Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)
What is it?
PEMF is a low-impact, non-invasive therapy that is of great aid to any animals (or people!) with acute injuries, or long-term ailments. It works at a cellular level to affect skin, muscles, bone, and organs, and helps to reduce inflammation throughout the body, improve mobility and circulation, reduce pain levels, and increase the rate of natural healing and regeneration.
How does it work and why is it helpful?
Our animals, ourselves, and everyone else all reside within the same all-enveloping electromagnetic field, known as the Schumann Resonance, or the "Earth Pulse." It is the frequency between our earth and its ionospheric layer, and is measured at 7.84hz with sub-harmonics. This frequency within the micro-pulsations of the Earth is the prime timer for bio rhythms. This stems from the Earth being fixed in a very specific orbit in space, creating a specific harmonic of our Earth, which we are connected to intimately. [change that sentence structure?] An example: EEG (electroencephalogram) records electrical frequency transmitted by the human brain. The Alpha Wave rhythm (the harmonics of our brainwaves when we're awake and in a calm state) is ~7.8 - 13 hz, and is often almost identical to the Schumann Resonance. If this resonance is blocked, both mental and physical health challenges occur. This was measured in NASA's astronauts, and used to be called "space sickness." It was measured by deterioration of not only the astronauts' physical capacity, i.e. their muscles, organs, and bones, but also by deterioration or breakdown of their emotional capacity as well. Well, we're not astronauts, so how does that affect us? These days, we spend a lot of time in concrete buildings, constructed and reinforced with rebar that blocks the ability for magnetics to transfer through them. We wear rubber soled shoes and drive cars with rubber wheels, insulating ourselves from the natural exposure our bodies are accustomed to. Humanity as a whole spends more time indoors than ever before, and often our animal companions do as well. The buildings we live and work in, the cars we drive, the shoes we wear, all basically act as Faraday cages, cutting us off from the Schumann resonance, that Earth Pulse that our bodies and minds thrive from being connected to. PEMF projects that same field, that same pulse, directly into our bodies or those of our beloved animal companions, cutting through all the electromagnetic smog of modern living, and starts the reharmonizing process at the cellular and tissue level. In that sense, the answer to the question of "Who needs PEMF?" is really "Everybody!", but we'll ask and answer the question below, nonetheless.
Who can benefit from it?
Well... everybody! But more specifically, PEMF is amazing for animals and people who are dealing with things like any and all types of arthritis, acute injuries like strained psoas or torn ACLs, IVDD or disc disease of the neck and back, neurological diseases including degenerative myelopathy, heart disease (and heart murmurs), kidney disease (both chronic and acute), inflammatory bowel disease, and more. It can be especially valuable for those patients who don't tolerate other modalities that require handling or eating supplements (like some of our more opinionated feline patients!), as PEMF can be administered while they stay in a carrier. PEMF helps pain management by reducing pain levels throughout the body and reducing inflammation, not just in joints but also in organs, as it penetrates deeply into the body and affects the body - all of it - at a cellular level. PEMF stimulates production of the ATP cell (adenosine triphosphate), which is like our body's fuel source. ATP production can be choked down in diseased tissue, and its production is required for tissues to heal and for their continued function. PEMF is also able to improve the circulation of blood throughout the body, improve muscle coordination and increase nerve regeneration, and even improve antioxidant levels within the body. In addition, PEMF directly triggers motion in muscles that are overused and abnormally tense. By gradually enabling these muscles to relax , it allows them to find their length at which their strength and function is optimized. Because PEMF penetrates so deeply into tissues, it has this effect not only on peripheral muscles, but also on the body's core muscles that can be challenging to get therapy to, like the psoas and the diaphragm. These core muscles are crucial to normal posture and help us compensate for our arthritic pains!
What should I expect?
Treatment is administered through loops or coils that are attached to the PEMF unit, and are laid across, atop, or under the patient. The treatment requires no particular position for the patient to be in, and can even follow them around the room (as well as I'm able to keep up with them, at any rate). PEMF can even be administered to excellent effect while the pet stays in their carrier. During treatment, the patient might feel a vibrating or trembling sensation within the muscle groups being targeted; this is not an unpleasant sensation, but it can be surprising or disconcerting for the uninitiated. Patients tend to become familiar with it quite quickly, and even look forward to their appointments as they learn that when they receive PEMF, they feel better afterwards. PEMF's benefits are largely cumulative, and strong results are usually seen after two or three sessions. Treatment is normally 30 minutes in length, though initial consultations are only 15 minutes. When first getting started with PEMF, we recommend either weekly or bi-weekly (every other week) appointments, as time allows. Once we start to see strong results, we look to spread appointments out further to see how long the benefit lasts, before either settling into a comfortable routine and rhythm for our more frequent visitors, or eventually reaching a point where PEMF is no longer required when treating an acute injury. Please be aware that pacemakers, cochlear implants, and other electronic devices (such as cellphones) should be kept away from the treatment area when the machine is on, as otherwise their batteries will drain more quickly. Beyond that, the only side effect of PEMF is that the patients may feel relaxed and a little sleepy after treatment. Feel free to give us a call at 860-200-1345 to book an Initial PEMF Consultation, or you can book online via our online booking link at the top of the page.