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Oska Pulse: PEMF Treatment for CRPS and pain management

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Discovering my little buddy Oska has made a world of difference in managing my CRPS. While I know this isn’t food related, it is some cool science and a very easy way to help manage inflammation and pain.

We moved house in November and everything after that just became a struggle. I was getting to the end of my treatment cycle from my last Scrambler/Calmare reboot and the added stress and activity just destroyed what was left of my pain baseline. Add the gloriousness of a Queensland summer and it was literally the perfect storm for flaring up my CRPS.

As often happens for me at about the six month mark from Scrambler, the allodynia was creeping up my leg and into my hip again; walking unaided was getting harder.

A girlfriend of mine had just gotten an Oska Pulse for her wife as a new addition to her CRPS protocols. She’d had it for a bit more of month and was getting some very positive results with pain reduction and mobility. We are on similar treatment protocols and seem to have similar reactions to most treatments, so I figured what the hell, anything is worth a try!

What is Oska Pulse?

Oska PulseThe Oska Pulse is a wearable, portable device that utilises Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy to help manage pain and promote recovery. It is designed to deliver non-invasive electromagnetic pulses to targeted areas of the body, providing relief from various types of pain and supporting overall wellness. Simply put, Oska is a drug free and pain free therapy.

It’s very unassuming little device that is lightweight and battery-operated (charged with a mini USB cable). It almost looks like a kids toy when it’s on and the blue lights are pulsing. The Singaporean refers to it as my ankle monitor.

I wear mine almost 24/7 just above my surgical scar on the my right leg during the day. At night, I pop it onto charge before bedtime and then slip it under the base of my skull under my pillow to stimulate the Vegas nerve while I sleep.

How does Oska work?

The Oska Pulse emits specific frequencies of electromagnetic pulses that penetrate deep into the body’s tissues. These pulses create microcurrents within the cells, stimulating cellular repair and regeneration processes.

The electromagnetic pulses delivered by the Oska Pulse help modulate pain signals in the nervous system, reducing pain perception and providing relief from various types of acute and chronic pain, including muscle soreness, joint pain, arthritis, and neuropathic pain.

How fast does it work?

I started to notice a difference in pain sensations after about the first week. The spread going into my hip and intensity of the burny stabby pain in my thigh started to reduce. The extreme sensitivity on my foot was reducing, along with the swelling and joint stiffness. Oska’s PEMF therapy helps reduce inflammation in the body by promoting the release of anti-inflammatory cytokines and inhibiting the production of pro-inflammatory molecules.

Within the month, I was back to walking around the house unaided (my redonkulously expensive wheelie walker is parked in the front room gathering dust) and being able to wear my slippers. I was also starting to sleep through the night again. On the nights I would wake up, I’d turn Oska back on and doze off again without any fuss.

By the end of January I was able to tolerate shoes (therefore could wear my brace) and be out and about for short trips without crutches.

What does it feel like?

Honestly, it doesn’t feel like much of anything. It doesn’t vibrate or violently pulse per se. I have the 180 minute device and have about 5-10 minutes of a subtle but noticeable pulsing sensation at around the 20 minute mark of the cycle. I don’t find it painful or unpleasant. I’ve put it on the Singaporean at that point in the program and he couldn’t feel a thing…

The elastic band is soft and adjustable. I’ve moved it up and down my calf and thigh depending on how sensitive my CRPS is being.

What about the science

Over the years I’ve gotten a lot more particular about researching prospective supplements, medications and treatments because so much just doesn’t work for me. Aside from the financial impact, there’s the emotional rollercoaster of holding onto hope that takes a bashing when something doesn’t work… coming into my fourth year of living with CRPS, my head has learned to protect my heart from that disappointment. Being a nerd helps certainly helps but the available research for CRPS is not simple or always easy to understand.

In terms of the Oska Pulse and PEMF therapy, scientists like Nikola Tesla and Michael Faraday were the first to study how electricity, magnetism, and living things are connected. In the 1960s, researchers began exploring the therapeutic potential of electromagnetic fields for medical applications, investigating its effects on tissue repair, inflammation, and pain relief.

There is a growing body of research into the use of Oska and PEMF therapy for the treatment of chronic pain. Like most things with CRPS, the research here is limited. I spoke with the Australian distributor who mentioned a level 1 clinical study specifically for it’s use with CRPS being done in Germany. But the study has just kicked off and is likely a while away before publishing even preliminary results. They talk about the more generic pain management research here.

Oska Pulse is a TGA approved, wearable device to aid in the healing and pain relief of inflammatory related conditions (CE Class 2A – ARTG: 379331).

How Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy works

PEMF (Pulsed Electromagnetic Field therapy) is a non-invasive treatment that uses electromagnetic fields to stimulate cell repair and improve overall health. It uses electromagnetic pulses to deliver energy to targeted areas of the body, promoting healing and regeneration.

PEMF therapy is based on the principle that electromagnetic fields can influence the electrical activity of cells, tissues, and organs in the body. By applying specific frequencies and intensities of electromagnetic pulses, PEMF therapy aims to:

  • Help the Body Heal: PEMF treatment can speed up the body’s natural healing processes by increasing blood flow, lowering inflammation, and helping tissues heal. It speeds up the healing of broken bones, cuts, and soft tissue damage.
  • Reduce Pain: PEMF treatment can help reduce pain by decreasing inflammation, improving blood flow, and encouraging the release of endorphins, which are the body’s natural painkillers. It is often used to treat chronic pain conditions like neuropathy, fibromyalgia, and arthritis.
  • Improve Cellular Function: PEMF treatment can improve the metabolism and function of cells by making it easier for ions and nutrients to move across cell membranes. This can help cells make more energy, get rid of waste, and stay healthy generally.
  • Improve Sleep and Relaxation: PEMF therapy has been shown to calm the nervous system making it easier to rest and sleep better. It can help with worry, anxiety, and insomnia by changing brainwave activity and encouraging the release of neurotransmitters that help you relax and sleep.

Is it worth getting an Oska Pulse?

For me, it’s 100% been worth it. It is a silver bullet, no. But CRPS Type 2 is difficult to treat and challenging to maintain a consistent and stable pain baseline. Oska absolutely helps with that.

It’s been extremely effective with reducing the intensity of my pain and holding a reasonably stable baseline. I think as a complementary therapy, my little buddy Oska is making a markable difference in my day to day.

There is a licensed distributor based in Perth, Australia that services ANZ. They have two device options – 90 minutes or 180 minutes. I have the 180 minute device.

  • Oska Pulse Standard 90 minute treatment session
    • STP mode focus on general pain relief and blood circulation improvement.
    • $975
  • Oska Pulse 180 minute treatment session
    • STP mode focus on target inflammation with double duration of treatment session.
    • $1,175

The TGA has approved Oska in Australia. It’s possible that health insurance would pay for it. My platinum level insurance didn’t cover my Oska (but it’s useless for anything CRPS-related that isn’t turning me into a zombie or torturing me with surgery).

The Australian site notes that some customers have been able to use their NDIS Plan to cover the cost.

Buy your Oska Pulse here. Use the code NOSPOONS at check out to receive 10% off the purchase price!

Disclaimer: No Spoons to Cook is based on our own experience and research, and what we know works best for us. It is not medical advice. Our recipes focus on low inflammatory ingredients, whole foods and are founded in ketogenic and low carb ways of eating. We encourage spoonies to stay curious, ask questions, do your own research, listen to your body and to work with a Registered Dietitian or Medical Professional when appropriate to tailor your nutritional needs to support your care plan and goals.

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