Blood is what gives you life. It transports oxygen, nutrients, and hormones throughout your body, acts as a fluid connective tissue, and regulates your body temperature. Maintaining good blood flow and circulation ensures your general health and comfort. However, disorders affecting the circulatory and vascular systems, as well as certain forms of cancer, can reduce blood flow. This can exacerbate disorders and contribute to further health issues.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is a relatively new form of treatment that could play an increasingly important role in health. What is Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy? How can it help you? Learn more below.
Understanding Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy
This technology is classified as a noninvasive biophysical class I medical device that harnesses low-level pulsed electromagnetic fields to support the human body’s natural healing mechanisms. The electromagnetic pulses prompt molecular activity in the body’s cells, stimulate muscles, and temporarily increase local blood circulation to areas of application.
The key to Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy is a careful pattern of low-frequency electromagnetic pulses. Applying these electromagnetic signals pulses to the body allows for stimulation and improved circulation in the smallest blood vessels, or microcirculation. Increased blood flow in these blood vessels contributes to a greater supply of oxygen, nutrients, and hormones to cells, tissues, and organs.
The exact amount of time per session using Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy can vary based on your needs and the specific application. Studies generally suggest that a treatment period of just eight minutes is optimal to reap the benefits of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy. In practice, most doctors and clinicians recommend eight-minute Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy sessions, twice per day for five days per week. For those with musculoskeletal diseases and disorders, studies suggest that a treatment time of 20 minutes per day for three to four weeks may be beneficial. This time and interval depend on the applicator and the diagnosis.
Some experts suggest that patients drink plenty of water prior to a Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy session to maintain optimal fluid levels within the body. Eating a balanced, nutritious meal may also help with the effects of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy. Experts also suggest minimizing alcohol and nicotine consumption, both of which may affect your body’s response to treatment.
The actual applications for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy are expansive and variegated. It is most commonly used as a means of regulating muscle and joint pain and recovery related to sports and athletics injuries, training, and rehabilitation.
Studies also suggest that Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy may act as an effective noninvasive treatment for forms of cancer. The mechanism may have to do with therapies that make use of electromagnetic fields (EMF) in general. In studies, EMF therapies were found to support the reduced proliferation of cancer cells while inducing apoptosis (or cell death). This specifically applied to osteosarcoma, gastric cancer, breast cancer, colon cancer, and melanoma. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy for cancer may also make cancer cells more sensitive to other forms of treatment, including chemotherapy and radiation therapy.
In general, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy may be beneficial to every age group and contribute to:
- An improved blood supply and detoxification of tissues and organs
- Reduced symptoms of stress
- Support for healing wounds and injuries related to sports
- Increased physical performance and training intensity in athletes
- Improved fitness
- Faster muscle recovery following workouts
More studies and clinical trials are necessary to determine the best length of Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy time, frequency, and intensity levels, but it may be a good option for you, whether you need to improve your health or want an alternative treatment for cancer.
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