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Noninvasive, drug-free magnetic therapy relieves stress and anxiety.

Running your own business can be a stressful and worrisome venture. As Steven* can tell you, it’s even more stressful and worrisome when that business is a start-up and you’re a single father raising two young girls.

Steven* took a chance on PEMF therapy and discovered that it relieves his stress and anxiety.

Peter DeSimone

“When you’re out there on your own trying to make things happen, you worry all the time about having enough clients and keeping them happy and things like that,’’ says Steven, a systems analyst who opened his own company a little more than two years ago.

“Now throw in the fact that it’s not just me that’s depending on this business working and the fact that the girls have a lot going on. One’s into dance, the other’s into soccer, and it’s up to me to make sure they get to those things and stay up with school. It’s tough.”

So tough that for well over a year, Steven lived in a perpetual state of worry, his fears of possible business failure and concerns about family manifesting themselves in long, sleepless nights; lapses of concentration at work, evensome physical issues.

“There were times when I could feel my heart pounding out of my chest,’’ Steven reveals. “But it was mostly the constant worry that bothered me. I was always worrying about one thing or another with work or the kids. It was beating me down.”

Before the worry beat him down too much, Steven began searching for a way to curb his anxiety. An internet search led him to iPulse, a technology-based wellness center offering a promising remedy called pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF therapy.

Safe Replication

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

Approved by the FDA for the treatment of depression and anxiety in 2006, PEMF is a noninvasive, drug-free therapy that uses bursts of low-level electromagnetic pulses to energize cells or, in the case of depression and anxiety, modify neurochemical imbalances.

The safe, low-level electromagnetic pulses emitted during PEMF therapy are similar to those emitted during an MRI and can be delivered through a variety of devices, including a paddle or ring that is placed on the head when treating depression or anxiety.

“The devices we use replicate the electromagnetic field of the earth, and that’s important because every cell in our body communicates and functions with electromagnetic energy,’’ explains Peter DeSimone, founder of iPulse.

“Cells are like batteries; over time they can start to lose their charge, become weak and stop functioning properly. They stop taking in nutrients, vitamins, minerals and oxygen. That allows waste and toxins to become trapped inside the cells, and that is generally the starting point for every sort of chronic pain, illness or disease that manifests itself, including in 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.

Steven* took a chance on PEMF therapy and discovered that it relieves his stress and anxiety.

Peter, the founder of iPulse, is a certified practitioner of PEMF therapy.

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

Steven first visited iPulse last fall and began receiving PEMF therapy shortly thereafter. He said he began to feel a difference immediately after the first treatment and has continued receiving PEMF therapy regularly since.

“I went into this not really knowing what to expect, thinking that it was at least worth trying, and after the first session, I felt so much less stressed,’’ Steven reveals. “It was like the weight of the world was lifted off my shoulders.”

“That made me want to go back and do more and so I started going three times a week for a couple of weeks. I then bumped that up to every day for a month to sort of mimic the TMS protocol. It has made a huge difference.”

“I’m focusing better at work. I’m sleeping better and just feel a lot more at ease with everything. I’m still very conscious of what I have to do to keep my business up and running and to take care of the girls, but I’m nowhere near as stressed out about it.”

“I’m enjoying life and work more, so the PEMF therapy has really worked well for me. That’s why I’d recommend it to anyone who might be feeling the way I was feeling. It’s definitely worth the time to give it a try.”

*Patient’s name withheld at his request.
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