PEMF therapy and Fibromyalgia

Fibromyalgia brings amplified chronic pain, and other symptoms include sleep disturbance, fatigue, IBS, headaches, fibro fog, and stress. Quality of life can be really affected.

Common treatments to help with the symptoms are medication, lifestyle changes, and talking therapies. Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy can be very helpful as another option, it is not yet commonly known about in the UK but evidence has found that it helps with the symptoms of fibromyalgia and it is complimentary so it can be used alongside most conventional medical treatments.

The top benefits of using PEMF therapy are pain relief, better sleep, more energy, better oxygenation and circulation, nerve and tissue regeneration, relaxation and stress reduction and improved immunity.

A number of people in the UK are using PEMF therapy to help with the symptoms of fibromyalgia, one lady gained a new lease of life thanks to PEMF therapy and even reduced her medication by 50%.

A study published on NCBI Pain Research and Management involved 32 male and female patients at St. Joseph’s Health Care Centre in London, Ontario. They were experiencing chronic musculoskeletal pain, approximately one-half of which had fibromyalgia. The patients were split into two groups: one group which would receive PEMF therapy and one which would receive a sham treatment.

After 7 days, each person was assessed in regard to his or her pain. Individuals who received PEMF therapy lowered their pain scores by an average of two points whereas those who were engaged in sham treatments only showed a 0.4-point decline. Patients with fibromyalgia had the most sizeable pain response, lowering their scores by 2.8. The study can be found here.

Another study involved 56 women with fibromyalgia being randomly assigned to either PEMF or sham therapy. They had 30 minutes per session, twice a day for 3 weeks and were tested for general fibromyalgia status, pain, the perception of benefit, depression and general function. Outcomes after active treatment ended at 4 weeks and showed significant improvements in test scores, and were maintained at the 12-week evaluations. The sham group also showed improvement except on the specific fibromyalgia questionnaire at 4 weeks. At 12 weeks the benefit disappeared except for depression and general function. So, low-frequency PEMF therapy can improve at least some general fibromyalgia symptoms and pain.

Which device should you use for fibromyalgia? 

A full body mat would be best for fibromyalgia as an effective alternative or complementary therapy.

You can find a range of PEMF full body mats here –

Power Tools for Health by William Pawluk, MD MSc & Caitlin J Layne – page 116 – 119

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