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PEMF for Osteoarthritis – Protocol for the MA200

PEMF for Osteoarthritis - Rife MA200 Protocol

Arthritis and osteoarthritis requires a long term treatment protocol to reduce or slow the degeneration associated with this type of condition. It also requires daily supplementation or diet that provides the nutrients required to support health joint and bone growth. Some of these nutrients include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and collagen or gelatin as a collagen source. It is important to speak to your practitioner for support on which supplements are best for your situation. PEMF for osteoarthritis can be a valuable adjunctive therapy program to help to reduce inflammation and pain.

pemf for osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis can be treated topically – in other words using the body pads as close to the affected area as possible if it only occurs in a small area or for systemic arthritis treat as a whole body treatment using a body pad under the foot and cylinder in the hand for full body treatment or all 4 if you have extension cables.

PEMF for Osteoarthritis - suggested Programs

Osteoarthritis – At least 3 to 4 times a week until the condition is under control using full body treatment. Thereafter at least once a week
Circulation – Three times a week using full body treatment
Inflammation – Three times a week using full body treatment
Bone Trauma – Once a week using full body treatment
Wound healing – once a week using full body treatment
Detox and Lymph drainage – At least once a week using full body treatment
Sleep/Schumann – Every night to support healing and sleep using the large MAT
Pain frequencies as necessary to manage specific types of pain

PEMF for Osteoarthritis - Example Protocol

Create a schedule that suits your lifestyle using longer programs on the days you have more time and shorter ones on busier days.


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Daytime Osteoarthritis

Wound healing

Bone Trauma

Bone Trauma




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Detox and Lymph drainage

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PEMF for Lower Back Pain – Protocol

PEMF for Lower Back Pain

PEMF for Lower Back Pain is quite widely accepted in medical circles. Chronic back pain and chronic lower back pain requires a long-term treatment protocol to reduce or slow the degeneration associated with these types of conditions. It also requires daily supplementation or diet that provides the nutrients required to support health joint and bone growth. Some of these nutrients include calcium, magnesium, vitamin D and collagen or gelatin as a collagen source. It is important to speak to your practitioner for support on which supplements are best for your situation.

PEMF for Lower Back Pain

To read more about PEMF for back pain, click here. Back pain is best treated topically – in other words using the body pads as close to the affected area as possible. Placing the body pads – well moistened – either side of the spine, as close to the affected area as possible has been shown to be most effective to manage back pain.

PEMF therapy has been shown to reduce inflammation, improve circulation and to modulate brain chemicals by affecting the various brain states. It has also been shown to improve cellular metabolism which supports healthy cells and tissues. TENS has been shown to reduce inflammation and pain and increase circulation. The benefits of TENS and PEMF can therefore help to reduce inflammation and support healthy bones and joints. Hence we have developed the back pain protocol based on practitioner feedback and client usage which can be used with the Model MA200.

Please use the programs below to create a therapy that suits your daily schedule. It is best to use the large mat for Schumann at night. This program plays a vital role in boosting the immune system because your immune system is most active at night. New immune cells are produced while you sleep and also the body heals most at night during good periods of restful sleep. Sleep is also vital for supporting healthy cognitive function.

PEMF for Lower Back Pain - Suggested programs

Backache and Spasms – Use daily.
Bone Trauma – Use twice a week using the cylinders.
Inflammation Use 3 times a week using handheld cylinders
Muscular Pain & Injury – Use twice a week using the cylinders.
Pain Lower Back – Use as often as required up to 4 times a day
Sleep/Schumann – Every night to support healing and sleep using the large mat. Pain frequencies as necessary to manage specific types of pain

Create a schedule that suits your lifestyle using longer programs on the days you have more time and shorter ones on busier days.

PEMF for Lower Back Pain - Protocol Example

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Daytime Backache and Spasms

Bone Trauma

Backache and Spasms


Backache and Spasms

Bone Trauma

Backache and Spasms


Backache and Spasms

Muscular Pain & Injury

Backache and Spasms


Muscular Pain & Injury

Backache and Spasms


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TENS therapy for Inflammation

If you suffer from chronic inflammation, then TENS therapy for inflammation may offer a drug free alternative to help reduce chronic inflammation. Inflammation is your body’s way of protecting itself from damage and harm and it is therefore a vital part of the healing process. And yet, inflammation is being blamed as the underlying cause of many of the diseases we face these days, so how does the healing process go wrong? Why are so many people suffering from conditions that are caused by inflammation? What can be done to help to reduce inflammation without compromising the body’s ability to heal? The answer to many of these questions can be found in understanding why inflammation can be so detrimental.

TENS therapy for InflammationTENS Therapy for Inflammation – Conditions

Inflammation has been linked to joint pain, back pain, arthritis, osteoarthritis, auto-immune disorders, lupus, allergies, Crohns disease, atherosclerosis, cancer, heart attacks, strokes, memory loss and even premature aging.

TENS therapy for InflammationAs mentioned above however, inflammation is vital for healing, so why is the healing process damaging your body? The simple answer is that the environment we live in, the stress of modern life and the modern diet have created a situation that places your body under constant threat. Your body is therefore constantly producing inflammation to protect and heal the body.

Inflammation results is an area of the body becoming red, swollen and painful. Chronic inflammation and inflammation that affects the body internally may not exhibit any symptoms until it is too late. It is therefore vital to ensure you keep inflammation under control.

TENS therapy for Inflammation – A potential answer

The problem with inflammation and particularly chronic forms of inflammation, is that the process often becomes a vicious cycle. Inflammation helps the body to eliminate the bacteria, toxins and damaged tissue from any area but this process can actually lead to the area becoming damaged and this is how inflammation becomes the underlying cause for more inflammation.

