WHAT PROFESSIONAL ATHLETES SAYS ABOUT PEMF THERAPY
Sports Injuries Sports injuries are not restricted to just professional athletes; many of us are physically active at least to some degree. Even everyday activities like walking your dog can result in a sprained ankle or a strained muscle.
Sprains and strains are among the most common sports injuries, alongside knee, muscle, and tendon injuries. Fractures and dislocations are also frequent. These types of injuries are usually accompanied by pain, inflammation, swelling, and stiffness.
Although sprains and strains have similar symptoms, they involve different body parts. A sprain involves the stretching or tearing of a ligament, whereas a strain involves the stretching or tearing of a muscle or tendon. While a sprain most commonly occurs in ankles, a strain mostly affects the thigh and lower back
Professional athletes often suffer from injuries caused by repeated stress on tendons like shoulders, arms, legs and feet, leading to an inflammation called tendonitis.
Another common injury caused by repeated stress is bursitis, which often accompanies tendonitis. The bursa is a fluid-filled sac that allows for the smooth movement of a tendon over the bone. When the bursa is overused, it will become swollen and irritated, causing pain and discomfort.
Tennis elbow (lateral epicondylitis) is pain and inflammation of the tendons on the outer side of the elbow. In some cases, the pain may spread to the forearm or wrist as well. In addition to pain one may suffer from a burning sensation and a weakened grip. Despite the name, this condition is not limited to tennis players, although it often results from repeated use of a tennis backhand stroke with poor technique.
Other causes include different racket sports and certain professions that involve a lot of repetitive arm motion such as plumbing. Everyday activities like typing or using a screwdriver can also cause the onset of a tennis elbow.
Golfer’s elbow (medial epicondylitis) is a condition similar to a tennis elbow occurring on the inner side of the elbow. Pain and inflammation of the tendons is caused by overuse and repetitive motion, like golf swings or various throws. Symptoms of a golfer’s elbow include pain and tenderness on the inside of the elbow, as well as weakness and stiffness.
Knee ligaments are often injured during sports, especially the anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) and the medial collateral ligament (MCL). Cruciate ligaments are located inside the knee joint while collateral ligaments are located on the sides of the knee. Athletes participating in contact sports or sports that involve a lot of jumping and landing, running and stopping, and changes in direction are prone to ACL injuries. MCL injuries are often caused by a direct blow to the outside of the knee. Symptoms include pain, swelling, instability, and restricted movement.
Meniscus injuries are also a common sports injury. A direct blow to the outer part of the knee can lead to a meniscal tear, as well as squatting and twisting the knee. Common symptoms are pain, swelling, stiffness, clicking or locking of the knee, and inability to fully move the knee.
A patellar tendon tear, commonly known as “jumper’s knee”, is mostly seen in people who play running or jumping sports, caused by a direct fall or landing after a jump. A weakened tendon is also more likely to tear. Typical symptoms are pain and swelling, stiffness, and difficulty while walking.
Back and thigh injuries
Thigh Injury very common cause of back pain in athletes is over-activity, which can often lead to pain and soreness in the lower back due to muscles and ligaments being overstretched. Symptoms of a low back muscle strain are sudden sharp pain, swelling, and pain while trying to bend or move the back.
Other traumatic back injuries involve the sacroiliac joints and the tailbone. The sacroiliac joints are located at the lower part of the back and are responsible for the twisting movements of the legs. These joints can be injured by a hard fall on the buttocks. Tailbone injuries are also caused by falls onto the backside. Although pain caused by a sacroiliac injury may lead to stiffness in the lower back, it is mostly present on the right or left side of the buttocks. Pain due to a bruised tailbone is felt just above the buttocks at the lowest part of the back.
Injuries to the hamstring are usually a result of a strained or pulled muscle at the back of the thigh. Hamstring injuries are most common in athletes who participate in sports which require a lot of running with sudden stops, like soccer, football and basketball. Pain from a hamstring injury is present at the back of the thigh and may be accompanied by swelling, bruising, and muscle weakness.
Healing from sports injuries can take several months, which is very problematic for athletes who are used to exercising on a regular basis. The body needs to increase its blood flow to the injured areas in order to carry nutrients to the affected areas. PEMF therapy is ideal for sports injuries as it boosts the body’s own healing process by increasing blood flow and stimulating the body to repair damaged tissue.
Recurring injuries to the same area can also be treated successfully with the PEMF 4000 system for amazing results:
Treating a person for a fractured scaphoid bone which would not heal. What is of particular interest in this case is the fact that the patient was a competitive bike rider and he asked his specialist why so many sports people have the same recurring injuries to be told that they do not heal. Now the specialist is surprised at the amount of movement the patient is getting back, but I am not surprised at all! This is a really powerful healing tool!
