Myth: PEMF Treatment Should Be Limited to a Specific Amount of Time
While some PEMF devices recommend a specific duration for treatment each day, this is often dependent on the limits of the particular system and has little to do with your body.
Some conditions may require exceptionally long therapy sessions, such as overnight, while others only require a few minutes per day.
When you are first starting, longer sessions may jump start your healing faster and can be reduced, once you have reached a healthier state.
You can talk with your healthcare provider about recommended times and frequency of treatment for your specific healthcare needs.
Myth: There are only specific waveforms that work.
Several different waveforms can be used during PEMF therapy.
While a few of these waveforms have been more widely studied to determine their effects, all of the various waveforms that PEMF devices emit are effective.
Some may be more effective than others at various frequencies or intensities, and your body may respond to one waveform more favorably than another, but all waveforms will deliver healing electromagnetic energy to your body effectively.
Myth: PEMF Therapy is Dangerous
As we showed in our Precautions section, PEMF therapy is quite safe and poses no threat to the vast majority of people.
People sometimes confuse PEMF therapy with EMFs, which are electromagnetic fields that are given off by the vast array of electrical devices we use in our daily lives.
According to a WHO report from 2007, there is insufficient scientific data to show that EMFs pose a health risk (59).
There is, however, a preponderance of evidence to support the use of PEMF therapy to treat a wide range of health problems and conditions, and that it is safe to use on most of the population.
Myth: Only One Type of Frequency Works Best
Just like waveforms, different medical conditions can respond more favorably to various frequencies of PEMF stimulation.
In studying PEMF therapy, researchers have examined many different treatments and found that, while some conditions respond better at higher or lower frequencies, there is no one “magic frequency” that works for everyone.
Myth: PEMF Should Not be Combined with Other Treatments
Not only is this not true, but PEMF therapy can enhance the benefits of many other forms of treatment.
By addressing the underlying causes of many chronic conditions or diseases, PEMF can reduce inflammation, pain and other symptoms that interfere with the patient’s ability to engage in other forms of therapy, thus allowing them to heal faster.
PEMF therapy works well when combined with proper nutrition, various medications, physical therapy, acupuncture and other forms of complementary or alternative medicine.