Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is a technique of directing magnetic pulses through injured tissue to stimulate repair. According to NYU Langone Medical Center, PEMF therapy is mostly applied in orthopedics (for non-union fractures), but it has also been demonstrated to improve soft-tissue healing. The PEMF devices, such as the PEMF4000, are available in various shapes and sizes for treating different parts of the body. If you are undergoing PEMF therapy, then there are a few things you can do to improve your treatment:
Use It for the Specified Time
PEMF therapy is not instantaneous; you are supposed to use it for a specified period as advised by a medical representative handling your therapy. For example, you may be told to apply it for three hours daily for several weeks or even months.
Unfortunately, most people stop their therapies as soon as they feel some relief, which can happen within a few weeks. This is not good for your healing because consistency is a big part of this therapy. Therefore, you need to follow your therapist's advice to the letter.
Place it Properly
Different PEMF devices are available to fit all parts of your body, and it is important to use the correct device, and place it properly, if you want to improve your results. For example, there are bands that you can place around your legs or wrists, and there are mats or pads that you can place on your chest or back.
However, it may not be as simple as that. According to the theory of referred pain, you can feel pain in one part of your body while, in reality, it may be originating from another part. For example, shoulder pain can be referred to your elbow. With PEMF therapy, you need to place the device on the origin of the condition, and you may not know what this is. Therefore, you need to consult a therapist experienced in PEMF therapy to help you with proper placement of the device.
Lastly, you should know that PEMF is a medical therapy technique, it is not magic. Therefore, it will only work on your body if you have sufficient nutritional support. Wounds don't heal without proper nutrition; the electromagnetic pulses only trigger the healing, but it is the nutrients that actually build your tissues.
Therefore, you need to eat well while undergoing this therapy. In fact, it might be a good idea to talk to a nutritionist to identify the types of vitamins or minerals you should be aiming for. For example, you will need calcium (sources include dairy products and leafy vegetables) to help with bone healing.
As you can see, you shouldn't just order a PEMF device and use it according to your whims. You need the help of a professional therapist to help you use it right. Otherwise, you may think you are resistant to the therapy while, in the real sense, you may just be going about it the wrong way.