From Bob Dennis, owner of Micro-Pulse; I have a financial interest in the sale of PEMF devices, so please take that potential bias into account when considering my statements
Everyone wants to know: Which PEMF system is best? Which ones really work? These are reasonable questions, but there are not any clear answers as far as I know. Here is what I think:
Most modern PEMF manufacturers derive from only a few original research devices, but only one or two products are really based directly on real scientific research. The rest are just copies, pirated technology, put together by a group of business people who see a huge cash opportunity in the PEMF market. I can say this with certainty because I get royalty checks from NASA for my PEMF work in 1996-1999, and not one commercial therapeutic PEMF company pays for a license or technology transfer from NASA. If they did, I would know about it. They do not. Yet, all of these companies used to show images of launching space shuttles and the NASA logo, prominently displayed on their web sites, to add credibility to their PEMF products, claiming their PEMF was “proven NASA technology”… until NASA sent out a cease-and-desist letter to each of them demanding that all references to “NASA technology” be immediately removed from their websites in about 2014. As I have rights to the NASA technology (I invented it for them as a consultant and have rights and collect royalties), I believe I am the only person who could make such statements on their website, using NASA images. However, you will notice that I do not do this.
We could argue about this all day, but I have firm documentation, and those are the facts.
Other PEMF systems derive from research done in Russia, behind the Iron Curtain, beginning in the 1960’s and 1970’s. These were developed more or less in isolation from PEMF systems in the West. But basically, they work the same way, and they have been copied in the same way.
Even though these pirate companies generally did not develop PEMF with NASA, or any real scientific input, it appears that the biological effects of PEMF are reliable and universal enough that PEMF systems are actually pretty easy to make if you follow a few general guidelines. This is what has happened, and so, in my opinion, most of these pirated PEMF systems actually seem to work pretty well and they seem to have good biological effects. The quality of manufacture of some of them is excellent. After all, you don’t have to have invented the wheel to make a pretty good copy. So in a nutshell, in my opinion, that pretty well describes the spectrum of PEMF products on the market today: Mostly copies, mostly pretty good.
But asking the question “which one is best?” is like asking the question “which car is best?” Well, it depends on a number of factors and personal preference. I would say shopping for PEMF is a lot like shopping for a car. And, just for the record, I do not see it as my job to police the PEMF market and judge quality. My job is to raise the integrity of the entire PEMF field, and to push PEMF technology and products forward. Their job is to keep up, copy, compete, or fail in the marketplace. Eventually, this will result in competitive, low-cost, high-quality PEMF. That is my goal: to bring healthy competition into the market, and eventually to step aside when someone makes superior products at lower cost.
OK, great, so what PEMF product do you buy now? Well, you have to do your research, just like buying a car. Try (test drive) different PEMF systems if they are available in a clinic. Talk to people (such as on this forum). Look closely at the company itself. Do they use the tactics of high-pressure sales? Do they make irresponsible claims? Do they have good after-sale customer support? Do people (real customers, people you trust) really think their products have good value?
Since I cannot give the answers you need on this topic, we need honest input from many individuals on their experiences with many different types of PEMF. In the end, only individual consumers can decide: is the cost worth the benefit? Does the product have value? We will undoubtedly get a lot of trolling on this forum from some of the lower-integrity companies, pretending to be “very satisfied customers!” Some is entertainingly obvious. We are all adult enough to see right through the charlatans, privateers, and shills.
HOW TO HELP:
What we are looking for is as much information as you can share about your experiences with different PEMF systems. You can upload photos and documents as well as your text. The more detail you include, the better. You can come back later, edit your text to add more details, upload images, documents and test results, add helpful links, etc. Also, don’t forget to ask questions, because this will help people to share their observations and experiences that they may have forgotten to mention.
Share what worked well and had good value, but negative results are just as important as positive results!!! If you tried a PEMF system that did not work well, this experience would help other people too. People respond very differently and have different levels of sensitivity, so one product may work well for others, but not for you. What we need is a lot of different observations from many different people so that we can begin to see larger patterns and formulate general guidelines about which PEMF systems give the best value.