Arthritis is a painful condition caused by the breakdown of the cartilage in your joints. The main symptoms of arthritis are stiffness and pain in one or more of your joints. The cartilage, which acts as the buffer between the two bones leading to the joint, slowly breaks down, causing the bones to begin to make direct contact with each other and leading to serious pain and limited mobility. Arthritis can be used to refer to over one hundred disorders of the musculoskeletal system, but there are two main types of arthritis that are most commonly found:
- Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Over time, the protective cartilage that cushions your joints begins to break down. Osteoarthritis can affect any joint in the body that’s subject to excessive use and strain, but is most commonly found in the hands, knees, spine, and hips.
- Rheumatoid arthritis is the most common type of autoimmune arthritis. When the body’s immune system isn’t working properly, it mistakenly attacks your body’s own tissues, including the protective cartilage in your joints, beginning with the joint lining. This can lead to bone erosion and deformity in the joints, and the resulting inflammation can affect other parts of the body, including the eyes, skin, lungs, heart, and blood vessels.
While there are lots of conventional medical practices that can be used, they focus primarily on relief from the painful symptoms of arthritis. An example of these treatments is cortisone injections, which are regularly performed to help reduce inflammation and pain. Cortisone injections have been shown to help treat the symptoms of arthritis, but also carry a host of possible side effects, including:
- Cartilage damage
- Nerve damage
- Joint infection
- Bone death
- Tendon weakening
This isn’t to say that cortisone treatment should never be used by those suffering from arthritis—but there’s no denying that it carries risk with it. However, there is an option for those looking for a safe and noninvasive alternative treatment: PEMF therapy.
Using PEMF Therapy to Treat Arthritis
In the past twenty years, there has been extensive research on how pulsed electromagnetic therapy, or PEMF therapy, can be used to treat arthritis in patients. A 1993 study at Yale University used an experiment involving a group of 27 patients with osteoarthritis (OA) in their knees. One group was treated with a series of PEMF sessions, while a placebo group received fake treatment. The group receiving actual PEMF therapy reported a 23-61% reduction of pain in their knees, while the placebo group showed a much lower pain reduction, from 2-18%. A follow-up study six years later, with a much larger group of 167 patients with OA in their knees or spines, showed very similar results.
What we can take from these studies is that PEMF shows genuine promise in treating arthritis—not only in alleviating pain and inflammation, but also in increasing chondroprotective compounds. These compounds and chemicals help to delay the progressive narrowing of the protective space in your joints, helping them to function normally, reducing pain, and improving mobility.
Living Your Best Life with PEMF Therapy
When you work with a PEMF therapist, you’re gaining access to the restoration of your body at a cellular level. Electromagnetic pulses, tuned to a level specific to your body and the conditions you’re looking to treat, will stimulate the cells responsible for regenerating the cartilage in your joints. It can reduce pain and inflammation, and actually begin to restore the condition of your joints. Used in conjunction with other treatments for arthritis, PEMF therapy can make a real difference in the health of your joints, bones, and body in general.
At Best Life Holistic Services, we use the PEMF-120 machine, a powerful piece of hardware that can be finely tuned to the needs of any given patient. Combine this with our extensive experience with treating patients from all walks of life, and it’s clear to see why so many trust us to restore their bodies back to their peak health.
If you’re suffering from rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, or any other health issue regarding the tissues of your joints and your bones, you’ve probably tried just about everything to find some relief. PEMF therapy could be exactly what you need to get you back on your feet, and help you start living your best life.
If you have any questions about PEMF therapy, its applications for arthritis, or if you’re simply ready to get started right away, please contact us today!
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