SIDE EFFECTS OF PEMF THERAPY IN MORE DETAIL
One of the effects of PEMF therapy is that it increases blood flow or blood circulation around the body. It is therefore a mode of therapy that is highly advised for people who have poor blood flow. It is, however, important to note that the increase in blood flow persists for a while even after the therapy has been withdrawn. This may have some unexpected negative effects on the body, for example an increased oxidative stress.
Oxidative stress occurs when there is an excessive amount of free radicals in the body, which the body does not have the capacity to detoxify and their harmful effects cannot be countered. This side effect can be countered by administering anti-oxidants before and during therapy. Patients are also advised to eat foods that are rich in antioxidants. These include berries, apples, spinach, kales, strawberries, pawpaw and other fruits and vegetables.
TEMPORARY INCREASE IN PAIN
For patients who are suffering from severe or prolonged pain, excessive use of pain medication can result in internal bleeding, stomach problems, resistance and even addiction to some of the painkillers. PEMF therapy is therefore used as a suitable alternative. However, there are also some side effects that are associated with PEMF therapy as far as pain alleviation is concerned. For example, the pain may temporarily increase, which may have devastating effects on some patients.
This temporary increase is caused by improved circulation to the nerves or improved traffic to the nerve cells. For patients in severe pain, it is advised that PEMF therapy should be started at the lowest intensity possible. Another side effect is nutritional deficiency since this therapy makes the body cells to use a lot of nutrients. These side effects can be avoided by using developing designed PEMF devices which can only be used by trained specialists, and my seeking a nutritionist's professional guidance when using the therapy.
DECREASED BLOOD PRESSURE
Some other side effects of PEMF therapy are a decrease in blood pressure and a reduction in the heart rate. This side effect can be catastrophic to some patients, especially if the patient is elderly or if the patient has some defects in the cardiovascular system. Patients who have been under bed rest for a long period of time may also be negatively affected. Dizziness and fainting have been common symptoms among patients who are not used to the change in blood pressure. The impact is especially felt after change in position.
FALL IN BLOOD SUGAR LEVELS
Often, there is a significant fall in blood sugar levels after PEMF therapy has been started. This should be taken as a precaution for patients who have a challenge in regulating their blood sugar levels. PEMF therapy also promotes coagulation or blood clotting. It should therefore not be used together with aspirin and other anticoagulant drugs.