PEMF therapy & Raynaud’s
February is Raynaud’s awareness month, so we thought it would be a good time to look at Pulsed Electromagnetic (PEMF) and Raynaud’s.
Raynaud’s for those who do not know is when the blood vessels in your fingers, toes and some other areas of the body become very sensitive to even a slight change in weather temperature or from stress. It can become uncomfortable and painful as affected areas can change colour, become numb and experience pins and needles feeling. PEMF therapy can help to control some of the side effects and complications of Raynaud’s disease.
People often use PEMF therapy for nerve damage and other similar conditions. With PEMF therapy working to repair cells and tissues, it’s no surprise that it would work towards repairing blood vessels around the affected area. PEMF therapy also improves blood circulation and with increased blood flow, your body will feel less cold when the temperature changes. Therefore improving the overall effects of Raynaud’s disease such as cold hands/feet.
There have been some studies on PEMFs and Raynauds. One study where 20 patients with Raynaud’s syndrome were treated with PEMF found that 95% had improvement in excess pain, sweating, cold sensitivity, reflexes, and ulnar nerve conduction. Another study of a group of 30 people with Raynaud’s syndrome were treated with a 50 Hz PEMF device for 30-60 minutes a day for 24 days. Results taken from blood flow and biopsy samples before, during and after treatment confirmed that there had been a clinical improvement.
PEMF therapy is a complementary therapy, so it can be used alongside other therapies. If you used a PEMF device for Raynaud’s it would be beneficial to continually use the device over a long-term period for maximum benefit. Dr. Pawluk also recommends physical therapy and stretching following PEMF therapy to ain in releasing some of the contractures seen with the condition.
If you’re interested in giving it a try click here to see some of the devices available from NewMed.
Power tools for health book by William Pawluk, MD, MSc & Caitlin J Layne – page 157- 158
How PEMF Therapy Improves Symptoms of Raynaud’s Phenomenon