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Investigating the Physiological Performance Benefits of HAELO Symphonic Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (sPEMF) Therapy Measured by the Biostrap Wrist-Worn Photoplethysmography Device.

Longoria, Kevin; Gielen, Willem

Background: Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy is a safe and non-invasive type of frequency therapy which has been shown to affect a number of cellular and biological functions to support the management or treatment of various health conditions. However, the research related to athletic performance has been primarily limited to self-reported improvements. Due to a lack of federal regulation in the $4.2 trillion global health and wellness industry, product and service providers often make wellness and performance claims without adequate scientific validation or proof of efficacy.

Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the immediate and lasting physiological performance benefits of two (2) weeks of consistent HAELO Symphonic PEMF (sPEMF) application in a group of healthy adults regularly engaging in high-volume athletic training.

Methods: Participants were recruited based on responses to digital surveys.  Measurements collected on 5 healthy participants, age 30-38, using the Biostrap wrist-worn photoplethysmography (PPG) device with in-application prompts for intermittent and daily survey responses for five weeks. Following a two-week baseline, participants were guided through specific sPEMF protocols based on their daily training. Participants were monitored for one additional week of discontinued use to measure the lasting benefits of sPEMF therapy. Participants were instructed to maintain consistent training type and volumes throughout study duration.

Results: A total of approximately 175 days of biometric data were analyzed from 5 participants who maintained compliance throughout the 5-week study duration. Analysis of data throughout study phases showed improvements in nocturnal vitals, deep sleep duration, deep sleep percentage, average sleep disturbances, overall sleep score, and overall recovery score for the majority of participants. Additionally, all participants reported improvements in perceived performance and quality of life.

Conclusions: Consistent use of HAELO Symphonic Pulse Electromagnetic Field (sPEMF) Therapy provides quantitative improvement in various health and performance biometrics. Further investigation is required to understand the physiological benefits of sPEMF therapy.

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