iMRS PEMF for concussions, brain injuries, migraines, and chronic health issues


2.41 brain injury protectionPulsed electromagnetic therapy field (PEMF) therapy offers profound support to those with brain injuries, concussions, migraines, and general health issues.  In seven years of offering PEMF therapy, Ted Neff and his partner Stephanie have witnessed its powerful effects on clients in their Edmonds, Washington practice.

Ted discovered PEMF technology after exhaustive research to support his mother’s health while she battled cancer (upon using PEMF therapy her jaundice reversed in two weeks, her hair grew back during chemotherapy, and she went into remission after four months.) He also trained with a doctor who had 30 years of clinical experience using PEMF technology.

Ted, a former speaker and trainer for Mediconsult, the German maker of the iMRS, shared his knowledge with Portland, Oregon iMRS users May 11 at Healthy Spaces Spa.

Much of Ted’s advice was very new to us. One thing I have learned about PEMF therapy is there are few hard rules. Connecting with other users and practitioners, especially experienced ones like Ted, is a great way to better understand iMRS technology and expand its use.

Using the iMRS PEMF to support health for those with concussions, brain injuries, migraines, and chronic health issues

Perhaps the most novel advice we heard was how to use the iMRS PEMF to support health for those with concussions, brain injuries, migraines, and other brain health issues. Ted has worked with a number of  professional, college, and high school athletes with head injuries, and seen significant health changes.

One woman in our area sustained a brain injury in early childhood, which led to lifelong depression. After supporting her health with the iMRS her depression lifted for the first time in her life and she remains depression-free while using PEMF therapy.

Advice on using the iMRS PEMF

Ted offered the following advice for using the iMRS PEMF to support general health for those with  brain injuries, concussions, or chronic health issues:

  • Always start with 8 to 16 minutes on the mat at an intensity level no higher than 100. Ted often prefers to use the lower settings, such as “sensitive” or level 10. He said the “sensitive” setting emits picoTesla (a measurement of magnetic fields) frequencies, which is good for mental performance. A quick Google search turns up a number of studies on the effect of microTesla magnetic fields for Parkinson’s, multiple sclerosis, and cognition.
  • Then hold the probe across the carotid artery on either side of the neck for 8 to 16 minutes (no more than 24 minutes) at an intensity level of 25, 50, or 100. In fact, Ted also “cascades” intensity levels, doing 8 minutes at each level moving up or down in intensity between 25 and 100 while holding the probe across the carotid artery. You only have to hold it on one side of the neck as the field reaches through the neck when used at the higher intensity levels. This was new to us as we have been told not to use higher intensities on the torso or head with pillow or the probe.
  • Sometimes Ted will also “sandwich” the accessories by using first the mat, then probe, the pillow, and then the mat again. He said each intensity level delivers different packets of frequencies. Your body is like a tuning fork that will pick up the frequencies it needs and ignore the rest. By offering a large variety of intensity levels, the body has more to choose from. However, you do not want to use the mat for more than 24 minutes. It is like trying to charge a battery that is already charged.
  • Do a PEMF session every three to hour hours as this is about how long the “charge” lasts. Although they have seen success in their clinic with people coming in two to  three times a week, they do suggest more frequent usage immediately after an injury, whether to the brain or elsewhere in the body, to support general health.
  • Ted suggests you avoid reading or doing anything else while on the mat so as not to engage the sympathetic system. This one is hard for me because it’s the only time I read a particular book I’m intent on finishing. To be honest, I probably will not follow this advice as I’m still getting great results from the iMRS (maybe don’t read upsetting or complex material). However, he says it’s fine to read while using the probe or pillow. Using the iSRLS while on the mat may additionally support the parasympathetic system.
  • For insomnia, use the organ clock “night” setting during day sessions. This activates delta brain waves to promote relaxation. This also contradicted advice we were given not to tamper with the organ clock, but I figure if they put buttons on the professional unit that allow you to change organ clock settings, there must be a reason.
  • For very frail and elderly people, start them on the mat on the “sensitive” setting for four minutes at a time and increase slowly over time.
  • Hydration is extremely important. Ted recommends you supplement with magnesium malate or dimagnesium malate and add electrolytes to your water, such as Ultima Replenisher (I love this stuff, you can find it at Whole Foods). In fact, he said one well known PEMF clinician would send people home if they came for a session while dehydrated.
  • Do not use PEMF therapy within two hours of taking medication. Because PEMF therapy has been shown to improve cell membrane permeability, this can potentiate the effects of medication. In the case of some drugs, such as blood thinners or opiates, this can be dangerous. The upside, according to Ted, is you may be able to decrease your supplement usage.
  • “Load up” on PEMF sessions prior to surgery—longer sessions and more often.

lemon-drop-martiniI decided to test the effects of using the probe on the carotid by drinking two lemon drop martinis with my friend Jeanie immediately after the class. I don’t drink much so, as expected, I woke up the next morning with a headache. The therapy worked great, headache banished.

Here’s a great video introducing PEMF technology:

What it means when PEMF therapy doesn’t work

Most people have profound responses to PEMF therapy, especially when they use it regularly for at least a couple of weeks. I continued to notice improvements in some areas more than three months after use. However, Ted became intrigued by those few who reported no effects. He knew PEMF therapy was not a placebo—the mechanisms of action have been proven in studies, the American and Russian space program use it, and it’s a guarded secret by professional athletes and Olympians. (Ted worked with a marathon runner, age 52, who had been meticulously recording his times for decades — they were gradually declining as he aged. When he began using the PEMF he was able to run as fast as he did 12 years earlier.)

Ted’s research led him to learn about the influence of mind-body connections on physical ailments. Repressed emotions and beliefs buried in the subconscious can express themselves through chronic pain and disease. These physical ailments are distress signals from your body that subconscious matters need tending. Lest you roll your eyes in annoyance, this too is proven science and therapeutic techniques show very high success rates.

Ted points to research on chronic pain by John Sarno, expressive writing therapy by James Pennebaker, emotional health and mental illness by Clancy McKenzie, conflict and disease by Ryke Geerd Hamer, Memory Reconsolidation, and the ACE study.

In the ACE (Adverse Childhood Experiences) study of 17,000 participants, researchers found an association between childhood traumatic experiences and health issues later in life.

Ted and Stephanie have learned techniques such as expressive writing an the emotional freedom technique (EFT) to help people clear repressed emotions that are blocking healing. Sometimes these subconscious “programs” can override therapies such as PEMF and keep a person locked in chronic pain or disease. In these cases, the emotional undercurrent must be addressed before physiological therapies can be successful.

Here’s a great segment on John Sarno’s work in treating chronic back pain:


  1. Beth Nelson says:

    Thanks Elaine – Awesome writeup on the details of the users group on 5/11/12 – What a gift we have in you as our technical writer for all this amazing information – Beth

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