What is Electromagnetic therapy? Electromagnetic therapy is a method of alternative medicine that uses electromagnetic waves to stimulate body functions. Electromagnetic therapy has been found to be effective in the treatment of a number of medical conditions.
There are two types of electromagnetism, those are far-field and near-field. Far-field electromagnetic fields are the ones that we can’t feel and they’re the ones that are used for most electromagnetic therapy devices. Near-field or contact electromagnetism is what is used for magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), which uses magnetic fields to create an image of the inside of our bodies, and near-field electrotherapy where electric currents can be applied directly to specific areas on the body.
Electromagnetic therapy has been found to be effective in treatment for a number of medical conditions, including arthritis, chronic pain, and muscle spasms. Magnetic therapy also seems to work well for relaxation and is commonly used in a number of meditation techniques around the world.
Electromagnetic Therapy is the use of electric currents to produce therapeutic effects. It is used to treat a wide variety of conditions, from cancer to insomnia. Electromagnetic therapy is an alternative medicine technique that does not require surgery or drugs. Electromagnetic therapy is a non-invasive, drug-free treatment modality that uses electric currents and magnetic fields for treatment purposes. It can be used for pain relief, muscle relaxation, and rehabilitation but also for many other health issues such as insomnia or respiratory difficulties.
Electromagnetic therapy is one of the few therapies that have no known side effects. The only possible side effect is skin irritation from the electrodes on a person’s skin. Also, a patient may feel nauseous during treatment because of the electrodes on his skin. Electromagnetic therapy is a treatment that has no risks and can be combined with other treatments.
There are a few different types of electromagnetic therapy devices that can be used for pain relief or relaxation. These devices differ in their mechanism of action and the way they work. Some devices have an electrical current running through them while others have magnetic fields which are produced from these currents. For example, there are pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices that use oscillating electric currents and pulsing magnetic fields to treat myofascial pain syndromes such as fibromyalgia or tennis elbow.
Electromagnetic therapy is an effective treatment for pain relief by targeting both the central and peripheral nervous systems. Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) devices have been found to reduce chronic pain, fibromyalgia, and rheumatoid arthritis. Research has shown that not only does PEMF relieve pain for patients but also increases the body’s production of Cytokines; proteins secreted by specific cells of the immune system that act as hormone-like agents to enhance or inhibit cell proliferation. This result shows that electromagnetic therapy promotes the body’s own healing process and helps reduce inflammation.
PEMF devices may be used to treat muscle spasms or pain by stimulating peripheral neuropathy. They help to relieve pain by using both direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) magnetic fields, which, according to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), stimulate the nerves that are responsible for feeling pain. The AC fields in PEMF devices may also affect other nerves in the body such as sensory nerves. These nerves often become fatigued during long-standing injuries or exhaustion from overuse, and electromagnetic treatment is shown to help these nerves recover by restoring normal nerve function.
PEMF devices have been shown to reduce chronic pain by decreasing the excitability of peripheral sensory neurons after injury. This is due to a buildup of calcium in the sensory neurons, which occurs during the recovery process following injury. This buildup causes damage to the sensory neurons and reduces normal nerve function. Because of this, PEMF devices are proven effective for treating chronic pain, including post-surgical pain as well as back and neck pain.
There is current research showing that pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) are more than just an improved way of treating muscle spasms or chronic pain; they also help improve sleep quality and include significant sleep time improvements for people suffering from insomnia or other sleep disorders.
Electromagnetic therapy has been proven to be effective in treating lymphatic cancer and non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Success with electromagnetic therapy for lymphoma was seen in the treatment of leukemia, cutaneous T cell lymphoma, and epithelial tumors. There are no side effects associated with electromagnetic therapy for lymphoma.
One study performed at the Weizmann Institute of Science showed that low-frequency magnetic fields (LFM) can induce Lymphocyte transformation in vitro, providing new insights into the mechanism of action of electromagnetic fields (EMFs). This in vitro study used human peripheral blood lymphocytes (PBLs) that were stimulated with monoclonal antibodies against CD2, CD3, and CD28. The magnetic fields assisted in the stimulation of T cells to proliferate and produce cytokines.
Neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease have been treated with electromagnetic therapy with great success. A study performed by the University of California at Davis discovered that administering low-intensity pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) to animals suffering from Parkinson’s resulted in increased levels of new brain cells within a certain region of the brain called the subventricular zone (SVZ). This area of the brain has been found to gather new brain cells during adulthood that secrete proteins such as neuregulin 1, which helps to repair cell damage.
In the brains of Parkinson’s patients, there are significantly fewer new neurons than in normal brains. These findings suggest that pulsed electromagnetic fields can change the way a part of the brain ages causing new neurons to be produced. PEMFs also have an influence on nervous system activity according to a study from 2005 by scientists at McGill University and the University of Montreal in Canada. Their study showed that pulses from low-intensity magnetic fields administered over time resulted in an increase in neurogenesis and neurite outgrowth of cells called nestin-positive neurons. Neurons that make new projections, or neurites, are essential for controlling the movement of many areas of the brain.
Hematopoietic stem cell transplantation therapy has also been shown to provide positive results for patients suffering from hematological disorders. Studies have demonstrated that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can increase the number of stem cells in the bone marrow and improve blood cell counts. The more cells in the bone marrow, the greater an effect there will be on the immune response to infection and critical illness. PEMF therapy has been proven to reduce or eliminate cytopenia (decreased counts of blood cells), which is a common complication of hematopoietic stem cell transplantation.
Pulsed electromagnetic fields are commonly used in the treatment of fibromyalgia. Research has shown that a particular frequency of magnetic field therapy can alleviate symptoms of this chronic pain disorder. The use of the frequency was not effective in patients with small-fiber neuropathy, but it was effective for patients with large-fiber neuropathy.
PEMF therapy has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, as well. Patients with rheumatoid arthritis are sometimes treated with magnetic therapy to help alleviate pain and stiffness in affected joints, while others are treated to improve their ability to move around. PEMF therapy is effective in helping people suffering from bone degeneration, as well. It helps increase the rate of bone healing by stimulating cell proliferation and angiogenesis, making it possible for patients suffering from osteoporosis or other bone-related diseases to improve the structural integrity of bones.
Pulsed electromagnetic fields have a proven ability to stimulate cell division and increase the viability of cells while reducing apoptosis (programmed cell death) by inhibiting calcium release from the mitochondria through activation of ATPase pump proteins. These effects promote wound healing.
Finally, the use of pulsed electromagnetic fields to treat cancer has also been shown to have an effect on the anti-tumor effects. Research conducted by John Parks at the University of Colorado showed that low-intensity PEMFs increase cell proliferation and reduce DNA damage in cultured human colon cancer cells.
A large range of applications could be envisaged for PEMF devices, such as wound healing, chronic pain management, and neurological disorders such as Parkinson’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease. PEMF therapy may have uses in conditions as diverse as multiple sclerosis, osteoporosis, diabetes, low libido, and many others.