Quackery refers to practices or procedures that falsely claim to provide restorative or healing benefits. Snake oil? That’s quackery. The healing power of static magnets? That’s quackery, too. Is PEMF therapy quackery, though? Unlike fat from Chinese water snakes or wearing a magnetic bracelet, PEMF therapy has FDA approval and its effectiveness is supported by scientific research.
Why do people think PEMF therapy is quackery?
The concerns about PEMF and quackery boil down to two things: a lack of understanding and misunderstanding. Some people have an idea about PEMF therapy that’s based on partial information or half-truths. There’s also been a history of skepticism around pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. This has lead some people to dismiss PEMF therapy before even trying to explore the science behind it.
What’s contributed to this misinformation about PEMF therapy?
- Similar – yet different – methods of treatment have been proven ineffective. Radionics, which originated in the early 20th century, also uses electromagnetic energy, but it does not provide any biological benefits. People sometime assume that all devices that use electromagnetic energy are the same, but this is not the case.
- People also sometimes associate pulsed electromagnetic field therapy and electroshock therapy. Again, these two methods are entirely different, but the stigma of electric shock therapy influences how some people view PEMF therapy. In fact, many people don’t realize that electricity used in PEMF therapy never enters the body. It’s used solely to charge the coils and generate electromagnetic fields.
- Some people still think that static magnets have healing properties. They don’t. Those who realize that there’s no scientific evidence supporting claims that static magnets have healing powers assume that this also discredits pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. Again, this is not the case. There is a substantial difference in PEMF therapy and the constant magnetic field produced by a static magnet.
PEMF is safe and effective
Education is the only way to overcome misinformation. PEMF therapy is backed by scientific research and has been approved by the FDA for several types of treatment. There have been over a thousand scientific studies showing the benefits of PEMF therapy.
The FDA approves PEMF therapy as a treatment for bone fractures, muscle stimulation, depression and anxiety, and as a post operative treatment. In 2015, the FDA classified PEMF devices as Class II devices. Our PEMF devices are FDA registered wellness devices.
Chiropractic care has had to overcome skepticism over the years. People used to question the legitimacy of chiropractors. However, most people now consider chiropractic care as a legitimate form of medical care, and most insurance plans cover chiropractic visits. The point here is that chiropractic is a type of treatment that has overcome skepticism over the years, and PEMF therapy will have to do the same. It’s time to put PEMF therapy quackery concerns to rest.
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