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TENS PEMF therapy in the management of ADD and ADHD

The following studies represent the clinical evidence for the use of TENS PEMF therapy in the management of ADD and ADHD. Please note these studies were not done on the Rife PEMF device, but do represent outputs available on our devices.

TENS PEMF therapy in the management of ADD and ADHD

For more information on ADHD and ADD, please read our article: TENS therapy for ADHD – ADHD Alternatives to medication

Effects of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) on cognition, behavior, and the rest-activity rhythm in children with ADHD Twenty-two children diagnosed with ADHD-CT received TENS treatment during 6 weeks, 2 times 30 min a day. Neuropsychological tests were administered to assess cognition, parent/teacher behavioral rating scales were used to measure behavior, and actigraphy was used to assess the rest-activity rhythm. TENS appeared to have a moderate beneficial influence on cognitive functions that load particularly on executive function. There was also improvement in behavior as measured by parent/teacher behavioral rating scales. Moreover, motor restlessness during sleep and motor activity during the day decreased by TENS. CONCLUSIONS: The effects of TENS in children with ADHD are modest but encouraging and warrant further research.
Transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) in the treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adolescents and young adults: a pilot study In 2012, Weaver et al. performed a pilot trial of 9 adolescents and young adults, age 15-20, using 10 Hz rTMS to the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex 97. Subjects underwent 10 sessions over two weeks and each subject was crossed-over to receive sham. The objective of the study was to assess safety and the conclusion was that this was that rTMS was safe in this cohort, but the study was underpowered to show efficacy. Although the authors reported an improvement in core ADHD symptoms in the treatment group the effect did not differ significantly from the sham condition. 10Hz
Positive effects of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation on attention in ADHD Subjects: a randomized controlled pilot study. In 2010, Bloch et al. performed a double blind, randomized, sham controlled crossover pilot study with positive effects in 13 patients
Effectiveness of the repetitive Transcranical Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) of 1 Hz for Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). The purpose of our study is to verify the therapeutic effectiveness of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (low frequency (1Hz, 1200 stim/die for five days)), applied on the impending scalp additional motor area, in a subject affected by ADHD. Results show a significant improvement that lasted for at least 4 weeks. Placebo control did not show any improvement. 1Hz
Saftey of TMS TMS has been used in over 800 normal children and over 300 neurologically abnormal children, with a good tolerability and safety profile 105,106. No change in auditory function has been reported in the pediatric population to date 105. Single- or paired-pulse TMS has not been shown to cause seizures in children, including those with epilepsy or with conditions like cerebral palsy that are associated with increased risk of seizures 101,107-113. One case of rTMS-induced seizure was reported in an adolescent patient being treated for depression 114, though other risk factors for seizure were also present, including alcohol use the night before the induced seizure 95. In 2009, a consensus conference issued recommendations for the safe use TMS in the pediatric population. They concluded that single-pulse and paired-pulse TMS was safe for children two years and older. In the absence of an appreciable volume of data on the potential for adverse effects with rTMS, they recommended that children should not be used as subjects for rTMS without compelling clinical reasons, such as the treatment of particular psychiatric conditions
Noninvasive Brain Stimulation in Pediatric ADHD: A Review An ongoing study is investigating the use of tDCS in adult patients with ADHD, which uses anodal tDCS stimulation over the left dorsolateral preftonal cortex at 1 mA127. The aim of this parallel, randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled trial is to study the modulation of inhibitory control in this population. While the results of tDCS in ADHD are not yet available there is a burgeoning literature suggesting that tDCS may be used to improve cognitive performance. These studies have shown that tDCS can improve behavioural inhibition, memory, and attention in healthy subjects 128,129, and these findings extend to clinical populations 127,130. There is reason to be optimistic that similar stimulation paradigms may have a beneficial effect for ADHD patients, though it will be critical that future studies be sufficiently powered and include a sham-controlled experimental design.
Transcranial direct current stimulation improves clinical symptoms in adolescents with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder Anodal transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) of the prefrontal cortex has repeatedly been shown to improve working memory. As patients with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are characterized by both underactivation of the prefrontal cortex and deficits in working memory that correlate with clinical symptoms, it is hypothesized that the modulation of prefrontal activity with tDCS in patients with ADHD increases performance in working memory and reduces symptoms of ADHD. To test this hypothesis, fifteen adolescents with ADHD (12-16 years old, three girls and 12 boys) were treated according to the randomized, double-blinded, sham-controlled, crossover design with either 1 mA anodal tDCS over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex or with the sham protocol 5 days each with a 2 weeks pause between these conditions. Anodal tDCS caused a significant reduction in clinical symptoms of inattention and impulsivity in adolescents with ADHD compared to sham stimulation. The clinical effects were supported by a significant reduction in inattention and hyperactivity in a standardized working memory test (QbTest). The described effects were more pronounced 7 days after the end of stimulation, a fact which emphasizes the long-lasting clinical and neuropsychological changes after tDCS. This study provides the first evidence that tDCS may reduce symptoms of ADHD and improve neuropsychological functioning in adolescents and points on the potential of tDCS as a form of treatment for ADHD. 1 mA
Positive effects of transcranial direct current stimulation in adult patients with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder - A pilot randomized controlled study. We performed a double-blind, sham-controlled randomized clinical trial in 17 patients with ADHD. The set up for tDCS was the following: 2mA/20min/day for 5 days with the anode over the right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex and cathode over the left dorsolateral prefrontal cortex. ADHD symptoms were measured by the Adult ADHD Self-Report Scale (ASRS) and impairment with the Sheehan Disability Scale (SDS) in four different time points after stimulation. Participants achieved significant lower ASRS inattention and SDS scores after active tDCS in comparison with sham stimulation group. In addition, we detected a trend for a lower ASRS total score in the active tDCS group. Follow up data analysis revealed a positive interaction between time and treatment in both ASRS inattention, SDS and ASRS total scores. Short-term application of tDCS in adult patients with ADHD improved their symptoms, and this improvement persisted after the end of the stimulation. Future studies with larger sample sizes are needed. 2mA/20min/day