There are two forms of inflammation – acute inflammation and chronic inflammation. Acute inflammation occurs suddenly as a result of damage or a threat – like an injury or an attack by viruses or bacteria like when you get the flu. This inflammation is resolved as soon as the body is healed or the threat is removed.

Chronic inflammation on the other hand is a constant low grade response to a constant threat to your body. This type of inflammation is dangerous because chronic inflammation damages the body leading to further inflammation. This is the type of inflammation that we need to guard against.

But how do we reduce chronic inflammation? Although it sounds simple enough to change what we eat, changing the air we breathe, the water we d
rink and elements like stress, can be impossible to change and once you suffer from chronic or low grade inflammation, it can be extremely hard to reverse the cycle.

You could use medications like NSAIDS or Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, but they come with their own set of side-effects and disadvantages which often make them unsuitable for long-term use. That is where PEMF and TENS therapy for inflammation could offer a safe alternative for the long term reduction and control of inflammation.

TENS therapy for Inflammation – The research

TENS and PEMF therapy have been available for the last three decades and the FDA have approved numerous devices for use in pain and other inflammatory conditions. Although these therapies are a fairly new addition to mainstream medicine, there are more and more studies on these technologies which are showing that both TENS and PEMF may have an important role to play in the reduction of both pain and inflammation.

TENS therapy for InflammationOne study showed that exposure to PEMF therapy` at 5.1 Hz and 7.8 Hz led to a decrease of 37% in the production of TNF-α, one of the compounds responsible for inflammation. Decreasing the compounds that promote inflammation can obviously be helpful for controlling chronic inflammation.

A study on TENS therapy for wound healing also showed that TENs therapy led to a decrease in the amount of TNF-α as well as two other compounds that are responsible for producing the inflammatory response. This study showed that TENS therapy at 2Hz shortened the wound heling process and the study concluded that the therapy did so by inhibiting the inflammation phase of the wound healing process.

Finally, in a study done on breast reduction patients, PEMF therapy reduced the amounts of IL-1 in the wound exudates of the patients. After one hour, IL-1 levels were 275% lower than the untreated group. The treated group also had a 57% decrease in average pain scores at one hour after treatment and a 300% decrease at 5 hours after treatment compared with the untreated group.

The studies mentioned are just a few of the current studies showing that TENS and PEMF therapy can have a role to play in reducing inflammation and other studies on PEMF and TENS therapy for inflammation have also shown that these therapies have very few side-effects and they are safe for long term use.

TENS therapy for Inflammation – The therapy

So what should you look for if you want to add TENS or PEMF therapy to your current inflammation protocol? The first thing you should do is consult your physician about these types of therapies to see if they are suitable to add to your current treatment protocol. You should also ensure you invest in a device which has been legally licensed as a medical device.

Some unethical device manufacturers in South Africa market devices that are not legally licensed and could be dangerous. Every device should have their South African license number displayed on the device. Do not be fooled by manufacturers who tell you they conform to international standards and therefore do not need a license. Your health is in their hands.

Finally, add TENS therapy for inflammation to your daily treatment regimen. The inflammation program on the MA200 runs for just 24 minutes a day and you can use the cylinders or body pads for the session making it a simple addition to your daily routine. Or join our monthly health challenge and get the most out of your MA200 device.

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TENS Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Let’s face it – chronic lower back pain is no joke, and when studies reveal effective strategies for reducing or managing this type of condition, then it may be worth investigating like when the International Journal of Surgical Technology undertook an analysis of TENS therapy for lower back pain in 2016 and found that TENS therapy resulted in less back pain for the patients who took part in the study. The research also found that TENS therapy reduced the medication used by these patients. This study shows that there are numerous benefits for choosing TENS and PEMF therapy as one of your pain management strategies.

TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain

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According to research, TENS therapy may provide a safe alternative to lower back pain therapy because studies have shown that, unlike the medications and anti-inflammatories normally prescribed for chronic lower back, TENS therapy is not addictive and has no side effects.

Only last year, the FDA strengthened its warning about the use of NSAIDS for pain, stating that the use of NSAIDS can potentially cause heart attacks or strokes or increase your risks of these conditions by up to 50%. If you are constantly reaching for those over the counter medications that contain ibuprofen and diclofenac, then it may be time to consider investing in your own TENS machine to help reduce your risks and side-effects, and to save you some money at the same time.

In fact, many practitioners are now starting to accept TENS therapy as a viable therapy option where medications are no longer effective and some practitioners even prescribe TENS therapy as an additional therapy along with conventional medication.

Studies published in 2015 also found that TENS therapy for lower back pain was not only useful for reducing pain, but also had an impact on a patient’s wallet. Sadly, it is often the cost of treatment rather than the efficacy that begins to convince medical regulators to consider alternatives and in this case, TENS therapy is consistently being shown to be both effective in terms of the therapy and cost-effective in terms of savings on medication. TENS therapy reduces the number of visits needed to refill prescriptions. When the cost of lower back pain care averages $30 billion a year, cost savings begin to become extremely important to the medical administration.


In a study published by the same journal in 2015, a study of 22 913 patients’ records revealed that TENS therapy for lower back pain resulted in significantly fewer patients needing opioids a year after the study began. The study found that TENS patients used fewer medicines and had fewer patient events and this led to significant savings on a per patient basis. The study concluded by recommending physicians “be more aggressive in treating” chronic lower back pain patients with TENS therapy.

