Pain-relief in sport: How PEMF therapy is a drug-free alternative
Amidst concerns about over-the-counter anti-inflammatories and the effects on athletes’ health and performances, NewMed, are highlighting the drug-free benefits of PEMF therapy for sport
Over-the-counter pain-relief medication such as ibuprofen and paracetamol have long been a concern in sports, with many athletes, professional and amateur, over-using and misusing medication to keep injuries at bay. According to a poll for BBC’s State of Sport week, an alarming 60% of amateur athletes took over-the-counter anti-inflammatories to support their performance or recovery at least once a week, adding further fuel to the flames that “the use of painkillers in sport has reached epidemic proportions”1.
In a recent story covered by the BBC regarding painkillers in sports, Dr Ajai Seth, from the Sports and Exercise Clinic at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, expressed how someone over-training and relying on such over-the-counter medication would risk the ability of their bones to heal properly, not only impacting their career but also their quality of life. He also added that prolonged use can lead to increased cardiac issues, kidney failure and worsening respiratory conditions. 1
NewMed, a division of Bedfont® Scientific Ltd., is the one-stop-shop for PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy in the UK, providing athletes with the chance to improve their training and have drug-free pain-relief. PEMF therapy, an idea harnessed by NASA, uses the Earth’s natural magnetic fields in a concentrated manner to assist the healing process and relieve people of their pain. Non-invasive and drug-free, PEMF therapy stimulates cellular repair to improve your body’s overall performance.
As a professional athlete, multi-award-winning gymnast James Hall, who trains at Pegasus Gymnastics Club, Maidstone, is encouraging other athletes to incorporate PEMF therapy into their training routine.
James says, “When using PEMF therapy in my training schedule I immediately noticed a difference as I didn’t feel as much fatigue and my recovery time was a lot quicker. Recovery is key to training; If I don’t recover properly I do not train properly because my training won’t be at its best. Also, as a professional gymnast, I am always traveling to enter competitions and finding the time to recover is difficult. I benefited from using PEMF therapy as it sped up the recovery process. I can honestly recommend that anyone training should at least try PEMF and see the difference it really makes.”
Andy Smith, head of sales, says, “At NewMed we understand that people lead busy and active lifestyles and so we are proud to have a wide range of PEMF therapy devices to suit every lifestyle. We are so proud to have worked with someone as inspiring as James and hope that we can help many more budding athletes improve their training regime with PEMF therapy.”