During the Cold War, electromagnetic fields were used by the Soviet Union to aid cosmonauts who had spent extended periods in space. These cosmonauts suffered from a loss of bone density and muscle due to the lack of gravity and exercise, returning to Earth with weakened bones and muscles. To address this, the Soviet Union would employ pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy to supplement pharmaceutical methods in regenerating bone density and combating bone loss. The use of PEMF spread throughout the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, and would spread to Western Europe after the fall of the Berlin Wall. In the early 2000s, NASA would conduct its own research into the use of PEMF, eventually filing its own patent for the use of PEMF in tissue regeneration.1
SIS therapy utilises those same electromagnetic fields to positively influence tissue to promote healing. Therapeutic effects include pain relief, fracture healing, muscle relaxation, nerve stimulation and joint mobilization.
SIS is also used to address conditions of the back or spine such as ankylosing spondylitis, lumbosacral syndrome, or upper and lower back pain. Other conditions include carpal tunnel or epicondylitis, also known as tennis elbow, or non-localised conditions such as bursitis, neuralgia, fractures, spasticity, and calcification.
The equipment we use for SIS is capable of generating a wide range of frequencies at varying levels of power, allowing for precise adjustments suitable for the affected areas. The therapy session is non-invasive and non-contact and utilises an applicator that is placed above the affected area.
What does SIS do?
- SIS therapy triggers electromagnetically induced biological effects at the cell and tissue level.
- Fibroblast and collagen proliferation is increased following each session.
- Increased angiogenesis and collagen formation/maturation leading to wound healing.
- Accelerates swelling elimination, restoring normal blood flow, nutrients, and oxygenation of tissue.
- Damaged cells recover faster under the SIS therapy session.
- Accelerated growth factor production at various stages of the tissue repair.
- SIS can modulate cell receptors binding, reducing the inflammatory response.
What happens after the SIS therapy session?
Patients may experience prompt relief as the SIS therapy session may have reconnected or improved connections between nerves. If you experience any changes or new sensations during or after the session, please inform your healthcare professional.
Have there been studies on the use of SIS or PEMF?
Over 2000 medical research studies have been published over the years in support of the effectiveness of electromagnetic fields in tissue repair. Electromagnetic stimulation has been used for decades by orthopaedic surgeons for accelerating bone union. It is also utilised in plastic surgery for addressing post-operative pain and swelling, and for graft survival. SIS is also seeing use in the field of sports medicine, with renowned football teams such as FC Porto and S.L Benfica using SIS to manage physical overload and various chronic pathologies among their players.
Is SIS for you?
Your podiatrist will assess your condition and then discuss your suitability for this therapy with you.
Pregnant women or people with pacemakers or other medical devices and implants that have a magnetic field should inform their healthcare professional, as this may interfere with the functioning of the implant or cause other complications.