The BEMER group first introduced its PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field) therapy in 1998 for helping to target and improve users’ circulation, stimulate muscles and increase resilience. It has become known as a leading form of vascular therapy and is distinctive for its ability to target the body’s microcirculation to help users improve their blood flow and increase their performance, recovery and overall wellness.
My experiences with the BEMER Body applicator started when my brother introduced me to it. He’s always looking into innovative technology and he knows I’m fascinated in the intersection of science and wellness. Deep down I’m a tech geek (I have been ever since my dad brought me my first Casio watch from Japan) and finding the bridge between health and technology is always thrilling to me. I was immediately interested in the BEMER Body applicator and started using it right away; soon after I got mine a friend of mine sprained her ankle. We wrapped it in the BEMER pad and when she got up we could see right away that it had already helped. Having that kind of visible evidence of the work that the microcirculation technology can do was very impactful.
I use the BEMER whenever I have an injury to help speed my recovery. The multi-functionality of the BEMER system is truly incredible and its ability to improve the human function of microcirculation is so helpful. I love using my BEMER system; it makes me feel cool and tech savvy while genuinely helping my body function at a higher level.
To get a better idea of what BEMER does and how it can improve users’ lives, we spoke to Dr. Joshua Berka, who has worked as BEMER’s Medical & Scientific Consultant for over a decade. A board certified Naturopathic Doctor and Acupuncturist, Dr. Berka has had years of experience working with PEMF therapy and has seen the life changing results firsthand.
How Does BEMER Work?
Dr. Berka explains that BEMER devices work by targeting tissues with PEMF. “As the PEMF is delivered to the target tissues, the energy emitted by BEMER is converted to micro-electrical currents that stimulate local blood flow within the microcirculation and facilitate muscle performance.” He says that BEMER devices are the most researched PEMF therapy products on the North American market, as well as the only low power, low frequency PEMF device cleared as a Class II medical device by the FDA.
Why does BEMER’s PEMF work? Because it mirrors currents our bodies are used to. BEMER’s patented frequencies imitate those produced by the Earth’s own natural vibrations. He compares it to taking a walk on the beach to ground yourself. BEMER sees results because of the specific information that it transmits to the body, which the body can recognize and respond to. The frequencies emitted by BEMER devices also help to support our natural rhythms, including our circadian rhythms. Dr. Berka says that one of the programs that makes BEMER so unique among PEMF devices is its patented Sleep Program, which is designed to support the user while they sleep. Helping users to glean the full restorative effects of restful sleep is one of the greatest benefits BEMER has to offer.
One particular feature that’s special about BEMER devices is their ability to target the body’s microcirculation. “In a nutshell,” Dr. Berka says, “the microcirculation is the functional part of the circulatory system.” It’s comprised of a system of blood vessels that can get smaller than a human hair and is responsible for circulating the blood we need to survive. “We only have one to one and a half gallons [of blood] in our body at any one time and 2000 to 3000 gallons of blood are circulating every day,” says Dr. Berka. “That is a lot of blood flow. While we believe the heart is pumping all that blood through the body, that is only part of the story.” The microcirculation is responsible for how the blood flows and where it goes by shunting blood to maintain our organs, tissues, and cells. Being able to target this system and increase its efficiency can be incredibly helpful in keeping our bodies working well and recovering quickly.
Who Is BEMER Therapy Good For?
Because the therapy improves blood circulation, it can offer benefits to almost anyone who uses it. By supporting healthy blood flow, it helps to build resiliency in the body over time. Dr Berka explains that BEMER isn’t disease-specific as much as it is people-specific: “It’s designed to support the self-regulatory processes of the human body to improve blood flow, nutrient and oxygen delivery, waste removal, strength, endurance, stamina, energy, muscle conditioning, stress response and help with the user’s quality of sleep.” The positive effects BEMER offers can be useful for anyone seeking balance and more resilience when it comes to their bodies.
How BEMER Can Help With Pandemic Stress
Dr. Berka says this kind of balance has become especially vital in the pandemic. He says BEMER is the perfect tool for offsetting some of the biggest changes that have arisen in this past year. A lot of us have seen our activity levels plummet while we’ve been staying home; this can lead to both muscle atrophy and stagnated blood flow. BEMER can help boost our circulation back up, supporting a better quality of life and all the benefits that come with better flow.
The pandemic has also almost universally increased our stress levels much higher than we’re used to. Stress can impact our health in a number of ways but it can be especially harmful when it affects our ability to get quality sleep. Because the body relies on regular sleep to heal and restore itself, missing out on rest can be a disaster for our health and wellness. BEMER’s special sleep program can be especially helpful now as we work to counteract pandemic stress.
How To Use BEMER
Dr. Berka explains that for best results, users should use the BEMER full body applicator for eight minutes twice a day, followed by a targeted treatment with one of BEMER’s applicators (such as the B.SPOT, B.PAD or B.SIT) to stimulate any specific problem areas. He says one specific tip that many users aren’t aware of is that the therapeutic field of the B.PAD applicator is emitted bi-directionally, so it produces energy from both sides at once. “One may use, for example, the B.PAD in between the legs to simultaneously stimulate both legs rather than just one side,” he says. “This is a great time saver and an efficient way to use this applicator to increase local blood flow in the leg muscles.”
Dr. Berka says that although the BEMER is very safe for many to use, there are a few contraindications for use: “BEMER should not be used by individuals who have had an organ tissue or cell transplant and are simultaneously taking immunosuppressive drugs or therapy. This is because BEMER has been shown to increase blood flow and stimulate the immune system. This is the opposite of what we want to do to avoid organ, tissue or cell rejection. Also,” he says, “If an individual has deep venous thrombosis (DVT), they should not use the BEMER. As for implantable medical devices such as pacemakers, defibrillators, deep brain stimulators, spinal stimulators, et cetera, use of BEMER must be discussed with the proposed user’s doctor to ensure that there will not be an adverse effect.” He says people who have an insulin pump or any other electrical device meant to deliver medications should never use these at the same time as using BEMER therapy.
For more information about BEMER and its products, visit the BEMER website here.