USER REVIEW OF PEMF- By: Maria Errera
I had knee replacement surgery in mid-2021 on my left knee.
I understood that everyone’s recovery is different but mine seems to be more
difficult than others based on other who had it done - even with all my PT and
exercises. Meanwhile, my right knee has still bone and
bone and is headed for the same procedure soon. (there's no
In January of this year, I was introduced to this PEMF as part of a trial study and I was happy to try something new. On the first day, I was given a double treatment on my knee off 20 minutes at a setting of 10. I also was given other devices to use (in Day One only) like the AVACEN w/c is a microcirculation device from the hand and this BRAINTAP, a meditation device which brought me to a very relaxing state while I was getting my knees worked on. I had never heard of any of this before, but I was willing to explore what’s out there to get back to living again.
After this set of sessions, I was convinced that there are definitely other (more effective) solutions out there than pain meds. Functionally, I got up off the bed and I wasn’t slow to rise. In fact, I did not feel that “anchor” that weighted me down, and that head pressure I usually get when struggling to move my body. The sensation in the knee was still there but unlike before, it didn’t have that cement-like harshness that kept me from wanting to move. I stood up vertically and my family was impressed to see me smile (for the first time in months), move around with more agility and speed. They watched me actually raise one leg at a time with much less struggle.
A few days and about 6-8 treatments later, I gave the stairs another shot, this time fully alert to look for what’s different! This time, I found myself gradually holding onto the banister lightly with one hand just to go upstairs- and not with the full force of hauling my body with both hands. Midway, I was still holding onto it, but not with anywhere near the amount of pressure as, as if I'm holding on for dear life. And as far as when I go up and up the stairs, I'm doing one foot at a time now, which means my left knee can support my right knee and my whole body to go up one step at a time.
When you're in pain, it's insidious! It affects everything that defines your life somehow. It affects your ability to sleep consistently which then reflects on your social interaction. It alters your outlook on life and eventually your sense of mental balance. During the Covid-19 surge, many have felt the post-infection reactions of Long Haul symptoms including BRAIN FOG. This and other head-related issues like migraines and recurring headaches from inflammation can also take its toll. Use of neuromagnetic therapies have shown to play a positive role in addressing, reducing and even eliminating headaches. (See Maria's expanded review on her recovery process with PEMF)
BACK ON THE FLOOR AT WORK:
I maintain a consistent regimen of one 20 minute treatment in the morning and one before bed. I’ve been religious with my PEMF with good reason. In comparison to where I was before (I couldn’t even walk five minutes), I am now walking around at work more and more. It's a 10,000 square feet facility and I’m doing this with NO pain, or resistance especially for around 45 minutes to an hour and a half at a time. I find myself actually forcing myself to sit down because I’m not supposed to push myself too hard and because I do get tired.
When in church, when I do the Eucharist (Eucharistic prayers), I timed it before this treatment at about three minutes of kneeling before I couldn’t tolerate it anymore. I would have to get up and sit down. And as a matter of fact, recently, I noticed it now takes me about more than five minutes, and I'm still kneeling down. I'm not in pain. I mean, I feel the pressure, but not that pain that was hard to tolerate. What I have now is something I can handle and I feel it dissipating over time. Also, when I get out of my car (before), I have to grapple onto the door and look for support to eject myself from the seat. I would then stand there for about a minute or two just to get my bearings straight so I can walk. When I finally get to walking, I’d do this with a major limp. It’s night and day - now, when I get out of the car, I still hold onto the door for support, but it feels more out of habit. I don't have to wait to get my bearing straight and I can just walk straight- without a limp.
Overall, I see a lot of improvements with my (PEMF) device treatment. I have a ways to go to be a runway model (lol) but the results are definitely measurable! No side effects-- No drugs—and the effect in my life is real and so is the HOPE to keep me going.
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SPECIAL THANKS: The publishers of IPHA News, Health Tech Reporter and Health & Healing 101 would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Ms. Maria Errera for her generous contribution in producing her progress video depicting her recovery. Additional thanks to Patrick Ziemer of AURAWELL PEMF for supplying this project with her PEMF equipment and her technical guidance about the Pulsed Electromagnetic Field technology. Further thanks to Dr. Robert L. Bard and Alice Chiang of Terason Ultrasound for their clinical support and contribution of the Terason T3200 ultrasound - all of whose efforts this report could not have been made possible.
