Back pain… more of us suffer from back pain than do not. In fact, some experts estimate that up to 80% of the population will suffer from back pain at some point. And the numbers are increasing… people with disabilities attributed to back pain has risen 54% since 1990. Back and other types of pain cost between $560 and $635 billion in lost productivity and healthcare… that is more than the costs associated with cancer and heart disease. With so many people experiencing chronic pain, and a growing desire for treatments that do not rely on drugs or surgeries, alternate forms of care are becoming more and more in demand. PEMF is one such therapy.
What Is PEMF?
PEMF, or Electromagnetic Pulse Therapy, is a method of treatment that uses magnets to create pulsing and moving energy that helps to change the way that the body copes with pain. FDA approved, this type of therapy has been around for more than 60 years and has recently gained popularity as a safe and effective way to treat backaches, joint pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, wound healing, depression and fibromyalgia to name a few. Many doctors, scientists and even famous personalities including life coach and motivational guru Tony Robbins and Dr. Oz are touting the positive effects of PEMF therapy. “I tore my rotator cuffs and shoulder snowboarding,” says Robbins. Adding that PEMF therapy is one of his regular ‘bio hacks’, utilizing its’ power regularly to relieve stress and minimize pain.
What’s Next for PEMF?
As the use of PEMF continues to gain momentum, the National Institutes of Health have made PEMFs a priority for research. Additionally, PEMF therapies are considered safe by various standards and organizations making this type of therapy a very good choice when it comes to the treatment of chronic pain. With all of the benefits that PEMF affords, without the use of drugs, it is no wonder that Doctors of Chiropractic Neurology have embraced the healing effects of PEMF. In some cases, using PEMF therapy has eliminated the need for medications altogether. One 2006 study involving a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial in patients with chronic lower back pain found that the treatment significantly reduced pain and disability while another study in 2009 revealed that PEMFT was also effective in the management of osteoarthritis of the knee, reducing pain and returning function to patients. More recently, PEMF therapy has been shown to be effective in the treatment of migraines. And PEMF treatments are not just for humans… recent studies have found the treatment to be highly successful in the healing of horses.
Are you or a loved one suffering from lower back pain or other types of chronic pain and curious about how PEMF treatments can help? Contact the team at Georgia Chiropractic Neurology Center today at 770-664-4288 for your free consultation.