There are very few contraindications to PEMF. They include any persons who have a pacemaker, or an electrical implant that operates off of a battery. It is also recommended to refrain from PEMF during pregnancy.
What is PEMF?
A Deeper Understanding: Increasing Electron Spin
Newer cell phones are able to use Qi charging. Qi is wireless power transfer through induction and is seen in the form of a mat or circular ring that the phone rests on. The electromagnetic field produced by the mat excites the electrons in the battery (makes them spin around faster), and recharges the battery inside the phone. PEMF is induction charging for the cells in the body.
How PEMF works
Perhaps the easiest way to understand PEMF is to think in terms of each cell in your body as if it were a little battery. Like with any battery, sometimes your cells become tired and worn, whether due to age, stress, overuse, or damage, making it more difficult for them to fight off any type of potentially damaging force or illness.
PEMF and NASA
In 2003, Thomas J. Goodwin published a study carried out at NASA. He hypothesized that adding a magnetic component to previous studies on the use of DC current, physiological voltage gradients, and electric fields may be the missing link.
Goodwin concluded, “As is clearly demonstrated in the human body, the bioelectric, biochemical process of electrical nerve stimulation is a documented reality.” In other words, it works and it works very well. 2
2. Goodwin, Thomas J. (2003). Physiological and Molecular Genetic Effects of Time-Varying Electromagnetic Fields on Human Neuronal Cells. Lyndson B. Johnson Space Center.
Nikola Tesla, the father of modern PEMF
The History of PEMF: Thousands of Years in the Making
Pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) therapy is not as well-known as other alternative modalities such as chiropractic, massage, and physical therapy. Therefore, many people assume that it’s a relatively new remedy, leaving it wide open for speculation about the potential benefits it can provide. However, the practice of using magnetism to heal has actually been around for quite a long time.
Thousands of years to be exact.
The use of magnetic therapy can actually be found as early as 2000 B.C., when the Chinese book, The Yellow Emperor’s Book of Internal Medicine, noted that “magnetic stones” were used for various health issues. 1
Centuries later, during the Middle Ages, the use of these types of stones was again recorded, this time referring to them as “lodestones” which were placed upon the patient’s body in an effort to achieve greater health. Then, in the late 1800s, science increased our understanding of electrons and electromagnetism, prompting healthcare professionals to consider using magnetism and electricity for a number of different ailments, ranging from an inability to sleep to physical convulsions.