PEMF or Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy is becoming a go-to sports therapy tool known for its optimization of endurance and medical benefits. Athletes are generally tough on their body and are aware of the slightest changes in their muscles, tendons and joints and consequently many professional athletes are turning to PEMF for its natural positive effects. Research shows that muscles perform better and recover faster when treated with electromagnetic field therapy as PEMF works with the body’s natural healing functions to restore and self-regulate muscle recovery.
PEMF stimulates myosin phosphorylation, an energy production process in the muscles which produces adenosine triphosphate (ATP) which is the body’s biochemical way to store and transport energy. ATP isn’t stored in great quantities in cells but is essential in physical activity as is required for muscle contraction. A lack of ATP results in weakened muscles as all exercise is dependent on the breakdown of ATP. PEMF helps to restore and create this essential energy in a safe way. Muscle fatigue is combated, and muscles are recovered quicker for a higher performance.
PEMF has been tried and tested for over 30 years with athletes recording faster recovery and reduced risk of injury. Its chemical free electrical charges work alongside the body to heal cells and tissues, help relieve stress, soreness and reduce lactic acid in muscles. Research shows that the magnetic fields increase oxygen uptake in the muscle by at least l%, which has many added benefits. Energy boosts, improved blood flow, muscle, tissue and joint condition are a few of these. Electromagnetic therapy is also extremely valuable in stimulating nitric oxide which reduces muscle spasms. The high improvement rate of PEMF use in sports is assisted by its non-intrusive, comfortable muscle stimulation as opposed to the weaker, uncomfortable electrical stimulation counterpart.
Muscle swelling is a common problem for athletes that is usually treated with ice packs. While effective to reduce the visible swelling, ice packs don’t help repair the tissue stress or deep muscular bruising. PEMF sends electromagnetic pulses deep into the muscle without the harmful effect of ice freezing tissue or ‘missing’ areas. Recovery is sped up as the blood is removed faster from the aggravated area and the tissues recuperate faster and more effectively.
PEMF can also be used as a preventative measure before injury happens or muscles are fatigued. The therapy is shown to improve sleep, help the body detoxify, and improve circulation amongst other things that the body directs it too. From a sport perspective, any physical advantage makes a difference and with the myriad of benefits PEMF therapy provides, it’s an asset in every athlete’s tool bag. Renowned by Olympic athletes, professional sports teams and players, PEMF therapy provides results. However, it is important to have the right PEMF device for your needs as there are different devices to target different areas and purposes. Whether a PEMF mat, pad or band, there is a device to suit your individual needs.