PEMF and Bone Health

You don’t have to look too far to spot a bone or skeleton on Halloween. Spooky decorations ornament front lawns and doorways, and you’re bound to see at least one skeleton or zombie roaming around with a bag full of candy on Halloween night. It’s strange to think of bones as being alive, but our bones are made up of living tissue. This is how PEMF therapy can help heal bone fractures and strengthen the bones in our body; pulsed electromagnetic fields stimulate cells and living tissues. Here’s what you need to know about PEMF therapy and bone health.

Bones: It’s alive!

When we think of skeletons we think of dry, brittle, lifeless bones. The bones in skeletons are certainly dead, but the bones in our bodies are made up of minerals, proteins, vitamins, and living tissues. Bones in the human body have a compact exterior, but beneath that compact bone are spongy bone, bone marrow, and blood vessels.

Our bones are more important than many people realize: they give our body structure, they allow us to move, they protect our organs, and they store minerals. The heart may pump our blood, but our blood cells are produced in the marrow of our bones!

Bones have blood vessels and they grow and repair themselves just like other tissues in the body. This is why bones don’t just stay broken if you suffer a bone fracture. A doctor sets your bone in place, cartilage forms, bone deposition occurs, and the fracture heals. Most bone fractures heal without any complications, but this isn’t always the case.

PEMF therapy can heal nonunion fractures

Sometimes a bone fracture won’t heal because of inadequate nutrients, inadequate blood supply, old age, or other factors. A broken bone that won’t heal  after 6 to 8 months is known as a nonunion fracture. There are two main treatment options for nonunion fractures: surgery and bone stimulation.

Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is a type of bone stimulation. One of the most common reasons for nonunion fractures or delayed-union fractures is poor blood supply. Among the many health benefits of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy are increased blood flow and improved circulation.

Here’s a study examining the effectiveness of PEMF therapy for non-infected tibial union abnormalities. The conclusion: “PEMF stimulation is an effective non-invasive method for addressing non-infected tibial union abnormalities. Its success is not associated with specific fracture or patient related variables and it couldn’t be clearly considered a time-dependent phenomenon.”

PEMF therapy has been used to heal bone injuries and improve bone health in humans, pets, and livestock. It can provide a safe, non-invasive alternative to a surgical procedure. Contact PEMF Complete for more information about PEMF systems.

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