What is PEMF?

PEMF Frequently Asked Questions.

Here’s you’ll find everything you need to know about PEMF Therapy in one place;

  • What is PEMF?
  • How does PEMF work?
  • Which system PEMF system should you buy.
Pulsed Electromagnetic Field (PEMF) therapy is a method of applying an electromagnetic field to the body.  Research shows that low frequency and intensity PEMF therapy, such as used by the iMRS mat system, can improve cell energy and lead to profound and varied health benefits.


It is not possible to ‘feel’ PEMF therapy directly as your skin receptors are not sensitive enough to detect the PEMF signal. However, the receptors on your cells do detect this signal and amplify it significantly. Research show up to 7 million times! This is why low frequency and intensity PEMF therapy, such as used by the iMRS system, can be so effective.


Some people report that they do not directly ‘feel’ PEMF therapy when it is occurring, but they then notice the benefits afterwards, such as reduced pain levels, increased energy, or better sleep. Others feel the effects of PEMF therapy on their body, such as warmth in tight muscles, tingling in old injury sites, or a sense of all over relaxation as the tension in their muscles releases.


PEMF therapy devices deliver a pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) to the cells in the body. This can improve cell energy and lead to profound health benefits. There are many PEMF devices available today, which range from very low frequency and intensity PEMF models, to very high powered systems. We have researched and tested a great many of these systems and the iMRS system is our favourite. If you believe in working with your body to help it heal, we think you will like the iMRS too.


There are many benefits to using PEMF therapy. These include pain relief, better sleep, reduced inflammation, faster healing, more energy and less stress to name a few. PEMF can also play a supportive role in a number of health conditions such as arthritis, ms, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s.


Using PEMF therapy can lead to many benefits. These include pain relief, reduced inflammation, faster healing, and greater, amongst many others. PEMF can also play a supportive role in a number of health conditions such as arthritis, ms, fibromyalgia and Parkinson’s.


Cells are the building blocks of life. The health of every one of us is governed by the health of our cells. There is no escaping this. Our cells are constantly subjected to stress, be it physical, emotional or energetic, pushing them towards a state of dysfunction and ultimately disease. Keeping the trillions of cells within our body in a healthy state is not a passive process and requires an active intervention. PEMF therapy can do just this and when delivered at the right frequency and intensity, can play a hugely significant role in keeping our cells healthy. When electromagnetic impulses of the appropriate frequency are applied this can result in a process called cellular resonance, with vibration of the cell occurring at maximum amplitude. When this occurs, the resulting stimulation of the cell’s membrane receptors activates a variety of functions within the cell, accounting for the widespread benefits of PEMF therapy. There is a ‘biological window’ of very low level electromagnetic frequency and intensity values which produce this effect within the cell. It is perhaps not surprising that these values are therefore replicated in the technology of the most effective PEMF systems available for home use. Outside of these values, not only are the beneficial effects downgraded, they can actually become harmful. This is most easily demonstrated today in our modern electronic environment, where we are seeing mounting evidence of the negative health effects of mobile phones, smart meters and WiFi.


There has been a significant amount of research carried out into the effectiveness of PEMF therapy. There are over three thousand published research papers and many double blind randomised controlled trials which highlight the positive effects of PEMF therapy across all frequency and intensity ranges, and for various diseases. Research also shows that the applied frequency, intensity and type of waveform are all crucial when it comes to an effective response. This is why PEMF therapy is used medically over a large range of intensity and frequency levels. There has been very interesting low level PEMF research published, which has demonstrated a positive response in a number of health conditions including osteoarthritis, fibromyalgia, ms, and Parkinson’s disease in particular.


There are a number of PEMF devices available today. To decide which device is best for your needs, you first need to consider what you want to achieve from PEMF therapy. If you believe that the body is capable of healing itself and wish to work with your body for lasting, long term benefits, you should give serious consideration to low level PEMF devices. We have tested the vast majority of these systems and recommend the iMRS system as, in our opinion, it provides the best all round PEMF therapy offering. If you are looking to work against your body and override its natural processes in order to help with high level pain management or a specific disease process, you may want to consider higher level PEMF therapy systems.


