The benefits of Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field therapy, abbreviated as PEMF, are undeniable. Especially since the positive effects and benefits of this type of therapy have been demonstrated through over hundreds of studies including double-blind experiments. These research studies and trials have been done in various countries using a host of different PEMF therapy devices.

PEMF therapy devices were first made available to consumers in the late-90s and by 2003 their benefits had become evident with EarthPulse PEMF devices from the US finally becoming available worldwide. Initial users provided incredible reviews of their wellness and cellular health experiments and studies. Furthermore, these devices were made available to both consumers and medical practitioners. In 2017, the EarthPulse continues to innovate and provide great information of the most effective frequencies based on the current Schumann Resonance (Yes, it changes!). Their high-powered devices are mainly used for sleep. performance enhancement, anti-depression and pain reduction. Also, these devices are used in maintaining and improving the wellness of nerves, muscles, tendons, cartilage, ligaments and bones.

Since they first entered the consumer market in the early-1970s, PEMF devices have been accepted in numerous countries including, in Canada, Israel, Germany, Switzerland, Austria and the US. In the US, the FDA approved the use of these devices in 1979 and in 1988 in the treatment of non-union bone fractures and urinary incontinence and muscle stimulation respectively. In 20071, the FDA also approved the use of PEMF devices in the treatment of anxiety and depression. In Israel, PEMF devices are used in the treatment of migraine headaches while in Canada the devices are used to address a wide array of medical issues. In its part, the European Union has accepted the use of PEMF devices in the treatment of trauma, treatment of pain and degeneration.

One of the main benefits of PEMF devices is improving immune2 responses. These devices accomplish this by increasing the energy levels of all body cells. The energy increase results in a drastic and immediate changes in blood cells. To be more specific, the spike of energy in red blood cells causes them to bounce off each other like billiard balls. On the other, the energy increase in white blood cells causes them to have increased mobility and size. This in-turn drastically improves the white blood cells’ ability to catch bacteria and other harmful pathogens. Additionally, these devices stimulate white blood cells that eliminate floating cancer stem cells in the blood, helping prevent re-occurrence after surgery or conventional treatment.

PEMF therapy device differences

PEMF devices function by emitting pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs). Different devices produce different types of PEMFs based on Power Level, Waveform, Frequencies, and Treatment Time.

Power Level

PEMF devices function by emitting a pulsed electromagnetic field. Different devices produce different amounts of PEMFs. Some produce as little as the magnetic energy produced by the earth’s while others produce 10,000 times the amount of magnetic energy produced by the earth. In this regard, the devices can be classified into low-powered and high-powered therapy devices. Low-powered devices are used mainly in improving cellular health and inducing bone healing. On the other hand, high-powered devices are used in the treatment of trauma caused by accidents, sports injuries, as well as surgery. In some cases, high powered devices are also used in the treatment of degenerative diseases. Bottom line, all PEMF devices are used to alleviate pain; however, high-powered devices are more efficient at pain alleviation.

Waveform used by PEMF device

Another thing that differentiates PEMF therapy devices is the shape of their waveform. PEMF Devices produce either a square, a saw tooth, a sine, a trapezoidal or a custom waveform.

Frequency Control

Good PEMF devices offer preset frequencies for users to choose from and should also have an option to setup a custom frequency. Make sure any magnetic stimulation system you buy, has some good programs under 10 hz and even under 3 Hz for sleep use.

Treatment time

The amount of time it takes a PEMF device to have the desired effects depends on the intensity of the pulsed electromagnetic field. Thus, the treatment time can be anywhere between a few minutes and hours.

The benefits of PEMF therapy devices

According to research evidence, PEMF devices are capable of reducing pain caused by accident trauma, sports injuries, burns, and surgeries. Also, PEMF therapy devices have been found to reduce pain caused by disease and degeneration. Our PEMF Therapy blog plans to publish more information day-by-day on these topics. PEMF devices accomplish these incredical effects by affecting the mechanical, electrical, magnetic and chemical processes within the body’s cells.

  • Decrease in pain3
  • Increase in the range of motion4
  • Improved functional recovery5
  • Reduction in muscle loss after surgery6
  • Increase in tensile strength in ligaments6
  • Fast healing of wounds7
  • Improved formation of capillary and healthier blood viscosity
  • Improved cell regeneration

Using the above benefits and observation, use of PEMF therapy can be applied in cases of specific requirement, which include nerve regeneration, stroke rehabilitation and so on.

Conclusion

There is no need being confused with the various complex and technical terms and descriptions as most PEMF therapy devices are safe to use long-term. To lay off apprehensions, this study8 proves that magnetic stimulation can be safely used long-term as well. Effects they have depends on the intensity and power.

In conclusion, when looking for PEMF therapy devices consider the price and intensity, also consider program modes and frequency range. Finally, check the warranty and feedback from users. We’ve selected the best brands based not just on technical features, but also the customer experience. Visit our main page to compare PEMF devices.

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Nelson F, Zvirbulis R, Pilla A. Non-invasive electromagnetic field therapy produces rapid and substantial pain reduction in early knee osteoarthritis: a randomized double-blind pilot study. Rheumatol Int. 2013;33(8):2169-2173. [PubMed]
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Mohammadi R, Mahmoodzadeh S. Combination of Local Transplantation of In Vitro Bone-marrow Stromal Cells and Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields Accelerate Functional Recovery of Transected Sciatic Nerve Regeneration: A Novel Approach in Transected Nerve Repair. Curr Neurovasc Res. 2015;12(3):222-231. [PubMed]
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Currier D, Ray J, Nyland J, Rooney J, Noteboom J, Kellogg R. Effects of electrical and electromagnetic stimulation after anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction. J Orthop Sports Phys Ther. 1993;17(4):177-184. [PubMed]
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Seeliger C, Falldorf K, Sachtleben J, van G. Low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields significantly improve time of closure and proliferation of human tendon fibroblasts. Eur J Med Res. 2014;19:37. [PubMed]
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Anderson B, Mishory A, Nahas Z, et al. Tolerability and safety of high daily doses of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in healthy young men. J ECT. 2006;22(1):49-53. [PubMed]