Feel the iPulse

Noninvasive, drug-free magnetic therapy relieves chronic pain.

Math has never been one of Bob King’s strong suits, so when a guidance counselor who knew him well strongly suggested he declare himself an English major rather than a biology major prior to the start of his junior year in college, Bob went with it.

“I really loved biology, but this counselor knew I was going to struggle with the math, so she just said, So, you’re an English major and wrote that

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iPulse treatments alleviated Bob’s neck and shoulder pain.

down on the form,” Bob explains. “I didn’t argue with her, and I have to say, it worked out pretty well for me.”

Indeed it did. Bob went on to teach English in the Grand Island, New York school district for 34 years, after which he retired to Florida in 2003. Several years later, a bothersome neck and shoulder issue disrupted what had been a comfortable retirement.

“The pain was constant, and it eventually got to a point where I couldn’t even lie on my right side in bed anymore,” Bob reveals. “I went to a chiropractor for it, but even after twelve or fifteen treatments, I wasn’t feeling any better.

“I was desperate to find a solution, and I just happened to be in another doctor’s office one day when I saw a copy of Florida Health Care News there and started reading about this place called iPulse. I was intrigued, so I checked it out.”

Energized Cells

Founded by Peter DeSimone, iPulse is a technology-based wellness center in Summerfield that offers a promising, noninvasive, drug-free remedy for chronic pain and swelling called pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF therapy.

The science behind PEMF therapy has been around since the discovery of electricity and is approved by the FDA for use in correcting a variety of maladies, including nonunion bone fractures, post-operative pain and swelling, migraine headaches, urinary incontinence and even brain cancer.

Also approved for use by the FDA in the treatment of depression and anxiety, PEMF uses bursts of low-level electromagnetic pulses to energize cells. These safe, low-level pulses are similar to those emitted during an MRI and can be delivered through a variety of devices, including a mat, paddle or ring.

“The devices we use all replicate the electromagnetic field of the Earth, and that’s important because every cell in our body communicates and functions through electromagnetic energy,” Peter explains. “But our cells are like batteries; over time, they lose their charge, become weak and stop functioning properly.

“When that happens, they stop taking in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and oxygen. That allows waste and toxins to become trapped inside, and that is generally the starting point for every sort of chronic pain, illness or disease known to man.

“And that includes issues of the brain, where the neurons and the production of dopamine start to dissipate. When that happens, the brain starts doing a lot of different things it’s not supposed to be doing, and that can lead to a whole slew of conditions such as depression, anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, even multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s disease.

“When it comes to neurological issues – and clearly it’s not the same for everybody – it’s the neuron’s inability to operate and function properly that is affecting most people. What the magnetic energy does is to help restore that proper functionality.

“Whether it’s for tissue cells, muscle cells, nerve cells or whatever, think of this as a factory reset where we’re trying to get the cells back to good functioning condition with proper nutrients and oxygen, which gives the body a better chance to heal itself.

PEMF therapy is similar to transcranial magnetic stimulation, or TMS, which psychologists are using increasingly as a treatment for depression and anxiety. The advantage PEMF has over TMS is that patients do not have to meet any specific criteria to receive it.

For example, PEMF does not require patients seeking the treatment for depression and anxiety to have first tried and subsequently failed to respond adequately to a specific number of antidepressants before receiving PEMF therapy. Nor does it require patients to receive a specific number of treatments.

“The protocols they have for TMS are a bit more extensive and specific in terms of how they apply it to the brain,’’ Peter confirms. “But in the end, both are similar: They’re applying magnetic energy to the left frontal cortex, stimulating neuron growth as well as stimulating the production of dopamine.”

Immediate Results

In addition to his neck and shoulder pain, Bob arrived at iPulse complaining of occasional headaches as well. After a consultation, Peter determined Bob was a good candidate for PEMF therapy, which Bob began earlier this year.

“It’s quite an interesting process, and the fact that it’s based on the belief that all disease and dysfunction begin at the cellular level made sense to me,” Bob says. “So I gave it a try, and it really worked for me.

“After the first ten sessions, there was a noticeable difference. I could actually lie on my right side without pain. I went for six more sessions, and now, the pain is completely gone in the neck and shoulder area. So are the headaches.

“It’s not your typical pain treatment, but it works, and I’ve already recommended it to a friend, because anything a person can do to avoid medication is a wonderful thing. I don’t disapprove of pain medication, but this is a great alternative.”

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