Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF, is a passive modality used by several types of medical providers such as chiropractors, orthopedists, and athletic trainers to treat bone and soft tissue injuries. Our bodies are inherently made of energy…specifically electromagnetic energy. Therefore, each cell in our body reacts in its own way to electromagnetic energy. Disruption of this energy in cells leads to compromised cell metabolism which, in turn, leads to disease.
How PEMF Therapy Works
PEMF therapy can positively impact the energy in cells, thus improving cell function and slowing the disease process. Take a bone fracture, for example. PEMF therapy has been shown to aid in the healing of non-union fractures because the EMF energy stimulates the production of osteoblasts (bone growth cells) known as osteogenesis. This general process is also evident with open wounds. PEMF helps promote wound healing by stimulating the formation of fibroblasts (soft tissue cells) to fill in the wound and allow for proper closure. PEMF therapy utilizes this same process for many other injuries as well.
Other injuries positively affected by PEMF therapy include:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Nerve regeneration
- Diabetes (more specifically diabetic neuropathies, open wounds, etc)
- Osteoarthritis (studies specify knee and cervical spine)
- Muscle spasms
PEMF therapy is relatively unknown to many healthcare providers, but luckily for those of you in Bozeman, Pro Chiropractic has the Top PEMF machine in the country available for our patients!
Throughout the course of my knee injury, I have been utilizing this therapy and have gotten wonderful results from reduction in swelling to faster healing of my surgical incision. PEMF therapy has helped me greatly and it can help you too! If you suffer from any of the aforementioned conditions and would like to try out PEMF therapy, please let your Pro Chiropractic physician know and we will get you started!