PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field. This therapy applies magnetic energy to the body in frequencies similar to those found in nature ranging from 0-30hz. It was originally developed and used by NASA & Soviet cosmonauts to maintain the health of astronauts in orbit, by reversing the effects of being removed from earth's magnetic field. This therapy has been accepted and used in Europe, particularly in Germany, for decades– thanks to the Soviet space program. PEMF therapy didn't become popularized for human use in the U.S. until the 21st century, after the patents were released in 2009. PEMF therapy can help accelerate bone remodeling & repair, which is the reason it was originally approved for therapeutic purposes by the FDA in 1979. The FDA made additional approvals in 1987 for post-operative edema and pain, in 2004 as an adjunct to cervical fusion surgery, and in 2011 for depression. 

Research shows that it may work in a very similar way that our cells' mitochondria use infrared light. PEMF may have the ability to boost mitochondria function via increasing ATP. It increases energy levels in the cell, causing greater activity and increased ability to heal or fight bacteria and other pathogens. PEMF is said to help resolve cellular dysfunction and has been shown to produce an analgesic effect in both humans & animals. PEMF has been used on horses decades before human use. The abilities of PEMF therapy suggest that it can be a natural & effective tool for managing pain, without risk or negative side effects.

"Not surprisingly, the scientific evidence is that PEMF therapy is effective because it conveys ‘information’ that triggers specific repair activities within the body. The currents induced in tissues by PEMF mimic the natural electrical activities created within bones during movements. Pulsing magnetic fields initiate a cascade of activities, from the cell membrane to the nucleus and on to the gene level, where specific changes take place" (Bassett, 1995). - Energy Medicine (second edition) 2016 James L. Oschman PhD

While there is healthy debate in the medical community about its effectiveness for various chronic conditions, decades of research suggests that PEMF therapy can

To experience the best results of PEMF, regular use is recommended and adequate hydration is a requirement. It can help with balancing your mood and achieving a state of calm. For this reason, it is an incredible addition to a therapeutic massage session and to your wellness routine. 

**Some medical restrictions apply like pregnancy, and battery powered wearable medical devices like a pacemaker. 

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Danielle Barski
Massage Therapist