Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy has been demonstrated to be an effective treatment for myriad health conditions, including chronic diseases, acute injury, and chronic pain. There’s a lot of good reasons to explore investing in a PEMF machine of your own. But how do you determine the best PEMF device for your needs?

There are a wide range of PEMF devices for sale, and the abundance of choices can make the decision confusing and overwhelming. What are the most important things to think about when selecting PEMF therapy devices?

How will it be used?

One of the first things to consider when looking into purchasing a PEMF system is what you want to use it for. If you have a specific health condition you are trying to treat, you need to understand which device is best for handling that problem. Thinking about how you and/or your family will use the machine in the future is also important. Finding a PEMF device that offers flexibility and a range of treatment options, whether through available programs or different applicator options, will help you make the right selection for your personal needs.

Because a PEMF machine is a considerable purchase, thinking about the potential return on investment is key. A lower cost system might fit your immediate needs, but a higher quality system might be the better investment in the long run. That’s because you’ll be able to use it on multiple conditions that may affect you later and for general health maintenance to ward off many of the impacts of aging. Not only that, but your whole family, including pets and children, can safely use the same machine for treatment of their own health issues.

What type of applicator do I need?

When purchasing a pulsed electromagnetic field therapy device, you need to know whether you need a whole-body system or a more targeted system for localized therapy.

Local systems are only able to treat a small area of the body at once – like a hand, foot, knee, elbow, small area on your shoulder, or neck. While this is fine if you have a specific injury or illness that only impacts one area, these systems are far less versatile than a whole body mat.

A whole body PEMF mat allows you to treat your entire body at once. When purchasing a system specifically for health maintenance, a whole body system is best since your entire body needs to maintain good health. A full body system can also treat several local areas at the same time, requiring you to spend less time overall undergoing treatment.

Conditions that are systemic such as osteoporosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, Lyme disease, autoimmune disease, cardiovascular conditions, etc. typically need treatment with a whole body system as well.

The great thing about PEMF devices with applicators that treat the whole body is that most of them also come with a smaller pad or pillow applicator that can be used as well, either to treat another area simultaneously or to simply focus on one local area. These smaller applicators come in a variety of sizes, and are often higher intensity than the whole body pads.

What intensity is necessary?

That brings us to another important decision: what level of intensity do you need to treat the problems you are purchasing the device for? This can be a complex question, since there is a wide range of choices and it will depend on the condition you are trying to treat. Higher intensities typically yield faster results and require less treatment time. Intensity weakens the farther away a pulsed electromagnetic field gets from its source, so if you are targeting an area deep inside the body, you need a device with high enough intensity to reach that targeted tissue.

When the PEMF therapy benefits you’re looking for are general health maintenance, a lower intensity system is usually adequate. But when low intensity systems are promising results that aren’t supported by research, it’s a problem. If you have significant problems in several areas of the body, a higher intensity whole body PEMF mat is necessary.

With localized PEMF treatments, again, you need to consider how deep in the body the problem is. If the area to be treated is close to the surface, such as carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis, heel spurs, TMJ, or other superficial problems, a lower intensity may work well. But if you need to treat the brain, spine, prostate, bladder, hips, knees, heart or other organs deeper inside the body, a higher intensity is required. Many localized systems offer maximum intensities between 10 and 5000 gauss.

Higher intensity systems are generally more expensive than low intensity PEMF devices, which can be a consideration. But it’s important to remember that if intensity isn’t adequate, the system may not produce desired results.

Other considerations

The type of system (full body or localized) and intensity are the two most important factors, but there are a lot of other things to think about as well. What frequency do you need? What shape applicator is best for the conditions being treated? Is a desktop system best, or will a portable system suit your needs better? Are rentals available? What kind of warranty is included, and what kind of return policy, if any, is offered? Often, it’s best to consult with a PEMF expert to help make sense of all the options.

For portable localized treatment on the go, the FlexPulse PEMF machine is a great choice. The FlexPulse is one of the most powerful wearable PEMF machines, with a peak intensity of 200 Gauss. This is enough power to offer effective pain management, better sleep, quicker recovery and increased energy. The applicator pads are lightweight and easily applied to the body wherever treatment is required.

Ten programs with frequencies ranging from 3 Hz to 1000 Hz make the FlexPulse appropriate for a wide range of applications for the whole family. The system comes with two pad applicators. This lightweight, portable device can be used anytime, anywhere.

The FlexPulse is a very affordable option for the power it provides. The system comes with a 30 -day satisfaction guarantee and a 2-year International warranty, making it a no-risk healing alternative.

Author's Bio: 

Dr. William Pawluk is an international medical expert in the medical use of electromagnetic fields (PEMFs), with over 27 years experience. He has had academic appointments at Johns Hopkins and U of Maryland, co-hosted a natural medicine radio show for over 10 years, has appeared on The Dr OZ Show, written and done interviews and lectures on magnetics, conducted research on the use of various kinds of PEMFs on pain, wound healing, concussion, etc., and teaches professionals and consults regularly with the public on the use of magnetic therapies. He has an authoritative website https://www.drpawluk.com/, and published the book Power Tools for Health, reviewing the science and various therapy options.