Magnetic field therapy is one of the world’s oldest forms of healing. Today, like other age-old therapies such as acupuncture and homeopathy, magnetic resonance stimulation is enjoying a true renaissance in the world of complementary and alternative medicine. Unlike static magnets, Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) sessions deliver a pulsed field that surrounds the body with healing energy, addressing a wide variety of health issues. There are over 1000 clinical studies and over 7000 research papers validating the therapeutic benefits of PEMF. It is bio-identical to the range of magnetic frequencies and intensities found in the earth’s own field (Schumann resonance).
PEMF can also be thought of as a battery recharger for the human cell. We now know that the voltage of a healthy cell is about 70-110 millivolts and when we get sick that voltage drops below 50 millivolts or less and cancer cells are 30 millivolts or less. Pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) act like a catalyst and battery recharger for the human cells and these PEMF’s are critical for human metabolism.
- improve micro circulation
- increase oxygenation (up to 200%)
- help with nerve regeneration and pain management
- offer many other health-promoting benefits
Used most commonly in the field of orthopedics, PEMF is a reparative technique for treatment of non-union fractures from sports or accident related injuries. Athletes in the NFL, major league baseball players and boxers as well as people from all walks of life are finding extraordinary success with this therapy. More than a quarter million patients with severe un-united fractures have benefited worldwide from this surgically non-invasive treatment, without risk, discomfort or the high costs of operative repair.
Researchers have discovered that when there is an injury and tissues are stressed, the body creates a low power electrical signal. They believe this excites the body’s natural mechanism to repair damaged tissue. Many factors can disrupt these signals causing pain, inflammation and loss of function. PEMF therapy mimic these natural signals and activates the normal healing process stimulating growth and repair of tissue.
One of the most important lessons I can impart to you regarding the use of electromagnetic therapies, is to clearly understand the actions they have in the body. These actions happen in all bodies every time PEMFs are used. This is regardless of the underlying causes or conditions a person has. Most diseases or health conditions have very common components to them.
The body has a somewhat limited repertoire of reacting to damage, injury or illness. The most commonly described actions of PEMF’s include: pain reduction, reduction of swelling, decreasing the irritability of nerves, relaxing muscles, improving circulation, various metabolic effects, detoxification, cell membrane charge balancing and stimulation of repair by stimulating RNA and DNA. PEMF’s also have reflexology and acupuncture like actions in the body.
I always ask myself for any given condition what components of these actions of magnetic fields exist in that condition or body. Of course we don’t always know completely what may be going on. But, you can bet that there are many of these components present. You can’t tune the specific actions using the kinds of magnetic fields I usually recommend. There are research devices available that will create changes in some of these individual actions while providing less change to other actions. In the medical model, you would have a specific device for each specific action. This clearly becomes impractical and way too expensive. For this reason I prefer devices that have general responses in the body and let the body decide what he needs and how it will respond.
Using these concepts, you can begin to think about how athletes might benefit from PEMF’s.
At the very least athletes need to have their muscles working in an optimal fashion. This is important to maintain structural integrity and maximize performance of the body for their particular sport. Maximizing performance decreases the risk of injury, never mind winning a competition. The biggest health risk to the athlete is injury. So, PEMF’s would be used by athletes to maximize function of the body and at the same time reduce the risk of sports injury and to help the body recover faster from any injuries. With these ideas, athletes should be using whole body magnetic stimulation before and after workouts, tryouts, and any level of competition. Using PEMFs before competition causes the body to be optimized in its function. This will produce better performance.
It’s been found that muscles work harder, longer and recover faster with magnetic stimulation. Also once used, muscles become sore and often tense or have spasm. A classic action of magnetic fields is to reduce muscle contraction. Athletes often have to compete and work out despite their injuries, large and small. This is why regular use of magnetic fields is so important to any high level, or even weekend, athletes.
I know of one athlete who is still functioning into his 40s at a world-class level because of his continuing use of PEMF’s. I was also told a story by a physician friend who was a team doctor for a US Olympic team. He said it would typically take our athletes 2 to 3 days to recover from competitions. He noticed that the then East Germans and Russians would be back the next day like robots without showing any of the effects of wearing out. When he went past their camp he noticed that they were all using some sort of stimulation devices, most likely barrel type coils. These were not illegal and were not considered to be doping. Essentially they were therapeutic systems that help to wash the stress out of the body and reduce swelling and muscles and remove lactic acid.
I have personally experienced similar sorts of results whenever I’ve had to work hard in my yard. Usually the next day my muscles are sore and stiff. I have started using magnetic therapy right after I finish my yard work. Virtually every time, the next morning my muscles are not stiff or sore.
Research shows that PEMFs stimulate a process called myosin phosphorylation. This is the process of energy production in muscle. Phosphorylation produces ATP. ATP is essential for cell energy. Depleted ATP creates weak muscles. Workouts and a lot of strenuous muscle activity, deplete ATP. Rest restores ATP, assuming the body has the building blocks necessary to replenish it. PEMFs restore ATP by stimulating myosin phosphorylation.
