There are many different brands of PEMF systems available for consumers, both for home and professional use. They all work to the extent their technical specifications allow. There is much confusion about which systems are best for which problems. This is why an expert service like DrPawluk.com was created. Dr. Pawluk and the team at drpawluk.com have used or evaluated almost every PEMF system currently on the market, whether or not it is in our store. Dr. Pawluk is committed to only recommending those systems that are of the proper quality and value, produced by reliable manufacturers with industry-standard safety and business certifications. We are often asked about other PEMF systems, so we have produced this brief review to answer some questions about the most commonly-requested systems Dr. Pawluk does not support.
One of the most common reasons we do not work with a PEMF brand is if it is sold through multilevel [or network] marketing [MLM]. MLM business rules are challenging to anyone other their own specific distributors, distributors often lack enough knowledge about PEMFs to properly advise clients, and customer service can be challenging.
The low-frequency, very low intensity BEMER system is also an MLM or network marketing program. The Bemer program does not allow their associates/distributors to market other PEMFs. This goes against the core principles of drpawluk.com: every person deserves to have the PEMF system that is best for their needs. There is no “one size fits all” for PEMFs.
Bemer marketing material, or what associates/distributors say, can be very misleading as well. Certain claims such as improving circulation are made to sound like these are unique to the Bemer when in fact they are common to all magnetic field therapy. Claims that any specific PEMF system is completely unique in its physiologic or therapeutic actions, must be backed by science. Dr. Pawluk’s extensive understanding of the research literature on PEMFs suggests that this kind of uniqueness is rare.
As with other higher cost, low intensity systems, the cost of the Bemer system is significantly more than its value. The major aspect contributing to low value include very low intensity as well as a limited choice of frequencies or programs.
We do not have the low-frequency, very low intensity iMRS for various reasons. The first is that, like Bemer, they are an MLM.
The second reason is because of the misleading and problematic marketing material distributors regularly produce. Marketing material should be based on sound science and research, which is found throughout DrPawluk.com. Claims that magnetic systems with higher intensity than theirs are dangerous are personal opinion and not based on science. Claims that “earth based” frequencies and intensities are best and that only these should be used in PEMF systems are also not scientifically valid. Since we put such emphasis on science and education, we cannot be associated with this type of false information.
The third is the value for the price. There are comparable low intensity PEMF systems available at significantly lower cost.
Finally, it is concerning that the iMRS does not offer a return period of any kind.
The OMI (Oxford Medical Instruments) units are quite affordable and simple to use systems, but the intensity is very low). The science and Dr. Pawluk’s experience as a medical doctor is that this level of intensity may be quite frustrating for healing purposes. It does not add an advantage over any other better value PEMF systems.
QRS is another very low intensity PEMF system of a similar generation to the iMRS and Bemer. Dr. Pawluk worked with the QRS for a number of years. This was stopped because of continued price increases without improvements in the technology. As other PEMF systems became available, the question of value for the price started to become important an important concern as well. In addition, major customer service issues with the manufacturer began to happen that were unacceptable, especially increasing needs for sending devices overseas for repairs.
PEMF8000, PER2000, or the Magnapulse
Very expensive systems like the PEMF-120 and TeslaFit Pro have such a high price because the engineering and components that go into them are unparalleled. Whether you are treating someone at home or treating someone in a clinical setting, we expect a PEMF unit to be able to handle a high output. In our experience, someone claiming to have the same technology but at half the price, is not using not the same technology, or the quality isn’t up to our standards.
When you spend thousands and thousands of dollars on a system, we expect it to last you a very long time, especially if you are working at a clinical level. Routine maintenance is something to be expected with electronic equipment, but we expect it to be infrequent and easy to deal with. How long the manufacturer has been in business is an important consideration to evaluate the quality and durability of their products.