Musculoskeletal Disorders or MSDs are injuries and disorders that affect the human body’s movement or musculoskeletal system (i.e., muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, discs, blood vessels, etc.). Statistics show that Musculoskeletal Disorders (MSDs) are common and costly problems for people and companies across the United States. MSDs are the single largest category of workplace injuries and are responsible for almost 30% of all worker’s compensation costs.
PEMF Therapy has long been a safe, effective and non-invasive alternative treatment for MSDs. In 1979, PEMF therapy was approved by US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to perform nonunion fractures treatments, and the technology has been developing and modified since then. This blog is based on the research studies of PEMF Therapy Application in MSDs published in 2020.
What is PEMF Therapy?
PEMF is short for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy. Everyone has their own magnetic field in their body. Aging, stress, poor diet and your surrounding environment are all factors that can reduce the voltage in the human body, and cause chronic illness, even cancer.
PEMF therapy works as a battery for your body cells. It emulates the Earth’s natural magnetic field to improve circulation and cell metabolism, targeting your body at a cellular level to stimulate cell metabolism and improve your health. In this way, our cells regain their positive charge to function normally and allow our body to travel the path to better health. PEMF is a completely safe and natural form of treatment, proven in countless scientific studies to provide astonishing results. Everyone, everywhere, can benefit from PEMF. Even animals.
What Kinds of Musculoskeletal Disorders Can PEMF Therapy Help with?
- Delayed union or nonunion fractures. It was reported that 5-10% of fractures may develop delayed union or nonunion under the usual treatment. Surgery is currently the most preferred treatment for delayed unions and nonunion fractures but may also bring about serious complications. After PEMF therapy received approval from the U.S. FDA, numerous studies have reported its efficacy in treating nonunion fractures, with the overall healing rate ranging from 68% to 90%.
- Osteonecrosis (ON). ON is considered to be a devastating disease that often affects the hip joint (femoral head). PEMFs were firstly applied to treat 118 patients with ON, which obtained a satisfactory curative effect. Since then, PEMF treatment has been considered a safe and effective treatment for patients suffering from ON.
- Tendon Disorders. Tendon disorders, which include both acute tendon injuries and chronic tendinopathies, are one of the most common musculoskeletal conditions and are responsible for pain and disability. Previous studies have demonstrated that inflammatory has an essential role in provoking tendon disorders, and PEMF therapy could be used to control articular tissue inflammation and stimulate anabolic pathways, which eventually lead to tissue repair.
- Other conditions. Apart from the main applications mentioned above, PEMF therapy has also been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA), osteoporosis (OP), lateral epicondylitis, fibromyalgia, degenerative disc disease, musculoskeletal chronic pain and nerve regeneration. It is predictable that PEMF in the treatment of musculoskeletal disorders will continue to expand with time and experience.
PEMF Devices on the Market
Since PEMF technology has been developing fast over the last few decades, there are new PEMF devices appearing on the market every year. MiraMate Big Magic and Mini Magic are the top PEMF machines that are especially popular with American customers.
MiraMate Big Magic is a flexible PEMF mat that applies a bidirectional pulse to neutralize the whole body. It copies the Schumann resonance 7.83hz, which is also known as the natural frequency of the earth. People with chronic Musculoskeletal Disorders can place the mat on/under the treatment area for long hours of treatment.
On the other hand, Mini Magic is a portable device that can help people with their acute MSDs anywhere, anytime. The pulses in Mini Magic vary in pattern, intensity, and timing, maximizing their effect on body cells. Simply put the coils of Mini Magic on treatment areas and turn on the switch, and the pains would silently vanish.
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