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PEMF: How to use and where to begin

What is PEMF?

You’ve probably heard of the benefits of PEMFs, and you’re wondering what exactly this therapy involves. PEMF stands for pulsed electromagnetic fields, which sound a little scary, but it’s really just using magnets to help your body heal. The first use was in the 1970s when doctors used it to heal bone fractures that wouldn’t heal on their own.

Why is PEMF beneficial?

Modern medicine has continued to use PEMFs with success and uses them to treat depression, chronic pain, insomnia, post-operative pain and other ailments.

How does PEMF work?

So how does PEMF actually work?

Its all due to the magnetic pulse that is emitted from your PEMF system.

The first and foremost way it works is by reducing inflammation in your cells by improving circulation, decreasing oxidative stress, and increasing lymphatic drainage of toxins. Essentially, when your body has inflammation, you can’t heal properly. You need to reduce those deep levels of inflammation so your body can start healing!

Another great benefit of reducing this deep-seated inflammation is that it increases oxygen uptake in the tissue by up to 200% and increases cell energy production by up to 500%!! This means more energy for you. And who doesn’t want more energy?

How to use PEMF?

You should be aware of the Saturation Principle when using a PEMF device. It is important to understand that during repeated exposures to the same frequency and intensity, a natural barrier may occur such that the same frequency and intensity may no longer produce results. This means you can “overdose” or get used to any given frequency and intensity.

In order to maintain optimal magnetic field therapy, it is good practice to change frequencies regularly, especially if you are working on a specific condition. If you are using a device for general wellness and maintenance, this may or may not be necessary.

Where does one begin with PEMF?

Okay, so now you know how PEMF works and what it can be used for. But where does one begin with PEMF?

There are many different options available to you depending on your needs, your budget, and whether or not you want to use PEMF at home or if you prefer to visit a practitioner. Your first step will probably be to look up a local practitioner who offers treatments with PEMF devices. They should also have information about the various brands of devices which they specialize in, as well as what conditions they work best for. From there, it’s a matter of choosing the right device for your particular condition and consulting with the practitioner regarding their preferred settings for that device. You can expect some improvement after each treatment, but the results will build over time as long as you use it regularly. If you’re looking for long term pain relief or chronic condition management then it’s probably worth considering investing in a full-body system so that you can administer treatments at home at your convenience.


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