If you or a loved one is struggling to relieve arthritis pain, then you know how frustrating it can be to try different treatments and exercises with no success. And when it comes to arthritis, there are seemingly endless rules for what works and what doesn’t, making it difficult to know how to get the relief you need.
Exercise can help, doctors say, but “no running, jumping or repetitive movements.” Meds can provide temporary relief, but they come with side effects and there’s a serious risk of overmedicating. Good posture is essential, your physician will tell you, but that’s easier said than done when your body is hurting.
Meanwhile, you’re dealing with pain that can sometimes be excruciating. Aches, swelling, tenderness, burning – everyone experiences arthritis pain differently. But unfortunately, figuring out how to relieve arthritis pain is something we all struggle with.
In this post, we look at how PEMF can provide the relief you need without any discomfort, medications or procedures.
A Better Way to Relieve Arthritis Pain
PEMF (pulsed electromagnetic pain therapy) is a proven, safe, drug-free method for relieving arthritis pain. In fact, it has become one of the most popular choices among arthritis sufferers today, particularly among those who are not getting relief from other treatment options.
So, what is PEMF, and how does it help to relieve arthritis pain?
PEMF uses low-level electromagnetic energy to aid your body’s natural healing and recovery systems. It does this by emitting brief, pulsating bursts of electromagnetic waves, which benefit your body on a cellular level. This process is not painful or invasive at all.
How Does PEMF Therapy Relieve Arthritis Pain?
With at-home PEMF therapy, you simply lie down on a comfortable mat (often referred to as a PEMF mat). The PEMF mat emits the electromagnetic fields at very low frequencies, which vary depending on the specific ailment or benefit you’re using it for.
The electromagnetic fields help to stimulate, restore and repair cells in your body. The health of these cells plays a direct and vital role in the overall health of your body. When cells are damaged or not functioning how they should, this can lead to a host of medical issues, including inflammation.
Arthritis pain is largely caused by inflammation in the joints. PEMF therapy reduces that inflammation by fighting the root cause: the damaged/dysfunctional cells. Additionally, PEMF also helps improve the health of your bones and muscles, which can provide even further relief to your arthritis pain.
What Does the Science Say?
A growing body of medical research has proven PEMF to be a safe and effective option for relieving arthritis pain.
Medical researchers in 2009 concluded that PEMF was “a viable alternative therapy for arthritis,” stating that “low frequency pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) can provide noninvasive, safe and easy to apply method to treat pain, inflammation and dysfunctions associated with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and osteoarthritis (OA) and PEMF has a long term record of safety.”
Another study, published in 2013, explored the effects of PEMF on a group of 33 patients, ages 60 to 83, who were affected by bilateral knee osteoarthritis. The patients who tried PEMF (for a total of three half-hour sessions per week for 6 weeks) showed significant improvement. Researchers concluded, “The present study shows that PEMF therapy improves pain, stiffness and physical function in elderly patients affected by knee osteoarthritis.”