A Non-Drug Option For Pain: Pulsed Electromagnetic Frequency

Woman in kitchen reading newspaper while PEMF device is strapped around her elbow

Most people, at some point in their lives, feel the effects of pain. Perhaps you broke your arm, or you may have hurt your back when you lifted too much weight. Usually, that pain decreases in a few days or weeks. However, other people suffer from chronic pain due to an illness, accident or injury. Researchers estimate that as many as 50 million Americans suffer from chronic pain, which is pain that lasts longer than six months. If you suffer from pain for a long period of time, you are looking for relief from that pain without side effects that painkillers can give you. Pulsed electromagnetic frequency may bring you some relief from chronic pain. Here’s more information about PEMF, or pulsed electromagnetic frequency.

What Is PEMF, and How Is It Used As a Therapy?

Pulsed electromagnetic frequency is a type of therapy that may help relieve pain. Usually, PEMF is a coil wrapped in cloth. Patients can wear the cloth, or they can strap the device to their bodies. One of the many benefits of PEMF therapy is that it increases the healing properties of your own body. PEMF has been used to regenerate bone and tissue, and it speeds up healing time.

PEMF is used for all kinds of therapy and recovery. Athletes can use PEMF to recover from strenuous activity that comes with athletics. Doctors use PEMF for patients who suffer from depression, anxiety, and sleep problems. Because PEMF can increase your energy levels, many adults find that the therapy really allows them to live their best lives.

Why Is PEMF Therapy a Great Option for Pain Management?

Pain management represents a serious aspect of wellness and treatment. While many people can manage pain for a short period of time with painkillers, chronic pain is different. For many years, doctors treated chronic pain with painkillers. However, long term use of painkillers can lead to a host of problems. Patients suffer from chronic constipation, and dependency is a huge issue. In fact, researchers estimate that over two million Americans have a problem with opioid dependency. If a patient attempts to stop taking opioids, they can experience severe withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms include deep muscle and bone pain, diarrhea, vomiting, severe cravings, and sleep issues.

Because of the dangers of opioids, doctors are reluctant to prescribe them to patients long term. Patients with chronic pain are constantly looking for ways to eliminate their pain. The use of electromagnetic pulse technology is not a new science. In fact, Asian cultures used a type of PEMF for centuries. Healers in China used magnetic stones to relieve pain in 2000 BC, so the treatment isn’t new.

Chronic Pain

Patients with all sorts of chronic pain conditions can benefit from PEMF.  For example, many patients who suffer from fibromyalgia find relief from near-constant pain. PEMF can increase the levels of neurotransmitters in the body, and also lower the levels of other chemicals such as cortisol that may contribute to pain. Doctors can treat other chronic diseases with PEMF, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis. In all of these cases, using PEMF reduces inflammation and promotes tissue healing.

Healing After Injuries

One of the best uses of PEMF is when an injury occurs. You may be injured at work or in a car accident. While some injuries are treated and healed, other injuries, especially back and neck injuries, may linger. PEMF treatment can have several benefits. First, the treatment can speed healing in both bone and tissue. Electromagnetic pulses stimulate the body to heal itself. The treatment reduces levels of inflammation in patients as well. It is the inability to heal property and elevated levels of inflammation that causes a lot of chronic pain from an injury.

If you are suffering from chronic pain, you should know that PEMF is non-invasive. You won’t have to undergo anesthesia or a surgical procedure. Also, PEMF is not a drug, so if you have had opioid addiction in the past, this treatment is drug free. The treatment will give you freedom from painkillers, while actually treating the pain. The treatment itself doesn’t hurt, which is the last thing any chronic pain patient needs. Best of all, PEMF is something you can undergo for years without any side effects. If you think PEMF is a treatment you might want to consider, you should ask your doctor if he or she has PEMF available for treatment of chronic pain.

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