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TEMS therapy for COPD

Exercise is vital for rehabilitation and recovery in most conditions and in patients who struggle to breathe this component of rehabilitation can pose a huge challenge. TEMS therapy for COPD could aid in recovery by improving muscle strength, performance and the ability to exercise.

Study on TEMS therapy for COPD

A study published in Thorax in 2002 showed that transcustaneous electrical muscle stimulation in patients with COPD helped to improve muscle strength, muscle mass and performance. These improvements could support improved rehabilitation in these patients. The therapy was well tolerated in most patients with less than a 5% drop-out rate in the study.

Improvements noted included quadriceps strength improvement of 20% versus 7% in the untreated group, hamstring strength improvement of 13% versus 4.7% in the untreated group and this resulted in a 36% improvement in the shuttle walk test in the treated group versus a 1.6% improvement in the untreated group.

The study concluded that use of TEMS in peripheral muscles of patients could be a useful adjunctive treatment for patients suffering from COPD.

TENS and PEMF therapy can also be useful in reducing pain and inflammation and TENS therapy in particular has been found to support arthritis and osteoarthritis patients. TENS and PEMF therapy can also be useful for reducing inflammation.

To read the summary of the study on TEMS therapy for COPD, click here.

TEMS therapy for COPD


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TENS for Eyes

TENS for Eyes – Macular Degeneration

A new study on the effect of TENS for eyes in the form of micro-current stimulation has been published in the Journal of Clinical Ophthalmology in December 2015. TENS therapy for inflammation is starting to be accepted by mainstream medicine. TENS therapy is also being recognized for its benefits for circulation. TENS and PEMF therapy also offer other benefits like the promotion and support of wound healing and tissue regeneration. This study examines the effects of micro-current stimulation on age-related macular degeneration(AMD). Using plates placed over the eyes and applying micro-currents at various specific frequencies the study was aimed at working out if this form of therapy has any effect on dry and wet AMD.

TENS for Eyes

TENS for Eyes – Causes of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

Although the precise causes of AMD have yet to be identified, poor circulation or a decrease in circulation has been identified as a possible factor in the development of, and the progression of, age-related macular degeneration or AMD. Increasing the circulation can therefore be beneficial for those patients suffering from the condition.

Another factor that has been clearly identified as contributing factor to the condition is inflammation. TENS and PEMF are well known for their ability to reduce inflammation and they can therefore be valuable, non-invasive tools for supporting patients with macular degeneration.

TENS for Eyes – The study

Seventeen patients took part in this study. The age of the patients ranging between 67 and 95 years old. Each patient was selected based on their diagnosis of either wet or dry AMD by recognized eye clinics. 25 eyes in the study had been identified as being affected by dry AMD. 6 eyes in the study were identified as being affected by wet AMD.

