The use of magnets and magnetic fields in healing certain illnesses has been researched for long. People have been known to use magnetic necklaces, bracelets, shoe inserts and mattresses to get the said benefits. However, there is difference between the static magnets and pulsed electromagnetic fields and therefore, both can co-exist to provide therapeutic benefits.
Static Magnets and Pulsed Electromagnetic Field
The magnets that we are accustomed to use in our daily lives are static magnets. These are the magnets that we stick on the refrigerator, use in bracelets, necklaces and as shoe inserts. The static magnets have a definite magnetic field and it does not change.
On the other hand, the pulsed electromagnetic field devices of PEMFs are devices that produce pulsed electromagnetic field that is changeable. The device produces energy when electricity is passed through the winding copper coils inside the applicator. This way a much larger and a dynamic magnetic field, is created. The magnetic field thus created has the ability to mimic the normally generated electrical currents and therefore, helps in stimulating the cells, firing the muscles inducing contraction or expansion, induce cell growth and produce other effects.
Static magnets are not able to penetrate deeply inside the body and therefore not provide long sustaining results. However, if they must be used to treat a condition, they must be stronger in intensity and must be applied for longer periods.
On the other hand, PEMFs can penetrate the body deeply even through the bones as if they are transparent. This means that PEMF can provide better treatment with lesser intensity and frequency of the electromagnetic field.
In case of static magnets, the body may become accustomed to the magnets as the field created remains unchanged. On the contrary, PEMF devices produce a cascading effect within the body. This way the body never gets accustomed to the electromagnetic field created by the PEMF device.
Another difference that exists between static magnets and PEMF is that the treatment sessions could be shorter in the case of PEMF while the intensity of the magnetic field would be less as compared to that provided by static magnets.
Therefore, there are subtle differences between the two types of magnets. The discussion here does not denote that PEMF is better as each of these therapies have their own benefits. While static magnets are good for use in the treatment of certain types of illnesses, PEMF is better at others.
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