I’ve been using PEMF (Pulse Electromagnetic Frequency) to treat pain (both chronic and acute) for the last four years. PEMF has been used for over thirty years to treat many chronic illness symptoms and sources of chronic pain. Yet, I’d never even heard of this therapy until a few years ago – and there’s a good chance you haven’t either.
Back in 2016 I was approached to try the Oska Pulse. At the time, I had no idea what PEMF was. So, I immediately began researching it before I even committed to trying the product. I was amazed to find how much research existed on this therapy. I also began to understand why I’d not really heard about it previously. Prior to the Oska Pulse device, PEMF devices were not just large and heavy they were expensive beyond the reach of most people.
As I talked to others about it more, I learned that I had actually seen this technology in action and didn’t even know it. PEMF is commonly used to help bone healing. My mom actually had a pretty large PEMF device for her neck following a spinal fusion. The device was so heavy she hated using it. I also found out that a friend had a PEMF unit for his ankle after it was crushed in a car accident. Sadly, in both of these cases the units were heavy, expensive, and only able to be used for the certain areas.
Not only were they heavy and expensive but they also had to be plugged into a wall outlet, meaning that the person using the device had no mobility during their treatment. But, Oska Pulse was different. It offered the same level of treatment but in a small, portable, rechargeable device the size of my hand. It could be used anywhere any time.
PEMF for chronic pain
As I’ve continued to research PEMF technology I’ve found several studies that indicate that it can be helpful even on Fibromyalgia pain.
We still have no idea what caused my shoulder pain (whether it was “just Fibromyalgia” or something else), but Oska was the thing that helped stop the pain and gave me my life back. A couple of months ago I introduced my friend Norman at Men with Fibromyalgia to Oska Pulse and he was amazed pretty quickly, noticing some improvements within just a couple of uses.
Those initial improvements were nothing, though, in comparison to the improvements he’s seen in the months since (specifically a HUGE decrease in the need for pain meds).
But, what does the science say about PEMF and chronic pain?
A small double-blind study in 2006 (Shupak et al) examined the effects of PEMF on the nervous systems of patients with fibromyalgia or rheumatoid arthritis. Those in the treatment group were treated with PEMF for 30 minutes.
Those in the control group were given a sham treatment. Since this was a double-blind study neither the participants nor those interacting with them knew who was receiving the sham treatment or the real treatment. Pain, anxiety & depression scores were examined both before and after the treatments. Both groups (RA and FM) reported decreased pain levels after the PEMF treatment. However, the RA group saw the most improvement.
A 2009 study by Sutbeyaz, Sezer, Koseoglu, & Kibar evaluated a larger group of Fibromyalgia patients using repeated 30 minute treatments (twice/day for 3 weeks). The 28 patients who received the PEMF treatment showed significant improvement on all scores (pain, anxiety, & depression) both at the end of the 3 weeks of treatment and continued to see improvements at the 12-week follow-up.
Obviously, more studies still need to be done, but this is a good start. Even better are the number of personal testimonials I’ve read in the last few months from those who have given Oska Pulse a try.
Norman isn’t my only friend who has managed to significantly cut down the number of pain meds needed in a day. Nor, am I the only who has been able to return to normal activities that I never thought I’d do again.
Oska Pulse is pretty amazing, but there are a few things you should know….
Oska Pulse is NOT a TENS device. PEMF and TENS are not the same thing. Where TENS blocks pain signals from reaching your brain, PEMF actively works at the cellular level to heal the problem causing the pain. Where TENS has to use wires and electrodes to emit a zap into your nerves, Oska Pulse doesn’t even have to touch you (and you feel nothing when it’s working).
Oska Pulse is safe to use and won’t harm those who come near you when you are using it (even your pets). In fact, it will help those who are near you. If you have an older pet that’s dealing with chronic pain it will help them move better. If you have others in your home who deal with chronic pain (or even just an acute pain) they will find it helpful also.
Oska Pulse can be used with other pain creams and ointments. Since Oska Pulse doesn’t have to touch your skin there’s no worries about using it with other pain creams or ointments (no need to clean them off first, like you would with a TENS or anything that adheres to your skin).
Oska Pulse can be used under or above clothing. Oska Pulse works at up to a 22″ radius, so it doesn’t have to touch your skin. I mostly leave mine sitting on the back of my chair. It comes with straps that will let you strap it on to your body (or you can use the straps to strap it onto a chair or a pillow).
Oska Pulse has a 30-day money back guarantee. Use the heck out of it for 30 days and if you aren’t seeing improvements to your pain, you can send it back for a full refund. Better yet, use Paypal financing and you don’t even have to pay for it for 6 months (so it’s a no risk venture).
If you have an HSA or FSA, Oska Pulse can also be purchased directly through your HSA/FSA store.
Shupak, N. M., McKay, J. C., Nielson, W. R., Rollman, G. B., Prato, F. S., & Thomas, A. W. (2006). Exposure to a specific pulsed low-frequency magnetic field: a double-blind placebo-controlled study of effects on pain ratings in rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia patients. Pain Research and Management, 11(2), 85-90.
Sutbeyaz, S. T., Sezer, N., Koseoglu, F., & Kibar, S. (2009). Low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic field therapy in fibromyalgia: a randomized, double-blind, sham-controlled clinical study. The Clinical journal of pain, 25(8), 722-728.