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PEMF Frequently Asked Questions

If you are considering PEMF Treatment we have compiled a list of frequently asked question about pulsed electromagnetic field therapy. 

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What is PEMF?

PEMF refers to Pulsed Electromagnetic Field. PEMF therapy involves the use of a PEMF Device to administer a pulsed electromagnetic frequency to the body for a wide range of applications including pain relief, bone & joint health, immune system support, performance & recovery, blood circulation improvement & overall cellular optimization.

Dr. Shealy calls it the “whole body battery recharger!”

What is a PEMF therapy session like?

A PEMF session is relaxing & enjoyable. There is no pain or discomfort while the pulsed electromagnetic field therapy is applied. All you must do is sit in a comfortable position with the PEMF device ring placed on your body. The pulsed electromagnetic field helps to reset your cells charge to -70mV charge which allow the cells to function optimally.

The PEMF session uses a pulsed electromagnetic field medical device to stimulate the cells of the human body to relieve inflammation & pain. 

Will I feel any pain during PEMF treatment?

No, you will not feel any pain or discomfort during PEMF therapy. You may feel the pulsing of the electromagnetic field during treatment. Most people refer to the feeling as relaxing and therapeutic.

How long does PEMF treatment take?

2 hours per day is the minimum recommendation to see the enhance benefits of PEMF therapy. During our clinical studies at Shealy-Sorin Wellness the benefits were seen with a minimum of 2 hours per day of PEMF treatment.

Because the Shealy-Sorin PEMF Device is considered an ultra-low frequency device you can use the PEMF up to 24 hours per day! Just make sure to be drinking plenty of water to stay hydrated.

Can I do PEMF Treatment at home?

YES! Our PEMF device is a portable PEMF machine which was developed to be used at home. You can do PEMF treatment at any time convenient for you.

Some of our favorite recommendation for when to do at home PEMF treatment are while:

  • While reading a book
  • While working at your home office
  • Watching tv
  • During meditation

Who can use PEMF?

PEMF treatment can be used by anyone.

PEMF is most used by individuals looking for relief from pain & inflammation.

It is also used be elite athletes looking to speed up recovery times and enhance performance. PEMF therapy is also becoming widely used to reduce anxiety & depression.

The only people who should avoid PEMF treatment are those with a pacemaker, pregnant or nursing, and those individuals with an insulin pump.

Are there contraindications of PEMF treatment?

The only contraindications are for individuals who have a pacemaker to help control heartbeat, people who are pregnant or nursing, and those who have insulin pumps.

In general, PEMF therapy is considered safe and effective treatment that can bring many benefits including reducing pain and inflammation.

If you do not fall into any of the 3 categories (pregnant & nursing, pacemaker, insulin pump) then there are generally no recognized contraindications or negative side effects associated with pulsed electromagnetic field therapy.

What are the benefits of PEMF?

PEMF Benefits include:

  • Increased circulation
  • Pain relief 
  • Reducing inflammation
  • Decreasing anxiety & depression
  • Immune system support
  • Enhanced wound healing time

PEMF therapy has been shown to relieve pain, restore bone mass, assist muscle tissue repair, improve circulation and decrease wound healing time. 

Some individuals have been able to avoid joint replacement surgery altogether thanks to pulsed electromagnetic fields. We have an in-depth guide on all the benefits of PEMF therapy you can read. You can also learn what is a PEMF device so you can familiarize yourself with the technology to accomplish the therapeutic benefits of PEMF therapy.

Is there research behind the use of pulsed electromagnetic field therapy?

There is over 7,000 studies and clinical trials surrounding PEMF therapy including those done by NASA.

The NASA space program observed deterioration of bone, tissue and depression in astronauts who are in space even for a short period of time. NASA determined the main causative factor for the degeneration was that the astronauts were outside of the norm 7.83 Hz natural pulsed electromagnetic field signals of earth.

This research led to the development of PEMF Devices which could replace the natural 7.83 Hz electromagnetic field the earth naturally emits stopping the rapid degeneration of bone, tissue, and depression in astronauts.

Since then, thousands of studies have concluded PEMF therapy as an effective all-natural healing modality including those done in our own Shealy-Sorin Clinic.

PEMF technology continues to be be studied for further applications.

