Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF, is a passive modality used by several types of medical providers such as chiropractors, orthopedists, and athletic trainers to treat bone and soft tissue injuries. Our bodies are inherently made of energy…specifically electromagnetic energy. Therefore, each cell in our body reacts in its own way to electromagnetic energy. Disruption of this energy in cells leads to compromised cell metabolism which, in turn, leads to disease.
PEMF therapy can positively impact the energy in cells, thus improving cell function and slowing the disease process. Take a bone fracture, for example. PEMF therapy has been shown to aid in the healing of non-union fractures because the EMF energy stimulates the production of osteoblasts (bone growth cells) known as osteogenesis. This general process is also evident with open wounds. PEMF helps promote wound healing by stimulating the formation of fibroblasts (soft tissue cells) to fill in the wound and allow for proper closure. PEMF therapy utilizes this same process for many other injuries as well.
Other injuries positively affected by PEMF therapy include:
- Rotator cuff tendonitis
- Lateral epicondylitis (tennis elbow)
- Nerve regeneration
- Diabetes (more specifically diabetic neuropathies, open wounds, etc)
- Osteoarthritis (studies specify knee and cervical spine)
- Muscle spasms