TENS PEMF Therapy for Prostate
In this stressful world, sleep is vital to allow your body to regenerate and heal. When sleep is reduced by stress, there is a double effect on your body: Lack of sleep and stress increase inflammation and your body has less time to heal. An enlarged prostate not only interrupts sleep but can be uncomfortable and even debilitating. Although surgery is the preferred option for reducing BPH, there are other non-invasive alternatives like TENS PEMF therapy for prostate that can offer you symptomatic and long term relief for this condition.
An enlarged prostate is a common complaint for men as they get older with 60% of men over the age of sixty diagnosed with benign prostatic hyperplasia or BPH. In fact, most men will face a diagnosis of enlarged prostate at some point in their lifetime, and for most individuals the condition can severely interfere with their quality of life.
BPH is caused by an enlarged prostate gland. This gland surrounds the urethra and as it increases in size, it begins to restrict or even block the urethra, making urination difficult. The symptoms of BPH reflect this, namely:
- An urgent need to urinate which can often result in interrupted sleep
- Hesitation before urine begins to flow
- Straining to urinate
- A sense that the bladder is full
- Leakage or dribbling after urination
Although an enlarged prostate has been indicated as the cause, the underlying cause of why the prostate becomes enlarged has yet to be definitively identified. Doctors are however in agreement that lack of circulation and inflammation play a pivotal role in the enlargement process. Since TENS PEMF therapy for prostate can help to improve circulation and reduce inflammation and address other symptoms like pain and even sleep, this type of therapy is a logical choice where it comes to addressing BPH.
TENS PEMF therapy for prostate- Pain
Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation therapy or TENS has been used for decades for various forms of pain relief and is now widely accepted as safe and effective for severe forms of pain like labor pain. There are even studies that show that TENS is more effective than analgesics in addressing chronic pelvic pain and prostatitis.
In recent years, various studies on TENS PEMF therapy for prostate have come to light. In 2008, a study compared TENS and analgesics for the treatment of chronic prostatitis and chronic pelvic pain syndrome. This study found that TENS therapy was not only effective for the treatment of chronic pain and prostatitis but in fact outperformed the other therapies by a significant margin.
The results of study were as follows:
This study used 60Hz and 100Hz and treatment was done 5 days a week for four weeks.
But TENS and PEMF therapy don’t only address the pain associated with the condition. There are also studies which show that PEMF therapy can be very effective in reducing inflammation.
TENS PEMF therapy for prostate – Inflammation
It is the inflammation associated with BPH that accounts for some of the enlargement of the prostate and consequently some of the symptoms like reduced prostate volume, reduced urine flow and increased urine residue. Studies show that both chronic and acute inflammation can play a role in the proliferation of prostatic tissue and that the oxidative stress caused by inflammation can lead to tissue damage within the prostate gland which results in hyperplastic growth. Reducing inflammation can therefore be supportive in addressing these symptoms and the condition in general and may even play a role in preventing the condition.
The problem with prevention however, is that most anti-inflammatories cannot be taken on a long term basis. TENS PEMF therapy for prostate is however different. TENS therapy and PEMF therapy have been shown to be both safe and effective in the long term and these therapies can be used prophylactically too.
In 2011 a study on pulsed electromagnetic therapy for benign prostate hyperplasia published in the International Journal of Nephrology, TENS PEMF therapy for prostate was shown to be an extremely effective, non-invasive therapy alternative for BPH.
The study included 22 patients who were suffering from BPH and who were given placebo or electromagnetic therapy. The group who received PEMF therapy at radiofrequencies had reduced prostate volume, reduced urine residue, and improved urine flow rate. The PEMF group also had improved IPSS scores International Prostate Symptom Score.
These are by no means the only studies on TENS PEMF therapy for prostate either. In 2011, a canine study on BPH revealed that PEMF therapy reduced prostatic volume by 57%. The study concluded that the efficacy of PEMF on BPH in dogs was suggestive that this type of therapy would be suitable for humans and that reduction of blood supply may be a factor in the underlying causes of BPH.
TENS PEMF therapy for prostate – Circulation
As with any condition, circulation is a vital part of supporting the healing process and in fact supporting health in general. Although TENS PEMF studies focusing on circulation in BPH are lacking, there are an abundance of studies on TENS and PEMF therapy where it comes to promoting circulation.
The most recent study on the effects of PEMF on circulation was published in the Journal of Bioelectromagnetics focusing on individuals with diabetes mellitus. This study used ultrasound biomicroscopy to observe the effects of pulsed electromagnetic therapy on blood flow and circulation. The researchers concluded that PEMF therapy could increase blood flow velocity in even the smallest veins in people with or without diabetes mellitus.
TENS PEMF therapy for prostate studies and research
While TENS is effective for the pain associated with chronic prostatitis and other pelvic conditions like BPH, PEMF therapy has also been shown to be effective at managing these conditions. PEMF therapy can improve circulation and it has been shown to reduce inflammation. TENS and PEMF have even been shown to help to reduce stress and anxiety, and to improve overall quality of life.
When you combine the benefits of PEMF therapy with TENS therapy thereby addressing the symptoms as well as some of the underlying causes of the condition then you have a powerful combination for treating BPH and other prostate conditions. When you consider that TENS PEMF therapy can be used prophylactically, then you have to wonder why more physicians aren’t telling their male patients about TENS PEMF therapy for prostate health.