Another aspect of muscle injury and tissue damage from exercise or athletics, is a protein called variably, heat stress or heat shock protein. Muscles that are very active are stressed and therefore need higher levels of heat stress protein. Heat stress protein is not just for heat. It was discovered that when you damage a cell by heating it, heat shock protein is produced. It was also discovered that if you induce heat shock proteins in advance of potential damage, using stimulation techniques that are very gentle, you will reduce tissue damage. There is now research going on to use magnetic devices to stimulate heat shock proteins in heart muscles prior to open-heart surgery. Open-heart surgery obviously causes heart muscle damage. Preliminary research indicates that stimulating heat shock proteins decreases muscle damage from open-heart surgery, improving results and postoperative recovery.
Pulsed electromagnetic fields can also increase the uptake of oxygen into muscle. Research I’ve done with the PEMF4000 shows at least a 1% increase in local tissue oxygen uptake. A 1% increase in oxygen uptake can significantly enhance muscle performance and endurance. In competitive sports a 1% edge may be all that is needed to win.
With any injury, the body will take its usual time to repair. We know from the use of FDA approved devices, that fractures will heal in approximately half the time – so will open wounds, including surgical wounds. Even in massive trauma, animals exposed to PEMF’s will often survive, versus those that don’t get PEMF treatment. I have personally seen many times, that large bruises disappear rapidly with the use of pulsed magnetic fields. All injuries produce swelling in the tissues, as does exercise on its own. Swelling delays the ability of the tissues to be nourished with oxygen and nutrients. This is why you see athletes frequently being treated with ice packs. Ice packs reduce superficial swelling. Swelling or bruising deep in a quadriceps muscle will not respond as well to ice. To effectively ice tissues deep in muscle you would cause freezing of the muscle on the outside thus causing harm to those tissues. The risk versus benefit isn’t acceptable. PEMFs on the other hand penetrate tissues deeply without risk to the superficial tissues to create their benefits. The PEMF’s reduce swelling and speed removal of the blood in a bruise, leading to faster recovery and return to activity, competition or training. Obviously, if treatment is applied early in the injury, recovery will be much faster. Once a lot of the effects of damage are settled into the tissue it takes more energy and longer to heal the tissues.
So, to conclude, I believe all athletes, professional, amateur or “weekend warriors” should be using daily whole body PEMF stimulation. In addition, the treatment of any injuries with PEMF’s accelerates even subtle healing, allowing the athlete to be healthier, stronger and perform better.
“PEMF Therapy helped with my recent groin injury. After just two treatments, the pain and swelling were gone, and I was able to move freely. This thing really works!”
-Paul Byrd, MLB Pitcher
Hermann Maier –Ski Champion
“No one expected him to walk again –let alone ski competitively.
From now on, I’m treating every member of the team with PEMF
Therapy.” -Heini Bergmuller, Austrian Ski Team Manager
“This thing is really good for my shoulder and hamstring. It also helped my after-game soreness. It goes right to the pain, and I know it is working.” -Garrison Hearst, NFL Running Back
Athletes share their experiences with PEMF
Paul Byrd, MLB Pitcher
“PEMF Therapy helped with my recent groin injury. After just two treatments, the pain and swelling were gone, and I was able to move freely. This thing really works!”
Anthony Adams, Defensive Tackle
“I gotta fight to get on the machine to enjoy it. It helps relieve my foot pain.”
Hermann Maier – Ski Champion
“No one expected him to walk again – let alone ski competitively. Winning world class races was never even considered. From now on, I’m treating every member of the team with PEMF Therapy.”.
– Heini Bergmuller, Austrian Ski Team Manager..
Ron Stone, Guard
“The machine is so popular, I have to wait in line to use it. It’s God’s little miracle in a box.”..
Garrison Hearst, NFL Running Back
“This thing is really good for my shoulder and hamstring. It also helped my after-game soreness. It goes right to the pain, and I know it is working.” ”
Terrell Owens, Wide Receiver
“I had a real sore heel. After one treatment I said, “What did you do? My heel never felt this good!” I noticed a major difference the next morning after treatment.” ”
Carlos Palomino, Boxing Promoter, Former Lightweight Champion
“My body has plenty of wear and tear from old boxing injuries. PEMF Therapy really helped the pain in my shoulder and fists. It made my body feel a whole lot better. I plan to continue using the device on myself and on all of my boxers as well.” ”
Jeff Ulbrich, Linebacker
“As an NFL linebacker I am constantly dealing with pain. This therapy has helped tremendously with the management and relief of my pain.” ”
James “Lights Out” Toney
James “Lights Out” Toney received 20 PEMF sessions prior to defeating heavyweight legend Evander Holyfield. .