Health Benefits of PEMF
It is now commonly accepted that weak electromagnetic fields are capable of initiating various beneficial biological processes including:
- Reducing muscle tension
- Improving circulation
- Stimulating the immune system
- Improving cell function
- Helping the body to detoxify
- Reducing stress
- Balancing the endocrine system
- Reducing inflammation
- Regenerating tissues
- Improving the uptake of nutrients
- Improving sleep
Improved General Health
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy can keep our bodies in tune, helping to wash away the physical and mental effects of stress, and keeping our organs running more efficiently. With daily health maintenance, our bodies can respond to minor imbalances before they become debilitating.
All 75 trillion cells in our bodies have a life cycle – some are replaced daily, others weekly, others annually, and some only every 7 years. It is an important aspect of health maintenance that we ensure new cells are ‘born’ into a healthy tissue environment. It is equally important that old cells die, as they should. This is the cycle of life, and daily use of PEMFs can help keep the cycle running smoothly.
Daily use of PEMF therapy can help the body stay well and rebalance problems before they progress through the levels of illness.
Perhaps the biggest threat to achieving better health is stress, and life is loaded with it. Our reactions to stressors are either healthy (adaptive), or unhealthy (maladaptive).
Stress accelerates the ageing process, and can cause heart disease, diabetes, arthritis, fatigue, immune problems, anxiety and depression, and many other problems.
Research has shown that daily use of PEMF therapies alter stress responses by acting directly on the nervous system, glands, cells, tissues, and organs.
Long-term use of PEMFs may be able to help the body remodel tissues that tend to be hyper-reactive to chronic or acute stress, so that over time they will become less and less reactive.
Daily use of PEMFs has countless whole-body benefits, many of which are preventative in nature. Breaks in the body’s electrical system, as happens with ageing, cause problems with cell communication and cell metabolism. With magnetic field therapy, the breaks are repaired, and with daily use, maintained. PEMFs actually promote the body’s production of its own ATP (which fuels cellular energy), activating the cellular antioxidant defences across the whole body.
Additionally, magnetic field therapy increases blood oxygen levels and circulation. With continued use, PEMFs can begin to balance blood sugar, blood pressure, and cholesterol levels.
Because magnetic fields decrease pain and inflammation, diseases like arthritis are better controlled. As cellular energy increases, immune system functions are boosted.
In much the same way a radio receiver changes frequency to match that of a dominant frequency, so our brains are capable of becoming entrained by a dominant frequency. To this end, low-frequency magnetic field therapies are able to help the brain entrain down (causing drowsiness), and if applied at night, can help the brain stay in a sleeping state more easily.
Magnetic field stimulation can improve sleep by stimulating the hypothalamus, which controls circadian and sleep rhythms.
The Sleep Cycle
Sleep is divided into two types: rapid eye movement (REM) and non-rapid eye movement (NREM). NREM sleep makes up about 80% of total sleep time in the adult. The most critical and restorative part of NREM sleep occurs early at night, during slow wave sleep (SWS).
Magnetic fields (PEMF) increase slow wave activity by directly effecting the serotonin system, including melatonin production and secretion.
Use of magnetic therapies for many other conditions, even for general health maintenance, will also tend to help with sleep coincidently, as magnetic therapies are known to relax muscles, improve circulation, and decrease stress.
Sleep studies have suggested that people who have sleep disruption have elevated nighttime levels of circulating cortisol and adrenaline hormones. They also tend to have elevated metabolic rates both by night and by day. Magnetic therapies may be of great value, as they have been shown to inhibit activation of the sympathetic nervous system and adrenal glands, while helping the body better cope with stressors.
Another advantage of daily use of magnetic field therapy is its ability to protect our bodies from electrosmog. These harmful frequencies – coming from things like mobile phones, microwaves, power lines, hair dryers, and wireless signals – are insidious and inescapable, and have strong effects on our bodies, draining our energy and adding to our stress.
Because we cannot escape electrosmog, we must instead add frequencies to the body so that we maintain balance. PEMFs can stimulate the body so that it maintains its healthy frequencies, making the body more resistant to the effects of the electrosmog.
Improved Sports Performance
It has been found that muscles work harder, longer, and recover more quickly when treated with magnetic field therapy. For the competitive athlete, this means more effective training, and shorter rest periods between trainings. For the casual exerciser, this means less soreness the day after activity. For everyone, it means creating a healthier environment within the body – an environment less likely to succumb to injury.
Using a magnetic therapy system before physical activity has many real benefits for the athlete. PEMFs stimulate a process called myosin phosphorylation, which is the process of energy production in the muscle. In fact, through an increased motion of ions and electrolytes, magnetic fields can help cells increase their energy by up to 500%.
Exercise and muscle exertion also causes an increase in the heat stress or heat shock proteins, which prevent cell breakdown and wear and tear, as well as help speed recovery from injury. PEMF therapy is a gentle way to stimulate the production of such proteins.
Magnetic fields also increase the uptake of oxygen into the muscle. Research shows at least a 1% increase in local tissue oxygen uptake after PEMF treatment, enough to significantly enhance muscle performance and endurance.
Magnetic therapies also increase circulation, further helping tissues get the nutrition and oxygen they need, while expelling the waste they produce.
Using a magnetic therapy system after strenuous activity can both greatly diminish soreness and reduce painful muscle spasms and cramping.
All injuries produce swelling in the tissues, as does exercise itself. PEMFs reduce swelling and speed removal of the blood in a bruise, leading to faster recovery and return to activity, competition or training.
All athletes, competitive or otherwise, should be using daily PEMF treatments for preventative reasons and for overall health maintenance. In addition, the treatment of any injuries with PEMF’s accelerates even subtle healing, allowing the athlete to be healthier, stronger and perform better.
Several studies have shown that magnetic fields actually decrease the firing of nerves, and can help bruised or swollen nerves to recover, even if the nerve is severely damaged.
Often, magnetic fields do not reduce pain by working directly on the pain fibres themselves. They may be working on reducing swelling, which can cause a build-up of natural chemicals that are irritating to the nerve and can increase local acidity. By improving circulation to the swollen area, magnetic fields can reduce the chemical mediators of swelling.
Magnetic fields may also reduce pain caused by a lack of oxygen to the area, which results from poor blood flow due to tense muscles or constricted blood vessels.
All the actions of magnetic fields in tissues happen simultaneously. That being said, the body will determine what actions it requires at the time of treatment. If the body is healthy and balanced, many of the actions of magnetic fields will be ignored. The body will always decide what it needs, and that is the beauty of magnetic fields – they only act to stimulate the body’s own systems.