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How Does PEMF Work?

Pulsed PEMF therapy works by sending magnetic energy into your body to help heal your cells. The energy waves emitted by your PEMF device can work alongside your body's natural magnetic field to boost and amplify your own natural recovery. It is a non-invasive, drug-free way to treat chronic pain and inflammation. So, how does PEMF work its magic? Let's explore further.

In this article, we'll dive into the fascinating world of PEMF therapy. We'll explore the underlying science that inspired PEMF, as well as how the therapy is currently administered.

It Starts with Electromagnetic Fields

Before we can address how PEMF works, you need to understand electromagnetic fields.

Electric fields are generated when electric charges are present. They can exert forces on other electric charges, either attracting or repelling them.

Magnetic fields, on the other hand, are created by moving electric charges or by the intrinsic magnetic properties of certain materials. Magnetic fields have the ability to exert forces on other magnetic materials or on moving electric charges.

Electric fields and magnetic fields are obviously intertwined because the movement of electric fields can create magnetic fields. That's why we often refer to them as electromagnetic fields.

Electromagnetic fields are all around us, all the time. In fact, they originate inside the earth itself. Even your own body can create electromagnetic fields.

The earth's liquid iron core generates electric currents, which then create magnetic fields. This field stretches from the center of the earth far into space. It is literally around us all the time.

Our bodies use electricity and magnetic fields, too. In fact, the human body requires electricity to transmit signals throughout the body and brain.

According to Dr. Pawluk, "The body's own internal magnetic fields are generated by the extraordinary amount of internal electrical activity that keeps our bodies alive... In fact, every organ and cell in the human body has its own field."

Pulsating Electromagnetic Fields for Healing

Now that we've established the foundation of how electromagnetic fields work, we can finally discuss how PEMF works. PEMF therapy seeks to realign and boost the electromagnetic signals within the body. It stimulates cells and infuses them with energy.

A PEMF machine sends bursts of electromagnetic waves at different frequencies. Unlike static magnetic fields, which remain constant, PEMF involves the application of time-varying magnetic fields. These fields are generated by specialized PEMF devices and can be finely controlled in terms of frequency, intensity, and waveform.

You can use those pulsing fields to target specific parts of your body when you use a targeted PEMF device like Cell Coil.

Those low-frequency waves penetrate the skin and work their way into your muscles and tissues. The waves aren't dangerous and cannot change or damage them. The energy simply interacts with your body at the cellular and molecular level by stimulating the self-healing systems of your body.

The goal of PEMF is to encourage healing by boosting the efficiency of your body's own signals with electromagnetic pulses.

How PEMF Affects the Body

PEMF works by penetrating the cells, they help stimulate the natural healing processes of your body.

Research has suggested that PEMF may be able to affect your body in many ways, including:

  • Enhanced energy production

  • Enhanced waste removal

  • Repair tissues

  • Improve blood flow

  • Improved nutrient uptake

  • Increased cellular activity

  • Reduced inflammation

  • Reduced pain

  • Stimulate healing

Some sources indicate that pulsed PEMF therapy is especially useful when disruptions in your body's natural currents have caused dysfunction or illness. This can potentially be a cause of back pain, arthritic pain, or other chronic or acute pain. The PEMF therapy can help restore that disruption, thereby alleviating the pain and symptoms you are experiencing.

Dr. Williams at Interventional Orthopedics of Atlanta frequently recommends PEMF therapy to patients who are suffering from:

  • Fatigue

  • Inflammation

  • Neuropathy

  • Osteopenia

  • Osteoperosis

  • Wounds that won't heal properly

Since this is a non-invasive intervention, it is safe to use with other treatments as well and has remarkably few drawbacks.

How long does it take PEMF to work?

Of course, everyone who starts looking into PEMF therapy wants to know how long it will take to see results. Some users will see results immediately after their first 15 minute session. Others will need several sessions to see results. Dr. Pawluk advises that stubborn or chronic health problems may take up to six months of regular treatments to receive optimal results.

The time it takes for PEMF therapy to work can vary depending on several factors. Your timeline could be longer or shorter, depending on what condition you are trying to treat, what PEMF machine you choose to use, and how consistently you are using PEMF treatment.

It is important to note that PEMF therapy is not a quick fix or instant solution, but rather a therapeutic approach that may require time and regular usage to achieve desired results. That's why it's so important to have a PEMF device at home that you can use often.

In some cases, individuals may experience immediate effects or short-term benefits after a single session of PEMF therapy, such as temporary pain relief or improved relaxation. However, if you want those changes to last, it may be necessary to use PEMF repeatedly over an extended period of time.

The duration of PEMF therapy sessions can vary as well, typically ranging from a few minutes to an hour or more. It depends on the device, the area you are treating, and what your doctor has recommended. It is common for healthcare professionals and experts to suggest an initial treatment phase followed by maintenance sessions for ongoing benefits.

As with any treatment, the results will vary. Not everyone will respond to PEMF the same way. Some people will have quick results, others may take longer. It's always a good idea to consult with a medical professional who can monitor your progress.


In this article, we explained how PEMF works and how it can help you. PEMF therapy involves the use of pulsating electromagnetic fields to send magnetic energy into the body, aiding in cellular healing and amplifying the body's natural recovery processes. By targeting specific areas and stimulating cells, PEMF therapy aims to optimize the body's own signals and self-healing systems.

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