4 Studies that Illustrate Why Doctors are Recommending PEMF
While pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) has been around for decades, the increasing abundance of medical research on PEMF is leading more doctors to offer it in their practice. Once commonly referred to as an “alternative” healing modality, PEMF is now widely accepted as a mainstream option, often used in replacement of or in conjunction with traditional treatments.
Today, there is no shortage of medical research papers or clinical trials touting the effectiveness of PEMF. Below are brief overviews of 4 studies that illustrate why physicians across numerous medical fields are increasingly recommending it to their patients.
1) PEMF for musculoskeletal disorders
A 2020 paper published in Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy analyzed a range of research on the effects of PEMF on patients with musculoskeletal disorders, such as delayed union or nonunion fractures, osteoarthritis (OA), osteoporosis (OP), osteonecrosis (ON), tendon disorders and others.
One of the studies analyzed followed 1,382 patients with nonunion fractures to determine how PEMF might play a role in healing time. Researchers found that the average healing time was reduced by 6 days for each additional hour of PEMF treatment that patients received.
Based on all the trials it analyzed, researchers concluded that PEMF is “a noninvasive, safe and effective physical therapy” that provides a “new alternative for the treatment of various musculoskeletal disorders.”
2) PEMF for inflammation & tissue regeneration
A 2019 study published in Bioelectricity pointed out that PEMF “is emerging as an innovative treatment for regulation of inflammation, which could have significant effects on tissue regeneration.” The review examined the effect of PEMF on immunomodulatory cells to better understand the potential for PEMF therapy to modulate inflammatory signaling pathways and improve tissue regeneration.
Researchers noted, “Results show that the immunomodulatory effect of [PEMF] therapy has the potential to decrease the production of proinflammatory secretion, while stabilizing or increasing anti-inflammatory cytokine production, and NF-κB expression during activated response.” They concluded that PEMF is “showing promise as a treatment for inflammatory regulation to be used to promote tissue regeneration.”
3) PEMF for depression, anxiety and depression
In addition to being used for physical ailments, PEMF is also known as an effective healing modality for mood disorders such as depression, as well as stress and anxiety.
A 2019 study published in the Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences investigated the effectiveness of PEMF for anxiety and overall quality of life among patients with cervical disc herniation. The study concluded that “a significant improvement was found in the neck pain, disability, depression, anxiety, and quality of life scores” of patients who received PEMF vs. those who didn’t.
4) PEMF for fatigue
PEMF has been shown to increase vitality and energy in patients experiencing fatigue from a number of causes.
In 2021, researchers looked specifically at the effects of PEMF on a patient experiencing chronic fatigue as a long-term symptom of Covid-19 (often referred to as “Post-COVID-19 fatigue”). The patient received 10 sessions of PEMF therapy, lasting about 30 minutes each, over the course of 10 weeks. Researchers found that “fatigue, work ability, quality of life, and psychological well-being improved clearly over the course of the treatment and showed stable results 6 weeks later.”
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The studies above represent only a small fraction of research on the effectiveness of PEMF. For more information on other studies, or to learn more about offering PEMF at your medical practice, contact us today at iMRS 2000.