Case Studies supporting PEMF benefits for CRPS, RSD
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy history, state of the art and future
Magnetic and electromagnetic fields are now recognized by the 21st century medicine as real physical entities that promise the healing of various health problems, even when conventional medicine has failed. Today magnetotherapy provides a non-invasive, safe, and easy method to directly treat the site of injury, the source of pain and inflammation, and other types of diseases and pathologies. Millions of people worldwide have received help in treatment of musculoskeletal system, as well as pain relief. Pulsed electromagnetic fields are one important modality in magnetotherapy and recent technological innovations, such as Curatron pulsed electromagnetic field devices, offer excellent, state of the art computer controlled therapy system. In this article the development, state of the art and future of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy are discussed.
SPECIFIC BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES IN CIRCULATING LYMPHOCYTES FOLLOWING ACUTE ABLATION OF SYMPTOMS IN REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY (RSD): A PILOT STUDY
A new approach of using electromagnetic fields (EMF) for therapeutic purposes, which is linked to its potential systemic effect, has been developed. In order to prove the efficacy of this approach an objective measure of the efficiency of EMF therapy was deemed necessary. In the present study, ten patients with RSD were clinically evaluated. Lymphocytes isolated from circulating blood were cultured before and after therapy with EMF. The metabolic uptake for specific biochemical energy and nuclear turnover compounds were determined in the cultured cells that were taken before and after exposure of the uninvolved limb to an electromagnetic device (TheraMag™). A conventional visual analogue scale (VAS) technique was used to evaluate the intensity and level of pain before and after EMF exposure. The increase in the flexibility of contractures and the reduction swelling of the affected extremity following exposure were monitored by clinical evaluation. Utilizing the objective method of radio labeled molecules, protein-free media, cultured and stressed lymphocyte cultures were found to have significantly elevated fructose, serine, glycine, and calcium cellular metabolic uptake (p< 0.01) following exposure to EMF. These findings are in concert with the new hypothesis that, with relief of pain, lymphocytes are predominately altered in their cell cycle from M phase to S phases associated with increased structuring of intracellular water. It is postulated that these changes also reflect a fundamental shift in production of Thl T lymphocytes to Th 2 T lymphocytes, by means of the effect on gating of tRNA mechanisms. A consideration of the basic understanding of the role lymphocytes may be inferred from this preliminary study. A review of the literature on the theoretical and therapeutic use of magnetic fields in humans is provided in an attempt to understand the relevance of magnetic therapy in specific pain syndromes.
Trigger points and systemic effect for EMF therapy
The use of magnetic fields (MFs), in general, and electromagnetic fields (EMFs), in specific, as therapeutic modalities is becoming very common. In the USA, EMFs are mostly used in orthopedics, followed by pain relief and the wound-healing arena. Even though a substantial literature exists worldwide, we are still lacking the accepted comprehensive mechanism(s) of action. In general, it is thought that the best therapeutic effects are achieved when the stimulation is applied directly to the target area. Since the beginning of this century, however, more and more evidence has been collected indicating that effects of the MF stimulation may also be observed at site(s) different from the site of application of the signal. A primary purpose of this paper is to propose a link between the systemic and direct effects. The functional units known as trigger points are discussed as possible ‘‘doors’’ allowing the stimulation to be delivered to the target tissue/organ. A second purpose is to suggest some possible modes of action.
Case Study Reference Source:
1. Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy history, state of the art and future
(Authors: Marko S. Markov)
2. SPECIFIC BIOCHEMICAL CHANGES IN CIRCULATING LYMPHOCYTES FOLLOWING ACUTE ABLATION OF SYMPTOMS IN REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY (RSD): A PILOT STUDY
(Authors: A. D. Ericsson, C. F. Hazlewood, M. Markov, and F. Crawford)
3. Trigger points and systemic effect for EMF therapy
(Authors: C. F. Hazlewood , Marko Markov)