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PEMF for Pain Relief - Part 2 of 2

Pain Protocols for Back Pain, Neck Pain and Headaches/Migraines

Bryant A. Meyers

I’m Bryant Meyers, author of the book PEMF- The 5th Element of Health. This is a follow-up to my first article on PEMF for pain relief. If you haven’t read that article, please do so now as it provides background information on the topic. In this article I will give you practical tips, strategies and pain protocol that you can implement to get success in pain relief using PEMF therapy.

To recap, Dr. Oz called PEMF therapy the breakthrough in pain management. PEMF helps with pain relief in three powerful ways:

  • It increases endorphins.
  • It reduces and temporarily interrupts the pain signal. Less signal equals less pain perception.
  • It heals the problem, injury or trauma.

I will be giving you protocols for the three most common sources of pain. Low back pain is the most common source. That is 27% of the people who have pain problems. There’s a tie for second; severe headaches or migraines (about 15%), and neck pain (also about 15%). Between low back pain, severe headaches and migraines, and neck pain well over 50% of all sources of pain are accounted for. I’m going to give you some practical advice you can use to get rid of pain once and for all.

Pain graph
iMRS mat

Let me guide on what to look for in a PEMF therapy device before we get into the protocols. That way the protocols will make more sense. You want to look for a whole body mat system with local applicators. You want a mat that is roughly six feet long and a couple feet wide.

That way you can lay on it and work on your whole body. That’s really important because it opens up the circulation throughout your body, and it’s going to locally help improve oxygenation and nutrient delivery to the source of pain.

iMRS mat

You should look for a PEMF device that has Earth frequencies. You want to use safe intensities. Read my articles on why “more is not better” and the myth of high intensity PEMF. You do not need high intensity; in fact in can be counter-productive by taking your body out of healing. It provides a constant stress to the body. In my opinion, the safest and most effective intensities are in the range of 0 to 300 micro-tesla.

You’re very safe in using that range on an everyday basis. You can use the very high intensity systems on a short-term basis, but I do not recommend those for daily use.

The final thing you should look for in a PEMF device is a rapid rise-and-fall waveform. NASA found that to be the most effective waveform for healing and regeneration.

squarewave form

I personally use and recommend the iMRS-2000 system because it is in harmony with the body and what nature gives us. The iMRS-2000 and the previous generation MRS-2000 have over 20 years of research in Germany and abroad. The pain protocols I’m going to share with you come from proven research in clinical settings with over 200,000 patients and hundreds of doctors. The protocols are really based on results.

iMRS 2000

There are other good PEMF therapy devices on the market, and these protocols will work with other PEMF devices as long as they are low-frequency, low intensity with a full body mat. The protocols I will be providing are based on settings on the iMRS-2000 and MRS-2000. The range of intensities is from .009 micro-tesla on the sensitive level up to 300 micro-tesla on level 400. If you have another brand, these numbers may not make sense, but just know that from the low to the high, from sensitive level 10 up to level 400, it’s ranging from very weak to 300 micro-tesla, which is about four times the strength of the Earth’s natural intensity.

Back pain

Protocols for Back Pain

Low back pain affects 80% of all Americans. At any given moment about 1 in 10 people are experiencing back pain. Back pain is associated with over-exertion, heavy lifting, but it can also be the result of inactivity, and poor posture.

PEMF Therapy

Let’s look at the pain protocols based on hundreds of thousands of patients in Germany and several hundred doctors. They recommend that for low back pain you should use a full body mat for 8 minutes, twice a day at level 25 in the morning and level 10 at night (those are settings with the iMRS-2000). Those are low intensity settings. And you want to use a slightly lower intensity setting at night so you don’t over-stimulate the body.

Use a pillow pad for low back pain for 16 minutes, 2-3 times a day (more is OK for severe or acute pain). Use the 150-200% level. That’s a higher intensity, roughly in the 40-50 micro-tesla range. Here are some sample placements of the pillow pad for sitting down or laying down. You could be reading a book or watching TV while you are speeding up the healing.

iMRS 2000 pilow

For mid-back pain, follow the same protocols, but instead of 150-200%, use the 100% setting (approximately 20-30 micro-tesla). Use this lower intensity because you’re working in the torso area where internal organs are located. Again, use level 25 in the morning and level 10 at night. For acute or serious pain consider chiropractic care and the use of ice is recommended. Use ice 15-20 minutes while the pain is severe.

