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The rise of PEMF therapy: from racehorses to human health

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Before the turn of the century, significant work was being undertaken in the field of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields (PEMF) therapy, particularly in Western Europe, the United States, and Japan. The focus was largely on its application in the realm of alternative medicine, particularly in the treatment of chronic pain and circulation issues. Detailed technical reports revealed promising results, citing over 200 scientific papers which referenced human and animal studies. These studies indicated the potential for PEMF therapy in addressing a wide range of health conditions, including peripheral vascular disease, lung disease, gastrointestinal disease, neurological disease, and inflammation, among others.

Originally used by veterinarians to treat broken legs in racehorses, PEMF therapy has since come a long way. In 2004, a PEMF system was approved by the FDA as an adjunct to cervical fusion surgery in patients who were at high risk for non-fusion. More recently, in September 2020, the FDA recommended reclassifying PEMF medical devices from Class 3 to Class 2 status. 

Electrical stimulation for bone healing has been of interest to the medical world since as early as 1841, but it was only in the mid-1950s that serious studies on the topic were carried out. In the 1970s, Bassett and his team introduced a new technique that used a specific low-frequency signal to treat non-union/delayed fractures. Since then, the application of electrical stimulation has expanded to include the lumbosacral region, first attempted by Alan Dwyer of Australia.

Electromagnetic waves, the elemental force of life, are indeed essential for our ecosystem and crucial for our personal health and well-being. PEMF therapy, with its harnessing of these waves, presents a non-invasive and natural method that promotes healing and reduces inflammation. This has far-reaching benefits for individuals who are dealing with chronic pain, athletes looking to enhance their performance, seniors aiming to maintain their mobility and anyone seeking to improve their overall health. No longer will solutions like surgery as the only option for chronic pain, over-the-counter medication for long-term pain management, or ignoring the mind-body connection be seen as the only methods of treatment, but instead non-invasive healing like that offered by PEMF can be seen as a potential alternative.

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