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PEMF therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

An interesting study on PEMF therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome was published recently in the Journal of Advanced Research. The double-blind trial compared the efficacy of pulsed ultrasound with pulsed electromagnetic therapy for the treatment of postnatal carpal tunnel syndrome and found that PEMF improved grip strength, reduced pain and could be an effective therapy for patients with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. The study included 40 patients diagnosed with carpal tunnel syndrome.

The study ran for four weeks during which time patients were given exercises to help to improve the condition and groups of patients received either pulsed ultrasound therapy or PEMF therapy three times a week for four weeks. The patients received PEMF therapy at 50Hz for 30 minutes per session. 50Hz on the Rife Model MA and UA devices is frequency number 297 and there is a Carpal Tunnel Syndrome program on both the Rife Model MA and UA.

PEMF therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Research - Outcome of the Study

The study measured pain levels, sensory and motor distal latencies, hand grip strength and conduction velocities of the median nerve. After therapy, the groups who received therapy showed significant improvement in all of the areas measured. There was also a difference between the two groups, with the group who received PEMF therapy showing more improvement than the group who received pulsed ultrasound therapy.

Since the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome include pain, inflammation and discomfort, it should not really be surprising to show improvements in these areas since both TENS and PEMF have been shown to help reduce pain, increase circulation and decrease inflammation.

It is also important to note that no adverse side effects were reported for either PEMF or ultrasound therapy. Unlike pain medication and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, the use of PEMF therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome could offer a drugless alternative to the current pharmaceutical treatments available.

For more information on PEMF and TENS therapy and inflammation, you can read our article on TENS therapy for Inflammation.

For Rife PEMF protocols, please read: Rife PEMF Protocol for Sinusitis

You can purchase a Rife Model MA200 on our rent to buy program at only R499.00 per month. Contact us today for more information at info@pemf.co.za or via whatsapp on 082 888 3223.

PEMF therapy for Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

 


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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.

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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 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.

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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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Rife October Health Challenge

We hope you felt the benefits of the September challenge and that you continue to add circulation to your regular Rife therapy sessions.

With allergy season around the corner, adding the inflammation and allergy programs to your weekly Rife program can be highly advantageous to help you to prepare the body for the allergen onslaught and to hopefully help you to prevent allergies this season.

Inflammation is inextricably linked to allergies. The inflammatory compound IL6 for example is considered an important marker for allergic asthma and according to one study, “IL-6 may contribute to impaired lung function in allergic asthma.” By reducing inflammatory compounds, you can help to support health and reduce the effects of allergies.

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One of the numerous benefits of TENS and PEMF therapy is to decrease the amount of inflammation in the body. By decreasing inflammation, you can radically improve the body’s ability to heal and the body’s ability to avoid conditions like allergies. To read about inflammation and allergies, why not read "TENS therapy for Inflammation".

For this month’s challenge we will therefore focus on inflammation.

For October commit to:

Running the Inflammation program at least 3 times a week. Since the inflammation program runs for 24 minutes, why not add it to your daily Schuman program and fight inflammation while you get a good night’s rest. To treat the entire body, use one cylinder and one body pad under the foot, alternating between left and right foot on a daily basis.

 

 


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