The electronic environment around us has drastically changed in the last 20 years. The abundance of mobile phones, ‘connected’ devices, smart meters and now the introduction of 5G, are all placing significant additional stress on our bodies. As a result, we sleep poorly, lack energy and productivity, And it is no surprise that chronic health conditions are on the rise. PEMF therapy can help improve cell energy, so our bodies can function more efficiently and is equipped to cope with the additional stress. When the cells in our body have more energy, we feel more healthy. We sleep better, control our stress more effectively, have less pain, and more energy. To do more of the things we want to do.


PEMF devices vary greatly in cost from a few hundred pounds, up to in excess of twenty thousand. They also vary greatly in quality, design and application. Some are designed for home use, like our chosen system, the iMRS. Others are intended for practitioner use only. When we test PEMF devices, we are particularly interested in value for money. What do you get? Is it effective? Is it reliable and backed by a full manufacturer’s warranty? The list goes on. When we consider these factors, the iMRS system stands out from the PEMF crowd. It is a fully upgradeable and ‘intelligent’ PEMF system, with many carefully designed features to keep it at the top of the tree.

The iMRS is also a class 2a certified medical product, which sets it apart from many other devices on the market. To achieve this status, a significant amount of continued investment is required by the manufacturer into research, product design, testing, materials used, and quality control. It also means we can talk about the health benefits that the iMRS delivers, as opposed to just general wellness benefits, which is the case for PEMF devices which are not medically certified. PEMF therapy is an investment in your health for many years, and it is best seen as that; after all it is hard to put a value on your long term health.


Low level PEMF devices such as the iMRS system are perfectly safe to use and designed for long term, proactive use, by individuals of all ages. There are a few contraindications to the use of low level PEMF therapy to be aware of and you should NOT use the iMRS system if any of the following applies to you:
  • During pregnancy
  • If you have a pacemaker, or any other electrical device fitted
  • Following organ transplant
  • Epilepsy
We always recommend that you consult a doctor before using the iMRS system if you are suffering from:
  • Tumour illnesses
  • Serious fungal or bacterial infection
  • Persistent high fever
  • Serious cardiac arrhythmia
  • Acute attacks of hyperthyroidism


Whilst many people do report fast results, expect it to take approximately 2-6 weeks to start to notice the health benefits of using the iMRS system. How much does PEMF cost? PEMF devices vary greatly in quality and price, from a few hundred pounds to over twenty thousand. We believe that the iMRS mat system offers the best overall value for your money.


PEMF therapy is used by a number of elite level athletes and celebrities, these include basketball superstar Shaquille O’Neil, ex-Arsenal and England footballer Kevin Campbell, global super-coach and business guru Tony Robbins, and actor Jeff Bridges. However, the vast majority of users who experience profound health benefits are people like you, who are not necessarily well known but have made a very wise investment in their long term health.


You can buy the world leading PEMF device for home use, the iMRS system, from our trusted, family run business led by experienced UK osteopath and PEMF therapy practitioner, Samuel Maddock.


The iMRS Prime is the latest version of the world leading PEMF device for home use. It has taken PEMF Therapy to a whole new level, with new PEMF settings, applicators, biofeedback, and even integrated Far-Infrared technology. The iMRS is the world’s first six dimensional wellness system. To find out more please contact us.


The response to PEMF varies on the type of PEMF device you are using. If you are using the iMRS system, it generally takes between two to six weeks to notice the benefits. However, once these benefits develop, they tend to be long lasting.

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According to research, PEMF therapy can improve sleep by stimulating the hypothalamus, which controls circadian and sleep rhythms. Because of this, PEMF therapy can help increase energy in the morning for the day ahead, and then help the body to relax, when it’s time for sleep. It can also help to increase slow wave sleep activity, which is the most restorative part of deep sleep. Additional PEMF therapy benefits that can also enhance quality of sleep include reduced muscle tension, improvements in circulation, and decreased stress levels.


A number of studies have shown an anti-inflammatory effect within the body when PEMF therapy is applied following trauma, surgical procedures or injury. There are several reasons for this including a reduction in pain and inflammatory mediators, plus improved immune cell function and enhanced microcirculation. This results in a more efficient nutrient/waste exchange within the cell and faster tissue healing and recovery.


