When residents of Woodbridge find themselves plagued with back and neck pain that won’t seem to go away, they tend to seek help from a chiropractor. You may expect your chiropractor to simply realign subluxations in your spine with manual manipulation and let you go on your way. While this is the most common chiropractic treatment, there are other therapies used to boost the body’s ability to heal itself.
One such therapy is pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF. While the name of this therapy may seem intimidating or even scary, PEMF has been proven to jumpstart the body’s healing process.
What is PEMF?
Your cells use miniscule of amounts of electricity to communicate with one another. Without this electricity, you would essentially be paralyzed, or worse. Damaged cells sometimes have a hard time communicating with one another, at least effectively. This can hinder or stop the healing process altogether. PEMF therapy uses magnetic pulses to tell your cells it’s time to start healing.
This happens for a few reasons. One, the magnetic pulse acts as instruction to recharge. As the cells begin to resonate with the pulse, they fill with oxygen, which is critical in your body’s healing process. The cells start working again, removing waste that’s been building up. They also begin producing ATP again, which is what gives your cells energy to function. When your cells are working properly, they can usually do exactly what they are designed to do: facilitate a healthy homeostasis, or stability within the body.
What Can It Be Used to Treat?
One of the most important uses of PEMF is for bone fracture healing. This use was first reported as early as the mid-19th century and was studied in its entirety in the 1950s. Doctors today use PEMF to speed the recovery of non-union fractures — that is, those that will not heal without intervention. In conjunction with cold laser therapy, the healing time of bone fractures could be significantly reduced.
In addition, PEMF has been shown to be effective in treating a myriad of problems caused by cells not working how they should. These include traumatic inflammation, fibromyalgia, arthritis and the like. New studies also show that the weak magnetic pulse from PEMF therapy could be used to treat mental issues like depression and insomnia.
PEMF Therapy in Woodbridge
When it comes down to it, the body is designed to heal itself; that’s how mankind survived for thousands of years before the first medical school opened its doors. But the staff at ACT Wellness understands that the natural healing process can be a long one, and our different therapy options have been shown to expedite it so you can get back to your normal life faster.
If you are interested in learning more about the benefits of drug-, radiation- and side effect-free pulsed electromagnetic field therapy and how it can help you, be sure to visit our offices today or contact us at 703-491-9355 to set up an appointment.