Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

PEMF therapy was FDA approved in 1982 as a treatment to improve the rate of healing of broken bones.  Since then, it has also been FDA approved as a treatment for anxiety, insomnia, and migraines.  Hundreds of studies have been conducted on PEMF therapy, showing to be an effective adjunctive treatment for conditions ranging from degenerated joints to osteoporosis. 


How does PEMF therapy work?

We use a device called the PMT-100.  During the treatment, special coils are placed over the parts of the body that are experiencing symptoms.  For example, a sore shoulder would have a coil placed around the shoulder, or a migraine sufferer might place it around the circumference of the head.  For a whole body treatment, the patient can lie on a therapy mat.

Once the coils are in place the machine is turned on and the intensity is slowly increased.  As the intensity increases, stronger pulsed electromagnetic frequencies are transmitted into the body to exert the healing effects noted in the scientific trials.  During the treatment patients will commonly feel pulsing and even mild to moderate muscle twitching; however no pain should be felt during the session at all. 


What conditions are treated with PEMF?

PEMF has been found to increase circulation, improve oxygen uptake into cells, reduce pain, reduce inflammation, and stimulate healing.  As such it is particularly useful for the following:

  • Muscle, bone or nerve pain

  • Muscle, bone or nerve injuries

  • Arthritis

  • Varicose veins

  • Swelling (edema, lymphedema)

  • Inflammation (IBS, interstitial cystitis, Crohn’s, sprained ankle, etc.)

  • Neurological disorders (autism, Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s, etc.)

  • Osteoporosis

  • Anxiety, Insomnia, Migraines

  • Overall health promotion


How long is a PEMF treatment?

Treatments are up to 15 minutes in length, during which time up to 5 different areas can be worked on if necessary.


Is PEMF therapy safe?

Not a single adverse response was reported from all of the research studies that were performed.  PEMF will interact with electrical devices, so patients with pacemakers cannot be treated.  PEMF has not been studied in pregnancy or in seizure disorders, so it is not run on those patient populations to err on the side of caution.


It is important to note that PEMF uses low frequency electromagnetic fields.  These are very beneficial for human health (as seen from all of the clinical trials and by the numerous FDA approvals).  High frequency electromagnetic fields are harmful to human health, and are generated by things such as hydro wires, electrical appliances, cell phones, WIFI, etc.


Where can I learn more?

www.gordonresearch.com (website of Dr. Garry Gordon, MD – brilliant integrative medical doctor)


http://youtu.be/XQ1TKbJ7kME (video of Dr. Gordon speaking about PEMF)


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pghAEFTCpCw (PEMF being featured on The Dr. Oz Show)


© 2012 by Dr. Bryan Rade ND and Dr. Taryn Deering ND