NASA’s exploration of magnetic therapy a success

NASA’s exploration of magnetic therapy a success
August 26, 2014 Allie Ochs

NASA has invest $3.5 million into four years of magnetic therapy studies

You know the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) as the American agency responsible for putting a man on the moon, conducting 135 Space Shuttle missions between 1981 and 2011, and generally advancing aeronautics and aerospace research. What you may find surprising is that NASA has also concluded a number of studies on magnetic therapy, which is officially known as pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF).

In fact, NASA poured $3.5 million into four years worth of magnetic therapy studies and as a result, developed its own PEMF devices. The studies had a few aims. First, NASA used human volunteers “to define the most effective electromagnetic fields for enhancing growth and repair in mammalian tissues.” Secondly, it wanted to utilize “nerve tissue that has been refractory to stimulate growth or enhance its repair regardless of the energy used.” And thirdly, the agency wanted to define a PEMF technology that would “duplicate mature, three dimensional morphology between neuronal cells and feeder (glial) cells, which has not been previously accomplished.”

NASA Magnetic therapy is effective in healing broken bones

What did NASA’s studies conclude? Magnetic therapy is effective in healing refractory broken bones — bones that are unable to heal despite repeated surgical procedures. NASA also found magnetic therapy is successful in developing tissues for transplantation, repairing traumatized tissues, and moderating some neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Lastly, previous studies also suggest that PEMF might be useful in the treatment of some muscle disorders.

In 2009, NASA was awarded the U.S. patent for PEMF use to enhance tissue repair in mammals, and to reverse the bone loss experienced by astronauts when they are in a gravity-free environment and away from the earth’s magnetic field.

NASA’s findings couldn’t come at a more opportune time as there is currently a critical need to develop effective countermeasures for bone loss and muscle degeneration to enable future human space exploration to the moon, Mars and beyond. That’s because progressive muscle degeneration can lead to weakness, fatigue and the inability to efficiently perform assigned tasks, which could compromise emergency egress operations. Bone loss causes increased risk of bone fracture and kidney stones, which can also negatively affect mission objectives and success.>/p>

In 2009, NASA was awarded the U.S. patent for PEMF use to enhance tissue repair in mammals, and to reverse the bone loss experienced by astronauts when they are in a gravity-free environment and away from the earth’s magnetic field. NASA scientists’ ultimate goal for magnetic therapy is to create an astronaut suit that would provide a countermeasure for the muscle atrophy and bone loss associated with space flight. NASA’s findings in regards to magnetic therapy to sustain astronauts’ well-being while in space have been instrumental in validating ongoing scientific studies and the development of PEMF devices.

Magnetic therapy doesn’t just benefit astronauts

Clearly, magnetic therapy doesn’t just benefit astronauts. As NASA research concluded: On earth, this device is effective in the treatment of various muscle diseases, age- and cancer-related muscle atrophy, osteoporosis and other bone diseases. Currently, the Food and Drug Administration has cleared magnetic therapy for fusing broken bones, treating severe untreatable depression, and post-operative pain and swelling.

While NASA has its own PEMF devices, the public’s source for magnetic therapy is Swiss Bionic Solution. The company offers an at-home system called iMRS, which includes a whole body mat and pillow. To find out more about the iMRS, click here.

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