Where PEMF Fits into Holistic Medicine
As an alternative healing modality that’s supported by a growing body of medical science, pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) is playing an increasingly important role in holistic medicine.
PEMF is a natural fit for holistic medicine clinics as it promotes whole-body wellness without the involvement of medication or invasive techniques of any kind. In addition to promoting overall wellness, PEMF is increasingly used to help patients who are suffering from specific ailments, including acute and chronic conditions.
In this post, we take a closer look at where PEMF fits into holistic medicine by looking at the specific ways that clinics are using it to provide wellness for their patients.
Given PEMF’s ability to reduce inflammation and support the body’s natural healing systems, one of the most common ways that it is used in holistic medicine is for pain management.
At The Riordan Clinic, one of the largest integrative healthcare groups in Kansas, practitioners use PEMF as a key tool to help patients alleviate pain. “One of the ‘big guns’ in our arsenal to manage pain is Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy,” the organization states on its website. “PEMF has been shown to be effective at reducing both short-term, acute pain and long-term, chronic pain. It relieves pain by blocking pain signals, decreasing inflammation, increasing circulation and increasing cellular flexibility.”
PEMF’s pain-relieving ability makes it a natural fit for holistic physical therapy, helping patients regain mobility after injuries, illness and other conditions.
Project Physical Therapy in Brooklyn, NY, tells patients that the key to quicker recovery is “a natural solution with PEMF and ‘hands-on’ physical therapy treatment. A combination of PEMF and Physical Therapy is proven to help people get back to doing what they love, fast.”
Cellular health & blood circulation
PEMF provides holistic wellness by promoting healing at the cellular level. This can aid the body in numerous ways, beyond pain relief. At Holistic Urgent Care & Primary Care in Scottsdale, AZ, Dr. Rebecca Miller and her team explain that PEMF helps “to improve blood circulation, not by increasing blood pressure or heartbeat, but by optimizing energy of the very cells in the capillaries and arteries. Improved circulation also alleviates pain by reducing edema (swelling), regenerating diseased and damaged tissue, and repairing fractured and torn bones and tendons.”
Holistic medicine clinics are increasingly combining PEMF with other regimens to help patients seeking to boost their athletic performance. At Wholistic MD in Plano, TX, for example, PEMF is offered in combination with mild hyperbaric oxygen therapy, HOCATT sauna and infrared sauna therapy “to help athletes perform their best” and shorten recovery times.
Anxiety, depression, mood disorders & sleep disorders
As more research continues to prove the effectiveness of PEMF therapy for mental health issues, more clinics are offering it to patients as a holistic solution for relieving anxiety, depression and other mood disorders.
Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge, the founder of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health, offers PEMF therapy at her Connecticut practice to help patients struggling with anxiety, depression, obsessive-compulsive disorder, sleep disorders and other mental health issues. As her team explains on her website, “When PEMF magnetic fields are directed toward cells that aren’t working properly, PEMF can correct cellular communication resulting in healthy communication … PEMF helps the body go into a relaxed parasympathetic state [and] calms the brain so a person can have the bandwidth to think, pay attention and take action.”