The Integrative Pain Healers Alliance was originally inspired by every chiropractor or PT visit where patients often get a more comprehensive explanation of how their personal injuries relate to their physiology. We are blessed to have doctors who take the time to educate us on our issues and as educators themselves, pain therapists possess the talent to bring additional healing through the calming power of direct knowledge.
PAIN 101: THE MIND-BODY CONNECTION
Written by: Josh T. Schueller
Pain is everywhere. Billions of dollars are spent each year in the United States alone on pain treatments and remedies. Per the National Center for Health Statistics almost 60% are living with pain. While most sufferers of pain want relief and answers, many medical professionals may be providing inefficient or incorrect pain reliefs counters. The “cookie cutter” approach for pain over the last several decades has left the world in a pain crisis. One of the main reasons why- the current treatment model does not do an adequate job in categorizing pain.
Pain falls under different categories. Most people do not understand that the type of pain you have directly correlates the type of treatment given. Personalized medicine in the treatment of pain holds the key to understanding the types of pain and developing the correct course of action to treat the pain.
Even though no one wants to be in pain, pain is the body’s early warning system that something is wrong. If not for pain, we wouldn’t know to move our hand off a hot stove before doing serious damage. When pain becomes an interference to our normal activities is when we have a problem. Most people will group all pain into one big category but there are actually many different types of pain. By recognizing and knowing the different types of pain clinicians can formulate an appropriate treatment plan that is pain specific to the person’s needs.
Here is a brief description of the types of pain:
CHRONIC PAIN occurs during an event that lasts over 3 months in duration. The original injury may have healed or resolved itself, but the pain persists for months into years. Pain signals remain on high activity levels in the nervous system, despite no acute injury. In instances of chronic pain corresponding emotional effects may occur such as depression, anger, anxiety, and fear.
NOCICEPTIVE PAIN is sensation caused by tissue damage. This pain is described as sharp, aching, and throbbing. This can be caused by an external injury such as a athletic event injury or stubbing your toe that typically results in bruises, sprain, swelling and redness. The brain responds to the information received from the nociceptors to initiate healing process
NEUROPATHIC PAIN occurs when there is damage to the neurological system. Pain messages are sent to brain via the Central Nervous System from many times an infection or injury. People have described this pain as burning, shooting, or numbness. Pain associated with diabetic neuropathy and multiple sclerosis are neuropathic in origin.
CENTRAL PAIN SYNDROME occurs when damage is to the brain, spinal cord, and/or brainstem. Possible causes of this pain can occur with stroke, MS, tumors, seizures SCI or Parkinson’s. disease. Pain is moderate to severe, burning aching with sharp stabbing.
COMPLEX REGIONAL PAIN SYNDROME is a rare and not much research has been performed. This tpe of pain usually affects the arm or leg and occurs after injury, stroke, or heart attack. Common symptoms is hypersensitivity, swelling, pain, skin changes, spasms and atrophy. Many times, reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) occurs.
When someone says “I am in pain” the first line of defense is medications. Pharmacological interventions have become as American as apple pie and fireworks on July 4th. Many times, the same medication is given for all types of pain. Pain suffers often experience ineffectiveness of the desired results (no pain), but also develop debilitating side effects. Knowing what type of pain, the suffer has can go along way in developing a personalized treatment approach that can alleviate or abolish the pain and allow a return to normal activates without a financial burden.
RELATED ARTICLESWHAT IS PLANTAR FASCIITIS?
Approximately 3 million people per year. PF is the inflammation of a thick band of tissue that connects the heels bone (calcaneus) to the toes on the underside of your foot. The most common symptoms is sharp, stabbing pain in the bottom of your foot that is worse in the morning and after long periods of inactivity. When getting out of bed in the morning, the bottom of your foot can feel like someone had pounded a spike through the bottom of your foot. The increase tension and stress of repetitive pounding (such as in running) can cause microtears in the plantar fascia causing inflammation and pain.
1) The U.S. Opioid Epidemic- Council on Foreign Relations: https://www.cfr.org/backgrounder/us-opioid-epidemic
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