SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.- A local chiropractor is offering a specific type of therapy to veterans diagnosed with PTSD to help improve sleep, at no cost.
For the last couple of years, Dr. Mark Burdorf has been researching pulsed electromagnetic field therapy, or PEMF therapy, as a way to recharge the body. PEMF therapy involves the use of a certain halo and mat that sends pulses to the body to energize cells and improve circulation, Burdorf said.
The PEMF therapy Burdorf is offering uses lower frequencies. He described the treatment as feeling little pulses.
Burdorf is focused on sending pulses to the brain to help improve sleep that may be altered from stress and behavioral issues from PTSD events, he said.
He is offering veterans the opportunity to receive daily treatments for two weeks for free.
“It’s my way of giving back to the group of people who give me the freedom I have today,” Burdorf said.
After years of traveling to Mexico with the Flying Samaritans, a group of professionals who provide free health care services to people with no access to medical care, Burdorf wanted to give back to the local community.
Burdorf is a chiropractic neurologist and has been in practice for 30 years. This is his first time implementing PEMF therapy at his practice, but Burdorf said he has a used low-level laser treatment, a similar therapy, for 13 years. Low-level laser therapy promotes the healing of injured and inflamed tissue and is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. PEMF therapy is FDA-registered as a wellness device.
Burdorf said patients should notice differences in sleep patterns after a few weeks. Each therapy session lasts about 30 minutes, he said.
This isn’t the first time PEMF therapy has been used to help relieve some symptoms of PTSD. Doctors started to treat veterans with PEMF therapy after World War II, according to Burdorf.
Burdorf’s chiropractic practice is located near Hayden and Cactus roads. Appointments will be made at a first come, first served basis. If you or someone you know are interested in participating in this therapy program, Burdorf and his staff can be reached at 480-951-5006, and you can learn more on his office's website.
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