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  • What are PEMFs
    PEMF stands for Pulsed ElectroMagnetic field. An electromagnetic field affects the behavior of anything with charge in the vicinity of the field. Our bodies are electric – every heartbeat generates electromagnetic waves throughout the blood vessels of the body, stimulating tissues at a cellular level. External magnetic fields and the normal electric and electromagnetic fields produced by the body interact. So, a magnetic field passing through our whole body will have an electromagnetic effect on each of our 70+ trillion cells. As a result, magnetic fields act in basic and fundamental ways on molecules and tissues. They affect the most basic functions of all cells—human, animal, and plant included.
  • What kind of conditions can be treated with PEMFs?
    PEMFs can be used by almost anyone to help with almost any condition or problem. Because magnetic fields affect us on a cellular level, they are not condition-specific. PEMFs have been shown to decrease inflammation, increase circulation, enhance muscle function, speed bone healing, reduce the effects of stress, and improve blood oxygenation, among a myriad of other things. Because the NRG Pro is a high-intensity PEMF system, it is especially helpful for stubborn or deep-seated problems, chronic aches and pains, and recovery from sports performance or sports-related injuries and those problems that we want to improve quickly.
  • Are there any contraindications to using PEMF?
    Contraindications are implanted electrical devices including pacemakers and cochlear implants, because the magnetic field may shut the device off, as would happen with an MRI. PEMFs have not been proven safe for pregnant women, though we know that pregnant women often work around MRI machines and in some circumstances get MRIs themselves. Active bleeding should be controlled before PEMFs are applied.
  • I read somewhere that high-intesnsity PEMF devices aren't safe? Is this true?
    Put simply, if high-intensity magnetic fields were dangerous no one would be getting MRIs. Theoretical and experimental studies indicate that MRI is not harmful as confirmed by the millions of scans safely performed in the last several decades. High intensity PEMFs are routinely used in medical practice. This includes not only MRIs, but also repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation [rTMS], various muscle stimulation systems, such as the Neocontrol and Neotonus, among many others. Many of these are FDA approved indicating that there is some degree of acceptance through the conventional medical system of their usefulness and safety. There are dozens and dozens of PEMF devices on the market and they vary in intensity from very weak (measured in picoTesla) to very powerful (measured in Gauss or Tesla), so the term “high intensity” is purely relative. There are 100 microTesla in 1 Gauss. The earth’s magnetic field, for reference, is about a half a Gauss, or 50 microTesla. An MRI machine is upwards of 40,000 Gauss. The NRG Pro is considerably less than that. No matter whether they are weak or strong, magnetic fields have to be used appropriately to provide the maximum benefit. Generally speaking, the more challenging the health issue, especially associated with high levels of pain, higher intensity PEMF systems are faster, better, and longer-lasting results.
  • Can I do too much PEMF? Can I overdose?
    PEMF therapy is a unique therapy, in that it would be quite difficult to overdo the therapy. Unlike medication or physical therapy, both of which can easily be used or applied too much, Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy is considered a highly safe therapy, with few short-term side effects, and no reported long-term side effects. Because the therapy is simply supplying energy to your body’s cells, you cannot truly “overdo” PEMF therapy. You can use PEMF therapy and not reap additional benefits though—but the safe nature of PEMF therapy means you are unlikely to suffer harm or damage from utilizing the therapy regularly or consistently.
  • Can PEMF help with neuropathy?
    PEMF therapy has shown immense promise as a supplementary treatment option for neuropathy patients. Neuropathy, whether due to nerve damage from outside sources or uncontrolled diabetes, stems largely from a loss of adequate communication between nerve pathways in the body. PEMF therapy has been linked to improvements in cellular and nerve-based communication, both of which can reduce symptoms of neuropathy. Although PEMF therapy may not directly stimulate myelin production to repair the sheathing surrounding nerves, it can deliver energy to the body to facilitate its own natural healing processes. In trials, neuropathy symptoms improve, both in terms of pain reduction and nerve stimulation.
  • Can PEMF help with weight loss?
    Although PEMF therapy has not been directly tied to weight loss, it can indirectly assist and improve weight loss efforts. The precise reason for this lies in PEMF therapy’s ability to support the body’s own natural healing processes, through improving cellular communication and function, decreasing inflammation, and decreasing pain. Many people experience increases in activity levels when pain and inflammation have lessened and sleep quality has improved. Because PEMF therapy has been tied to decreased pain and inflammation, increased mental health symptoms, and improved sleep quality, consistent PEMF therapy can act as a supplementary intervention for overall health, including components involved in weight loss.
  • Can PEMF make you tired?
    The precise effect that PEMF therapy has on energy levels will vary from person to person, largely depending on what PEMF therapy is being used to target and how your unique body composition responds to changes in your health. If pain and inflammation are being treated with PEMF therapy, energy levels may actually increase for some, as sleep quality levels improve and energy levels out. For others, pain and inflammation treatment may result in an increased feeling of exhaustion, because someone who has dealt with chronic pain and inflammation may feel as though they are finally able to rest and relax. Individual PEMF sessions can cause a feeling of being relaxed, peaceful, or sleepy.
  • Can PEMF Regrow Cartilage?
    PEMF therapy has long been studied for its applications in healing bone and cartilage, as these parts of the body are often slow to heal (and difficult to heal), due to lack of blood flow to them. PEMF therapy has shown enormous promise as an effective treatment for bone density loss and cartilage and bone damage and repair. In some evaluations of PEMF therapy, consistent use demonstrated a dramatic improvement in bone and cartilage healing times, and the quality of regrowth and remodeling. Cartilage regrowth and repair may be benefitted by consistent PEMF therapy, though it is not usually considered the sole source of intervention. Combined with physical therapy and physical support, PEMF therapy can be a powerful therapy for damaged or lost cartilage.
