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Do you struggle with urinary incontinence? Try PEMF.

Urinary incontinence is common especially in women who have had babies, weakened core muscles, and damage to the pelvic floor. Men with a hernia, or prior hernia surgery are susceptible too. Working out the pelvic floor muscles is part of the recovery fix for leaky bladder or urinary incontinence. But how do you make these muscles stronger?

The treatment I’ve seen work the best so far is the Pulsed Electro Magnetic Frequency or PEMF. It seems to work better than what the physical therapist are doing to try and activate the pelvic floor muscles by hand. The goal of the PEMF treatment for urinary incontinence is to contract and relax the small pelvic floor muscles AND increase the micro-circulation. The PEMF machine feels good when it’s on you, and you get to enjoy just sitting still and relaxing.

So far I have been able to get patients to go for long walks or short jogs without leakage, play catch with their kids without pain in the pelvis area again, and have less embarrassment from the whole thing.  
 
No one should have to miss out on life because of urinary incontinence! Try strengthening your pelvic floor muscles with the PEMF.

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Regenerative Medicine: Chiropractic Options

Regenerative medicine is the process of replacing or regenerating cells and tissues to restore normal function and reduce pain.

I use alternative (non-injection) regenerative therapies in my office:

Shockwave irritant therapy is an excellent alternative to injection therapy without the injection.

Shockwave therapy also known as pulse wave therapy causes inflammation. This will kick-start regeneration by stimulating the body to send in macrophages, which are cells that trigger the healing response. Shockwave therapy is an irritant therapy especially good for muscle, tendon and joint pain including chronic neck and back pain, rotator cuff injuries, Achilles tendon problems and plantar fasciitis.

Peptide supplements

Peptides used to be only administered by getting expensive shots (injections) that have to be given into your muscles. I use Peptides in pill form. Peptides decrease inflammation and pain which helps cartilage heal, and decreases tissue breakdown. I have seen good results with Peptides for my patients with osteoarthritis (OA) and degenerative disc disease (DDD). It really helps reduce gut inflammation too. Peptides break larger molecules into smaller units. The ones I use are specific messengers for painful inflammation of the spine, cartilage and gut.

Light Therapy/Laser Therapy

Laser light therapy results in cell signaling and mitochondrial recruitment and is another non-invasive regenerative therapy. Laser light initiates the healing response, repairing damaged tissue by stimulating new, healthy tissue cells. I have 4 light therapy devices in my office so that I can provide a broad spectrum of light wave therapy. The use of light therapy into an injured area is safer than injecting fluids into the body.

PEMF stands for ‘peripheral electro-magnetic frequency’

PEMF stimulates the microcirculation. It’s one of my most impressive non-injection therapies. Increasing microcirculation improves lubrication. PEMF has FDA approval for urinary incontinence because it also stimulates the pelvic floor muscles.

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Pulsed EMF also known as Magnet Therapy for Pelvic Floor Disorders & Chronic Pelvic Pain (CPP)

Almost 50% of women suffer from chronic pelvic floor disorders. Men can experience this too but the percentage is lower. Symptoms include uncontrollable bowel movements, frequent urination, urinary incontinence, pain during sex, low to no orgasms, and loss of pelvic mobility. Mainstream medicine treats this as “normal” aging because it is so common, especially in the 45 year old plus ranges.

If you feel like you need to brace yourself once a sneeze is coming on to avoid embarrassing “accidents” then you probable have weak pelvic floor muscles that can be reawakened. I am all about Biohacking and upgrading one’s quality of living and healthy aging.

Biohacks are things we can do that supports optimal inflammatory response, enhance relaxation, improve sleep quality, improve brain function and improve body structure (fat to lean muscle mass ratios, strength, etc.), increase resiliency, longevity, and decrease chronic pain.

My top biohacks for pelvic pain include:

Laser Therapy. Stem cells are becoming a mainstay treatment for chronic pain and athletic injuries. Laser therapy can be used as a biologic agent to increase stem cells and blood platelets to help manage bony and soft tissue conditions. I especially like laser therapy for those who experience coccyx pain or sacroiliac area pain.

Pulsed EMF (Magnet therapy). Clinical evidence lends support for PEMF. The benefits of ‘Magawaving’ include: it stimulates electrical changes — around and within the cell; Activates and promotes cell regeneration; can alleviate the symptoms of arthritis; improves circulation; can help relieve the symptoms of depression, pelvic floor issues, and it promotes bone healing.

Pulse wave Therapy also known as Shockwave Therapy. Research investigating the role of shockwave therapy for chronic tendon injuries such as Achilles tendon and plantar fasciitis is ongoing and positive. I like seeing the results I get helping break up scar tissue and improve range of motion with my 3 different types of shockwave machines. There is evidence that this is helpful for CPP because of scar tissue build up. I currently use it on patients for this condition.

Diet & Nutrition. We discuss foods that support and nourish your body so that it does its job properly – helping you increase energy, lose weight, reduce nagging and unpleasant symptoms, improve your mood, and have more vitality.

I use ELDOA exercises. This is way beyond Kegel stuff you’ve already learned. These poses will create space in the spine and help you improve your posture and feel better.

Feel free to call my office at 310-444-9393 if you would like to meet and talk face to face.

Please don’t feel like you need to suffer in silence. Let’s try do something about it without risky surgery, effects of medication, and let’s keep it less costly.

