HELP PEMF Devices?

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I have a friend who bought one of these things -- from BEMER -- spending quite a lot of money on it. Actually, she's got two, and wants to loan us one for a month or so (it's destined for her mother, but she's still trying to talk her mother into trying it). I'm trying to do some research on them, with multitudinous interruptions from my daughter who is being chatty this morning and I have other things I should be doing anyway. Makes it hard to focus.

My friend has been using one for about a month and thinks she's had quite a bit of benefit from it, but she's also a little, hmm, ditzy about some things. Just from the websites I've seen so far, I'm wondering if these things are one of those expensive quack devices? I see they are used to treat horses as well as people, and have seen some reference to them being used for astronauts after they return to earth (why not while they are still out in space?).

Hoping someone knows more about this than I do.

Kathleen

The first link is the company my friend got her devices from:


 

colonel holman

Veteran Member
These have been used in physical therapy since the 1960s. The term then was diathermy (short wave version and microwave version). Electromagnetics producing RF (when one is receiving it, hand them a florescent light bulb and it lights up.) As it traverses body tissues it generates heat deep in the tissues. The therapeutic effect is heat (infrared radiation). Applying a hot pack on the body heats only to a depth of maybe 1/4 inch, stimulating temp receptors which then dilate blood vessels to dissipate the heat, thus increasing blood flow (slightly). Diathermy simply heats the deeper tissues like a microwave does to your leftovers.

Physical therapy has abandoned this since very well dersigned double blind studies showed virtually no treatment effect for musculoskeletal pain problems. 25% reported subjective pain improvement, which matches the known placebo effect. This consumer version would have to be very low power compared to the clinic equipment of the day. There are tons of charlatan placebo-based ripoff devices on the market to exploit those with chronic pin problems.

Dr of Physical Therapy, 46 yrs experience, including clinical instructor on treatment methods.
 

Mark D

Now running for Emperor.
My wife started PEMF therapy after her Cancer surgery; I was VERY skeptical at first, but we saw IMMEDIATE (first 96 hour or so) reduction in her surgical scars and a couple of other OLD scars on her arms. She has always scarred badly, and her scars have never reduced or healed before - now her scars are almost completely gone.

I am three visits in, and my bad knee is allowing me to kneel down for the first time in a long while. I haven't changed anything else in my physical routine.

I'm a believer.
 

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I'm a little concerned about the BEMER devices that my friend bought -- she also became a dealer, and it sounds like a multi-level marketing scheme (I loathe those with a passion). We'll go ahead and use the one she brought over for a few weeks and see if it does any good, but I don't think I'll be buying one.

Mark, it sounds like you are using one at the therapy visits -- so it would probably be one of the higher-powered units that Col. Holman mentioned?

My friend is really pleased with her improvements, but she has also been off work for most of the last month (she drives for a living, so is usually on the road all week and only home on the weekends). I'm thinking a lot of her improvement might just be getting enough rest for a change, and being out of the truck.

Kathleen
 

Mark D

Now running for Emperor.
I don't know the manufacturer, just that they run about $60K a piece, and that they are models that are based off equine units that are optimized for people.

And, that decades-old scars have evaporated from my wife's skin.
 
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