25 Surprising Things You Didn’t Know About PEMF

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Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge

Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF) is a science-backed, FDA-approved handheld device that utilizes low hertz electromagnetic frequency to treat physical conditions and mental health issues such as anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, Lyme Disease, and other mental health symptoms and chronic conditions. It is also used for stress relief and general wellness. 

PEMF is a type of technology that promotes cellular communication, which in turn enhances self-healing and wellness. It can be an amazing tool for those who are struggling with chronic mental health or medical conditions. 

In our center, we use PEMF as an in-clinic treatment and also use a mobile port. Both devices are effective ways to calm the nervous system and relieve symptoms associated with ADHD, anxiety, autism, mood and behavior, OCD, and PANS/PANDAS. 

At our center, we use a unit that requires both sensors and multiple pads that are placed on the body. In contrast, our CALM PEMF™ Mobile Port is a portable unit that one can take just about anywhere. Both work to regulate the CNS (Central Nervous System) and support the nervous system in achieving a relaxed, parasympathetic state. 

In our center, PEMF in-clinic treatment

                                        In our center, PEMF in-clinic Treatment

PEMF mobile port

                                                        PEMF mobile port

PEMF therapy has been used since the 1950s to treat a variety of conditions. A 2010 research indicates that PEMF works better than placebo treatments for patients with depression for which most medications fail to work (Martiny et al., 2010). Furthermore, an 8-week study performed in 2020 showed that T-PEMF therapy can improve the effects of an ongoing anti-depression medication (Larsen et al., 2020).

PEMF is safe for kids and adults but shouldn't be used by anyone that has a magnetic device such as a pacemaker. Therapeutic PEMF is not to be confused with EMF, which mostly comes from electrical equipment and technologies. PEMFs come in a much lower frequency, usually around 50-60 Hz, which is beneficial in promoting cellular communication, health, and function. 

And we have countless stories of adults and kids who have witnessed the natural healing benefits of PEMF to calm their brains and start the process of healing and learning. 

PEMF is effective because it works at a cellular level and fosters communications between the body's cells. It has changed lives and significantly improved the overall health and wellness of the families who have them at home. 

Watch PEMF in action! Here's a video where Dr. Roseann explains “What is PEMF?” 

Here are the 25 ways PEMF can improve mental health and your home and family life. 

25 Things You Need to Know About PEMF

Toxins and stressors impact people negatively every day. PEMF can help with that. It improves the body's cellular functions through low-frequency pulses that pass through the body, penetrating the cells, tissues, organs and even the bones without being altered or absorbed.   As these pulses pass through, they stimulate certain chemical, and electrical processes at the cellular level.

When used regularly, PEMF improves the cell's health and function. It gives the body many benefits, most of which you'll be surprised to know about. You and your kid can greatly benefit from PEMF as it improves the quality of your lifes. 

#1 Promotes the Body's Natural Healing Process

PEMF therapy recharges the body's cellular batteries, which results in improved cell health and functions. It allows the body to efficiently process the chemical and electrical exchanges while addressing imbalances, leading to natural healing.

#2 Comforts Your Child's Fear

Fear is physical. It releases stress hormones, bringing your child's body into a sympathetic dominant state. When your child is anxious or afraid, their body senses potential danger and instinctively prepares to react more quickly and efficiently. 

When stressed, the brain is hyperalert. The pupils and bronchi dilate and one's breathing accelerates. The heart rate and blood pressure also increase. 

Staying in this state of stress can trigger mental health symptoms and affect your child's happiness and well-being. PEMF brings the body into a parasympathetic state and fosters happiness and creativity. 

#3 Brings Your Child into the State of Learning

A calm brain is a happy, learning brain. PEMF relaxes your child, increases their abilities, and develops higher brain function. It also simulates the electrical activities of the brain and improves cognitive function. 

#4 Focused on Your Mental Health

Many PEMF therapy devices have been developed over the past 50 years. All use electromagnetic energy to encourage cellular communications for the betterment of the mind and body and the treatment of medical conditions. 

