How bio-electromagnetic therapy may help improve chronic pain

We have all experienced physical pain at some point in our lives. But imagine living with incessant pain that lasts for weeks, months, or even years on end. Regardless of the cause, treatment typically involves rest and a variety of medications to reduce inflammation, discomfort, and muscle tension.

Although this protocol is required to help break the inflammatory cycle and speed up the healing process, often times these medications can lead to stomach complications and addiction risk. But what if there was another way to naturally manage pain without the risk of a variety of side effects? According to a new study, bio-electromagnetic energy regulation therapy (BEMER) may be the answer we have been looking for.

How BEMER therapy works

BEMER therapy may sound complex, but the treatment is simple. Using electromagnetically transmitted signals, BEMER stimulates blood flow to the smallest blood vessels throughout the body by delivering a less powerful, more controlled version of the same electromagnetic energy that underlies each nerve’s natural function.

Dr. Robyn Balden, Medical Scientist and former Anesthesiologist from Cedar Senai, offered insight into how our small blood vessels impact bodily functions:

“When stimulation occurs appropriately in nerve cells responsible for connecting the muscle tissue, we have the ability to flex and extend our muscles. In addition, a thin wall of smooth muscular tissue surrounds most blood vessels, thicker closer to the heart and progressively thinner-walled the further away from the high pressures of the heart’s pulse.

Our blood vessels, nerves, and muscles work together to enable the delivery of the blood’s circulating nutrients, muscle function, and optimal exchange of other gases. This process helps make sure areas that need more blood supply (such as our organs and nerves) are receiving adequate supply.”

What causes decreased circulation to small blood vessels?

There are a variety of factors that lead to decreased blood flow to the small blood vessels, including:

  • stress
  • injury
  • unhealthy dietary and lifestyle habits
  • chronic illness

Over time, this can lead to decreased physical and mental performance and an increased risk of illness and chronic pain. 

By increasing circulation to the small blood vessels, research suggests BEMER has the ability to improve immune system function, wound healing, decrease inflammation, and enhance athletic performance.

New research on BEMER therapy for pain management

As BEMER therapy gains recognition for its effects on pain management and injury recovery, research interest is beginning to grow. In a new study, researchers assessed whether it may support those with a specific form of chronic pain, complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS). This is a common nervous system disorder that leads to chronic nerve pain radiating through the limbs and extremities. CRPS is usually caused from an injury, surgery, stroke, or heart attack.

Because BEMER optimizes microcirculation, researchers from this study hypothesized it would improve nerve function in these patients, thereby reducing pain.

A total of 30 patients with complex regional pain syndrome were included in the study. Patients were randomly assigned to the treatment or control group. The treatment group (n=15) received physical therapy along with BEMER treatments for 10 consecutive days, while the control group (n=15) received physical therapy along with placebo BEMER treatments for the same duration.

The researchers evaluated the patient’s pain severity, hand grip strength, and upper limb disability at baseline and after one month.

Study findings

This study found that BEMER therapy significantly improved pain severity, lower limb function, and hand grip strength over time compared to the control group. In addition, there were no adverse side effects from this treatment.

The researchers concluded:

“Data from the present pilot study suggest that BEMER therapy can be indicated, in combination with traditional rehabilitation programs, for the treatment of [complex regional pain syndrome], as it is effective in reducing pain and improving function in the short term of 1 month.”


Final thoughts

Although study is limited by it’s small sample size and short duration, the findings are promising. If you or someone you know is looking for a natural approach to managing nerve pain, BEMER is proving to be a safe and viable alternative to addictive prescription medication. Contact us for your free consultation to learn whether BEMER is the right option for you.

Source
Maria Grazia Benedetti, Lorenzo Cavazzuti, Massimiliano Mosca, Isabella Fusaro & Alessandro Zati (2018): Bio-Electro-Magnetic-Energy-Regulation (BEMER) for the treatment of type I complex regional pain syndrome: A pilot study, Physiotherapy Theory and Practice

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