and anti-inflammatory. PEMFs can become a primary therapy once a treatment plan and proper diagnosis are developed and when the need for medication is eliminated or reduced.
PEMF helps in:
• Reduction of pain, effects of stress on the body, inflammations and platelet adhesion
• Improving energy, sleep quality, circulation, blood and tissue oxygenation, cholesterol levels, the uptake of nutrients, blood pressure, cellular detoxification and regenerate cells
• Stabilizing the immune system and stimulating DNA and RNA.
• Accelerating repair of soft tissues and bone.
• Relaxing body muscles.
PEMF as an adjuvant therapy for delayed- and non-union bone fractures was supported by experimental evidence collected from several clinical studies. Electrical stimulation significantly increases success of the artificial orientation of joint ossification between bones through surgery in spinal fusions. Electricity has significant effect in promoting bone growth especially in long bone non-unions. PEMF’s concept of delayed fractures is a technique that uses a very precise biphasic low frequency signal in healing non-union fractures. In treatment of depression, transcranial magnetic stimulation is applied on patients who fail to react to antidepressants. Transcranial pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is very effective as antidepressant. Bipolar patients improve their tempers after undergoing this therapy.