In fact, there seems to be an explosion of the use of TENS therapy for lower back pain over the last year or two. Here are just three of the studies done on this type of condition:

  • Tens therapy and Interferential Current therapy were both effective for lower back pain.
  • Electrical and magnetic therapies showed potential as a tool for pain management in chronic spinal cord injuries.
  • Tens patients required less medication, had fewer hospital visits, required less diagnostic imaging like x-rays and scans and even required less back surgery.

Circulation as a benefit of PEMF and TENS therapy for lower back pain

TENS Therapy for Lower Back Pain

Introducing the 3 in 1 Brace from Rife PEMF

Any injury, and indeed overall health, depends on a healthy circulatory system. Circulation plays a pivotal due role in the healing of injuries in that it provides vital nutrients to the site of injury and it plays a role in removing the waste products from the site of injury to support healing.

A paper published in 2012 reviewed numerous studies on TENS and the effects of TENS therapy on wound healing. Although the overall conclusions of the review were inclusive due to insufficient data, the review stated that the clinical studies on wound healing were conclusive, showing benefits of 60% reduction in wound size, increases in blood flow of up to 35% in ulcers, and faster healing rates. TENS therapy and the increase in blood flow even decreased the numbers of re-amputations in patients with diabetes.

An improvement in circulation is therefore essential for overall health and also plays a role in healing, which in turn will help to reduce the amount of pain in the long term.

Additional Benefits of TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain

As mentioned above, the benefits of TENS therapy for lower back pain don’t only involve pain relief either. There are indirect benefits to you in terms of the cost of therapy, the savings as a result of a decrease in medication and decreased visits to the doctor, and then there are the unseen benefits like avoiding the risks and dangers associated with medications which may lead to increased risks of heart attacks and strokes.

In fact, one study conducted based on patient interviews found that the indirect benefits of TENS therapy for chronic lower back pain included enhanced physical function, an enhanced ability to get enough rest, and other physiological benefits too.

TENS Therapy for Lower Back Pain – The Alternatives

TENS therapy is not the only drug-free therapy for addressing lower back pain. Support and compression therapy (using back braces, and hot and cold therapy) have also traditionally been used to help to treat this type of condition.

TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain

Advantages of the 3 in 1 Back Brace from Rife PEMF

A back brace can help to improve posture which can help to prevent back strain and lower back pain and the brace provides comfort in terms of warmth which can help to improve circulation and reduce pain.

Hot and cold therapy for strain, sprains and injuries has been around for centuries and this type of therapy is still a viable option for direct pain management.

Alternating hot and cold therapy at the site where you are injured can help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation to support pain reduction.Introducing the TENS therapy for Lower Back Pain 3 in 1 Back Brace.

At Rife PEMF we constantly strive to bring you the latest in pain management therapy. The new three in one back brace offers three therapy options in a simple, convenient back brace that makes treatment easy and that provides support throughout the day.The 3 in 1 back brace provides:

  1. Compression and support for the lower back.
  2. Hot and Cold Gel pads for use in hot and cold therapy or hot therapy.
  3. Built-in magnetic PEMF electrodes to provide top quality PEMF and TENS therapy.

For more information on the 3 in 1 back brace, or to buy your back therapy brace, click here.


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PEMF therapy for migraines

PEMF therapy for Migraines

PEMF Therapy for Migraines

A new study published in the Journal of Clinical trials in December 2015 has confirmed the benefits of PEMF therapy for migraines in terms of the treatment of the migraine itself as well as in terms of treating migraines prophylactically.

This study is merely one of many studies that shed light on the fact that PEMF therapy for migraines can be beneficial for both addressing the pain and symptoms associated with migraines, as well as providing prophylactic benefits in terms of reducing the occurrence, frequency and duration of headaches and migraines.

PEMF therapy for migrainesMigraines and headaches tend to be both acute and chronic conditions, and they take a huge toll on your work and your family life. The work hours lost due to migraines for migraine sufferers is considerable, not to mention time lost with family. Reducing migraine frequency from an average of ten days to three may not sound like a lot but over the course of a lifetime, that works out to far too much time lost which you could have spent appreciating your loved one.  This aspect was taken into account in the new clinical trial on PEMF therapy for migraines.

This study used a PEMF device producing a frequency of 10Hz at intensities of between 4 and five micro-Tesla and treatment sessions of six sessions a week. Patients received PEMF therapy three times a week. Therapy three times a week seems to pale in comparison to losing previous time with your loved ones on a regular basis.

According to the study, results reported included average days lost to migraine that decreased from 9.78 to 3 in the treatment group. In other words, patients who received regular therapy reduced the frequency of their migraines by more than two thirds! Work hours lost dropped from 40.8 to 7.4 in the treatment group or less than a quarter of the hours previously lost due to migraines.

Other PEMF therapy for Migraine Studies

As mentioned, this study is one of many studies on PEMF therapy for migraines and headaches.

In another double blind placebo controlled study, 42 subjects were treated with PEMF therapy for one hour a day, 5 days a week for two weeks. Seventy-three percent of the patients who received treatment reported a substantial reduction in headaches, with 45% reporting a good decrease and 14% reporting an excellent decrease in the migraines suffered.

A review of PEMF therapy for migraines published in 2007 by the Journal of Applied Psychophysiology Biofeedback Journal analyzed the results of 9 studies and found at PEMF therapy for the treatment of migraines and headaches merited further investigation. Since then studies have continued to show the benefits of PEMF and TENs therapy for headaches and migraines.

How PEMF Therapy for Migraines can Help

Sadly, despite mounting evidence that PEMF therapy benefits migraines and headaches, exactly how TENS therapy and PEMF therapy helps migraines and the underlying mechanisms of the treatment have yet to be identified. PEMF studies have however shown that magnetic fields produce certain clinical and physiological effects.[1]

Researchers speculate that PEMF therapy could benefit migraine patients in several ways:

  1. Through neurochemical pathways – in other words via the neurons of the nervous system
  2. Through electrophysiological pathways – in other words interaction with the motor cortical elements of the brain; and or
  3. Through cardiovascular pathways – by affecting the circulatory systems and blood flow.

