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8 Surprising PEMF Therapy Side Effects

It's important to understand all of the potential PEMF therapy side effects before beginning treatment. After all, you don't want to encounter any unexpected surprises!

In this article, we'll break down the positive and negative side effects of PEMF therapy. Fortunately, there are very few adverse side effects to PEMF treatment. Most of the side effects are extremely positive!

Negative PEMF Therapy Side Effects

People typically prefer the bad news first, so let's start there. After all, most people want to know about the worst possible outcome before they start a treatment.

Skin Sensitivity

It is not very common for someone to report bad PEMF therapy side effects. However, out of all the bad side effects that have ever been reported, skin irritation is probably the most common.

Some people experience skin sensitivity or irritation when the PEMF pucks are attached to their skin. This can manifest as redness, itching, or mild discomfort. It's often caused by the adhesives involved in attaching the PEMF device to the skin.

Not everyone who uses PEMF devices reports having this problem. In fact, it is relatively uncommon.

If you properly place the PEMF pucks on your skin and follow all the manufacturer's guidelines, it can reduce your chance of experiencing skin sensitivity.

"All reported adverse events were mild and self-limited," reported researchers in a study published in Osteoarthritis and Cartilage. "Skin rash was the most frequently reported adverse event."

In that study, they found that skin rash happened most frequently among people who were using PES instead of PEMF devices. It was also more common for people who used the device seven hours a day. The researchers opined that the rash may be a result of how long the electrode was attached to the skin.

Interference with Implants

PEMF may cause interference with implantable devices that run on electricity, such as pacemakers or insulin pumps.

If you have one of these devices, you must consult with a healthcare professional before beginning PEMF therapy.


Some individuals seem to experience adverse symptoms when exposed to electromagnetic fields, including those generated by PEMF devices.

These people are typically referred to as being electro-sensitive. Electro-sensitive people may experience headaches, dizziness, fatigue or difficulty concentrating when they are exposed to EMF fields.

If you have a known sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, you should not use PEMF therapy until or unless you consult with a healthcare professional.

Positive PEMF Therapy Side Effects

There are many positive side effects for PEMF therapy. These include pain relief, improved moods and other positive health outcomes.

There are many known benefits to PEMF. What counts as a primary effect and a side effect will depend on the purpose of your PEMF treatment. If you are seeking pain relief, then improved sleep or mood could be a side effect. If you're seeking improved sleep, pain relief could be a side effect.

You can review an extensive list of PEMF therapy benefits elsewhere on our site. In this article, we will quickly review five potentially positive PEMF therapy side effects.

Pain Reduction

One of the most significant positive side effects of PEMF therapy is pain reduction. Many individuals report experiencing relief from acute and chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis, fibromyalgia, and musculoskeletal injuries.

PEMF therapy can help alleviate pain by promoting blood circulation, reducing inflammation, and stimulating the body's natural healing processes.

Improved Sleep

PEMF therapy has shown positive effects on sleep quality. Many people who use PEMF therapy report improved sleep patterns, including better sleep duration, reduced sleep disturbances, and enhanced overall sleep quality.

Better sleep can change your life so this can have a profound impact on overall well-being.

Accelerated Healing

PEMF therapy has the potential to accelerate the healing process of various injuries and wounds.

By promoting cellular regeneration and tissue repair, PEMF therapy can aid in the recovery of fractures, sprains, and post-surgical wounds. It can also support the healing of non-healing wounds, such as diabetic ulcers.

Increased Energy

Some people who use PEMF therapy report having more energy! They feel more alive and more happy.

PEMF therapy can help improve cellular energy production, enhance nutrient absorption, and support overall cellular functioning. This can make a big difference in your daily energy levels.

Reduced Stress

PEMF therapy can have a positive impact on stress reduction and relaxation. If you have a hard time relaxing, PEMF therapy may be able to help!


There are many positive PEMF therapy side effects and very few negative ones. In most cases, PEMF has no negative side effects at all. When negative side effects are reported, they are very mild and rare.

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