Transcript: How can PEMFs help with adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder? I have problems with tendonitis in my shoulder, or capsulitis, tendinosis, whichever terms you want to use. That means that the tendons and the ligaments of the bursa in the shoulder area are inflamed. They’re broken down, they’re scarred. When that goes on long enough, because it hurts to raise your arm or put it behind your back, because it hurts so much when you do, you don’t move it. And if you don’t move it, what happens? Your shoulder freezes. It locks up because you have so much inflammation and that inflammation causes the soft tissues to shorten. Then that shortening process is another burden that you have to overcome to deal with a frozen shoulder. 

The first thing you have to do is to reduce the inflammation. Then, as you start to do that and the tissues become softer as a result of the magnetic therapy, you have to start improving your range of motion. You’re probably going to have to work with a physical therapist and get a home exercise program to deal with that.

No matter what you do, it’s a long term process. Even after you’re finished, you have a full range of motion back and the problem is gone, keep doing the magnetic therapy because what caused the problem in the first place is still there. That usually means that magnetic therapy is long term. If I did an MRI of your shoulder, even though your symptoms are gone, I’d still see the evidence of the inflammation. You’d still see the scarring and the damage to the tissues.  So, probably, this is a long term process.  

I’ll give you a story. I had a small portable battery-operated magnetic system, like the Flex Pulse or the Micropulse – there was an interview on the program about the small battery-operated machine called Micropulse – and this guy lost his college scholarship because he developed a groin injury playing goalie in college hockey.  He had done all the traditional therapies, acupuncture, physical therapy, medications, rehab, all sorts of things for several years. Still no scholarship, and he was out of school for that time because of that. So we got him on that Micropulse type machine and he wore it basically 24/7.  Within a week – gone.  He said after two years of suffering from this, within one week, it was resolved. 

Now, some people will tell you all you need is eight minutes.  Really?  How much do you need to treat the body?  Eight minutes?  You need to treat the body as much as you need to treat the body to resolve the problem. 

There’s a machine available that’s by prescription, orthopedic doctors prescribe it, that’s FDA approved, it’s about 20 to 30 Gauss.  People who do magnetic therapy for Haley fractures that won’t unite, non-union fractures, apply this magnet to their forearm. They treat for upwards of 12 hours a day to heal a fracture. What are you going to accomplish with a one Gauss machine eight minutes at a time? Okay, I’m going to say this. Give me a break. I’m sorry – I don’t want to break anything – hopefully, you’ll go along with my humor here.

The thing about frozen shoulder, capsulitis healing times, you’re going to figure that out yourself depending on the system you purchase. Higher intensity systems need less treatment time and get results faster than low-intensity systems.  The tradeoff is that high-intensity systems cost a lot more. The good thing about magnetic therapy, in general, is that no matter which system you use, you can use it across the body for almost any problem. But again,  you’re going to get better results with higher intensity devices.