Is The PEMF Device Safe to Use?
Regarding the use and efficacy of PEMF devices, there is a plethora of information available on the internet based on users’ and manufacturers’ opinions, which could be ambiguous and lacking accurate information. So the best way is to gather information from an authentic and well-reputed source that refers to well-established research and studies. Besides, certain myths need demystification regarding the safety of the devices.
1. Are the High-Intensity Devices Dangerous?
MRI machines involve the safe application of high-intensity (2-12 Tesla) pulsed waves. Since 2008, FDA has approved repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS) that allows pulses of magnetic field (0.5 Tesla) to the brain. The strength of available devices in the market is from 0.2 to 2 Tesla. Researches consider this range to be safe for the treatment of various ailments.
For instance, in one study, one 75-year old person was given 130 sessions in 26 months with 156,000 pulses and no side effects. In another case, men received heavy exposure to rTMS with 39,000 pulses in a week with no side effects. Any intensity high, low, or middle could prove effective depending on the nature of the pathology.
2. Using Devices with Frequencies Other Than Earth-Based Frequencies
The answer is tricky as it is difficult to identify the range of earth-based frequencies. The earth frequency includes a wide range of frequencies from different sources.
Like the frequencies of the ionosphere (Schumann resonance) range from 1-100 Hz plus, there are frequencies from space entering the polar region, emitted from natural objects, the static magnetic field of the earth, around the earth, and many others.
All are important for life on earth, with everyone producing different impacts. So with this widest range of earth-based frequencies, there is no need to panic about other frequencies.
3. Using PEMF Device for More than an 8-Minute is Hazardous
There is no truth in the statement. In many studies, increased duration of treatment resulted in increased benefits. Even in some cases, the treatment persisted for 12 hours per day with greater benefits and no side effects. The duration can be varied depending on your body condition.
A chiropractor can provide a guideline about the appropriate duration of the session. So opt for a device with great research support. Heated pillows can be used for hours to enjoy a peaceful sleep.
4. Is using PEMF Devices with Other Treatments Risky?
There is no evidence to provide any drawback caused by combining it with another mode of treatment. Rather it doubles the benefits of other modalities. Every modality has its line of action, and health factors are intermingled together. While a treatment improves a particular condition, the other one could contribute in another manner, both offering a holistic treatment approach to your body.
For example, combining PEMF as an adjunctive treatment with physical therapy, nutrition, medication, acupuncture would improve the overall health condition of the body.
5. Which is Safer? Electrical Stimulation or PEMF Devices
Electrical stimulation had been more popular and familiar for physicians. It includes the application of electrodes and conducting fluid. It is less expensive than PEMF. However, it penetrates less in your body unless the electrodes are placed deep in the body through invasive techniques in the spinal cord or brain. It sometimes needs to expose tissue so it can be painful and burning.
These devices, on the other hand, function noninvasively without exposing the affected tissue to electrical current. The pulsed radiation passes inhibited through body tissues to penetrate deep into the targeted area. For example, heated pillows effortlessly allow you to enjoy the perks of PEMF.
Side Effects of PEMF Devices
The therapy triggers several actions in your body. You might experience some slightly unpleasant sensations which cannot be labeled as side effects. People with electrical or electromagnetic sensitivity are vulnerable to some mild and temporary changes.
Even then, there is rarely any need to discontinue the use of machines. Normally such reactions settle as the treatment goes ahead. You can make slight adjustments in intensity, frequency, duration to settle the reactions.
Based on the research on PEMF devices, you can boldly include these in a safe treatment category showing no adverse side effects. If you experience some undesirable reactions, you can manage them easily with slight adjustments.