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PEMF Therapy for Chronic Psoriatic Arthritis Pain and Inflammation

In the current combative climate of the opioid crisis in America, there is a greater need than ever to find ways to manage chronic pain and inflammation from psoriatic arthritis. For better or worse, the days of prescription opioids to manage chronic pain of any sort are gone.

Alternative methods of pain management

The smart money is now on alternative methods of pain management. Acupuncture, CBD oil, supplements, massage, and even hypnosis are being readily studied and more widely accepted as avenues to find chronic pain management. Speaking from my personal experience, leading the pack of alternative methods of pain relief is PEMF therapy.

PEMF Therapy, sounds pretty fancy, right? What is it?

PEMF stands for Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy. It’s a super “sciency” way to explain the use of low-level magnetic therapy pulses to heal tissues and calm inflammation in the body.

How does it work?

There are major bodies of literature out there to further explain how it works, probably in a much more concise fashion than I could ever do. But put simply and in my own non-scientific terms, PEMF therapy works like the water putting out the fire of inflammation in our bodies.

My personal experience suggests that the electromagnetic pulses work to calm inflammation and therefore the pain associated with psoriatic arthritis. For example, when the fires of the PsA pain ignite in my back, I wear my PEMF therapy device that acts like water to put out the flames and smoldering. With consistent use, I’ve experienced an overall lower level of chronic pain from psoriatic arthritis in my body.

How is PEMF administered?

Throughout the United States, you can find offices that administer PEMF therapy or you can look online and find PEMF therapy devices. You really need to carefully evaluate any claims made by companies or offices offering PEMF therapy services. It is always a good idea to thoroughly research claims made by companies offering PEMF therapy or devices.

I chose to try out the PEMF therapy device route. I am able to wear my PEMF device on different parts of my body where I experience pain and inflammation. Sometimes I wear it where I have “active” pain areas and sometimes I wear it where I “commonly” experience pain in order to try to take “preventative” action. I can’t literally “feel” it working, I can’t feel a pulse or a vibration or anything really. There is nothing noticeable going on at all, but within a day or so, depending on the level of pain, I notice that the chronic pain has lessened or even subsided completely.

There are many reasons to be hopeful

Overall, given the plethora of alternative options available waiting to take the place of opioid medications, PEMF therapy, in my experience, is certainly in the running to help manage the chronic pain of psoriatic arthritis. The world is full of creative and innovative people and alternative treatments like PEMF therapy leave me very hopeful for the future of therapy options for the management of chronic psoriatic arthritis pain and inflammation.

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  • Rojo
    6 months ago

    Thanks Leanne Donaldson for your information. Yet another reason for me to love this site! Since the 60’s my life path has included shopping at small independent health food stores for vitamin supplements and organic eggs and produce. While I have had no personal experience with electo-magnetic therapies, I am not a stranger to them. What the health-food stores of the mid-20th century lacked in size and selection of products, they made up for in the variety and all-inclusive theories, verbal and in-print, on supplements, organics, and healthy diets.

    Electro-magnetic theories regarding health were available there but always in my peripheral vision due to lack of need. That need is currently and rapidly changing. I know there were chiropractors then and now who employed low-voltage therapies successfully. TENS Units were gaining a modicum of “popular” respect in the mid-80’s, esp with those wanting to avoid the abundant opium derivatives.

    This is the first I hear of PEMF. I look forward to learning and learning more.

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