PEMF Therapy for Migraines and Neurochemical Effects

This would certainly not be the first study to point out that PEMF therapy affects the nerves and the nervous system. In fact, there are numerous PEMF studies that show benefits for nervous system support and in some cases nerve regeneration using PEMF and or magnetic therapy.[2]

Many of the theories on migraines also include neurochemical explanations of what causes migraines. Since PEMF and TENS therapy can influence and affect the nervous system, it seems obvious that this may account for some of the benefits obtained from PEMF therapy.

PEMF Therapy for Migraines and Electrophysiological Effects

Similarly, PEMF therapy has been used for various conditions related to the cortex and the brain. PEMF therapy has been recognized as a possible therapy for depression[3] and researchers have found that frequencies like 1Hz and 20Hz may help to regulate motor cortex activity.

According to research, migraine sufferers often exhibit abnormal cortical excitability, particularly before a migraine attacks so by regulating this activity, researchers speculate that PEMF may benefit migraine patients.

PEMF Therapy for Migraines and Cardiovascular Effects

TENS therapy and PEMF has also been approved for increasing circulation and blood flow and there are also new studies suggesting PEMF therapy benefits the heart rate and blood pressure.[4] A new TENS healthcare glove has just been released to help monitor and then treat patients suffering from high blood pressure. Studies have also been done on healthy individuals that have shown the effects of treatment on blood pressure and heart rate.

Since abnormal blood flow is often seen as one of the underlying causes of migraine, being able to regulate healthy blood flow to the brain may therefore possibly alleviate the symptoms of migraine. Studies on how PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer’s disease also suggest PEMF therapy can benefit this particular area of the body.

PEMF Therapy for Migraines – Conclusion

You don’t have to understand exactly how something works to benefit from the therapy. We all drive cars and yet most of us have no idea how the engine works and we all switch on the electricity at home with similar levels of expertise in electrical engineering. We don’t need to know how a microwave works to warm up our food.

The bottom line for most of us is that studies continue to show, time and again, that drugless therapies like TENS and PEMF have the power to help reduce some of the pain and discomfort we experience as a result of migraines and headaches without side-effects.

Although most of the studies differ in their methodology, approach and even in their application, according to the Review, there were no adverse events reported amongst all of the participants of these studies. With all of the warnings about drugs and side-effects, a therapy that offers potential benefit without potential side-effects should surely be one of the first therapies that a physician tries.

Sources and Studies for PEMF therapy for Migraines:





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TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis

TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis

If you have ever struggled with the knee and joint pain associated with arthritis, then you have first-hand experience of how debilitating this condition can be. Constant aches and joint pain can prevent you from getting the exercise you need to stay healthy, and can even prevent you from enjoying the simplest things in life. Although drugs like NSAIDS can provide some relief, they are not without their risks and side-effects and with everyone watching their monthly budget, they can be expensive too. TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis provides a viable therapy alternative.

Finding cost effective therapies that can support joint health and that can reduce pain is crucial for ensuring your future joint health. Knee and joint arthritis becomes a vicious cycle because the more pain you experience, the less you move around and the less you move around, the worse the condition becomes.

TENS PEMF therapy for ArthritisMost medical practitioners and physiotherapists now accept the benefits of TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis. Studies on TENS and PEMF for pain have been available for decades and more and more practitioners are now prescribing TENS and PEMF devices as adjunct therapy for treating the pain and discomfort experienced with arthritis. But what can you expect from TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis? Can TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis really help you?

Here are some of the reasons why TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis can be beneficial for you:

  1. TENS PEMF therapy reduces inflammation
  2. TENS PEMF therapy improves circulation
  3. TENS PEMF therapy reduces pain

Inflammation – the underlying mechanisms in arthritis

Inflammation is the main reason for why your joints swell up and feel painful. Most people are aware of the swelling and pain that goes along with arthritis, but what you may not realize is that inflammation is not only a symptom of arthritis, but may also be one of the underlying causes of the condition too.

As you age, the wear and tear on joint tissue causes minor injuries to your joints. Your body is therefore constantly needing to heal these minor wounds. Inflammation is a natural process that occurs when tissue or joints are injured. Your body produces inflammatory compounds to assist the healing process. It produces chemicals which help to break down damaged or injured tissue so that the damaged tissues and cells can be safely removed from the site of the injury.

A little inflammation is therefore vital for healing, but when inflammation persists the compounds associated with inflammation can actually begin to break down healthy joint tissue. This is when the healing mechanism of the body can become the Jekyll and Hyde of your healing process.

When your joints are constantly injured, the body keeps producing inflammation and the inflammation becomes of the cause of injury, leading to a vicious cycle of injury and inflammation. Reducing inflammation can be extremely beneficial in reducing not only the pain and swelling of arthritis, but also in breaking the cycle of injury and inflammation.

TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis – The studies

There are literally hundreds of studies that indicate the effectiveness of both TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis and both TENS and PEMF devices are widely used for the treatment of knee and joint pain.

Although the exact underlying mechanisms have yet to be determined, other studies indicate that TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis play an important role in the regulation of the inflammatory processes of the body and it could be this regulation of inflammation that could possibly account for the benefits of the TENS and PEMF therapy for arthritis patients.

One study showed that PEMF therapy reduced the amount of IL1 beta by up to 275% in patients who had recently received breast surgery. This dramatic reduction in the compounds that are responsible for causing inflammation would certainly reduce the amount of inflammation at the site of the therapy.

