Most of us are aware that we are electrical beings, and that is what drives most all biological activities in our bodies. From the atomic level to the complex functions of organs and systems, bodies require an adequate level of voltage for survival as well as fighting disease. Life is energy, mostly in the form of electromagnetics.

It was scientists like Nikola Tesla that first discovered the relationship between the nature of energy and life. The 100 trillion plus cells in the body are independent electrical circuits that accumulate and hold an electrical charge. His research helped to understand this relationship and has evolved over time to what is now known as Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy.

There has been recent buzz about PEMF therapy by social media influencers and biohacker podcasts like Dr. Joseph Mercola, Dave Asprey, and Ben Greenfield. There is even a Dr. Oz segment that shows the promise of this therapy. Professional athletes, celebrities, entrepreneurial leaders, and even top racehorses are taking advantage of PEMF therapy for increased performance, recovery, overall wellness, and prevention.

What is PEMF therapy?

At the cellular level, there are organelles called mitochondria. These act much like the cell’s batteries. They supply electrons to ignite the metabolic processes so that the body can function optimally and properly. PEMF therapy is known to influence this mitochondria function.

It is a noninvasive process that quickly brings cells back into electrical balance, increasing nutrient circulation and oxygen flow so that each cell then has the energy to work as the body intends. PEMF’s are low-frequency, pulsating magnetic fields with wavelengths that completely penetrate the body. They are naturally occurring frequencies that are supportive of the body’s functions. For the purposes of therapy, they are applied via a mat or pad with the therapy device. During PEMF therapy, no electricity touches the body. Rather, magnetic fields pass freely through the cells, charging them like depleted batteries to optimize metabolic function and turn on natural repair processes. One feels a pulse or tapping-like effect as it travels through the body.

What are the benefits?

There has been lots of research documented in peer-reviewed clinical studies for a wide range of conditions. PEMF therapy has shown beneficial effects for chronic low back pain, cervical osteoarthritis, osteoarthritis of the knee, rotator cuff tendinitis, lateral epicondylitis, arthroscopic knee surgery, interbody lumbar fusions, fibromyalgia, depression, and multiple sclerosis. It has also been shown to help the following:

  • Alleviate pain and reduce inflammation
  • Stimulate tissue healing and strengthen bones
  • Relieve injury and fatigue
  • Support the immune system and neurotransmitter balance
  • Help relax muscles
  • Reduce stress and increase relaxation
  • Achieve a deeper, more restorative state of sleep
  • Faster functional recovery
  • Enhancement of capillary formation

PEMF therapy is still a newer therapy in the U.S. and is on its way to entering the mainstream. It is much more widely used in Europe and is embraced as an effective therapy.

I am excited about the vast potential PEMF therapy can have on my own patients. As a healer, I am excited for one more way to help people get to that state of health where their body can heal itself.

To learn more about PEMF therapy, visit Dr. Darrin Jessop is a practicing chiropractor at Germantown Chiropractic Clinic.