Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy for Parkinson’s Disease has been an active research topic from a few decades now. By exposing specific body parts to an adequately dosed pulsating magnetic field, positive effects can be seen in human and animals.
To understand how PEMF therapy works for Parkinson’s let’s cover the basics quickly.
Electromagnetism in and around us
On earth, we are surrounded by electromagnetic fields, which are invisible to the human eye. To begin with, the Earth itself is a magnet with a north and a south pole. The magnetic field around the earth is essential for all life on earth. This protects us, among other things, from dangerous solar radiation. Birds, fish and certain insects are then dependent on the earth magnetic field to orient themselves.
In addition to this natural magnetic field, electromagnetic fields are also produced by all kinds of electrical appliances, such as TV, computer, microwave, electrical wiring, telecommunications.
All of us are exposed to different electrical and electromagnetic fields daily. It must have an effect on us, as even in our body, small electric and electromagnetic currents are generated and these can receive interference from EMF radiation.
As a result of the ever-increasing environmental pollution and electrosmog, our body’s magnetic equilibrium is always under high pressure and ultimately obstructs equilibrium. In this way, the proper functioning of our cellular metabolism is also getting more and more affected1. It could be one of the Parkinson’s disease causes as almost every disease can be attributed to cellular dysfunction.
1. D’Angelo C, Costantini E, Kamal M, Reale M. Experimental model for ELF-EMF exposure: Concern for human health. Saudi J Biol Sci. 2014;22(1):75-84. PMC
How does PEMF therapy work?
PEMF therapy is a science-based medicine that promotes and supports both our wellness and our vitality.
In recent years, technology has a lot to do with the possible adverse health effects of unnatural electromagnetic fields, for example, from mobile masts and devices or wireless internet connections. However, electromagnetic radiation is also attributed to positive properties, at least when used under controlled conditions. The insight that magnetic fields can positively and negatively affect the body led to research on PEMF therapy. There are clues that since thousands of years bio magnets were used in China, Japan, India and Egypt for wellness.
PEMF therapy using magnetic fields, in the right strength and frequencies, facilitates more effective transport of ions, nutrients and waste through the cell wall of our body cells. The effect of a nutritious PEMFs is healthy cell activity and, therefore, better functioning of the organs and the entire body. This mechanism of action of magnetic field therapy is the most important and has the most comprehensive impact on our wellness. It explains the versatility of the therapy method and its suitability as preventive care. Low power pulsating magnetic fields achieve the desired and optimal electrical stress on the cell walls of the cellular cells, that is if the PEMF device used has the correct frequency and duration settings.
What health problems does this magnetic field therapy help?
Magnetic field therapy has proved to be effective in accelerating healing of all sorts of wounds and bone fractures, in the healing and rehabilitation of all surgical procedures, back pain and all kinds of age-related conditions. The magnetic field therapy is also used successfully for all types of rheumatic disorders, chronic fatigue syndrome (CVS) and fibromyalgia, insomnia/sleep disorders, migraine, anxiety, stress and depression. In recent times PEMF therapy also achieved excellent results in the treatment of cancer and multiple sclerosis (MS), and in age diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. One of the observed effects is the improved motor functions for people who have Parkinson’s disease.
PEMF therapy for Parkinson’s Treatment
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disease (a neurological disorder). Parkinson’s disease symptoms can be different, and for each person, Parkinson’s disease acts differently. The disease is characterized by a progressive motor disorder that severely affects the daily life of the patients.
Recently researcher Moniek Munneke of Radboudumc developed a procedure known as Electromyography (EMG) charted the connection between the brain and muscles using magnetic stimulation. When a magnetic field is generated above the brain region that drives movements, this leads to involuntary contraction of the muscles on the other side of the body than where the stimulation was given. The effect of magnet stimulation on the muscle tension can be measured by electromyography (EMG). Moniek Munneke: “If we can move the paralysed muscle through the external stimulus, this means that the nerve pathways between the brain and the muscles are still intact. With this information, we can finally help patients with an expectation of recovery. It is imperative in this technique where you stick the electrodes to the skin for the EMG measurement. Through our research, we now know enough to test this method for use in Parkinson’s recovery.”
Moniek then went on to do further research covered in her dissertation, MEASURING AND MODULATING THE BRAIN WITH NON-INVASIVE STIMULATION, an excellent read for doctors and PEMF device developers.
Several studies have investigated the role of the brain in the freezing of movements in patients with Parkinson’s disease. Brain stimulation with magnetic therapy showed that the freezing phenomena decreased.
We provide below bibliography of Magnetic Therapy for Parkinsons research for your reference and experimentation. There are many many more studies, so you can easily dig deeper.
For further study, specially if you are PEMF device researcher or product developer, we recommend reading this study by ARNO JANSSEN done in 2016, titled, TRANSCRANIAL MAGNETIC STIMULATION – Measuring and Modeling in Health and Disease conducted at the Department of Neurology, Donders Institute for Brain Cognition and Behaviour, Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands.
PEMF devices work as rTMS devices when applied to the head. It’s important to select the correct PEMF device which matches the frequency and amplitude requirement for effective magnetic therapy treatment for Parkinson’s. Have a look at our trusted PEMF device brands most of which could be effective in your experimentation with PEMF therapy for Parkinson’s Disease and indeed any kind of neurological or physiological condition.