How PEMF Works

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The way PEMF works is simple. PEMF is device which emits these electromagnetic pulses through a coil applicator.This applicator is placed on or near the area which is injured or somehow damaged. Energy is then induced from the device to the impacted cells, thus providing the patient with a number of different benefits.

PEMF provides additional benefits to the bone

Although PEMF is shown to be effective when it comes to reducing pain, it has other benefits as well. A notable one is an improved healing response by the bone.

For instance, a 2012 study published in the Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research involved 44 patients with fractured tibias that were either taking longer than normal to heal or not healing at all. After undergoing PEMF therapy, 77.3 percent of the fractures finally healed.

This was regardless of the age of the fracture, fracture type, and whether the individual had other issues that could possibly complicate the healing process, such as whether they smoked or had diabetes. Based on these results, researchers concluded that “PEMF stimulation is an effective non-invasive method for addressing non-infected tibial union abnormalities.”

Additionally, in 2015, researchers from the Department of Rehabilitation Medicine and Physical Therapy from Second Affiliated Hospital, Chong quing Medical University in China discovered that 12 weeks of PEMF therapy provided another advantage. It prevented bone loss and improved lipid metabolism disorders.

While this particular study was conducted on rats, it’s promising that the same positive results could potentially be found in humans as well. So promising in fact, that the Engineering Directorate at Johnson Space Center has made the study of PEMF a priority for helping astronauts reduce bone loss and muscle atrophy, as well as supplementing the body’s natural healing processes while engaged in space exploration.

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