The history of PEMF therapy has been shaped by the research of many exceptional individuals over the years, including Dr Robert Becker, Dr Andrew Bassett and Dr Ross Adey in particular. In this blog we focus on the highly significant PEMF therapy research carried out by NASA in 2003.
NASA’s 4 year study, lead by Dr. Thomas Goodwin, PhD, assessed the ability of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) to improve healing, growth and regeneration of tissues in mammals, specifically human nerve cells.
Dr. Goodwin and his team closely measured many different parameters of PEMFs including waveform, frequency, and intensity. They found that the best results and greatest efficacy came from rapidly varying PEMF signals with a low frequency and intensity.
PEMF Therapy Benefits Discovered:
NASA discovered that the benefits of low frequency, low intensity, rapidly varying PEMF therapy included improved tissue healing and regeneration, accelerated cell growth, greater cell longevity, improved cellular voltage (this was mainly observed in nerve cells), and up-regulation of genes related to collagen production, cell restoration and growth. (Up-regulation is an increase in expression of a gene).
NASA’s PEMF Therapy Findings:
(and the parameters to look for in a low level PEMF therapy device)
The findings of Dr Goodwin’s work therefore held great significance for the future design and manufacture of PEMF therapy devices for home use. They also helped to provide a solid foundation of PEMF parameters to look for in an effective low level PEMF therapy device. Here is a summary of what they found.
- A rapid time varying waveform – specifically the square wave (a sawtooth wave also fits this criteria but a simple sine wave does not). The iMRS Pillow and Probe applicators, and Omnium1 OmniPad and OmniSpot applicators utilise a square waveform. The iMRS and Omnium1 whole body applicator mats utilise a triple sawtooth waveform.
- Low frequency (10 Hz). This is almost exactly in between the main frequencies of the earth, which are 7.83 and 11.79 Hz. This frequency is included in the ‘noon’ organ clock setting of the iMRS and Omnium1 systems.
- Low intensity of 1 – 20 microtesla, which is actually far less than the strength of the earth’s magnetic field (33 – 66 microtesla). This equates to intensity values up to 100 intensity on the iMRS and Omnium1 systems. (Body Mat and Pillow/OmniPad applicators).
NASA’s four year PEMF study highlighted the importance of low frequency, low intensity and rapidly varying PEMF therapy characteristics. The iMRS and Omnium1 systems have both been designed to include these characteristics. To find out more about the wide-ranging benefits of PEMF therapy please visit www.emppad.com.