Today,I would like to brief you about the history of electromagnetic devices and then to an interesting process of healing in the human body.
Let’s first peep back into the past!
Medical devices that administer electricity, or an agent derived from electricity, have evolved with great scientific breakthroughs. Simple electric currents or static electrical charges were the first generation of these devices. About 2,000 years ago in ancient Rome, a physician by the name of Scribonius Largus used an electrical torpedo fish, or electric eel, to administer electricity. If a person had a foot, ankle, or knee problem such as gout, plantar fasciitis, or arthritis the good doctor would have you stand on the electric eel until your leg became numb from heel to knee. This was the first transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation unit!
The second generation of electro-medical devices are those that use ultrasound, which is derived from an electric current.
Third generation devices are causing eyes to roll and minds to open as medical practitioners start to use and understand the therapeutic benefits of devices that simultaneously deliver electrical and magnetic energy to tissue which are now known as bio-electromagnetic devices.1
Story of the electromagnetic device begins here…!
Why the name bio-electromagnetic healing?
Bio-electromagnetics, also known as bio-electromagnetism, is the study of the interaction between electromagnetic fields and biological entities. 2
Bio-electromagnetic healing refers to a non-invasive and safe method which acts at the cellular level and helps in the process of healing.
What is healing?
Healing is a dynamic physiological process which involves a series of changes from macro to microscopic level. Every tissue and every cell in the body participates to facilitate this process so as to bring the person to normalcy as early as possible.
It’s nothing but care giving!
The process of healing in various tissues:
The cycle of healing remains somewhat the same from the point of injury to the complete repair of the injured tissue.
One of the things which varies is the time required for the tissues to heal. Skin might require comparatively less to recover than a bone. But, remember this might not be the case every time!
Let’s move on to the series of events of healing!
Even though this is a process, the events occur simultaneously and everything goes hand in hand to facilitate this.
How will this help a physiotherapist?
This will surely help in physiotherapy treatment as the above events are like a backbone to the electromagnetic devices! To understand the mechanism of these devices, it is important to know the basics.
Follow the next episode of this blog to know, how the electromagnetic devices help to reduce the symptoms and facilitate the process of healing.
Textbook of pathology- Harsh Mohan
Textbook of Surgery- S.Das