I have to admit when I first was diagnosed with hip dysplasia and AO I was shocked and scared. Besides the bone-on-bone killer pain, I suffered from “why me” and I couldn’t understand how it happened. I wasn’t a runner (I’m a walker), I wasn’t a professional dancer (I was a swimmer) and no one in my family had hip issues (in my immediate genealogy line). I was frightened, alone and spent far too much time researching online and meeting with orthopods. Looking back now, what the pain and panic did provide was education and motivation to help others find a path to becoming more pain free and a better self-advocate. That is what this site is about, that is what I learned and what I am focusing on…education and advocating for yourself.
One of the things that really helped me is PEMF Therapy, I was introduced to it prior to my surgeries when I researching ways to lessen my pain and extend the time before I had to cry “uncle”. Stretching in a YMCA swimming pool with senior citizens (wearing shower caps) and using PEMF Therapy at home became my staples. During recovery and many years later, I remain a fan and spokesperson for PEMF and all it does for the immune system and to reduce inflammation (which causes pain).
PEMF devices are a popular option for patients suffering from chronic pain, autoimmune conditions and inflammation, even brain conditions with the Brain Entrainment aspect. The body mat energizes the cells in your body. Other accessory PEMF devices provide more direct pulses of energy for localized pain. For example, if you are having difficulties with pain in your knee joint, a PEMF paddle is a beneficial option for delivery of pulses directly to the joint.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields or PEMF help the body heal itself through enhancing its natural healing mechanisms on the cellular level. The most basic cell functions are to generate energy, eliminate waste, to repair and regenerate itself and perform its most basic function which depends on the type of cell. PEMF acts on basic functions of the cells. Magnetic fields cause motions of ions and electrolytes in the tissues of the body. This movement stimulates an array of chemical and electric action that helps the body heal itself. Through the increase of motion of ions and electrolytes, PEMF helps cells create more charge at the cellular level. This charge or energy is called ATP, which is how the cell (in the part of the cell called the Mitochondria) produce energy. This is where glucose is turned into energy, this is what gives us life. Low levels of ATP cause cells to be sick and have trouble to heal, and function poorly. This is because the cell has to work harder to make energy for its functions. So just like us, when we have to work harder for an extended period of time, to do our daily tasks, we get tired and make mistakes. When the cell does this, it leads to disease.
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