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Pulsed Electro Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMF)

I call PEMF therapy ‘Magnawaving’. PEMF has beneficial clinical evidence for:

  • The healing of non-union bone fractures (bone growth) (1, 2, 3, 4, 5)
  • Cervical fusion patients that are high risk of non-fusion (1,5)
  • The treatment of depression and anxiety (transcranial magnetic therapy) (10)
  • Urinary incontinence and muscle stimulation. In one study, results were evaluated after 3 months. In 10 patients (7 post prostatectomy, 3 cystourethrocele) which were submitted to 18 sessions, twice a week, an improvement of incontinence in 75% of cases with patient compliance and the quality of life up to 100% also improved (11)

PEMF is gaining significant clinical importance and potential especially to someone like myself who is an ‘off label’ practitioner and ‘biohacker’. I’m able to demonstrate improvements (using a four lead body composition device) to my patient’s for hydration (intracellular and extracellular fluids) and the phase angle, which is a measurement of the body’s overall cell membrane health. Achieving proper hydration especially at the intracellular level is vital to good health especially if you are someone making slow progress.  

Can PEMF provide enhanced musculoskeletal healing and overall health (biohacking)? In my experience the answer is yes. Using high intensity pulsing electromagnetic fields safely passes through a cell membrane and ‘shock’ the structures within. PEMF could accelerate all phases of tissue repair, from initial pain and swelling to blood vessel growth, tissue regeneration, and remodeling. (6) The current thinking is that the primary effect of clinically relevant PEMF signals is to increase the rate of production of Nitric Oxide, which can orchestrate an anti-inflammatory response via increased blood and lymph flow (6, 8).

I can direct the PEMF towards ‘spot’ areas of your body to help resolve injuries or other damage, or I can provide ‘broad’ area treatment to improve self-reported psychometric measures of sleep, mood, and quality of life (life satisfaction) without adverse effects. That’s why PEMF sessions are often called “cellular exercise” and is popular among biohackers.

PEMF therapy translates to speeding up of the healing process. For chronic pain patients such as osteoarthritis PEMF stimulates the microenvironment and the after effects of treatment sessions are increased range of motion and decreased pain. PEMF may help alleviate the pain of arthritis, exert anti-inflammatory action and helps in bone remodeling.

I use PEMF to improve tendon to bone healing in rotator cuff repair, Achilles tendon injuries and gluteal tendon tears because it improves microcirculation. After 8 minutes of low intensity PEMF it improves microcirculation – meaning the RBC’s stop sticking together (3,4). PEMF has been used to effect osteoblast proliferation and is used for fractures. For all the above conditions I can blend PEMF, chiropractic care, nutrition, and topical hemp or BioFreeze. (3,4,7)

I look forward to helping you PEMF for urinary incontinence, brain support, insomnia, and even depressive disorders as well as all of the above.  

1. Aaron RK, Ciombor DM, Simon BJ. Treatment of nonunions with electric and electromagnetic fields. Clin Orthop Relat Res 2004;419:21–29.

2. Akai M, Hayashi K. Effect of electrical stimulation on musculoskeletal systems; a meta-analysis of controlled clinical trials. Bioelectromagnetics 2002;23:132–143.

3. Pilla AA. Mechanisms of electrochemical phenomena in tissue growth and repair. Bioelectrochem Bioenerg 1974;1:227–243.

4. Bassett CA, Pawluk RJ, Pilla AA. Acceleration of fracture repair by electromagnetic fields. A surgically noninvasive method. Ann N Y Acad Sci 1974;238:242–262

5. Mammi GI, Rocchi R, Cadossi R, Massari L, Traina GC. The electrical stimulation of tibial osteotomies double-blind study. Clin Orthop Relat Res 1993;288:246–253.

6. Bruckdorfer R. The basics about nitric oxide. Mol Aspects Med 2008;26:3–31.

7. Diniz P, Soejima K, Ito G. Nitric oxide mediates the effects of pulsed electromagnetic field stimulation on the osteoblast proliferation and differentiation. Nitric Oxide 2002;7:18–23.

8. al-Swayeh OA, Clifford RH, del Soldato P, Moore PK. A comparison of the anti-inflammatory and anti-nociceptive activity of nitroaspirin and aspirin. Br J Pharmacol 2000;129:343–350.

9. Aragona SE, Mereghetti G, Lotti J, Vosa A, Lotti T, Canavesi E. Electromagnetic field in control tissue regeneration, pelvic pain, neuro-inflammation and modulation of non-neuronal cells.J Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 APR-JUN;31(2 Suppl. 2):219-225.

10. van Belkum SM, Bosker FJ, Kortekaas R, Beersma DG, Schoevers RA. Treatment of depression with low-strength transcranial pulsed electromagnetic fields: A mechanistic point of view. Neuropsychopharmacol Biol Psychiatry. 2016 Nov 3;71:137-43.

11. Aragona SE, Mereghetti G, Lotti J, Vosa T,  Canavesi E. Electromagnetic field in control tissue regeneration, pelvic pain, neuro-inflammation and modulation of non-neuronal cells. Biol Regul Homeost Agents. 2017 APR-JUN;31(2 Suppl. 2):219-225.

Dr. Jeffrey Tucker is the current president of the ACA Rehab Council.

Contact Dr. Tucker at 310-444-9393

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