How PEMF therapy works to support chiropractic treatments

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy and Chiropractic treatment protocols are a great combination for not just pain relief, but a lot more. To begin with, PEMF is hands-free and works on a cellular level to heal tissues1, cartilages2 and bones3. FDA approved the technology a few years back for healing non-union bone fractures in the US.

In 2002, NASA published a research that brought this astoundingly powerful technology’s true effects to public interest. They reported that neural tissue regeneration happened 2.5 to 4 times faster with 10 Hz PEMF application, and positively affected more than 10,000 genes responsible for growth. With this confirmation as true anti-aging technology of this era, PEMF has developed into a viable solution in clinics and treatment protocols in a huge number of medical, healing and wellness schools.

PEMF therapy has proven to not just kill pain but improve function and recovery in a variety of bone, spine and joint disorders such as rotator cuff injury4, back pain5, arthritis6,  lumbar surgery7, shoulder impingement syndrome8, chronic tendon lesions9 and more. Thus, we can see that with PEMF therapy its possible to treat acute and chronic injuries to bones, joint and muscles.

Muscular injuries and pain most often require waiting for natural recovery to take its course. PEMF therapy improves the cellular voltage potential, thus allowing faster recovery due to enhanced oxygen-intake capacity of the cells. This excessive energy brings the flow of life back in to the cells. This provides substantial pain relief and faster recovery from injury and chronic issues alike.

How to apply PEMF therapy in a chiropractic practice

Chiropractic clinics that specialize in therapeutic PEMFs would get the advantage of offering something useful long-term to their clients. They can always buy a personal PEMF device from you if they find benefits with clinical PEMF therapy treatments, PEMF is the only way to supplement and balance the bioelectric field of the body.

In today’s technology pervasive existence, we’re frequently exposed to electric and magnetic fields. There are long-term negative effects of EMF exposure on human psychobiology and EMF radiation can cause cancer as well. Harmful EMFs are in MHz and GHz range while low frequencies used in PEMF treatments such as 10 Hz are close to the schumann resonance of the fundamental mode of the magnetic field of Earth.

If you read more about schumann resonance, you’ll note the second and third order modes correspond to 14.1 Hz and 20 Hz, which according brainwave studies coincide with our sleep, awakening and functioning! By supplementing the magnetic field of the body or the issue, cells are automatically in a better place to perform their functions better. Therapeutic PEMF devices operate at an extremely low frequency, are non-ionizing and have been used safely around the world for decades.

A high-intensity PEMF machine would work best for a chiropractic clinic as it would make it possible to provide emergency care and simply more effective treatments.  Think of high-intensity PEMF as a movie theater while the medium to low-intensities as televisions! Medium to low-intensity systems are meant for home-use only as these are used long-term for self-healing, results are slower but it doesn’t need the expert level knowledge required to administer high-intensity fields.

For chiropractors and physical therapists, a fair amount of study (download our research collection yet?) and some amount of personal experience is a great way to start offering PEMF therapy in a clinic. With regular PEMF use yourself, you’ll find great sleep10 too and it’s proven to boost productivity and performance. Sports chiropractors and physios would find their clients finding quicker recovery, winning more often and coming back for the only thing that works. For those that work with rehabilitation, paralysis and trauma patients, the only thing we can say is that PEMF therapy wins people’s hearts and there are cases where it has given people back lost mobility such as in cases of stroke.

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