How does Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy work?
Cellular Electro-Physiology and the Benefits of Cellular Exercise
Our cells run on direct current (DC) created by the movement of sodium and potassium ions in and out of cell membranes. Normal, healthy cells have an electrical charge of -70 mV across the cell membrane. The interior of our cells should be electrochemically negative relative to the outside extracellular fluid (essentially salt water with high sodium content). This electrical gradient is critical to the process of ion transport across the cell membrane and normal cell metabolism including the exchange of oxygen and nutrients for cellular waste, and ATP energy generation that is always lacking in dysfunctional cells.
Any challenge to the cell, such as oxy- gen/nutrient deficiency, toxicity, or inflammation can degrade the gradient from its optimal -70 mV. As the gradient falters, sodium is less efficiently pumped out of the cell, resulting in edema and inflammation. As the gradient falls lower, oxygen delivery across the cell membrane into the interior of the cell is compromised.
Without oxygen, the cell cannot generate ATP energy; the sodium- potassium ion pumping mechanism cannot be fueled, and the gradient falls further. A downward cycle of disordered cellular physiology will follow, which can ultimately lead to cell death. The electrical charge of inflamed cells causing pain changes to approxi- mately +30 mV. When exposed to a pulsed magnetic field, these cells are changed to a charge of approximately -90mV alleviating pain in the process. Cells that are scarred or fibrotic with adhesions have a charge of approximately -15 mV. Due to the density of the cell tissue, change requires stronger pulsed magnetic fields to be able to restore them to the optimal -70 mV.
Degenerative or immune-compromised cells average -30 mV. It should now be understood that a state of wellness requires that our cells maintain an optimal electrochemical gradient of -70 mV. We know that the gradient is compromised in unhealthy cells and unhealthy people. Research has shown that pulsed magnetic fields have a beneficial effect on the cell membrane’s ability to regain its optimal electro-chemical gradient which supports healthy cellular functions.
How does the pulsed magnetic field exercise the cells of living tissue without damaging them?
The answer is in electro physiology. P.E.M.F therapy has been engineered to produce extremely brief, but repetitive pulses of magnetic field energy in nanoseconds (that’s a billionth of a second). In this form, it becomes supportive energy that can be used to restore damaged cellular structures, pump out toxins, and optimize cell performance without generating heat, ionizing radiation, or tissue damage. In essence, all cells exposed to a pulsed magnetic field are being exercised: expanded during peak exposure to the magnetic field and relaxed on the off phase. By increasing ion transport across the cell membrane, the pulsed magnetic field is creating bio-available energy that triggers a cascade of biochemical events inside the cell.
Maximum cellular exercise and benefits will be obtained when the body is exercised by the pulsed magnetic field for 30 to 60 minutes. We want the entire body to receive the benefits of the exercise for balanced results–a healthy you, not just you with less pain. Perceived benefits have been known to extend beyond the session itself. Optimal session frequency can be up to 2-3 times per week, with a gradual increase in session length when appropriate.
Time Needs to Be Invested to Normalize Cell Electrophysiology
True healing of the cell or tissue begins with optimizing the electrical charge and related nutritional status of the cell; ensuring that the cells get all the oxygen and hormonal support that they need; and exercising dysfunctional cells to aid in the removal of cellular toxins. If we support the cellular electrophysiology and biochemistry, energy generation will improve, the sodium-potassium pump will begin to function normally, the cell will thrive and so will the suffering individual! This process takes time. In advanced conditions, the cells of the affected area are too far gone to take in adequate oxygen/nutrition, or the cells may be so toxic that they just can’t generate the energy needed to restore the cell’s electrical gradient.
In these situations extensive pulsed magnetic cellular exercise is necessary to maximize results. Without bio-available energy, compromised cells cannot correct themselves and the journey back to health is prolonged. Just as the application of a battery charger to your worn out, energy depleted car battery returns its charge to normal, recharging your cells when they are energy depleted is essential to their ability to function fully and requires an investment in time.
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