  • Can You Use PEMF On Your Head?
    Yes! Electromagnetic therapy has long been used specifically for cognitive and emotional issues, and PEMF therapy is no different. Some PEMF devices are specifically designed to be worn on the head, while others are mats or wands and can be utilized on the head as needed. PEMF therapy is used to deliver energy to your body’s cells, in order to improve cellular function and communication. Utilizing this therapy on your head can directly target issues with headaches, mental health, or even (potentially) focus issues. The only known potential issue with using PEMF on your head is using it in conjunction with a cochlear implant, which could prove damaging to your implant.
  • Does PEMF really work?
    There is a solid body of evidence suggesting that PEMF therapy is an effective tool to combat mental health concerns, joint pain and degradation, bone and cartilage loss and damage, pain and inflammation, and more. Our PEMF chairs and full-body mats are designed to deliver a steady stream of energy to the body’s cells, which is then used to enact the body’s own natural healing processes. This is the power of PEMF therapy: rather than introducing foreign elements into the body to correct an imbalance or supplement a loss, PEMF therapy essentially charges your body’s “batteries” in order to help it conduct its own functions more effectively. There are countless research studies evaluating its use and various applications, several FDA approvals to target different conditions, and ongoing interest from health clinics, hospitals, and alternative therapists, PEMF therapy is a veritable powerhouse of intervention and can be used to supplement more traditional interventions. PEMF therapy does work, because it essentially delivers energy to the body’s cells, in order to support the body’s ability to conduct its own natural healing processes. If you are skeptical about the efficacy of PEMF therapy, PubMed and other medical journal sites publish a wealth of information about the intervention and what it can successfully be used to heal.
  • Does Insurance Cover PEMF Therapy?
    Insurance does not currently cover PEMF therapy. Because PEMF therapy is currently categorized as a wellness device with the FDA and in other health clinics and healthcare settings, insurance companies do not deem it appropriate to cover PEMF therapy services. Fortunately for people who want or need PEMF services, the therapy is not prohibitively expensive, with sessions costing as little as $30 for a thirty minute session.
  • Does MediCare Cover PEMF Therapy?
    MediCare coverage is often utilized as a secondary form of insurance to cover medical services and procedures that are not covered by standard or traditional insurance companies. Despite its frequent use as a supplemental form of insurance, MediCare does not cover PEMF therapy. Although PEMF therapy is backed by a slew of research studies encouraging its use and demonstrating its efficacy, insurance companies (and even medical practices) can take ten years or more to catch up to ongoing research, and many procedures and therapy techniques that have enjoyed years of scientific support continue to be considered too new or alternative to receive insurance coverage. PEMF therapy ranks among these techniques.
  • Does NASA Use PEMF?
    Because NASA is a reliable and established scientific enterprise, its study and use of PEMF therapy has long inspired people to trust the results of PEMF. The link between NASA and PEMF comes from a large study conducted by NASA regarding the efficacy of PEMF therapy in treating bone density loss, depression, and other issues associated with those working for NASA. Although NASA has not formally acknowledged its continued use of PEMF therapy, its research was vital in further promoting the study and utilization of PEMF therapy, and continues to inspire health clinics and research teams. Whether NASA still uses PEMF therapy is not certain, but NASA’s support of the intervention was made clear in its groundbreaking study.
  • Does PEMF Help Arthritis?
    One of the specific ailments that has seen a dramatic upswing in PEMF research studies is arthritis (both rheumatoid and osteoarthritis). Because arthritis is a complex series of issues compounded into a single condition, treatment for arthritis can be nuanced and difficult. PEMF therapy targets several of the potential issues known to contribute to arthritic pain, including bone and cartilage loss, inflammation, and decreased cellular communication. With regular use, studies have shown that PEMF therapy can combat the pain associated with arthritis, in addition to improving mobility and reducing swelling and inflammation. In this respect, PEMF therapy does help arthritis, though it is not currently offered in all healthcare settings and clinics.
  • Does PEMF Lower Blood Pressure?
    In some applications, PEMF therapy has shown promise as a therapy to reduce blood pressure. Rather than being the focus of studies and treatment, however, reduced blood pressure is largely seen as a side effect or a peripheral effect of PEMF therapy used to target other issues, including using PEMF therapy as a general health support. The blood-lowering effect of PEMF therapy may not be a long-term effect, and is most prominent during the actual session. At the conclusion of a session, blood pressure levels will typically rise to normal levels. As of now, no studies exist to evaluate the long-term effect of PEMF therapy on blood pressure.
  • Does PEMF Reduce Inflammation?
    PEMF therapy has consistently been linked to decreased inflammation in the body. The reduction of inflammation is one of the key components usually identified as the source of decreases in pain levels and subsequent healing while using PEMF therapy. When used to treat a specific area, PEMF therapy has shown promise as an effective tool to speed wound healing, in part through its ability to reduce inflammation. PEMF therapy has also been linked to increased cellular communication which can also be tied to decreased inflammation. Although inflammation is an important part of healing, chronic inflammation can stunt healing processes. PEMF therapy targets chronic inflammation to speed and improve healing.
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  • How Long Does it Take for PEMF therapy to Work?
    The exact amount of time required for PEMF therapy to work will vary from person to person. For example, a professional athlete may notice a significant improvement in their pain or injury after a single session. While someone in their 70's may need half a dozen or more sessions to see similar results. The condition itself also plays a role in how quickly someone should expect to see results. For example, most of our patients will see an improvement with their sciatic pain within 2-3 sessions, while someone with peripheral neuropathy may need 15-20 sessions before they see a significant change.
  • What is the cost of a PEMF session?
    A 30-minute session of PEMF thearpy starts at just $30 per session.
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