Biohackers and wellness gurus alike tend to swear by the physical benefits of PEMF therapy. I tried the Higher Dose Infrared PEMF mat to find out if it actually works.
Fans of electromagnetic therapy swear by its ability to improve their overall wellness. But what is pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF), and how does it work? PEMF uses pulsing electromagnetic fields to stimulate cells in the body, which some specialists claim can help improve healing, alleviate pain, and boost energy levels. It's touted as a safe and effective way to promote better health, and there's plenty of research to back up its benefits for various ailments. But do these claims actually translate into the real-world? If you're curious about trying out PEMF therapy, read on to learn about this interesting tech and what my experience was like using Higher Doses infrared therapy mat for wellness.
What is PEMF Therapy?
Pulsed electromagnetic field therapy (PEMF) is a type of alternative therapy that some experts claim can reduce pain, improve circulation and even speed up the physical healing process post work-out. This therapeutic technique has been used in soothing symptoms of chronic conditions such as osteoporosis, as well as stimulating healing in broken bones and other acute injuries. PEMF uses low frequency pulsed waves that seemingly create a ‘magnetic field’ around the body, which some studies have shown can promote cell growth, enhance stomach and nerve health, and reduce inflammation for physical wellness. It is non-invasive, so there should be no side effects or risks associated with it. With all its potential benefits, PEMF therapy may be an effective method for many individuals looking for an alternative method to health problems such as chronic pain and muscular tension.
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Who can benefit from PEMF therapy?
Biohackers and wellness gurus alike tend to swear by the physical benefits of PEMF therapy. However, this modality is increasingly being adopted by health professionals in the fields of rheumatology and physical therapy due to the increasing studies that are proving its effectiveness.
In essence, PEMF therapy can benefit not only those with chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia, but can also benefit those suffering from acute injuries such as sports-related traumas and musculoskeletal problems. Athletes have seen improvements in terms of recovery time and reduced spasms since PEMF treatments can increase blood circulation and relaxation of tight muscles, helping provide a faster recovery time for injured individuals. Because of its lack of long-term side effects, PEMF therapy might just be the ideal treatment option for those who want to heal their bodies while indulging in a rejuvenating wellness experience.
My experience with Higher Doses PEMF Mat
When I first heard about PEMF therapy, I was intrigued and curious. Over the past few years, I've realized how beneficial taking care of the body through natural means can be when it comes to overall health and wellbeing. I’ve hopped on pretty much every wellness trend out there – from the paleo diet to medicinal mushrooms – to see their effects on my overall health. When Higher Dose sent me the PEMF infrared therapy mat to try out, I was excited, but admittedly a bit skeptical. Anything touting the power of ‘magnetic fields’ tends to make my eyebrows raise, but I knew about the increasing research to back up this type of therapy. So, when I got the opportunity to try it out for myself, I wasn't sure what to expect.
When I received the box in the mail, the first thing I noticed upon opening the package was the elegant branding and nicely wrapped exterior of the Higher Dose product. “Nice,” I thought. I excitedly plugged the mat in, observing the various levels of PEMF it offered. The instructional booklet mentioned the effects of the levels were as follows:
Lvl 1 – 3Hz – Delta brain waves for sleep
Lvl 2 – 7.8Hz – Theta brain wave when dreaming
Lvl 3 – 10Hz – Alpha brain wave deep relaxation and meditation
Lvl 4 – 23Hz – Beta brain for focus and alertness
Since I was feeling a bit run down from the obligations of work and life (you know, in general), I decided to pump the mat to Level 4 PEMF, and Level 6 heat, with 7 being the highest. As per the instructions, I waited 15 minutes for the product to heat up before lying down.
Once the time had passed, I was ready to fully delve into the world of electromagnetic healing and feel its effects for myself. It felt a bit strange at first, lying on this mat while waves of energy pulsed through my body. I wasn’t sure if this was just my body’s response to the heat, or if there really was some sort of electromagnetic field encompassing me. But very quickly, I started to feel relaxation that was both calming and energizing at the same time. The sensations were powerful but gentle, like a swirling ocean breeze enveloping my body in an embrace of peacefulness. The heat was stimulating and relaxing, and I assumed the PEMF energy was working its magic somewhere in there, wrapping me in its mysterious benefits. It felt nice, but I could only handle about 10 minutes of the pulsating heat before I started to get a little too toasty. After the session, I laid down on my couch, feeling its after effects infiltrating me like a warm hug. I definitely felt good.
The Power of the PEMF Regime
After my first day of using the Higher Dose mat, I decided to create a regime where I would use the PEMF mat on the same setting every day, roughly at the same time, for one week to see if there were any noticeable improvements in my energy levels or wellbeing. Everyday after work I would set up, crank the PEMF to Level 4 and Level 6 heat, lie down, and let the mat do its thing.
It was undeniable that I felt pretty good overall after each session. I noticed that the more often I used the product, the longer I was able to withstand its intense heating effects. With each PEMF session, I felt relaxed and content that I had taken some time to actually shut my brain off and enjoy this at-home spa-like experience.
Soon I noticed that I was being drawn to the mat more and more, beyond my designated PEMF-time, simply to relax and enjoy its effects. I eventually left the mat on a low level setting for most of the day, popping onto it when I felt the need to unwind in the midst of my workday.
Cozying up on a Friday evening with Higher Doses Infrared PEMF mat and some Neil Degrass Tyson.
Eventually I got so accustomed to enjoying the PEMF mat and its feel-good effects, I even started hanging out on it while browsing the interwebs, or watching some Youtube on a Friday night. In all, you could say I was a bit hooked on the PEMF experience.
So Is the PEMF Mat Worth It?
Considering how often I used this thing in the span of a little over a week, I would say, yes. It’s sort of like taking a bath without prepping the tub and hopping in the water. After just one use, I could feel the relaxing effects on my body. Since then, I've found that taking time out of my day to lie on the mat for half an hour on a lower setting does wonders for my overall mental clarity. It’s like pressing a reset button in the middle of your day, bringing you a sacred sense of well-deserved peace. Not only do I feel physically rested when I'm done, but I also find myself feeling more emotionally balanced and at ease.
Trying out PEMF therapy was a new experience for me. I'm used to traditional physical therapies where I would feel an immediate relief in my sore muscles or pain, but what I experienced with the PEMF mat was different. With the use of PEMF therapy's continuous energy, I found myself in an incredibly relaxed state which lasted well after each session. The heat from the mat seemed to penetrate deep into my tissues, relentlessly restoring my body to provide an increased sense of balance. Despite this sort of being like an at-home spa experience for me, I could tell that it was also doing its job of easing some minor aches and pains in my lower back. Is this the result of the pulsed electromagnetic field meticulously healing each cell on a molecular level? I’m not too sure, honestly. Could it be the various levels of heat doing its thing, taking me back to an infantile state where I feel as though I’m safe in the womb once again? It very well could be.
Since then, I’ve been able to use this mat as part of my regular self-care routine when I’m looking for an instant mood boost, and feelings of relaxation in the midst of a stressful day. I’m grateful for this feeling; one of simple wellness that everyone deserves to feel in their day to day.
If you’re interested in PEMF therapy and want to know if it’s right for you, check out Higher Doses products here to learn more.
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