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TENS Therapy for Asthma in Children

A study on TENS therapy for asthma in Children showed that children who were given TENS therapy for asthma, experienced improved quality of life of the children versus children who had not received therapy. The study revealed that eight weeks of acupuncture like TENS therapy also improved the children’s heart rate turbulence (HRT) measurements.

Childhood asthma can be a huge burden for a child to bear. Children with asthma often struggle to excel at sports and may even avoid exercise and physical activity to reduce their discomfort. Since exercise is a vital part of a healthy life, children who avoid exercise are more likely to develop diseases like obesity and other conditions related to a sedentary lifestyle.

Asthma is defined as a long term, chronic inflammatory disease of the respiratory system. It is therefore no surprise that therapies that reduce inflammation can be useful in the management of treatment of the condition. TENS and PEMF therapy are well known for their ability to reduce inflammation and the therapy has little if any known side effects.

TENS Therapy for Asthma in Children

Although this study is the only one we are aware in the area of asthma in children, it is not the only study done on TENS therapy for asthma. Another study found that TENS therapy reduced the decline of Forced Expiratory Volumes during training and exercise and could therefore be useful for improving training for asthmatic individuals.

When you add to that, the benefits of TENS and PEMF for improving sports performance, then you have a powerful tool to help support your child growth and development.

TENS Therapy for Asthma in Children - The Non-Invasive Approach

Since TENS therapy for asthma in children is a non-invasive, drug-free approach to the condition, this type of therapy is appealing to an ever-growing number of parents as an addition to their other asthma management strategies.

For more information about renting a Rife PEMF Model MA200 for Asthma, feel free to email us for more information.


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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 Asthma

According to the Global Asthma Report published in 2014, South Africa has one of the leading mortality rates where it comes to asthma, in spite of the fact that asthma can be successfully managed and treated. The report stated that the majority of asthma deaths were due to inappropriate management of asthma due to an over-reliance on medication that provides relief, rather than strategies aimed at asthma prevention. TENS therapy for asthma has been shown to reduce inflammation and inflammatory markers, and has been shown to help to reduce the condition. This type of therapy could therefore be a valuable tool in the management and reduction of asthma.

TENS Therapy for Asthma

TENS Therapy for Asthma

TENS Therapy for Asthma – What is Asthma?

Asthma is a chronic long-term inflammatory disease of the respiratory system. Inflammatory markers therefore play a prominent role in the development and continuance of the condition. Cytokines and leukotrienes are compounds that are responsible for your body's inflammatory response.

When your body reacts to something, like an environmental allergen for example, then it produces inflammatory markers like cytokines which form part of your body’s protective system. In the case of asthma, these cytokines cause the tissues in the lungs to become inflamed. The inflammation then causes a restriction in the airways and this hinders your ability to breathe normally. A reduction in inflammation and your body’s inflammatory response can therefore be a valuable strategy in the prevention or reduction of the underlying causes of asthma. In fact, medications aimed at long term reduction and prevention of asthma are based on this principle.

TENS Therapy for Asthma - Inflammation

Studies show that cytokines like interleukin 1 play a very important role in the development of allergies and asthma. Some medications are even aimed at reducing these interleukins in order to treat and prevent asthma. But what many people don’t realize is that studies show that therapies like TENS therapy for asthma and PEMF therapies are also effective at reducing inflammation and the levels of inflammatory cytokines in the body.

In a study on the post-operative effects of PEMF, researchers found that patients who had received PEMF therapy after the operation had 275% less IL-1 beta concentrations than patients who had not received the therapy. Although the concentrations were measured in the wounds of the patients, there are numerous other studies that indicate the TENS and PEMF therapies may be effective at reducing inflammatory markers like interleukin in the body. Reduce the inflammation and you can effectively manage and even reduce conditions like asthma.

TENS Therapy for Asthma – The Research and Studies

The studies don’t only focus on the reduction of inflammation. There are also studies done specifically on the effect of TENS therapy for asthma.

In a randomized controlled trial published in the Journal of Respiratory Physiology, researchers found that TENS therapy reduced the decline of FEV1 in patients with asthma. FEV1 or forced expiratory volume is one of the most important measurements used to assess respiratory health. FEV1 is simply the amount of air you can exhale in one second. FEV1 values are measured and then converted into a percentage of normal based on each patient.

Exercise often leads to a reduced FEV1 in asthma patients since exercise often exacerbates asthma. By reducing the decline in FEV1 values, the study effectively illustrates the preventative action of TENS therapy in asthma patients.

The study also found that patients who received TENS therapy for asthma may prolong exercise training and duration and that it may also allow for higher exercise intensity in these patients.

Another randomized controlled study done on patients with chronic pulmonary obstructive disease confirmed that TENS therapy for asthma increased FEV1 in patients with COPD.

TENS Therapy for Asthma – Quality of life

Although FEV1 is an important tool in the measurement of asthma, it is not the only consideration for asthma patients. In fact, I am sure that if asked, the effects of asthma on quality of life would rate far higher than an FEV1 value. In a study done on TENS therapy in children with asthma, researchers found that after eight weeks of treatment, quality of life as expressed by the pediatric asthma quality-of-life questionnaire was significantly improved in the children who received TENS therapy.

TENS therapy for Asthma – Summary of Benefits

The benefits of TENS and PEMF therapy extend far beyond FEV1 values. Here are just some of the benefits of using the Rife PEMF device to help you manage or control your asthma:

  • TENS PEMF therapy is non-invasive
  • TENS PEMF therapy has almost no side-effects
  • PEMF therapy can help to reduce the body's inflammatory response
  • A reduction in inflammation means an overall reduction in asthma
  • TENS and PEMF therapy are cost effective long-term solutions for health

TENS Therapy for Asthma – What to Expect

Most people who invest in a TENS or PEMF device, for some reason expect immediate, almost miraculous, results. They don’t however seem to expect the same from medication. The truth is that PEMF and TENS are highly effective at reducing inflammation and reducing the other symptoms associated with chronic conditions like asthma, but these devices are not miracle machines.

If you treat with asthma medication, you will treat asthma for life. If you treat asthma with TENS or PEMF, you will be treating asthma for life. The only difference between medication and TENS is that TENS has no side effects. You won’t have to keep paying for your Rife PEMF device year after year unlike medication, the cost of which keeps escalating every year.

You can therefore expect the following if you choose to treat your asthma with a Rife PEMF device:

  • A gradual reduction in inflammation
  • Which could lead to a gradual reduction in the asthma you are experiencing
  • Which could allow for a gradual increase in the amount of exercise you are able to do
  • Which could lead to an increase in health and quality of life.

Isn’t it time to add Rife PEMF therapy to your asthma prevention strategies? PEMF therapy is also effective for other chronic inflammatory conditions like allergies. Click here to read about PEMF for Sinusitis and allergies.


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