“PEMF” stands for “pulsed electromagnetic field” and PEMF therapy is a healthcare treatment using electromagnetic energy. But PEMF machines are not the only devices ever used for electromagnetic health treatments. So what is a PEMF machine?
As the experts at Johns Hopkins explain, “Each molecule in the human body actually contains a small amount of magnetic energy.” Over the millennia, people have noticed that electromagnetic energy can have positive effects on health and healing. But not all applications of electromagnetic fields are effective. For example, you can buy belts, headbands, bracelets, shoe inserts and other wearables containing static magnets. A review of research using magnets to reduce pain found that “The evidence does not support the use of static magnets for pain relief, and therefore magnets cannot be recommended as an effective treatment.”
A PEMF machine is completely different from a magnetic bracelet or a horse blanket with magnets sewn into the lining. Rather than using static magnets, PEMF therapy devices use pulsed electromagnetic fields. This means that electricity is used to generate low-frequency waves of electromagnetic energy which enter the body.
Think of each cell as a battery. The pulses of energy recharge the batteries that need charging. They don’t increase the energy level in cells that don’t need recharging, any more than plugging your rechargeable household batteries can overfill them with energy.
What does a PEMF machine look like?
There are many different kinds and sizes of PEMF machines. Each one consists of the unit that generates the PEMF energy and the parts that deliver the pulses to the body.
For example, this Dual Machine weighs 8.5 pounds.
This Platinum professional unit weighs 54.6 pounds. If you want to install a PEMF machine in your physical therapy office, either of these models could work just fine. If you plan to carry your machine on home health visits, you’ll be happier with the smaller model.
Carrying the machine around a hospital all day? You might like the 6.4 pound mini traveler even better.
The type and size of the machine and the coils, pads, and other delivery methods that work best for you are also influenced by the kind of client you plan to work with. If your patients are horses, you have different needs from the practitioner who works with cats. Coils are applied to people differently from show cattle.
Browse our systems and then give us a call. We can answer all your questions about PEMF machines.
What are the delivery systems like?
The parts of a PEMF machine that deliver the pulsed energy to the subject are often referred to as “coils.”
Some, like these, look like coils. They are placed around the neck or on the body of the person or animal receiving the therapy.
The style above, called a paddle, contains a tight coil. It is often used for very targeted therapy. For example, this device can be used for a horse’s hoof, to help cure cracks in the hoof.
The type of device shown here is a PEMF mat.
Once again, the style of device you need will depend on how you plan to use your PEMF machine. See a variety of PEMF therapy devices on our Systems page, and don’t hesitate to call us with your questions.
Are PEMF machines safe?
Every PulsePEMFPro PEMF machine is completely safe. While we don’t recommend that you use PEMF therapy if you have a Pacemaker or a heart condition, there is no possibility of electric shock. The PEMF machine is high powered, but it generates low frequency energy. The strength of the electromagnetic field is comparable to the natural electromagnetic field of the earth.
Since we spend so much of our time separated from the earth by concrete and buildings, we don’t have the opportunity to experience the natural magnetic field of the earth most of the time. The PEMF machine gives us that opportunity.
With that said, it is important that anyone using a PEMF machine be trained and certified. If you visit a chiropractor, physical therapist, or vet who uses a PEMF machine for therapy, you should feel free to ask to see certification.
This will allow you to be confident about the PEMF therapy you or your animal will receive.
Again, we encourage you to call us at 877-473-6377 with any questions.