PEMF or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy sends impulses to the cells to promote healthy communication among each other. When cells communicate efficiently, the human body heals quicker and stays in a state of wellness longer.
PEMF therapy has been used to treat a wide range of chronic conditions and autoimmune diseases. It proposes an effective and safe solution for people suffering from chronic and nonmalignant pain (Thomas et al., 2007).
In separate research, transcranial pulsed electromagnetic fields or T-PEMF are tested on patients with treatment-resistant depression. After 8 weeks of study, results show that T-PEMF can be used to complement the pharmacotherapy of patients suffering from treatment-resistant depression (Larsen et al., 2020).
PEMF, when combined with biofeedback, can help kids and teens struggling with cognitive and physical issues resulting from infectious diseases, injuries, and autoimmune deficiencies. This therapy is also known to work on kids with mental health issues such as anxiety, OCD, and ADHD.
How is PEMF Different From EMF?
PEMF should not be confused with EMF, which is emitted by cell phones, microwaves, and other tech devices at higher frequencies. Most technical devices produce an unnatural electrical and magnetic field (EMF) of energy that has a level of radiation.
There are documented negative effects of EMF exposure on the brain and body leading to health problems.. EMF can cause headaches and fatigue and may impair a child's cognitive and learning abilities. EMFs have also been linked to a twofold increase in childhood cancer (Schüz, 2011) and other illnesses and issues including weight gain (McCormick, 1999) certain cancers, Alzheimer's disease, and male infertility (Belyae et. al, 2016).
Individual susceptibility to EMF exposure and environmental factors are frequently neglected with little consideration of the effects of new technology on health.
Unlike EMF, PEMF works at a very low frequency. It sends healthy electromagnetic waves that alternately relax and engage the cells, thereby promoting better functions and faster healing at a cellular level.
PEMF for Mental Health
If you or your child has previously undergone Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) Therapy at our center, then you must have seen its positive effects. Because it calms the nervous system, one experiences a relaxed mind and body.
PEMF improves anxiety, OCD, depression and other mental health conditions because it improves cellular communication, calms the nervous system and improves detoxification which reduces inflammation. These positive effects can really help to reduce mental health symptoms.
There are different types of PEMF devices and we use both the professional in center device and a portable or mobile PEMF device. After the in-person treatment at the center, we encourage the use of our mobile CALM PEMF™ device for continued remote and at-home therapy treatments.
PEMF therapy at home can alleviate many physical and mental health conditions when properly utilized following a set of protocols and the best clinical practices.
At our center, we provide integrative wellness treatment plans addressing the eight risk factors of mental health issues, such as stress, poor nutrition, nutrient deficiencies, genetic mutations, detoxification failure, lack of sleep, ineffective brain-based solutions, and improper parenting. Our CALM PEMF™ device is uniquely designed because it runs multiple protocols at the same time that have a synergistic amplification effect.
PEMF reduces stress and relaxes the mind and body to prepare them for relearning through different programs and behavioral therapies. To boost efficiency, we curate customized protocols for kids undergoing PEMF for the first time.
When used properly, PEMF comes with a host of health benefits. It not only helps improve cellular communication but it calms a busy mind and stressed body.
Ways PEMF can Help Children and Teens:
- Soothe the body and regulate the symptoms of anxiety, depression, ADHD, OCD, PANS/PANDAS, and Lyme Disease.
- Promote the body's natural healing process
- Calm the body and mind and bring them into a state of learning, allowing neurofeedback and other cognitive behavior therapy to be immensely effective.
- Treat complex traumatic brain injury
- Improve athletic performance
- Heel pain and uncomfortable sensations
- Reduce muscle stimulation
- Promote deep sleep
- Support efficient cell function and regeneration
- Enhance blood circulation
- Boost digestion and nutrient ingestion
- Support detoxification
- Build immunity
- Keep allergies away
- Fight anxiety and calms the mind
- Synergize with other integrative wellness treatment
- Support family wellness
How Does PEMF Therapy Work?
Traditionally, this modality has mainly been used to treat acute and chronic pain by reducing inflammation. However, modern PEMF devices have also harnessed the benefits of low-frequency magnetic fields to treat most types of mental health issues.
PEMF therapy works by directing small amounts of energy toward a specific part of your body using a specialized magnetic device. These low hz frequencies improve cellular communication which promotes wellness.
PEMF improves circulation and cellular functioning by increasing your body's ability to release nitric oxide. Nitric oxide is a potent chemical that helps cells get the oxygen they need and regulates the immune system.
PEMFs trigger nitric oxide production, which causes increased blood flow to injured or diseased cells. For that reason, electromagnetic therapy becomes effective for pain management.
PEMF is an essential component of the center and programs ways on how we address mental health issues. Our goal is to maximize your child's healing potential by taking a multi-pronged approach that includes brain training (Neurofeedback), calming the brain and body (PEMF), and supplements (including magnesium).
Also included in our therapies are restful sleep, dieting, exercise, mindfulness, cognitive behavioral therapy, and positive parenting. All of these are natural and evidence-based ways to improve wellness.
Who is a Good Candidate for PEMF Treatments?
At our center, we harness the power of a pulsed electromagnetic field to stimulate cell communication, calm the brain, and produce mental health benefits for your child.
PEMF is safe for anyone, so long as they don't have a pacemaker. Pregnant women should not use PEMF devices either. PEMF devices can be used sitting or lying down. When used continually, it is known to produce notable improvements in children with ADHD, OCD, anxiety, depression, PANS/PANDAS, and Lyme disease.
Depending on your child's condition, we will be creating a protocol that will cover:
- Which electromagnetic frequencies and intensity to use
- Frequency of the therapy
- Length of use for each therapy session
How Can PEMF Help My Child or Teen?