Patients were given therapy once a week for thirty-five minutes using a specific range for frequencies. Each patient was monitored using Snellen Visual Acuity scales both before and after therapy.

The results of the study showed significant increases in visual acuity in both the dry and wet AMD eyes. With regards to the dry eye age-related macular degeneration, twice as many patients improved, and only slight deterioration was seen in the rest of the patients. Of these patients 52% of the patients improved with 26% showing decreased deterioration than would normally occur. In the wet eye group, five out of six eyes showed improvement and there was no deterioration.

The study concluded that the changes observed in the eyes were substantial and that further studies were warranted to determine the long term of effects of this type of treatment on AMD.

TENS for Eyes – A Non-invasive Approach

Since TENS and PEMF have relatively few adverse events and side-effects, and they are non-invasive therapies that one can use at home. These therapies may be worth trying for patients with AMD since there are few if any alternative therapies open to patients struggling with this condition at the moment.

 


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TENS PEMF for Fatigue

November – Fighting Fatigue

So many of us write off fatigue and the effects of fatigue, particularly at this time of year. After all, we will be going on vacation soon, so why worry about exhaustion now? The truth is that fatigue should be a red flag in terms of your health and if you have a Rife PEMF machine, then you should consider taking advantage of the available programs to support health and to help you fight off fatigue.

November is like running the last five kilometers of a marathon. The finish line is in sight; Christmas vacation is around the corner; you deserve a medal for your efforts throughout the year; and yet, after burning both ends of the candle for the past nine months, the finish line almost seems out of reach. That is why the November Rife Health Challenge is going to focus on fatigue and how you can use your Rife PEMF device to fight the effects of fatigue.

We urge you not to write off the fact that you are feeling fatigued. Although mainstream medicine sees fatigue as a symptom of a disease, the truth is that energy is one of the most direct signs of your state of health. If you have no energy, the body has no energy, and if your body has no energy then you cannot maintain a healthy state.

Start paying attention to how energetic you feel. When your energy levels are low, act. Don’t wait for the body to become ill to force you to rest. Rest, relaxation and sleep are all vital to give your body the time to heal and to allow your body to produce the energy you need to thrive.

PEMF and TENS therapy have been shown to support a healthy metabolism, to reduce fatigue and to improve overall health by supporting mechanisms like circulation and tissue oxygenation. These factors all contribute to improving your energy levels. The following programs can help you through these last few weeks before Christmas.

For the November Health Challenge commit to improving sleep and energy to fight fatigue.

  1. Run the Schumann program daily, last thing at night before bed using whole body treatment. Better still, use the Maxi MAT and run Schumann while you are sleeping. Improving the quality of sleep will go a long way to helping you reduce fatigue.
  2. Run circulation twice a week to improve overall energy levels. Circulation brings vital oxygen and nutrients to the tissues of the body. By providing these building blocks to your cells, your body will automatically have more energy.

Read our latest blog article for more information on how TENS and PEMF therapy boosts energy to reduce fatigue.

TENS for Fatigue


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PEMF Therapy for Depression

PEMF Therapy for Depression

When it comes to depression, the truth is that the underlying causes of depression are about as varied as general medical conditions themselves. Most chronic conditions result in some form of depression. I mean, who can live with constant pain on a daily basis and not feel depressed in some way or another? That is why the studies on PEMF therapy for depression include studies on topics as diverse as fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis.

This diversity is also the beauty of PEMF therapy for depression. Although not a cure all, PEMF therapy addresses some of the most common underlying causes of general chronic conditions like arthritis, fibromyalgia and other long-term conditions. By addressing the underlying causes and addressing these conditions you can help to alleviate some of the depression. In other words, if you reduce the pain, you reduce the underlying cause of depression. Similarly, if you reduce the inflammation, you reduce one of the underlying cause of pain and swelling and this in turn helps to alleviate some of the depression.

I do not mean to imply that all cases of depression are linked to an underlying condition. Depression is often also the main chronic condition. In fact, chronic conditions and depression can lead to the chicken and the egg situation. Depression causes lack of sleep, fatigue and anxiety and this contributes to a lack of exercise and a loss of quality of life which in turn contributes to conditions like depression, arthritis, joint pain and other chronic conditions. Conditions like arthritis and joint pain can make exercise painful which in turn contributes to an increase in depression. So it can be really hard to isolate whether depression is at the heart of other chronic conditions or whether the chronic condition is the cause of depression.

