The 411 on PEMF

PEMF, which stands for pulsed electromagnetic field, is a type of therapy that has been used for many types of issues in both humans and animals. This therapy is used by professional athletes and weekend warriors; it is used to speed up healing post surgery, to aid in the treatment of chronic illness, it’s even used on racing horses and dogs. It has been a common practice in Europe and other countries for more than 50 years, but it is only just beginning to be used in the United States. It is used to improve health, enhance performance, and is part of a practical approach to health. While it doesn’t “treat” disease, it does support the health of the body. So, what is it?

It is important to note that the earth itself produces a PEMF which is crucial for life, without it birds can’t fly south, bees can’t find their hives, and even planes lose their way. What I am discussing in this article is machines that produce pulsed EMFs on much higher scales. These are what I have found to be the most clinically relevant. These machines produce output much higher than what the earth produces.

There are some types of EMFs that are can affect our bodies negatively.  EMFs are created by all the electricity that surrounds us, including cell towers and cell phones, electricity flowing through our homes and businesses, our computers, and electrical wires overhead (just to name a few). Some people are extremely sensitive to these EMFs, some don’t notice it much, but studies have shown real world health effects of these EMFs. It is not just about the phone to your head, but all of it around us, electrical cables we walk under on the street, electric vehicles, the wiring in our homes, cell towers; it’s a constant soup. One of the ways I help patients counteract the negative effects with these EMFs is with PEMF sessions.

PEMF is best described as Cellular Exercise. Every cell produces an electrical charge, positive and negative, which is created by the movement of ions in and out the membranes of the cell. If injury, nutrient deficiency, toxin accumulation, etc. occur to the cell, they become impaired and effect the movement of the ions in and out of the cell. This alters the cell’s metabolism, which means it effects the cell’s ability to get nutrition in and waste out.  Imagine a damaged cell like a person with a poor diet that is causing them constipation. This results in inflammation, pain, disease, and fatigue. Our cells are not some separate part of the body, they are the body, everything in our body is made of cells including our organs, bones, blood, and more. This is also why our diet is so important. The fats in our diet are the building blocks of the cell membrane, and the minerals we consume are the ions used to move in and out the cells, I’ll discuss this more in future articles.

The PEMF device creates a pulsed electromagnetic field that encourages the cells to draw “food” in as the machine sparks on, and expel waste when it sparks off, which happens at a very fast rate. This is like exercising the cell, pulse on is like drawing a breath in, pulse off is like blowing the air out. It feels a bit like a tingle at a very low level, but at higher levels it can create strong contractions and relaxation of muscles which encourages lymphatic drainage and reduces inflammation in injured areas.  I think it is one of the best therapies available today.

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