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All About PEMF: the Basics and Benefits

With the rise of chronic health issues and pain and clinical conditions such as PANS/PANDAS, Lyme, OCD, anxiety, depression, and other mental health issues, there has also been a growth in technology and therapy to support those afflicted. This rise can also be attributed to our health system’s tendency to treat symptoms and not address root causes and an increased need for more integrative therapies that don’t carry side effects. PEMF and Biofeedback are technologies that have a long history of supporting those with health issues yet are unknown to the average person.   

What are EMFs?

All energy is electromagnetic in nature. All atoms, chemicals, and cells produce an electronic magnetic pulse, also referred to as electromagnetic field (EMF). Every organ in the body produces its own signature bio-electromagnetic field. Every single cell in the body communicates via these electromagnetic fields – at the overall rate of trillions of chemical reactions per second.

In order to process these instantaneous exchanges and sustain optimum health, cellular communications must be fluid, precise and synchronized. In other words, if these critical communications are disrupted or blocked in any way, the body’s cells, tissues and organs may be compromised, and unhealthy symptoms will follow.

Electromagnetic field (EMF) therapies have been studied and used around the world for decades. Magnetic therapy is based upon the principle of treating the body with specially designed EMF signals that allow each cell to respond, through sympathetic resonance, in a manner that reinforces its own internal vibration (Lakhovsky, 1939).  

Aren’t Some EMFs Bad for You?

Man made, unnatural EMFs come from electrical wiring and equipment. These produce potentially harmful electrosmog that stresses the body. Increased technology use constantly bombards people with EMFs from wi-fi, cell phones, and other technologies, so the daily burden is increasing.  Therapeutic PEMFs are very different and can purposely add beneficial balancing frequencies to the body to decrease the burden of the negative effects of electrosmog and of course promote healthy cellular communication.

A central principle of PEMF therapy, which is different from EMF’s, is the enhancement of cell-cell communication. Intercellular communication is critical for multiple functions within the body. PEMF therapy is similar to charging a battery,  PEMF stimulates cells, and generates very small microcurrents that tend to run along nerve pathways. This leads to an increase in intercellular communication, metabolic processes in part due to increased circulation, oxygenation, alkalization, ATP production (the form of energy used by cells to perform work such as running enzymes), and optimized cell membrane potential.  As a result, cells regenerate, oxidative stress and inflammation is reduced, immune responses are more robust, the feel-good endorphins are boosted, depleted adrenal and other endocrine gland functions are restored.  

We want to improve intercellular communication because defects in cell-cell communication are associated with a wide variety of diseases, including, diabetes, autoimmune disorders, atherosclerosis, cancer, neuropathy, infertility, and other diseases (Trosko et al., 1998). The activation of intracellular signaling mechanisms has been shown to be a key mechanism underlying the therapeutic effects of PEMFs (Seegers, 2001).  

What is PEMF Therapy?

PEMF is an acronym for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy. PEMF is a type of therapy that promotes cellular communication, which in turn enhances self-healing and wellness. In recent years, it has become an increasingly popular therapy for autoimmune disease and chronic disease states. Many patients struggling with physical and cognitive issues that result from Lyme, infectious disease, injury, and -autoimmune disease use and benefit from Biofeedback and PEMF. At our Ridgefield, CT center we use PEMF  those struggling with mental health issues. We work with people in-person and remotely with mobile devices. 

Cellular communication is critical to the body’s adaptation and regulation processes, which help to maintain overall health and deal with the symptoms and causes of cell deterioration and disease. Every organ in the body has its own bio-electromagnetic field, and every single cell in the body communicates via electromagnetic signals, or fields, at the overall rate of trillions of chemical reactions per second.

In order to maintain balance and sustain good health, all of the body’s organs, tissues and subsystems require precise communications to effectively process these instantaneous exchanges. When these critical communication exchanges are disrupted or blocked, the body’s cells, tissues and organs may be compromised and unhealthy symptoms follow.

How Does PEMF Therapy Work?

Every organ in the body produces it own signature bio-electromagnetic field. PEMF is a way to alter those energy fields to enhance cellular functioning. Controlled and pulsed electromagnetic frequencies (PEMF) can deliver health enhancing EMFs to the cells. Unfortunately, the environment, stressors, and toxins negatively impact people every day.

Low frequency PEMFs of even the weakest strengths pass right through the body, penetrating every cell, tissue, organ and even bone without being absorbed or altered.  PEMF technology uses low frequency energy fields that are pulsed. As they pass through, they stimulate electrical and chemical processes in the tissues.

PEMF therapy benefits cellular energy, resulting in better cellular health and function. With PEMF therapy, the body then can more efficiently process the electrical and chemical exchanges associated with those channels and address imbalances or dysfunctions in those areas – leading to improved adaptation and natural healing.

What Are PEMF Therapy Side Effects?

Side effects after a PEMF or BRT session aren’t typical. Less than five percent of individuals experience side effects after a session. The majority of side effects can be resolved by changing protocols. Detoxification effect or death of bacteria (herxing) are the most common source of side effects. Detoxification support before or after sessions can also be a helpful tool to support the body’s healing process.

What Does the Research Say about PEMF?