Protocols for Neck Pain

Back pain

Neck pain comprises about 15% of pain complaints. In a rigorous Cochrane review of literature of electro-therapy modalities for mechanical neck pain and whiplash injuries, reliable evidence was found for the immediate benefits of PEMF therapy. By comparison the Cochrane elaboration found not so many benefits for electrical muscle stimulation, TENS units, permanent magnets, and other electrical therapy components. Cochrane reviews are systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and policy, and are internationally recognized as the highest standard in evidence based healthcare. I share this research with you to demonstrate how much PEMF therapy really does seem to work the best compared to other forms of energy medicine.

PEMF Therapy

Let’s go into the pain protocols for neck pain. Use the full body mat for 8 minutes, 2-3 times a day. Use level 25 in the morning and level 10 at night. Use the pillow pad 2-3 times daily (more is ok for severe pain) at level 25-50% in the area of the neck muscles. This is a lower intensity because the head and the neck and thyroid are very sensitive. For acute and serious pain, consider chiropractic care and ice to help with the immediate inflammation along with the PEMF therapy.

Protocols for Headaches/Migraines


According to the National Headache Foundation over 45-million Americans suffer from chronic, recurring headaches. Of these, 28-million suffer from migraines, also called chronic daily headaches or chronic, nonprogressive headaches. Tension headaches are the most common type of headaches among adults and adolescents. These muscles contraction headaches cause mild to moderate pain and come and go over long periods of time. Migraine pain is moderate to severe, often described as pounding throbbing pain. Migraines can last from four hours to several days, and usually occur from one to four times a month. Migraines are associated with symptoms such as sensitivity to light, noise or odors, nausea or vomiting, loss of appetite, stomach upset or abdominal pain. The exact cause of migraines is unknown but a popular theory is that very triggers cause abnormal brain activity which in turn changes the blood vessels in the brain. PEMF Therapy That’s called the neurovascular theory. According to one Harvard researcher and headache expert, many migraine headaches may have evolved if neck related muscle tension headaches were not successfully addressed earlier in life. Along with PEMF therapy, chiropractic adjustment and massage, proper diet and exercise really help with migraines.

Here are the protocols for headaches and migraines, based on the German research. They recommend using the full body mat for 8 minutes, 2-4 times a day. Level 25 in the morning and level 10 in the afternoon, and the sensitive setting at night. Use the pillow pad on the head area 1-2 times daily, at level 25-50. For migraines you can also use the probe for 24 minutes for 1-2 times daily, at level 100-150. Use the probe on the temple for acupuncture and local treatment.

Action Steps You Can Take

I want to conclude with action steps you can take to help with low back pain, mid back pain, neck pain, headaches or migraines. This is in addition to the protocols I shared. The #1 thing you can do to assist in pain relief is to drink a lot of water. Drink at least one big glass of water before each PEMF therapy session, and at least 50% of your body weight in ounces a day. Secondly, alkalize your body by eating a more alkaline diet. This is basically more fresh green foods, more fruits and vegetables, whole grains, certain nuts and seeds. For example, try some fresh lemon and water in the morning. If you have a water ionizer, you can do some alkaline ionized water a couple times a day.

Here’s the third action step: deep abdominal breathing during the treatment. While you are on full body mat, do some deep belly breathing. That helps to further enhance the healing process.

The fourth action step is to add a good multi-vitamin and other supplements that help with pain relief and inflammation. Supplements might include systemic enzymes, turmeric, ginger, and boswellia herbs. Omega-3 fatty acids, like fish oil or vegan DHA supplements can help. Astaxanthin is a very powerful anti-inflammatory. MSM is wellknown to be anti-inflammatory and good for your joints. And the mineral magnesium in a bio-available form helps with muscle relaxation. Definitely use some supplements to help with pain and inflammation.

And the fifth action step you can take is to smile and laugh more. Believe it or not, laughter actually increases endorphins. Norman Cousins was one of the first people to bring this to public awareness. He found that laughter and smiling helps with pain relief.

And number six is to use the correct settings on the PEMF therapy equipment. If you’re working with the iMRS-2000 you can follow the protocols that I’ve shared. If you have another system, please refer to expert guidance on the settings to use.

And finally action step #7, invest in a good Earth-based PEMF system, like the iMRS-2000. And use it every day. That’s the most important tip I give people – just USE IT. PEMF therapy works – it’s research proven – you just have to use it regularly.

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