PEMF Therapy for Depression

Luckily, unlike medication which is often only effective for a single of condition, PEMF therapy is proving effective for a variety of conditions including depression, arthritis, migraines, pain and inflammation.

How PEMF Therapy for Depression Works

In order to understand the effect of TENS and PEMF therapy for depression, you need to understand a little about how your brain and brain chemicals work. Your body and the environment are in a constant state of biofeedback. The environment, or your circumstances, interact with the body and the body in turn reacts to, and interacts with, your environment. In terms of emotion, your environment tells the brain what state it should be in and the brain in turn gives you a way to interpret your environment.

Think about a day that you had looked forward to for a long time. Your first date or a day you had a special evening planned. When you woke up and realized that the special day had arrived, you told you brain, it was going to be a great day. The brain in turn created all of the chemicals you need to enjoy the day. If you think back to that day, you will most likely find, the little things most likely bothered you less. The traffic was not as irritating, the waiter who spilled your water, was not as big a deal, and the day turned out to be a good day. Conversely, on a day you dreaded, the traffic was far worse, and everything went wrong.

Essentially, the state you are in affects your perception of your environment. It provides a “filter” that affects how you perceive the events around you. The state of mind you are in, is to a large degree, determined by the frequencies and chemicals manufactured by your brain. When the brain is in a relaxed state it produces lower frequencies, from 8 to 12 Hz for example, and it triggers the manufacture of compounds like serotonin and dopamine or the “feel good” chemicals. When your brain is in a stressed state, it causes chemicals like adrenaline and cortisol to be produced and it functions at higher frequencies.

As mentioned, the brain and the environment are in a constant feedback situation. Your brain chemicals change depending on the environment and your perception of the environment changes depending on the chemicals in the brain. This means that, by changing the environment you can change the chemicals your body manufactures and this can in turn affect perception.

There are many theories about how TENS and PEMF therapy for depression work. Some theories suggest that PEMF and TENS affect the chemicals manufactured by the brain, which in turn affects brain function and therefore these therapies affect mood. Other theories, like the entrainment theory, suggest that you can affect brain function by introducing frequencies that support relaxation and a general feeling of contentment and that by introducing these frequencies, the brain manufactures chemicals that support these moods.

PEMF Therapy for Depression – The Research and Studies

Irrespective of how TENS and PEMF therapy for depression actually work, the fact is that the FDA has approved numerous TENS, PEMF and CES therapy devices for the treatment of anxiety and depression.

In a recent study published in the Journal of Practical Pain management, researchers compared the effects of CES therapy for depression with Paxil, Zoloft and Prozac. CES an acronym for cranial electrostimulation. The review compared the results from several studies done on these pharmaceuticals with the results of 8 studies done on CES therapy. The results were amazing.

CES therapy was two to three times more effective than all of the pharmaceuticals that were included as a part of the study for treating depression. The study also concluded that patients spent about half as much for the therapy with an average $600 dollars spent on CES therapy compared with over $1600 being spent on Prozac for example, in the first year. What the study does not take into account is that in the second year zero would be spent on CES therapy since the machine was already bought and paid for and patients would still spend $1600 on medication.

The Rife PEMF device provides 8 – 20Hz and the handheld cylinders can be used for treating the upper body and head area. You can rent or buy a model MA200 device and experience the effects of entrainment for yourself.


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PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease patients

How PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease

Mary Comer said, “We are really a composite of our life experiences – memory layered upon memory and Alzheimer’s steals that away.” Although PEMF is certainly not a cure and many studies still need to be done, PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease patients by improving circulation, improving sleep and improving oxygenation and these three aspects can help to support the aging brain.

There is nothing quite as frightening as losing your life or your loved one, one memory at a time. Although not a miracle cure, there have been some positive results in studies on PEMF and Alzheimer’s disease for supporting and improving memory, and improving cognitive function.

PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease

PEMF therapy uses pulsed electromagnetic frequencies administered to the body via accessories. In the case of the Rife PEMF for example, you have access to magnetic cylinders and body pads that can be used for treatment. It is a non-invasive therapy that offer general and specific health benefits PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease that may be helpful for supporting the health of Alzheimer’s patients too.

