Have you tried PEMF therapy for pain relief yet?
As my long-time followers know, I am a huge fan of PEMF therapy and have been using it for close to 3 years, along with some other natural and alternative treatments.
Whether you are new to my blog and just hearing about this alternative form of pain relief, this post will provide some of the benefits, highlights of my almost three years of use, and some exciting news that will make it easier for everyone to include pemf therapy in their pain management plan.
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Benefits of PEMF Therapy
Before I share the various types of pain that PEMF therapy may relieve, I want to share what it is. PEMF uses low-level electromagnetic waves that target the source of the various types of pain and encourages recovery at a cellular level by speeding up the natural healing processes of your body.
PEMF therapy reduces inflammation that causes back, neck, knee, muscle, joint, and shoulder pain. Below I share which pains it is effective on and not with my chronic illnesses.
Obviously, the best benefit is PAIN RELIEF! But the benefits do not stop there. The following is what has made it easy for me to include in my daily pain management plan.
- It works at the source of pain
- It doesn’t have to touch your skin or body.
- There are no known side-effects
With a working circumference of 12 inches, I can place it in my cross-body bag and run treatments without the worry of damaging or losing it while out. I also use the compression wrap that comes with it to wear on above my knees, around my waist to treat my lower spine or hold in place with a bandaid to treat my neck.
Who should not use PEMF therapy
PEMF therapy is not recommended for anyone with active cancer, pregnancy, pacemakers (implants), and patients taking chemotherapy treatments. It is always recommended to check with your doctor or health care provider before trying any new medical device.
My Experience with PEMF Therapy for Pain Relief
I first tried PEMF therapy near the end of November 2016. At that time, I only used it a few times a day several times a week. Yet, even with limited use, I began noticing the benefits of this therapy. I no longer spent days applying ice to my right knee after exercising. Instead, the swelling and pain were reduced with just 90 minutes of treatment. After a month of limited usage, I began noticing an increase in energy. While wonderful, the most remarkable relief occurred after March of 2017, when I began running daily treatments. For the first year, I ran 10 hours of treatments EVERY day. Since then, I still run daily treatments with the exception that some days I only run one or two and save all-day treatments for flare days.
As I share often, PEMF therapy is just one part of my pain management plan. While it is a major pain-relief tool, I use it in conjunction with medical marijuana, heat, ice, massage therapy, and lifestyle changes. Everyone’s experience and combination of pain relief tools will differ. But to give you an idea, here is mine.
PEMF Therapy for Fibromyalgia Pain Relief
Relief from overall fibromyalgia pain is one of the first things I noticed. And it occurred before I began running daily treatments!! With limited use, I experienced relief of the widespread pain that had consumed my body since 2000. After just five weeks of treatments, I began exercising a few times a week. This is something that pain had prevented since 2003.
To this day, I am able to declare that fibromyalgia is no longer a daily pain. I still experience some levels of pain especially from changes in pressure from heatwaves and storms. Another way it has improved my fibro life is with how it addressed nerve pain. Between the nerve pain caused by fibromyalgia, I also have permanent nerve damage from a surgical error between my pelvis and left thigh. Because of PEMF therapy, the nerve pain from both is no longer a daily occurrence.
Pain Relief From PEMF Therapy for Psoriatic Arthritis
The pain I experience from psoriatic arthritis is the worst in my spine. From my tailbone to my neck, my spine has always felt like a rusted rod with spikes that are scraping and cutting tendons and nerves.
The area I focused my treatments on when I began running then daily was my abdomen for endometriosis pain. Because the device was within the treatment range of 12 inches, it was also treating my spine!!! I will be honest, I had no idea that this was occurring until one day after four months of daily treatments I noticed that my lower back was PAIN-FREE!!!
After that revelation, I refocused my treatments to my lower back and neck. That summer I was finally able to walk without feeling like the bones in my feet were crumbling or like my spine was about to break in two. It was amazing, especially since I was told by numerous physicians to never expect that sort of improvement.
I reduced treatments to my spine last fall because of an endometriosis flare that was made more painful by my device. The result is a return of spinal pain. Thankfully my daily pain is still low, but barometric pressure changes from heatwaves and storms have been rough. Because of this, I am making changes to how I address my endometriosis flares that will make it possible to return to daily PEMF treatments ranging from 5-10 hours a day.
PEMF Therapy for Endometriosis
Reducing the pain I experience from endometriosis and a botched hysterectomy is a challenge. The pain I experience occurs from my pelvic floor all the way up through my diaphragm. Adhesions pull, twist, strangle. and rip apart from my rectum, pelvic floor, bladder, intestines, stomach, abdominal wall, and ribcage. NOTHING, I repeat nothing is able to decrease this pain.
From 2003 and even after my hysterectomy in 2005, I experience this pain in varying degrees and areas. The duration of each flare also varies. Some flares last a few days, while others last for several weeks or months.
At the time I first tried PEMF therapy for endometriosis pain, I was experiencing ripping from my left sidewall. And it helped! Between the spring of 2004 and spring of 2017, my belly inside and out had felt bruised and sore all of the time. After just a few short weeks of daily treatment, I was able to lie on my stomach without pain. While it helped at first, the degree it helped with the endo flares I have experienced since has decreased with each one.
Heat helps the most and cannabis helps relax my muscles. Until this week, I have been using an electric heating pad. This has prevented my ability to run the amount of PEMF treatments for PsA and fibro because an electric heating pad can interfere with my device. I have swapped my heat source with a hot water bottle for use at home. While on the go, I bring along a recently purchased portable battery operated heating pad. So while away from home I will have to alternate heat and PEMF, but at home where I spend most of my time, I can return to full treatments.
The reason I share my experience is to demonstrate how use for chronic pain is not a one-time shot. It requires daily diligence and commitment. And that while it does not address all of my pain, it relieves the pain I experience from fibromyalgia and psoriatic arthritis so well that my only current uncontrollable pain is from endometriosis. I can’t imagine severely flaring from all of my chronic illnesses at the same time again and thanks to PEMF therapy, I don’t have to.