The therapeutic use of magnetic therapy is now well-established, with a growing number of double-blind placebo controlled studies and a growing number of modalities now approved by the US FDA and regulatory bodies worldwide for pathologies such as bone repair, pain, inflammation, and chronic repair (Pilla, 2006). BRT devices employ very low-amplitude PEMF signals, which the existence of bioeffects for PEMF is supported by the literature (Milyaev et al., 2006; Binhi et al., 2007; Machlup, 2007; Muehsam et al., 2009).

What is Advanced Bioregulation Therapy (BRT)?

Bioregulation Therapy (BRT) is a unique approach to health and wellness that uses Biofeedback and PEMF-based Electromagnetic Technology to help the body better self-regulate, adapt, and heal naturally. It helps to align to body so the brain can work better. It is used to support a variety of physical and mental health needs.

Through unique customized program, BRT combines frequency, intensity and signal modulation to stimulate the specific channels need to best support the natural electromagnetic activities of the body. BRT uses advanced signaling technology that enables precision when targeting biological communication channels, as well as low intensity signals that are safe and well-tolerated by the body.

BRT is a unique form of biofeedback, a body balancing method whereby a computer reads the electrical impulses (frequencies) being emitted by your body. BRT signals target very specific communication channels in order to clear blockages and restore communication pathways.

BRT does this by filtering out the disharmonic “unhealthy” vibrations that interfere with optimal cell communication in order to promote optimal functioning. During a therapeutic session, “healthy” harmonic frequencies are amplified and then sent back to the cells. These harmonic frequencies “invigorate” the cells and promote beneficial cellular communication.

Once the cells are working more optimally, the nervous system calms down diminishing the disruptive signals, such as pain, which have become magnified over time. BRT provides feedback to the body about those bioelectrical signals. The body’s nervous system then uses that feedback to reorganize itself and improve its own intercellular communication. With the feedback, the cells better align themselves within the organ system and entire body. The individuals experience feelings of wellness.

BRT works synergistically with a variety of traditional and holistic therapies, including, nutrition therapy, homeopathy, neurofeedback, biofeedback, psychotherapy, OT, PT, and etc. For example, it is very common for a patient dealing with addiction to use BRT with Neurofeedback, naturopathic care and psychotherapy.

How is BRT different from Traditional PEMF Therapy?

Bioregulation Therapy (BRT) devices employ PEMF signals and biofeedback uniquely designed to couple with the body’s own vibrations, thus providing therapeutic benefits through an enhancement of the body’s own natural healing abilities.

Unlike other devices, BRT uses biofeedback and PEMF devices to send signals to the cells. In addition, the BRT device offers customizable programs to meet the unique needs of each patient. For example, if someone who has anxiety is receiving BRT therapy but also has headaches and allergies, a customized protocol can be created to address all three issues.

How BRT Helps the Body and Brain?

BRT has many therapeutic advantages and most patients notice the immediate benefit of feeling relaxed. It is potent tool to support detoxification, which is essential for healing.

Therapeutic goals of BRT are to:

  • accelerate healing
  • increase relaxation
  • help to balance energy
  • reduce stress and muscle tension
  • improve sleep quality
  • aid in circulation and blood oxygen level
  • improves digestion and the uptake of nutrients from the bloodstream to the cells
  • stimulate the immune system
  • help to dissipate allergies and hypersensitivities
  • support detoxification
  • help with muscle and joint aches
  • reduce inflammation
  • improve sports preparation, performance, and recovery
  • support efficient cell function and regeneration
  • reduce anxiety and calms the mind
  • help to decrease therapy resistance and break through physical and emotional blocks
  • create synergies with other allopathic and integrative modalities to improve results

What Conditions Does BRT Help?

Autoimmune illness and chronic disease states are on the rise. BRT is used to support a variety of conditions to aide the body in self-healing. At our office, we use BRT with individuals suffering from stand alone issues like pain or depression, but also use it with patients who are experiencing multiple issues simultaneously.  There are many benefits of PEMF in supporting mental health because PEMF calms the central nervous system and helps to move one from a stress activated sympatric dominate state to a relaxed parasympathetic state.

What is a PEMF Therapy Session Like?

A BRT PEMF session encompasses sitting in a comfy chair during a therapy session. There is a pad on your back and various sensors attached to your body. Typical of biofeedback, there is a constant process of measurement and altering to support your body’s change.

The body’s nervous system then uses that feedback to reorganize itself and improve its own intercellular communication. It is a very relaxing, low stress experience. Patients often sleep, meditate, watch a movie, listen to music, or read a book.

At our office, it isn’t unusual for a clinician to conduct a psychotherapy session when someone is hooked up on BRT. As noted previously, the majority of patients feel very relaxed after. Each patient's experience is completely subjective and the number of sessions needed to support wellness varies from patient to patient.

PEMF and BRT is a non-invasive holistic therapy that is clinically valid and offers another tool to help promote wellness and healing. It is safe for both children and adults and should be considered when you are looking to improve wellness and reduce chronic stress, as long-term stress will always lead to physical and mental health issues and thereby should never be ignored. 

Want a Calm Brain – Anytime, Anywhere? 

The Calm PEMF™ device is coming out soon. It is a portable and easy-to-use frequency device scientifically proven to lower stress and boost brain function. Join our waitlist and get first-hand info when it’s out!      

Disclaimer: This article is not intended to give health advice and it is recommended to consult with a physician before beginning any new wellness regime. 

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