In terms of inflammation, another study showed that PEMF therapy increased the anti-inflammatory effects of adenosine. Increasing the effects of anti-inflammatory compounds in the body would naturally reduce inflammation at a site – in this case the site of the arthritis assuming you are applying PEMF and TENS to the site directly. This study concludes that PEMF may therefore be beneficial for the therapy of inflammatory bone and joint disorders.

The combination of reducing inflammatory compounds and increasing anti-inflammatory compounds could be a powerful combination against inflammation and a powerful link against the underlying causes of arthritis. Studies on PEMF and TENS in the therapy of arthritis may certainly be proof of that.

In a double blind study entitled, “Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation for knee osteoarthritis,” researchers concluded that knee TENS therapy significantly improved knee stiffness and provided pain relief for patients who received the therapy versus patients who received the placebo. By reducing pain and stiffness you eliminate one part of the problem because with less pain you are more likely to move around, which means exercise can support your ability to heal.

Finally, in a study on PEMF on early knee osteoarthritis, the beneficial effects of PEMF therapy were not only fast acting but these benefits continued at the one and two year follow up periods after treatment. The researchers in this study reasoned that the continued benefit was perhaps due in part to the anti-inflammatory effects of PEMF therapy.

TENS PEMF therapy for Arthritis – Circulation

When you add the benefits of TENS PEMF therapy for arthritis for improving circulation, then you can understand why TENS PEMF therapy is gaining ground as a non-invasive, drugless therapy that can be used in the treatment of arthritis.

TENS PEMF Therapy for Arthritis – What you can expect

Based on our experience with TENS and PEMF therapy for arthritis, patients who use the RIFE PEMF do experience a reduction in pain and an increase in flexibility and movement. Our TENS PEMF device is simple to use at home and is also painless.

Although TENS PEMF therapy can help to reduce the inflammation and pain, it will not add the nutrients you need to build new healthy joints. It will also not take a walk for you or get you the exercise you need to support joint health. Sadly, these therapy elements are up to you.

There are however so many supplements specifically designed for joint health and arthritis that finding the right supplement for you should be fairly easy. As far as the walks are concerned, reducing your pain will give you the will to get out there and enjoy life.



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PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa

PEMF Therapy for Amputees in South Africa- A Multifaceted Therapy Approach for Patients and Medical Practitioners

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South AfricaIntroducing PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa: Rife has brought a new dimension to medical practice with non-invasive therapy techniques that have shown to be valuable adjuncts to conventional therapy. With more and more studies available on the therapeutic benefits of PEMF, we are proud to offer the first South African PEMF device specifically designed for practitioners with amputees in mind.

The Rife PEMF Model MA is designed to help amputees deal with some of the major issues that they are faced with, including:

  • Phantom Limb pain
  • Wound healing
  • Depression

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa and Phantom Limb Pain

Stump or phantom limb pain is often one of the biggest issues facing an amputee. Pain ranges from mild to debilitating, and although analgesics, opioids, and even antidepressants are often used to manage these symptoms, they are not without side-effects, and long term use of some of these therapies can be detrimental to other aspects of health.

PEMF therapy has been shown to be a useful adjunct to medication and in some cases has been found to be primary therapeutic option for the management of phantom limb pain. PEMF is safe for long term use in the management of pain and even offers other benefits in terms of supporting circulation, wound healing, and other aspects of health.

Below is a summary of some of the PEMF and electrical stimulation in the management of phantom limb pain in amputees:

  1. PEMF/TENS is effective at reducing pain on short term basis: In a comparison between Mirror Therapy and TENS therapy, both Mirror Therapy and TENS were found to be effective in pain reduction on a short-term basis and both groups had a significant decrease in pain using the visual analogue scale (VAS) and universal pain score (UPS)[1]
  2. PEMF/TENS effectively reduces phantom limb pain at rest and on movement: A study on ten individuals with a transtibial amputation and persistent moderate-to-severe phantom and/or stump pain demonstrated that TENS has potential for reducing phantom pain and stump pain at rest and on movement.[2]
  3. PEMF/Electrical Stimulation increased >75% paresthesia coverage, reduced pain by >60% and increased quality of life outcomes: This study investigated a novel approach to peripheral nerve stimulation in which a lead was placed percutaneously a remote distance (> 1 cm) away from the femoral nerve in a patient with severe residual limb pain 33 years following a below-knee amputation. Electrical stimulation generated ≥ 75% paresthesia coverage, reduced residual limb pain by > 60%, and improved quality of life outcomes as measured by the pain interference scale of the Brief Pain Inventory-Short Form (100% reduction in pain interference), Pain Disability Index (74% reduction in disability), and the Patient Global Impression of Change (very much improved) during a 2-week home trial[3]
  4. PEMF treated Phantom Limb pain, and reduced re-amputations: A total of 51 patients were randomized to one of three postoperative treatment regimens: sham TENS and chlorpromazine medication, sham TENS only, and active low frequency TENS. There were fewer re-amputations and more rapid stump healing among below-knee amputees who had received active TENS. Sham TENS had a considerable placebo effect on pain. There were, however, no significant differences in the analgesic requirements or reported prevalence of phantom pain between the groups during the first four weeks. The prevalence of phantom pain after active TENS was significantly lower after four months but not after more than one year[4]
  5. PEMF was successful at treating Phantom Limb Pain in three adults with no pain recurrence at six month follow-up. Three adult patients with below-knee amputation of various etiologies were treated at Norristown's Sacred Heart Hospital and Rehabilitation Center in the fall of 1983. The patients ranged in age from 48 to 64 years and two were men. All three had complaints of phantom limb pain originating from various anatomic sites of the amputated extremity. In all three cases the phantom limb pain was severe and hampered prosthetic training. The patients were treated solely by application of the TENS unit to the contralateral extremity at the sites where the phantom pain originated on the amputated limb. All three patients responded to treatment and were able to continue their prosthetic training. A six-month follow-up showed no pain recurrence of phantom limb pain in all three cases[5]