Research has demonstrated exciting results when very low level PEMF therapy is used to help address the symptoms of multiple sclerosis. These improvements have been documented in a variety of areas, including fatigue, sleep, and movement. Further benefits have been recorded with vision, bladder function, speech problems, and mood. The extensive work of R. Sandyk in this field has identified a PEMF frequency of 5hz and an intensity in the picoTesla range as being the most effective signal parameters to use.


PEMF therapy has the potential to play a supportive role in the management of cancer related conditions. It should always be used with the consent of the specialist overseeing the management of the condition and should not be used as a replacement for any established medical protocol that is in place.


There are a number of possible ways that PEMF therapy can help with weight loss. PEMF therapy can help improve energy levels, reduce pain and aid with recovery from activity, all of which can help with better tolerance of exercise for weight loss. PEMF therapy can also help improve sleep quality, which is plays a crucial role towards the maintenance of a healthy weight. At a localised level, PEMF therapy can help improve microcirculation, which can enhance blood flow into fatty areas within the body, which can help improve the body’s metabolism of fats.


Research has shown that PEMF therapy can both improve blood flow and promote vasodilatation of blood capillaries, which results in an increase in capillary size. Improvements in blood flow result from a change in the charge of blood cells, which promotes separation between the cells, improved nutrient/waste exchange and a reduction in areas of red blood cell clumping which can commonly occur and is known as the Rouleaux effect. Improved microcirculation to tissues is one of the most commonly observed benefits of PEMF therapy, which has the potential to bring with it many other consequential health benefits. How does PEMF reduce pain?

PEMF therapy has been repeatedly shown to stimulate the production of the body’s own natural painkiller, known as endorphins. And it is remarkably effective, shown to be as strong as 10mg of Morphine! PEMF therapy can also help improve pain levels by promoting increased tissue repair, reducing inflammation and relaxing associated muscular tension. PEMF therapy can have both body-wide and localised effects on pain levels within the body. It can also help to significantly improve sleep quality, which has been shown to be an essential component of any successful pain relief strategy. Can PEMF help with Parkinson’s Disease.

Dr Reuven Sandyk has carried out a great deal of interesting research using very low level PEMF therapy relating to neurodegenerative conditions, and in particular, Parkinson’s disease. He discovered that very low intensity fields, in the picoTesla range, had the greatest effect. One such successful study combined picoTesla field intensity with a PEMF frequency of 7Hz, which was shown to activate dopamine receptors and enhance sense of smell in a group of patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. Similar effects were observed with increased yawning and stretching behaviours when patients with Parkinson’s disease were exposed to picoTesla intensity PEMF therapy, again indicating increased dopamine release as a beneficial effect of the PEMF therapy.

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We have purchased, researched and tested various types of PEMF systems over the years. Both high and low powered systems, when used correctly, can very effective. The difference between low and high level PEMF therapy is akin to the homeopathic approach vs the symptom orientated allopathic medical approach.


On a shorter term basis, higher intensity systems can be effective for pain relief and a disease specific approach.


For longer term preventative use, we recommend the iMRS system. The iMRS works with the body’s inherent ability to heal itself and there are many long term benefits to using low level PEMF therapy. It is ideally designed for long term daily use, and is also especially effective where symptoms are related to stress, anxiety and long term overstimulation.


There can be instances where higher frequency PEMF application is indicated in a disease specific approach. However, research has demonstrated that the biological effects on the cell are much harder to predict, and the chances of over stimulation are greater, when higher frequency PEMF ranges (above 30Hz) are combined with higher intensity levels. The work of Professor Martin Pall at Washington State University, amongst others, has highlighted the negative effects of this combination and research into this area continues.


We are now seeing increasing levels of regulation and scrutiny coming in across the globe for all PEMF device manufacturers, which is a very good thing. PEMF companies are now being asked to provide substantial proof that their systems are effective and safe for the intended use being marketed. This will likely have a great bearing on the claims that some PEMF device manufacturers are able to make in the future. It will also ensure that only the most reputable manufacturers remain in business.


For our honest opinion of the strengths and weaknesses of the PEMF devices available to buy, please do contact us. For reviews of the Bemer device, OMI system, Curatron, Ondamed, QRS, MAS and Omnium1 systems, plus how they compare to our PEMF device of choice, the iMRS, please to the ‘iMRS Compared’ section.