PEMF Therapy for Pain & Healing – Update on my experience with OSKA Pulse
A year ago, I began using a device for pain called OSKA Pulse. OSKA Pulse is a small, portable PEMF device (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) 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. See below for more information on the technology.
As I wrote in my product review a year ago (you can read my review by clicking here), it helps a lot with my pain associated with dystonia, a neurological movement disorder I have, and it totally eliminated severe elbow tendonitis I developed. I have recently been using it for some other health issues and wanted to share my results. The most significant one is vertigo. It never dawned on me that OSKA might help with vertigo, but I thought I would give it a shot. It has helped so much that I am once again convinced of the power of this therapy that I felt compelled to share.
I should clarify my “vertigo” because a lot of us suffer with different forms of imbalance/dizziness and it is hard to find the right name for it. For me, it is more of an unbalanced, woozy feeling where I need to hold onto things to keep from falling, rather than the standard spinning one gets with true vertigo. I have been dealing with this on and off for about 4 years and I had a recent severe flareup over a month ago that was not getting better no matter what I did.
In addition to feeling like I can’t stand, I have tinnitus, it feels like my inner ear is fluttering as if there is a butterfly inside my head, and I have extreme sensitivity to sound, light, and movement. These symptoms have been such that I can’t do anything but lay flat on my back for relief. While I know I need vestibular (balance) therapy in general, these symptoms are way above and beyond my “normal” off balance feelings. I should also mention that I do not have Meniere’s disease, an inner ear infection, BPPV, or any ear, nose, throat issue. I have been tested for it all, and then some.
At times over the past month after the initial onset (it started after a coughing episode when food went down the wrong pipe), I would feel some improvement, but then I would cough, sneeze, or move my head in a certain way (just bending down to pick something up or getting up from sitting or lying down) and the vertigo would kick in. It was beyond frustrating! It finally hit me… try the OSKA Pulse dummy! So, I attached it to my arm, put it on my shoulder, or placed it next to my head/ear whenever I was laying down.
In less than a week of using it, I have not had one single bout of vertigo or severe imbalance!! I do not know if this is from using the OSKA Pulse, but there is nothing else that I have done differently other than using OSKA for the better part of the day. Considering the amazing job it did eliminating my elbow pain from tendinitis and reducing my pain associated with dystonia, I am pretty convinced that this had something, if not a lot, to do with it. This is why I am encouraging others to try it for anything and everything they may be experiencing. The technology I talk about below will better help explain.
What is PEMF therapy?
Science teaches us that everything is energy and all atoms, chemicals, and cells produce electromagnetic fields (EMFs). Every organ in the body produces its own signature bio-electromagnetic 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. PEMF devices are designed to address impaired body chemistry and thus, the health and function of cells. (Source: http://www.matrixrepatterning.com/pulse-electromagnetic)
PEMF therapy uses bursts of energy pulses at low frequencies that pass through the skin and penetrate deep into muscle, bones, tendons, and even organs to activate the cell’s energy and encourage its natural repair mechanisms. PEMF therapy is proving to be of benefit in pain reduction, incresased rate of injury healing, immune function, sleep, depression, arthritis, physical energy, bone healing and density, and circulation, among others.
Designed to promote healing at a cellular level, the OSKA Pulse PEMF device is calibrated for 4 specific frequencies related to bone repair, cartilage repair, increased blood flow, and pain reduction. It is a non-invasive, drug-free therapy, providing an alternative or adjunct to pain medication. OSKA is one of the only pulsed electromagnetic field therapy devices available for home use without a prescription.
PEMF machines versus TENS units
PEMF machines are different than a TENS unit. 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. It 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.
As shown in the picture above, I usually wear OSKA around my arm to target my elbow tendonitis, painful right shoulder (injured from years of baseball and racket sports), dystonia pain on my right side, nerve damage in my right ear, tinnitus, and vertigo. The cool thing about OSKA is that I can treat all of these areas at the same time. It has a 20-inch treatment diameter with an 8-10 inch magnetic field in all directions; about the size of a beach ball.
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 and move about doing normal daily activities.
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.
Some people get immediate relief, and for some, particularly those with chronic pain, you may need to be a bit more patient. I didn’t really notice significant change with my pain until after a few weeks of daily use (at least 4-6 hours a day). For the vertigo, I only used it about 4 days before I saw almost full improvement. I am continuing to use it just in case.
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 can’t say that you will experience the same, as we all respond to things differently. 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. I am not going to say it is inexpensive, but I will say it is an amazing deal when you consider how much we pay for all the things we do for pain management, all the doctors we see, and all the medications we may take. 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 has done for me. Plus, there is no risk to try it thanks to the 30-day money back guarantee, payment plans, and 1 or 2 year warranties.
This device has saved me plenty of time and money that would be spent doctor shopping, which I hate doing, taking more meds, or investing in all sorts of therapies. 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.
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, a comprehensive resource for anyone suffering with any life challenge. 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 Chronic Illness Bloggers Network. To learn more about Tom and get a copy of his book, go to Amazon.com or visit www.tomseamancoaching.com. Follow him on Twitter @Dystoniabook1 and Instagram.