Oska Pulse Review: Is PEMF pain technology for you?
For the past year, I have been reviewing various products I have been trying for pain. This is because I live with chronic pain from a neurological disorder called dystonia, which I have had since 2001. I also know many others who experience pain from various causes, so I want to let people know what is available that might help. The latest device I have been using is called Oska Pulse, made by Oska Wellness. Oska Pulse is a PEMF machine (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field), a non-invasive, drug-free therapy, providing an alternative to pain medication.
After learning more about the technology and hearing positive results from others, I was very excited to try Oska Pulse. What also impressed me is that the device was FDA approved in only 2 weeks, which is unheard of, and it won the 2017 TechCo Startup of the Year Competition. Rather impressive to say the least.
I have been given this product as part of a product review through the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. Although the product was a gift, all opinions in this review remain my own and I was in no way influenced by the company.
What is PEMF Therapy?
Science teaches us that everything is energy and all energy is electromagnetic in nature. All atoms, chemicals, and cells produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Every organ in the body produces it own signature bioelectromagnetic field and all cells in the body communicate via electromagnetic frequencies. Nothing happens in the body without an electromagnetic exchange. In other words, electromagnetic energy controls the chemistry in the body. This in turn controls tissue function. Disruption of electromagnetic energy in cells causes impaired cell metabolism, whatever the initial cause. This happens anywhere in the disease process. PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) devices are designed to address impaired body chemistry and thus, the health and function of cells. (Source: http://www.matrixrepatterning.com/pulse-electromagnetic)
What is Oska Pulse?
Oska Pulse is a small, portable PEMF device (about the size of a computer mouse) designed to break the cycle of inflammation, reduce pain and muscle stiffness, increase mobility, promote joint and muscle recovery, and release the body’s natural endorphins.. The Oska Pulse is calibrated for 4 specific frequencies related to bone repair, cartilage repair, increased blood flow, and pain reduction.
PEMF devices are different than TENS units. A TENS unit floods nerve paths to block pain, but when it is turned off, the pain often returns. PEMF technology is different in that it is designed to target inflammation at the cellular level for healing and long-term pain relief. The company refers to it as “massaging the cells” by increasing nutrients in and increasing waste out. Also different from a TENS unit, you won’t feel any pulsing or tingling with the Oska Pulse. Optimized PEMF is intended for you to feel nothing, although some people notice a slight warming of the afflicted area due to increased blood flow. I never feel anything when I use it.
Check out this video from an episode on The Dr. Oz Show about PEMF technology:
Why did I want to try Oska Pulse?
I experience chronic pain from dystonia (primarily on the right side of my neck and back), as well as shoulder pain from years of playing baseball and racket sports. I also have bad tendinitis in my elbow that started about 2 years ago after an injury from a bike fall. The cool thing about Oska Pulse is that I can treat all of these areas at the same time. It has a 20-inch treatment diameter (8-10 inch magnetic field in all directions; about the size of a beach ball). So, when I use it, I strap it to my upper right arm. Because of its treatment area of 8-10 inches in either direction, I can reach my elbow tendinitis, shoulder pain, and the neck and back pain from dystonia.
This is the very convenient feature of Oska Pulse. It does not need to be touching your skin (or touching you at all) or go exactly on the area that’s hurting. For example, you can sit or lie down and have it near your areas of pain. This is because of the 20-inch diameter treatment field. You can also put it in your pocket or use the strap that comes with it to attach it to various body parts.
How to use the Oska Pulse?
Oska Pulse is simple to use. You just click the power button and it runs for 30 minutes. It will beep once when you turn it on and flash a light blue color. When it goes off, it will beep 3 times and the light will turn off. You can take a break from using it or keep turning it on after it completes a cycle. This is what I do. Whenever I use it, I turn it back on as soon as it goes off, so I am getting constant treatment. That is, treatment for as long as I want to get on a particular day, which is often several hours in a row. The Oska Wellness website provides recommendations for usage, but you can of course use it as you see fit. I used it a lot at first and not too much at all anymore. However, this doesn’t mean I am free of pain. I still need to use it. I am just noticing longer periods of time without as much pain.
Some people get immediate relief, but for some, particularly those with chronic pain, you may need to be a bit more patient. I didn’t really notice significant change until after a few weeks of daily use (about 4-6 sessions a day). What’s interesting is that I went from having to use it every day for several hours to now only a couple times a week for a few sessions. The tendinitis in my elbow always comes and goes, but for the first time in a year, it is consistently better. To give you an idea of the pain I experienced, there were times I was not able to shake someone’s hand, fully extend my arm, or make a fist. This has all greatly improved. My neck, shoulder, and back pain are also better, which I have had for over 20 years. On occasion in the beginning, I felt a little more pain when using it, but this is not uncommon as the body is being cleansed of any toxins built up in certain areas. Some people may not respond well to this form or therapy, no different than any other therapy. We are all very unique so please keep this in mind if you try it.
I am still playing with it to see how it can be more effective, but I can say with confidence that it has helped. I can’t say that you will experience the same, as we all respond to things differently. It may not help or it may help much more than it does me. The great thing about it is that they offer a full 30-day money back guarantee if you don’t like it.
Speaking of money, it is not on the cheap end compared with other personal use items for pain. Oska Pulse retails for $399, but with the coupon code WELLNESS4YOU that I set up with the company, they will take $55 off that price. Again, speaking of price, this may seem expensive to some and not to others, but the way I look at cost when it comes to pain that interferes with my life, if it helps and I can be more functional, it is worth it. Especially if it reduces or eliminates the need/cost of other treatments/therapies, which this device is intended. Plus, there is no risk to try it thanks to the 30-day money back guarantee. For me, I have spent so much money on things over the years that didn’t help or only helped a little, so something like this which helps quite a bit makes the price quite reasonable to me. You can’t really put a price on pain relief and to try it for free, why not. It is not covered by insurance, but can be purchased using the FSA and HSA stores. Payment plans are available and you get a complimentary 1-year warranty and extendable to 2-years if you register your device.
Who should not use Oska Pulse?
It is recommended that people with a pacemaker or defibrillator, DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) pulse generator, cochlear implants, intrathecal pumps, etc., as well as those who are pregnant or nursing, and those being treated for cancer, should consult their physician before using Oska Pulse. Please also consult the company (Oska Wellness) for any other contraindications. This other website is also a good resource for information about PEMF technology contraindications. To learn more about the use of PEMF technology, the Oska Wellness website provides links in their FAQ section to dozens of clinical studies on the efficacy of this technology. Please also visit their Facebook page.
Tom Seaman is a Certified Professional Life Coach in the area of health and wellness, and author of the book, Diagnosis Dystonia: Navigating the Journey. He is also a motivational speaker, chronic pain and dystonia awareness advocate, health blogger, and volunteers for the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation (DMRF) as a support group leader, for WEGO Health as a patient expert panelist, and is a member and writer for the Chronic Illness Bloggers network. To learn more about Tom, subscribe to his free health newsletter, and get a copy of his book, visit www.tomseaman.org. Follow him on Twitter @Dystoniabook1 and Instagram