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PEMF & Mental Health

PEMF stimulation can have a big impact on how we feel and think, both directly and indirectly. Let's talk about the indirect benefits first. If you're dealing with something like chronic pain, chances are it's affecting your mood too. So, when PEMF therapy helps with your pain, it can also improve how you feel emotionally.


Another indirect benefit comes from better sleep. If you're not sleeping well, it can mess with your mood and how well you think during the day. Since PEMFs can help improve sleep when used at certain brainwave frequencies, it can also make us feel better during the day.

PEMF Changes Brainwaves

Now, let's talk about the direct benefits. PEMF therapy affects the brain and nervous system in ways that we can measure. It can change our brainwaves, which are like the patterns our brain makes when we're awake or asleep.


By using PEMFs, we can shift our brainwaves from being really alert and anxious to feeling more relaxed or even sleepy. Different parts of our brain work at different speeds, so using PEMFs at specific frequencies can help improve our memory and other thinking skills.

PEMFs can shift our brainwaves from being really alert and anxious to feeling more relaxed or even sleepy

Even weaker PEMFs seem to help with thinking skills like memory, word finding, and paying attention. Studies have found that stronger PEMFs can even improve thinking in people with Alzheimer's disease.


But, it seems like you need to use PEMFs regularly over a longer period to see the best results. People with anxiety, those getting surgery, and even kids with behavior issues can also benefit from using PEMFs at certain frequencies.

PEMF & Stress Relief

PEMF therapy aids in managing stress through three main mechanisms:


  1. It diminishes the brain's response to stress by positively influencing the nervous and endocrine systems and tissue metabolism. This results in a decrease in heart rate and blood pressure, making the cardiovascular system less reactive to stress hormones like adrenaline and acetylcholine.

  2. PEMF stimulation activates the relaxation part of the nervous system, known as the parasympathetic system, while reducing the production of stress hormones like cortisol and aldosterone.

  3. It accelerates the excretion of stress hormones produced by the kidneys and the hypothalamus in the brain, which plays a central role in controlling stress responses.


For individuals prone to heightened stress reactions, PEMF therapy can help alleviate symptoms. For instance, those suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) often experience chronic hyper-responsiveness to even minor stimuli. Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) has been shown to reduce core PTSD symptoms and anxiety. High-intensity PEMFs can quickly disrupt negative brainwave patterns associated with PTSD, leading to long-lasting improvements in mood and anxiety. Similarly, rTMS sessions targeting specific brain regions have shown significant reductions in PTSD symptoms, with improvements lasting for months.


Anxiety, another condition characterized by exaggerated stress responses, can also be mitigated through PEMF therapy. Individuals with anxiety often lack alpha brainwaves, and alpha entrainment therapy has been effective in reducing psychological symptoms, including anxiety.


Additionally, stress disrupts normal brain rhythms, leading to sleep disturbances and circadian rhythm imbalances. PEMF therapy has been found to stabilize circadian rhythms, making it beneficial for reducing the physical effects of stress, restoring sleep patterns disrupted by jet lag, and aiding in tissue regeneration. Overall, PEMF therapy offers promising avenues for managing stress and its associated symptoms effectively.


In terms of how we feel, people often say they feel relaxed and happy after using PEMFs. Some psychologists even use PEMF stimulation before counseling sessions to help their patients think more clearly and feel better. So, while PEMFs can't solve all our problems, they can definitely make a difference in how we feel and think.


Summary

PEMF stimulation has both direct and indirect effects on psychological and cognitive function. Indirectly, it can alleviate symptoms like chronic pain and sleep disturbances, which can impact mood and cognitive performance.


Directly, PEMFs affect brainwaves and nervous system activity, influencing states of alertness and relaxation. Studies suggest that PEMFs can enhance memory, attention, and overall cognitive function, with stronger intensities showing more pronounced effects. Moreover, PEMFs may benefit individuals with anxiety, those undergoing surgery, and children with behavioral issues.


Overall, while PEMFs cannot replace traditional counseling, they can complement therapeutic approaches by promoting relaxation and mental clarity.


References

  1. Pawluk, W., MD & Layne, C. J. (2017). Power Tools for Health: How Pulsed Magnetic Fields (PEMFs) Help You. FriesenPress.

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