Why choose PEMF therapy instead of other modalities?
Using painkillers for over 30 days or for an extended period of time can increase one’s risk for dependence. Long term use of painkillers-
- destroy brain cells associated with learning, memory and cognition.
- long-term use of NSAIDs (Non-Steroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs) can lead to side effects including stomach problems, kidney problems, high blood pressure, fluid retention, and other allergic reactions. With NSAIDs, too much can lead to stomach bleeding and kidney damage.
- Opioids pose a high risk of being habit-forming. In addition to reducing pain, opioids also activate the body’s reward system by increasing dopamine activity, which may make users feel relaxed, happy, or high.
In Physiotherapy, multiple weekly appointments must be kept, treatment sessions are long, the cost of treatment is high and kills a lot of time. In some techniques (i.e. acupuncture), if nonsterile needles are used, there may be at risk for contracting bloodborne illnesses, infection, and diseases.
On the other hand, PEMF has shown no side effects reported for over more than sixty years of its use. Once anyone buys Electro-Health can take PEMF therapy at a convenient time. Only persons with heart conditions (who are using pacemaker) and pregnancy should avoid PEMF.
Effectiveness of Electro-Health device
Electro-Health is effective for-
- pain management in knee osteoarthritis patients, which affect pain threshold and physical functioning.
- promotes healing and microcirculation of chronic diabetic foot ulcers.
- improved nerve function and microcirculation in patients with painful DSPN ( Diabetic Sensorimotor PolyNeuropathy).
- relieve the pain intensity and improve functionality in individuals with low back pain conditions.
- accelerate osseous consolidation after HTO (High Tibial Osteotomy). This effect was stronger and more significant for patients ≥50 years, which being of special interest for elderly patients.
BiBEAT’s Electro-Health device
BiBEAT’s Electro-Health device is based on a design by the Department of Biomedical Physics & Technology, University of Dhaka, under the leadership of Professor Dr. Khondkar Siddique-e-Rabbani. With an understanding of all the devices on the market and his personal experience of working with PEMF for bone fracture healing 40 years back, he designed this version of the pain relief device. Under his leadership the device was fabricated and tested on several individuals having back pain and neck pain for periods varying between a few days to 3 years, each resulting in success.
BiBEAT’s Electro-Health device employs a rechargeable battery (Power Bank of Mobile phones). Therefore it is completely safe for use at home.
How to use Bi-BEAT’s ELECTRO-HEALTH?
BiBEAT’s Electro-Health for home use comes in the form of a comfortable to wear cloth belt (like a ‘Sash’ when worn on the neck), with all the three parts, i.e, Electric Coil, Pulse Generator and Rechargeable battery (Power bank of mobile phones) which can be mounted on the belt suitably. These may be moved to a few chosen positions on the belt by the user, depending on the application site (neck, shoulder, wrist, knee, etc.). The belt has an elaborate arrangement of Velcro hooks and loops for the above fixings as well as for affixing the belt to the body.
How does PEMF work?
A PEMF device essentially consists of an electrical pulse generator and a coil. The pulse generator drives a pulsating current through the coil, which produces a pulsating electromagnetic field that enters the body freely, without requiring any contact. This, in turn, creates an induced pulsating electric field within the body tissues. The strength of these fields gradually decreases with depth, being the highest near the surface. The magnetic field penetrates deep into the body, several centimeters with BiBEAT’s Electro-Health device, unlike most heating pads or Infrared radiation lamps which have a very shallow effective depth, a few millimeters at best.
How does PEMF Heal?
Body tissues contain cells with surface charges and electrical ions with which electrical fields can interact directly. It has been suggested that PEMF increases local blood microcirculation (in the capillaries), triggering and enhancing the body’s own healing processes, which relieves pain. Pulses at low frequencies will pass through the skin and penetrate deep into muscle, bones, tendons, and even organs to activate the cell’s energy and encourage its natural repair mechanisms. The charge of the cell membrane is affected by magnetic fields, causing the membrane channels to open up. When the cell channels are opened, nutrients enter the cell more easily and the cellular waste is more easily removed, helping to rebalance and restore the optimum function of the cell.
There may be other mechanisms that affect body cells directly to help the recovery process further. PEMF technology is gradually gaining acceptance in mainstream medicine globally because of its success in the treatment of various disorders, not only of pain.
Half an hour treatment with Bi-BEAT’s ELECTROHEALTH relieves most acute pains that occurred recently, within the last few days. Pains sustaining for long periods may need longer treatment times. Chronic pains sustaining over years may need several hours daily for a few days, which may again need repetition at intervals of a few weeks. Bi-BEAT’s ELECTRO-HEALTH device runs on a rechargeable battery (power bank of a mobile phone) that is mounted on the affixing belt and can be worn easily during work or rest.
How is ELECTRO-HEALTH powered?
Bi-BEAT’s Electro-Health device gets power at 5V DC from a branded quality Power Bank. The power bank has a rechargeable battery and a necessary electronic circuitry built-in. It needs to be charged from the Mains AC power after about every 10 hours of use. The Power bank’s charger is also supplied with Bi-BEAT’s ELECTRO-HEATH device package.
1. Coil diameter: about 8cm (mid-coil)
2. Pulse width: 2ms
3. Pulse repetition Frequency: 70 Hz
4. Peak Magnetic field: i. About 1.6 Gauss in the coil plane ii. About 0.6 Gauss at a depth of 4cm
5. Rate of change of Magnetic Field: i. About 10 Gauss/ms in the coil plane ii. About 6 Gauss/ms at a depth of 4cm
6. Voltage: 5V
7. Peak pulse current: 1A
8. Power Consumption: 1 Watt
This device is guaranteed for a period of TWO years from its date of purchase against manufacturing defects.
How to use Electro-Health?
1. Dr. Rabbani expresses his opinion about Electro-Health
2. Opinion of Relevant Specialists about PEMF Technology
Experts’ opinion on PEMF Technology
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2. Hug K, Röösli M. Therapeutic effects of whole-body devices applying pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF): a systematic literature review, Bioelectromagnetics. 2012;33(2):95-105.
3. Robert Dennis, “Why so much confusion about PEMF?” Journal of Comprehensive Integrative Medicine (JCIM), Volume 2, Issue 1, July 2018, pp 4-14. ( LInk )
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