PEMF helps treat different mental health conditions such as anxiety and depression. It may also improve one's quality of life. Here at Dr. Roseann, we use Bioregulation Therapy (BRT), which differs from 98% of the available PEMF machines in the market because of its focus on mental health. 

#5 Helps with Age-Associated Memory Impairment

Around 40% of people aged 65 and above experience age-associated memory impairment. The hippocampus, which is responsible for memory, shrinks with age causing older people to forget stuff, miss details, and be lost for words. 

An extensive research at Northwestern University gathered that PEMF could stimulate the parietal lobe surrounding the hippocampus making it an effective treatment for improving memory and engagement in older people, enhancing their productivity and quality of life (Nilakantan et al., 2019).

#6 Treats Complex TBI

Studies have shown that patients with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) showed improvement after using PEMF for two hours daily (Pawluk, 2020). A concussion is a type of TBI that impairs mental processing and thinking. PEMF and Neurofeedback training can help correct the repetitive brain pattern, allowing the brain to restore its functions.

PEMF reduces depression symptoms

#7 Reduces Depression Symptoms 

Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest in activities one usually enjoys. The condition usually occurs in the late teens and can affect your child's school behavior and eating and sleeping patterns. 

PEMF affects serotonin which causes positive emotions and combats depression. 

#8 Improves Athletic Performance

PEMF treatment can help improve athletic performance and training quality, which can be helpful for active kids and teens, too. 

Athletes need to recover to maintain their training and performance properly. If they do not allow their bodies enough time to recover, they will reduce the effectiveness of their training sessions and hinder their progress.

PEMF promotes the natural regeneration and healing of cells in a non-invasive way. This therapy has been shown to improve athletic performance, improve pain management, and reduce recovery times. Some well-known athletes who discovered the effects of PEMF include Shaquille O'Neal, Brian Baldinger, and Lance Armstrong.

Moreover, clinical trials have found that PEMF therapy enhances the healing rate in bone fractures and post-surgery.

There's a list here about how PEMF can help (kid/teen) athletes https://pemfcomplete.com/pemf-for-athletes/ 

#9 Pain Relief

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy effectively reduces neuropathic pain and may also help slow the progression of nerve damage. Apart from relieving pain sensations in your kids, PEMF can also alleviate chronic low back pain. 

#10 Reduces Muscle Tension

PEMF therapy is the most effective way to reduce pain and inflammation in muscles. It also works wonders in bone healing and joint pain. In a study conducted on patients with myofascial pain dysfunction, it was found that PEMF is very effective in alleviating pain while also improving mouth range of motion (Fouda, 2014).

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#11 Fosters Better Sleep

Growing children need a lot of sleep. PEMFs influence brain activity and can regulate its rate and frequency. This can then lead to changes in patterns of behavior, including deep sleep.

PEMF can help relax the central nervous system by assisting it in going into a parasympathetic state. As the central nervous system calms down, the body starts to heal. This leads to reduced stress and improved sleep.

#12 Supports Efficient Cell Function and Regeneration

Cells, regenerated from the food we eat, are the body's building blocks. Adequate sleep, healthy food, and positive emotions produce healthy cells that function will in the body. The use of PEMF helps foster cellular health and regeneration, especially after stressful triggers that wear the cells and the body down. 

#13 Enhances Blood Circulation

PEMF therapy is said to improve blood flow and cellular function by stimulating the release of nitric oxide in the body. Nitric oxide is a key molecule in many biological processes, including inflammation and wound healing.

#14 Reduce Inflammation

Reducing inflammation positively impacts brain health, mood, and attention. When inflammation is addressed, the symptoms associated with anxiety and depression are greatly reduced. 

#15 Boosts Digestion and Nutrient Ingestion

The digestive system plays a vital role in the human body, providing nourishment and cleansing to the entire body. However, when your child overeats junk food or gets stressed over schoolwork, their digestive system can be overwhelmed. 

PEMF can stimulate the digestive process at a cellular level by activating the parasympathetic nervous system, which is responsible for the body's “rest and digest” response. 

#16 Supports Detoxification

Re-stabilizing the cellular membrane potential enhances cellular communication, energy production, nutrient uptake, and detoxification. Without detoxification, toxins build up in the systems, which leads to inflammation. Brain inflammation has been known to cause different mental health conditions.

