Types of Neck Pain
Neck pain is a broader term concerning discomfort anywhere in the neck area, and in some cases extending down to the upper back and shoulder.
Characteristics of neck pain include:
Muscle ache or spasm
Discomfort in the neck, upper back or shoulders
Stiffness in the neck area
A reduced range of motion or ability to turn the head
Pain that radiates down one or both arms (and sometimes the legs)
The History of PEMFT
Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field Therapy (PEMFT) was first introduced by Nicola Tesla at the end of the 19th century and has since been featured in many medical text books as a therapeutic alternative for the treatment of pain, insomnia and general muscle and joint issues. However, whilst widely used in Europe due to PEMFT development in the Soviet Union, the concept was removed from medical schools in the United States.
Regardless of opposition, due to the public awareness to the benefits of PEMF therapy, doctors in the West began treating elite athletes with great success.
In 1979 the FDA (Food and Drug Administration USA) allowed electromagnetic fields to be used on humans for non-union fractures and bone healing.
Ten years later it was extended for the treatment of pain in soft tissue.
In 2009, NASA was awarded a patent that utilised PEMF for the purpose of finding methods to reduce bone loss experienced by astronauts when subject to weightlessness in outer space. In fact, NASA poured US$3.5 million into four years worth of magnetic therapy studies and as a result, developed its own PEMF devices. During it's research, NASA used human volunteers to define the most effective electromagnetic fields for enhancing growth and repair in mammalian tissues.
NASA concluded that PEMF is effective in treating a range of musculoskeletal disorders, repairing traumatised tissues and age related degenerative issues such as osteoarthritis.
Over the last ten years there has been a huge increase in the number of articles published on PEMF. Our understanding of human biology and the enormous growth in technology has allowed us to develop the Oska Pulse, designed to encourage cellular re-generation, not only speeding recovery but reducing pain associated with injury or age related degenerative conditions. Oska Pulse can be used alongside traditional medication. To date there are no listed side effects from using PEMF therapy.
Until the release of Oska Pulse, PEMF devices cost several thousand dollars and were far from being a personal, portable device that could be used without disruption to normal activities. Oska Pulse is completely portable, easy and comfortable to use and can be worn over clothing.