The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) reports that 100 million Americans struggle with some type of chronic pain condition daily. Not only can this lower the quality of life for these individuals by making everyday activities more difficult to engage in, but it can be rather costly too. In fact, the NASEM indicates that expenses related to chronic pain conditions cost our country as much as $635 billion per year.
In a National Health Interview Survey, the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) learned that 8.4 percent of all Americans engage in either chiropractic or osteopathic manipulation sessions. Though chiropractic is known most for the manual or instrument-aided spinal adjustment, what many people don’t realize is that it can actually encompass a variety of different treatment options. One of the most notable is pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF.
Sponsored Content | Mike Hughes, DC, wanted to add a new tool to his chiropractic practice and had focused on cold lasers. He wasn’t sure which one was right for his clients and held off on the purchase. Still, he had his doubts about pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. “One of my big concerns was ‘How come everyone doesn’t have this?’” Hughes said. “A lot of people are using cold laser and why does the machine look like it is from 1980 and why do the aesthetics not look more up to date?” So he started researching PEMF and found out “the results were even better than with cold laser.”
Feature | Because chiropractic is at heart a vitalistic philosophy of healing, it has a long had a connection with the ideas about electricity, a “life-force,” and healing energy. Often as not, all three ideas are comingled, and the history of chiropractic is colored with electric boxes and light-up gizmos, most of which relied on the gullibility of the general public for whatever efficacy they achieved. The case is quite different with pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy. This modality has a fairly extensive history and it has been studied and tested in well-controlled clinical trials.
Sponsored Content | I had talked to several people who had gotten PEMF therapy and had an idea of how it worked. But something this interesting warranted more investigation. PEMF therapy devices have made astonishing positive impacts on the health of people with varying ailments or conditions. There happened to be a local chiropractor who was using the technology in his practice, so I made an appointment I could get a closer look at his PEMF device.