If you have a child struggling with behavioral, attention, or emotional self-regulation, then you should consider PEMF. This device can greatly benefit children and teens with behavioral and mental health conditions as it calms the central nervous system and moves it from a stress-activated sympathetic dominant state into a relaxed parasympathetic state. Calming the brain is key to helping children and teens self-regulate.
PEMF can also help address symptoms related to anxiety, depression, OCD, behavioral issues, and allergies. Aside from its positive effects on chronic illnesses like Lyme Disease and PANS/PANDAS, PEMF can also be used for medication detoxification. It also helps alleviate chronic pain, sports Injuries, and sleep disorders.
Choosing the Right PEMF Device
There are different types and sizes of devices and they all can be beneficial. Traditional PEMF therapy devices may come as full-body mats where you can lie down. These are often used by primary care doctors, orthopedic surgeons, and even chiropractors. A physical therapist may also use it as a complement to their patient's regular physical therapy session.
At Dr. Roseann, we use Bioregulation Therapy (BRT) which is different from 98 percent of all other PEMF devices because of its focus on mental health because it can be programmed to address very specific issues in the body and nervous system. For example, micro issues such as viruses, fatty liver, mental clarity, etc.
We highly recommend BRT and PEMF be performed at home for your child's continued wellness by using a mobile device. Closely following your child's protocol is essential to addressing any reported behavioral and mental health symptoms.
If you are considering purchasing a PEMF device for self-treatment, checking in with your treatment provider to see if it is a good fit for you, is a good idea.. While these devices can be effective for some conditions, they may not be appropriate for everyone.
When looking for a suitable PEMF device, it is essential to consider a few key factors.
Factors to Consider when Buying a PEMF Device:
Is the PEMF device made for home use or is it suited for clinical applications with a healthcare provider on standby? If it is the latter, then it's an in-center PEMF device that should be used only with professional supervision.
There are body mats that can stimulate the entire body and there are PEMF devices designed to target a specific body area. Additionally, there are portable ones available as well. Choose the PEMF device that addresses your child's specific needs.
Some PEMF devices are fully customizable when it comes to frequency and intensity. If you need a specific setting for your PEMF device, find one that allows for adjustments from high frequencies to low frequencies. Otherwise, get the type that emits frequency at the intensity levels that you require.
The right intensity would depend on your medical condition. For those suffering from severe health concerns such as serious injuries and intense chronic pain, a higher intensity PEMF is suitable. Lower pulses work for most types of mental health conditions.
Does the device have the right protocol for your needs? Most devices have “general” settings and don't offer protocols that are specific to a particular issue. Our CALM PEMF™ device has multiple protocols to choose from that address the most common issues kids face today: ADHD, anxiety, OCD, PANS/PANDAS/Lyme Disease, and behavioral and mood regulation.
PEMF devices may cost anywhere from a few hundred dollars to several thousand. It would depend on what type you need. Get the one that doesn't just suit your budget, but also provides maximum benefits to your child.
In-center PEMF devices need the supervision of a licensed practitioner, which means this one may be difficult to source. However, many portable PEMF devices don't require licenses or prescriptions, and they can be just as effective.
Types of PEMF Devices
Parents who are looking for PEMF devices for their kids may check out these options available to them. Parents may choose according to the factors listed above, but they must always prioritize their child's wellness.
Mats are the most popular forms of PEMF devices, and they're also the most expensive.
These mats are engineered to regulate full-body pain and inflammation. For most types of mats, setting variable frequencies is possible, usually from 1 to 99 hertz (Hz).
Parents and other users have claimed PEMF mats to be comfortable enough for daily use, and they have experienced improvements in muscle and joint pain. A PEMF mat can only be used on flat surfaces, and kids may sleep on them if they want.
An in-center PEMF machine is a medical device that can only be used by licensed health practitioners. If you want to use this device for your child, you'll have to drop by our center in Ridgefield for a session.
During a bioregulation therapy (BRT) PEMF session at our center, your child sits in a comfortable chair. A pad will be placed on his or her back and sensors will be attached to different parts of his or her body. There will be constant measurements coming from these sensors to take note of the changes in your kid's body during the therapy session.
The nervous system will use the feedback it receives to reorganize and improve intercellular communication. Expecting the best results, your child will have a relaxing and low-stress experience throughout the session. We allow children to listen to music, watch a movie, read a book, sleep, or even meditate during therapy.
Mobile or Portable PEMF Devices
While you can't get an in-center PEMF device for use at home, you can always use CALM PEMF™. This is a portable PEMF device designed for specific areas of the body, such as the back or knees, depending on what kind of relief your kid requires.
Because it is small and discreet, children will find it very easy to use. Kids can take it along to school or anywhere else they go and use it as necessary. It will help calm them down and address the common symptoms related to their behavioral, attentional or emotional issues.
We encourage parents to give their kids a CALM PEMF™ device to help them manage their energy levels, stay focused, overcome stress, and perform well in school.
Best Professional-Grade PEMF devices
Professional-grade devices are great for the body and now, you won't find them only in a clinic or at the doctor's office. With , your kids and teens can now have the same in-center experience wherever they are.
The CALM PEMF™ device can provide relief to a variety of conditions that cause chronic pain, as well as various mental health issues that your child may be struggling with on a daily basis. With the use of PEMF technology, you can help naturally manage your child's condition.
CALM PEMF™ is ideal for parents who are looking for non-intrusive methods to treat mental health problems in kids and teens. PEMF devices don't just help to alleviate your child's symptoms, but also reduce their dependence on medications.
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