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa - Wound Healing

PEMF therapy for Amputees South Africa

PEMF therapy for Amputees South Africa

Wounds are a common issue amongst amputees with wound infection being a primary concern. In a study conducted on stump infections after major lower limb amputations[6], Staphylococcus was the most frequently isolated bacterium that was responsible for wound infections. The speed of wound healing also influences subsequent prosthetic training.[7]

Certain PEMF frequencies have been shown to be effective at reducing both Staphylococcus aureus (S. aureus) and Escherichia coli (E. coli) - bacterial cultures exposed to ELF PEMF showed a decrease in their growth rate – 68% and 76% decrease - when compared to control samples.[8]

PEMF has also been shown to increase wound healing and wound healing rates. A summary of some of the studies conducted on wound healing include:

  • PEMF increases wound healing, increases circulation: A randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial on a homogenous subset of chronic diabetic foot ulcers. By the end of the treatment period, there was an 18% decrease inwound size in the active PEMF group as compared with a 10% decrease in the control group. The PEMF group demonstrated significant cumulative increase in cutaneous capillary blood velocity (by 28%) and 14% increase in capillary diameter. In contrast, the control group showed a decrease in both capillary blood velocity and diameter.[9]
  • PEMF accelerates wound healing, increases percentage of healing and increases tensile strength of wound tissue: Delayedwound healing is a common complication in diabetes mellitus. From this point of view, the main purpose of the present study is to investigate the effect of extremely low frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields on skin wound healing in diabetic rats. In this study, diabetes was induced in male Wistar rats One month after the induction of diabetes, a full-thickness dermal incision (35 mm length) was made on the right side of the paravertebral region. The wound was exposed to ELF PEMF for 1 h per day. Wound healing was evaluated by measuring surface area, percentage of healing, duration of healing, and wound tensile strength. Obtained results showed that the duration of wound healing in diabetic rats in comparison with the control group was significantly increased. In contrast, the rate of healing in diabetic rats receiving PEMF was significantly greater than in the diabetic control group. The wound tensile strength also was significantly greater than the control animals. In addition, the duration of wound healing in the control group receiving PEMF was less than the sham group. Based on the above-mentioned results we concluded that this study provides some evidence to support the use of ELF PEMFs to accelerate diabetic wound healing. Further research is needed to determine the PEMF mechanisms in acceleration of wound healing in diabetic rats.[10]
  • We hypothesized that PEMF would increase the myofibroblast population, contributing to wound closure during diabetic wound healing: Reduced collagen deposition possibly leads to slow recovery of tensile strength in the healing process of diabetic cutaneous wounds. Myofibroblasts are transiently present during wound healing and play a key role in wound closure and collagen synthesis. A full-thickness square-shaped dermal wound (2 cm × 2 cm) was excised aseptically on the shaved dorsum. The rats were randomly divided into PEMF-treated (5 mT, 25 Hz, 1 h daily) and control groups. The results indicated that there were no significant differences between the groups in blood glucose level and body weight. However, PEMFtreatment significantly enhanced wound closure (days 10 and 14 post-wounding) and re-epithelialization (day 10 post-wounding), although these improvements were no longer observed at later stages of the wound healing  Using immunohistochemistry against α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA), we demonstrated that significantly more myofibroblasts were detected on days 7 and 10 post-wounding in the PEMF group when compared to the control group.[11]
  • PEMFtherapy has been used successfully in the management of postsurgical pain and edema, the treatment of chronic wounds, and in facilitating vasodilatation and angiogenesis. Using scientific support, the authors present the currently accepted mechanism of action of PEMF therapy[12].
  • Elimination of pressure ulcers with electrical stimulation--a case study: Pressure ulcers, also called decubitus ulcers, are a common challenge of humanity and are exceptionally difficult to heal. They are wounds that are initiated by relatively short periods of pressure on the skin that blocks blood circulation causing the skin and underlying tissues to die, leading to an openwound. Pressure release can prevent further tissue degeneration, and some ulcers heal and disappear by themselves. However, many pressure ulcers never heal and continue to grow in diameter and depth. By one year, such unhealing ulcers are referred to as chronic ulcers. Chronic ulcers frequently jeopardize the life of the patient due to infections that become increasingly deep until they invade bones and the circulatory system. We report on a patient with a chronic pressure ulcer at his coccyx prominence. Fourteen months after the ulcer had appeared, a surface pulse electromagnetic force (PEMF) stimulator was applied over T7-T8, 45 cm cephalic to the ulcer, as part of a nerve stimulation study. Although the ulcer had continued to grow both in diameter and depth for 14 months and showed no signs of healing, within 6 days of applying the PEMFstimulator, the ulcer began to heal and was fully eliminated after 3 months. We concluded that the electrical stimulation induced the healing of the pressure ulcer.[13]
  • The effect of pulsed electromagnetic fields on secondary skinwound healing: an experimental study: A variety of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) have already been experimentally used, in an effort to promote wound healing. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of short duration PEMF on secondary healing of full thickness skin wounds in a rat model. Full thickness skin wounds, 2 by 2 cm, were surgically inflicted in two groups of male Wistar rats, 24 animals each. In the first group (experimental group - EG), the animals were placed and immobilized in a special constructed cage. Then the animals were exposed to a short duration PEMF for 20 min daily. In the second group (control group - CG), the animals were also placed and immobilized in the same cage for the same time, but not exposed to PEMF. On days 3, 6, 9, 12, 18, and 22, following the infliction of skin wounds, the size and healing progress of each wound were recorded and evaluated by means of planimetry and histological examination. According to our findings with the planimetry, there was a statistically significant acceleration of the healing rate for the first 9 days in EG, whereas a qualitative improvement of healing progress was identified by histological examination at all time points, compared to the control group.[14]
  • Electroacupuncture is as effective as Carprofen(NSAID) for pain: The objective of the present study was to compare the effect of electroacupuncture (EA) and carprofen (CP) on postoperative incisional pain using the plantar incision (PI) model in rats.We conclude that 100-Hz EA at the ST36 point, but not at non-acupoints, can reduce mechanical nociception in the rat model of incisional pain, and its effectiveness is comparable to that of carprofen.[15]

PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa - Depression

PEMF has been widely accepted as a valuable adjunct to for the treatment of depression and the FDA has approved a number of devices for use in medication resistant depression.[16] Studies suggest between 1 in 3 or 1 in 4 amputees suffer from major depressive disorder.[17] Risk factors linked to the development of depression include phantom limb pain; avoidance of the amputation and prosthesis; and lacking a social support system, particularly in the formative months directly following amputation.

PEMF therapy for Amputees South AfricaThe PEMF MA addresses two aspects of depression in amputees, namely the phantom limb pain directly, as well as potentially addressing depression. There are numerous studies that deal with PEMF as a potential therapy for depression.

Here are a brief summary of some of those studies:

  • In a double-blind controlled study on dose remission of PEMF in therapy resistant depression, T-PEMF therapy resulted in a 73.5% remission of therapy-resistant depression on one dose of treatment per day after 8 weeks of therapy: A self-treatment set-up of the T-PEMFdevice was used allowing self-administration by patients in own homes. All patients were treated for 30 min per T-PEMF  The antidepressant medication the patients were receiving at baseline remained unchanged during the trial. In total 34 patients received active T-PEMF once a day and 31 patients twice daily. After 5 weeks of therapy remission was obtained in 26.5% and 32.3% on one dose and two doses of T-PEMF, respectively. After 8 weeks the rate of remission was 73.5% and 67.7%, respectively. The side effects as measured by the Udvalget for Kliniske Undersøgelser scale showed a better toleration of the antidepresssive medication in both treatment groups, which was reflected by the WHO-5 well-being scale with increased scores in both groups of patients.The high remission rate obtained by the T-PEMF augmentation was not a dose effect (one versus two daily T-PEMF sessions) but was explained by the extension of the treatment period from 5 to 8 weeks.[18]
  • PEMF was successful at treating treatment resistant depression in patients and apathy scale could be used to determine dose: In patients without apathy, the remission rate after T-PEMFwas 83.9% versus 58.8% in patients with apathy (p≤0.05). In patients without apathy receiving one active dose daily 94.4% remitted versus 50% for patients with apathy (p≤0.05). In patients without apathy who received two active doses 69.9% remitted versus 66.7% for patients with apathy[19]
  • Low field magnetic stimulation resulted in rapid mood elevating effects in patients with bipolar disorder: We previously reported rapid mood elevation following an experimental magnetic resonance imaging procedure in depressed patients with bipolardisorder (BPD). This prompted the design, construction, and testing of a portable electromagnetic device that reproduces only the rapidly oscillating (1 kHz, <1 V/m) electromagnetic field of the experimental procedure, called low field magnetic stimulation (LFMS). Substantial improvement (>10% of baseline) in mood was observed following LFMS treatment relative to sham treatment for both diagnostic subgroups for our primary outcomes, the VAS and the HDRS-17. These differences were not statistically significant in primary analyses stratifying by diagnosis but were significant in secondary analyses combining data across the two diagnostic groups (p = .01 VAS, p = .02 HDRS-17). Rapid improvement in mood was also observed using the Positive and Negative Affect Schedule scales as secondary measures (positive affect scale p = .02 BPD, p = .002 combined group). A finite element method calculation indicates a broad penetration of the LFMS electric field throughout the cerebral cortex. Low field magnetic stimulation may produce rapid changes in mood using a previously unexplored range of electromagnetic [20]
  • rTMS has been approved for therapy by the FDA and is being considered for therapy in Japan Therapeutic applications of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) have long been awaited for not only neurological but also psychiatric disorders as a low-invasive transcranial brain stimulation. In 2008, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the United States finally approved repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) for medication-resistant patients with majordepression. More recently, at the beginning of 2013, a deep TMS device with the H-coil received FDA approval as the second TMS device for major depression. In this paper, recent progress in the clinical introduction of rTMS for major depression in Japan is reported, in order to facilitate future discussion about how rTMS should be introduced for patients with major depression in Japan.[21]

Introducing the Rife PEMF Model MA for Amputees

Rife PEMF is a leading manufacturer and supplier of medical Bio-Active Electro Frequency devices in South Africa. By complying with South African and International standards for our medical devices, the company is committed to manufacture and supply top quality, safe and affordable devices for use in medical practice.

Rife PEMF was founded in 1994 by Mr. W.G.E. Schuwlst and has been on the leading edge of frequency therapy since the inception of the company. The first to apply and register the device, Mr. Schwulst saw the necessity of bringing Rife and PEMF technology to the people who could use it to its greatest advantage.

We are committed to working with medical practitioners and therapists to bring this state of the art technology to patients in South Africa. The device was specifically designed to allow practitioners to apply PEMF in their practice.

