High Vs Low Intensities
The intensity of a Pulsed ElectroMagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy system means the maximum strength of the magnetic field the device is capable of achieving. Some systems have program settings where they are capable of achieving both high and low intensities, others are just high intensity or low-intensity PEMF systems, normally used by individuals with specific needs or conditions. Intensities are normally measured in Gauss. Dr. Pawluk states in his book, ‘Power Tools for Health’ that ”the intensity of a magnetic field is important, perhaps more so than any other component”.
So what is the difference between high and low-intensity PEMF therapy?
High-intensity PEMF systems are generally recommended for chronic conditions or symptoms that are appearing in more than one area such as arthritis, post-surgery recovery, severe injuries, etc. High-intensity PEMFs have the ability to improve symptoms quickly, depending on the severity of the condition you are treating.
PEMF therapy systems can be used in both home and clinical settings. Most clinics have high powered systems so that the treatment has a bigger impact on improving their client’s symptoms. High-intensity systems are also known to penetrate PEMFs deeper into the body and its affected areas. Dr. Pawluk explains in his book, that if you are lying on an applicator with the goal being whole-body stimulation, then the magnetic field has to be of sufficient intensity to penetrate through to the opposite side of the body.
The lower the intensity of the magnetic field, the less effect it will have on the tissue or cells. So, for chronic conditions, severe injuries, etc, the low intensity is not normally recommended however this does not mean it won’t still work for you, it just means the process of healing will be slower for more severe conditions and symptoms. For those struggling with sleep abnormalities, insomnia, stress or anxieties, normally a low-intensity system would suffice. Low-intensity systems provide low and therapeutic levels of PEMF therapy. Sometimes less is more and these low-intensity PEMF therapy devices can help you relax into a night of better sleep. If you are of good health, low-intensity systems can really help you to maintain this and act as a prevention method for future health issues. A little PEMF therapy treatment a day can go a long way!
If you would like to know more about the right PEMF device for your home, then contact the NewMed team here.
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Power Tools For Health – William Pawluk, MD, MSc & Caitlin J Layne – Pages 11-14.