#17 Builds Your Immune System

Ninety percent of illnesses are caused by stress. Your child faces stressors every day: unhealthy food, school bullies, lack of sleep, long studying hours, and unfriendly sensory stimuli such as too much heat, bright light, and loud music. 

All of these can stress the body to a breaking point until symptoms and diseases emerge. Regulate stress and build immunity through PEMF. 

#18 Keeps Allergies at Bay

Stress lowers immunity, which triggers allergies and hypersensitivities that cause rashes, sneezing, and, in more severe cases, difficulty breathing. Allergies come and go, but they can be scary, especially if your child has trouble breathing in the middle of the night. Rashes can also be itchy and uncomfortable in school. PEMF fosters immunity and keeps allergies away.

#19 Fights Anxiety and Calms the Mind

Both kids with special needs and neurotypicals experience anxiety that triggers their fight or flight response and blocks learning and creativity. In the case of special needs kids, anxiety triggers other symptoms such as ticks, palpitations, and repetitive speech and movements. 

Calming the brain is key to good mental health and PEMF is a great way to achieve that.

#20 Helps with Decrease Therapy Resistance 

PEMF relaxes the body

PEMF relaxes the body, so the brain can calm down and focus on learning and break therapy resistance that so many face.

Neurofeedback and some cognitive behavioral therapies work by redirecting the brain to digest information differently to foster more productive and socially accepted behaviors and reduce resistance to important details. 

#21 Synergizes with Other Integrative Wellness Treatments

To maximize healing potential, efforts should come from all corners, including rest and relaxation, brain training and re-learning, nutrition, positive parenting, exercise, spending time outdoors, a healthy mindset, and limiting cell phones, screen time, and sugary food.

At Dr. Roseann, we take a multi-pronged approach to healing. PEMF technology magnificently fosters relaxation and synergizes with other integrative wellness treatment methods. 

#22 It is Natural

In their natural state, the healthy cells in the body are fully engaged in body functions. However, lack of sleep, unhealthy diet, stress, and negative emotional triggers can wear them down. PEMF fosters healthy and natural cell function. 

Dr. Roseann's CALM PEMF™ device is focused on your child and family's mental health and comes with carefully curated protocols to address mental health challenges.

#23 Safe to Use Every Day

PEMF is safe for everyday use. Studies show that PEMF may be involved in several biologic processes that can greatly help in therapeutic interventions. PEMF offers a safe, effective, and  noninvasive therapy with no known side effects (Hu et al., 2020). 

#24 Supports Family Wellness

Anyone can use PEMF to revitalize and energize. Having a device at home uplifts everyone and fosters a positive home environment. Based on the benefits listed here, Dr. Roseann's CALM PEMF™ can be used by all members of the family, from the elderly for their chronic pain to kids for their mental health issues. 

#25 Your Kids Can Use PEMF Independently

The goal of every parent with every child is to foster independence so that they can be functional adults.


Our CALM PEMF ™ device is so easy to use, even a child can use it. This tool can lower their anxiety and stress levels, which increases focus and communication skills. 

When things feel out of control, giving children safe ways to gain independence is important.

PEMF is a safe and effective way to calm the brain and improve cellular communication. Adding it to your mental health toolkit is an excellent way to improve anxiety, OCD, depression, and other mental health conditions. We have developed an incredible PEMF device called CALM PEMF™, so make sure to get on our email list so you can be the first to know about pre-orders. 


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She is the founder and director of The Global Institute of Children’s Mental Health and Dr. Roseann Capanna-Hodge. Dr. Roseann is a Board Certified Neurofeedback (BCN) Practitioner, a Board Member of the Northeast Region Biofeedback Society (NRBS), Certified Integrative Medicine Mental Health Provider (CMHIMP) and an Amen Clinic Certified Brain Health Coach.  She is also a member of The International Lyme Disease and Associated Disease Society (ILADS), The American Psychological Association (APA), Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA) National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), International OCD Foundation (IOCDF) International Society for Neurofeedback and Research (ISNR) and The Association of Applied Psychophysiology and Biofeedback (AAPB).

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