A study published in the August issue of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery reports that the noninvasive, pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) technology from Ivivi Technologies Inc (Northvale, NJ) has accelerated the physiological processes involved in healing in multiple clinical studies.

“PEMF signals accelerate biomechanical wound healing. These wounds healed faster and were stronger, earlier, than those that weren’t treated,” said Berish Strauch, MD, of the department of plastic and reconstructive surgery at Albert Einstein. “This study represents the first objective data on the effect of PEMF on healing rates of cutaneous wounds at the cellular level. Although the mechanisms of action are not fully known, previous studies have shown that PEMF enhances the production of wound healing factors that reduce the time of the inflammatory phase as well as accelerates the production of the animal’s own growth factors including vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF), which modulates new blood vessel growth. This study shows that a specifically configured PEMF signal yields the best result.”

The study, conducted at the Montefiore Medical Center in the Teaching Hospital of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York, included 100 rats, each with a linear skin incision on their dorsum that was subsequently sutured and treated with noninvasive PEMF signals.

The results of the study showed that the technology increased tensile strength in a standard wound model in rats by 59% after 21 days. 

Source: Ivivi Technologies Inc; July 23