According to the Alzheimer’s Association, every 67 seconds, someone in the USA develops Alzheimer’s. These statistics are not very far removed from Alzheimer’s in South Africa. The Alzheimer’s Association also points out that increased circulation increases oxygenation to the brain, which can be helpful in supporting brain health. Although there does not seem to be a cure on the horizon, there are various other factors that can help to support individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s and some factors can even help to slow the progression of the disease.

The factors that have been identified that can be beneficial for Alzheimer’s patients include:

  • Increased circulation to the brain
  • Increased oxygenation to the brain
  • Improved quality of sleep

PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease – Improved Circulation and Oxygenation

Improved circulation can make a difference in brain function and increased circulation can help to support brain health. In fact, most Alzheimer’s organizations recommend that the cessation of smoking can have immediate benefits in terms of brain function and health for Alzheimer’s patients because of improved circulation and oxygenation. Improving circulation can therefore be highly beneficial for brain health and for Alzheimer’s patients.

There are numerous studies on the benefits of PEMF for circulation. In a study published in 2009, researchers evaluated the efficacy of PEMF on diabetic polyneuropathy. This study is interesting because it not only dealt with increased circulation but also showed that PEMF slowed the progression of neuropathy. Neuropathy is a disease where the peripheral nerves degenerate. This may hold additional implications for Alzheimer’s patients.

PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease - Improving Sleep

In a study on sleep and Alzheimer’s, researchers studied the effects of sleep on the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Most of the studies before this study focused on the effects on Alzheimer’s disease on sleep, but the researchers for this study surmised that sleep could be akin to the chicken and egg situation and they wondered whether disrupted sleep could impact on the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease.

The researchers found that quality sleep played a vital role in allowing the brain to rid itself of the garbage proteins that accumulated during the day and that disrupted sleep increased the garbage and therefore exacerbated the development and progression of Alzheimer’s disease. Essentially their research showed that disrupted sleep could exacerbate Alzheimer’s, which in turn could disrupt sleep.

In a study on impulse magnetic field therapy and insomnia, researchers found that seventy percent of the patients who received treatment experienced substantial relief from their insomnia-related complaints versus two percent of the placebo group.

PEMF therapy benefits Alzheimer disease - Specific Studies on PEMF and Alzheimer’s

Since PEMF has been shown to be beneficial for increasing microcirculation and for supporting oxygenation, as well as promoting cellular metabolism and improving sleep, it should not be surprising that PEMF may be helpful in supporting brain health in Alzheimer’s patients.

There are two specific studies dealing with the use of frequency therapy and Alzheimer’s disease.

The first study on the benefits of PEMF therapy for Alzheimer’s disease studied the effects of PEMF on visual memory and Visuoperceptual function in patients with Alzheimer’s disease. Frequencies ranging between 5Hz and 8Hz were used in the study and the study found that the application of these frequencies in two Alzheimer’s patients improved both visual memory as well as Visuoperceptual function. The researcher suggested that this indicated that improvements in other cognitive functions like short term memory, spatial orientation, judgement, reasoning, social interaction and mood could also improve.

The second study on Benefits of PEMF therapy for Alzheimer’s Disease focused on the disorganization of circadian rhythms in Alzheimer’s patients. These rhythms are integrally linked to healthy sleep patterns and this study therefore ties in to sleep and Alzheimer’s disease.

Studies on animals have shown a link between disrupted circadian rhythms to the loss of memory and cognitive processes. Alzheimer’s patients often have severely disrupted sleep patterns and circadian rhythms. The researchers theorized that magnetic therapy may help to support healthy circadian rhythms because magnetic fields may help to organize these rhythms. They also emphasized that magnetic shielding may lead to disorganization of them contributing to the progression of the disease.

General PEMF Therapy Benefits - Alzheimer’s Patients

Although there are only two studies to date on Alzheimer’s disease and PEMF therapy, any individual can benefit from PEMF therapy and that includes patients dealing with cognitive impairment or a loss of cognitive function.

One of the biggest benefits of Rife PEMF therapy in South Africa, is that the model MA can be used in the comfort of your own home. When dealing with an Alzheimer’s patient, this means less disruption for the patient. Whether you are using the Rife PEMF model MA for pain, improved health, or for specific conditions, you can expect to experience improvements in overall health for you and your family.

With our rent to buy option and our long term purchase options, you can rent an MA and see for yourself what benefits the Rife PEMF model MA has for you and your family. PEMF therapy can also be used safely to help support the aging brain to reduce general cognitive decline. To rent or buy your Rife PEMF in South Africa, feel free to contact us for more information.


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