The device offers up to 10 programs that are programmed based on the physicians requirements. The model MA is rented to the physician directly for use in their practice or for rental to patients. Alternatively we rent to your patients directly and pay over any referral fees for rentals to your practice on a monthly basis.

The Rife Model MA PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa provides the following basic programs:

  • Pain
  • Circulation
  • Inflammation
  • Wound healing & regeneration
  • Depression
  • Sleep, healing and rejuvenation

Practitioners can add up to four other conditions to the PL should they wish to do so.

The Model MA comes with a set of magnetic body pads for ease of use. These body pads can be slipped into the prosthetic sock for direct treatment of the area affected by pain and phantom limb pain. It also comes with two magnetic cylinders for treatment of the hands and upper body.

The device is extremely easy to use. Patients are given personalized instructions for use and programs are run by pressing “Select”, “Program No” and then “Run”. Programs can be paused and resumed at a later time if needs be.

PEMF therapy can be used as an adjunct to conventional therapy and medication without interaction or side-effects.

Click here for more information on how to rent or buy your Rife PEMF device.

Finally, MA devices can be sent back to head office for reprogramming should the patient or practitioner decide to change the programs available on the MA device. Reprogramming is done for a fee of R 450.00 per device.

Add PEMF therapy for Amputees in South Africa to Your Practice

Adding PEMF as a therapy option to your practice has never been easier. Contact us for more details about renting or adding the Rife PEMF for amputees today.

For a contract, please email us, or for more information, feel free to contact George Schwulst on 082 882 0640.






















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PEMF Osteoarthritis Studies – Rife Review South Africa

PEMF Osteoarthritis and Post-Operative Pain

The research with Pulsed Electro- Magnetic frequency is escalating at a dizzy rate. Twenty years ago it was looked upon as a waste of time, but now it seems as if every branch of medicine is jumping with joy at the results in their respective areas.

a021762a-daaa-43c7-a7e7-83266f9245d8A study on PEMF Osteoarthritis , a condition that has potentially  devastating effects in the elderly, shows statistically increasing beneficial effects on bone mineral density when PEMF was tested over a period of 12 weeks.

Once again please notice that the treatment is constant over an extended period for best results, too often results are expected too soon. We have numerous clients in South Africa using PEMF for osteoarthritis and joint pain, and many of them have seen excellent results.

Rent your PEMF Osteoarthritis device in South Africa.

To Rent your Rife PEMF device now in South Africa, email us.

Plastic Surgeons have found that PEMF is a powerful tool with no known side effects for the management of post operative pain and oedema. It is also interesting that the research is so far in the ELF or extra low frequency range. It baffles me why, when the body’s own frequencies are in this range, there are people trying to convince others that their illegal, unlicensed instruments, functioning in the Ultra High Range are the ones that should be preferred! When in doubt contact Mr. Johan Uys at the Radiation Dept.on Tel. No.021-9461581.

If there is anything that I am able to help you with, feel free to call me.

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Beat Joint Pain from the Inside Out with PEMF

Living with pain becomes the norm for many of us. It is only when we can no longer function at some level that we begin to take action. Sadly, many of us don’t understand the origin of joint pain or that pain is a warning signal from the body. Feeling stiff when you wake up and having sore knees after hours of sitting is not a sign of old age, it’s your body telling you that you need to take action.

a021762a-daaa-43c7-a7e7-83266f9245d8The truth is that it is fine to take a pain tablet every now and again, but ignoring persistent pain, particularly pain in the joints, can spell disaster for your future health. Baby boomers have been called the “next arthritis generation.” With estimates that 50% of us will be diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the knee, and with the debilitating effects this  may have on your life, it is time to understand that you need to take action when you feel sore or stiff.

Joint pain is a signal that your body is not coping with inflammation and that your body needs support. Inflammation is one of the root causes of joint pain. It is also one of the reasons why joint tissue is damaged, causing pain in the future.

How Inflammation Damages Your Joints

The inflammatory process is a natural part of your body’s ability to heal. When you injure yourself, the inflammatory process removes debris from the site of the injury by using strong chemical compounds called cytokines. These cytokines are similar to a demolition crew on a building site. Cytokines remove the rubble from the site of the  injury so that your body can begin to build new healthy tissue.

Sadly, if the demolition crews/cytokines are not carefully regulated, they can damage healthy tissue. This is how inflammation begins to cause joint pain and how it causes the destruction of your joint tissue.

When you regulate the inflammatory process, you control how much damage occurs in the joints, which is why it is important to see pain and stiffness as a warning from your body that your joints need support.

PEMF Regulates Production of Inflammatory Compounds

In a recent study published in the Journal of Inflammatory Research, researchers showed that PEMF helps to regulate inflammation by controlling the production of cytokines.

In other words, PEMF therapy reduces the amount of chemicals your body produces for demolition purposes. PEMF therefore plays a role in preventing damage to your joints.

By removing the underlying cause of joint pain, you remove the threat of damage and you remove one of the causes of joint pain and stiffness. You therefore kill two birds with one stone: removing the cause of the pain and removing the threat of joint degradation.

PEMF Improves Circulation

The benefits of PEMF therapy do not stop there; PEMF also improves circulation. According to a study in the Journal of Orthopedic Research, PEMF improves circulation at the site of application.

By improving circulation to the joints, you improve the health of your joints. Add a joint supplement that supports healthy joint development and some exercise, and your knees will love and support you as you get older.

PEMF therapy is a drugless, painless way of providing your joints with the support they need, reducing joint pain and minimizing joint damage.

Don’t ignore sore and stiff knees. Start treating the cause of knee and joint pain today.

Click here for more information on renting or buying your Rife PEMF device today or Give us a call on 082 882 0640.