How is PEMF frequency measured?

The frequency of a pulsed electromagnetic field is measured in Hertz. The hertz (symbol: Hz) is the derived unit of frequency in the International System of Units (SI) and is defined as one cycle per second.

What is the frequency of PEMF treatment?

The Shaly-Sorin PEMF device sweeps through the natural frequencies from 5.83 Hz through 56.83 Hz. We have found this frequency to be the best for general healing.

We have three different PEMF treatment frequencies that are programmed into our Shealy-Sorin PEMF Device.

Shealy Sweep (5.83Hz through 56.6Hz )

The Shealy-Sorin is our most common all around wellness PEMF setting. This is the setting you want to use for

  • pain in joints, back, muscles
  • increased blood circulation
  • tissue regeneration
  • bone mass increase
  • improving the immune system
  • health challenges & chronic illness.


The Shealy sweep cycles through the seven Chakras from 5.83Hz through 56.6Hz then repeats continuously from 5.83Hz as long as the unit is powered on.

This setting can be used up to 24 hours per day! (Dr. Shealy personally uses his device pretty close to 24 hours a day!)

Our PEMF device turns on when plugged in in the Shealy-Sorin Sweep mode automatically, indicated by a flashing green coil light and a solid green power light. 


Gamma Sweep (38Hz through 54Hz )

The Gamma sweep is the second setting of our PEMF device, indicated by the “power light” flashing red and green continuously.  

The Gamma Sweep cycles through the Gamma frequencies from 38 through 54Hz. 

The significance of the Gamma setting & frequency is our PEMF device is patented as the only device that can put the brain into the Gamma state. 

The Gamma brain wave state is the brain state associated with deep meditation, happiness, deep concentrated work on things you love, and feelings of bliss. 

The Gamma setting is most often used for:

  • Depression & Anxiety Lowering
  • Stress Alleviating
  • Deep concentrated work
  • Meditation enhancement 

Delta Sweep (1Hz through 3Hz )

The Delta sweep is the third setting of our PEMF device, indicated by the “power light” staying solid red.

The Delta Sweep cycles through the frequencies from 1 through 3Hz. 

Delta brain waves are associated with sleep and deep relaxation. They are specifically produced while you are sleeping. 

The PEMF device in the Delta setting can drastically help with sleep. 

We are also finding more uses for the Delta setting and will report on them as we have concrete evidence. 

How can I optimize PEMF Treatment?

The best way to optimize PEMF treatment is to hydrate. Drink 8 glasses of water per day when using PEMF.

Our personal opinion at Shealy-Sorin Wellness is to choose an at home PEMF which emits ultra low pulsed electromagnetic field for therapy (which our device does.)

The reason is because with our device you can use it for extended periods of time, up to 24 hours per day. While the PEMF is being applied, the cell channels are open, your cells function optimally, dysfunction is decreased and blood flow is increased. 

We have found that the longer exposure of using an at home PEMF Device like ours,  compared to going to an office for a 30 minute PEMF treatment heals & regenerates for the patient at increase efficacy. 

How to apply PEMF treatment?

With the Shealy-Sorin PEMF Device treatment is very simple. The pulsed electromagnetic field extends out around 7 foot by 7 foot from the coil. This means the coil can be placed nearly anywhere on your body and your entire body will receive the benefits. 

Take the PEMF coil and place if

  • Areas of direct pain such as:
    • Joints
    • Back
    • Neck
    • Elbow
    • Knees
  • Near major organs such as chest or stomach 
  • Directly on the head or around a hat for Gamma brain optimization

Our general recommendation for ANY health challenge or pain is to use the device for a minimum of 2 hours per day to receive effective benefits and up to 24 hours per day to receive maximum benefits. 

What immediate changes will I see in my body?

Individuals will respond differently to PEMF therapy.

Many of the reported immediate benefits include feelings of relaxation, better sleep, deeper sense of well-being and increase in energy.

PEMF therapy is a healing process which takes time. Some results may be immediate but the larger benefits come with continued use. We have seen significant improvements with our patients especially individuals with chronic pain. The healing on a cellular level is astounding with PEMF therapy. 

How can I begin PEMF treatment?

You can begin at home PEMF therapy by purchasing a PEMF Device such as our Shealy-Sorin PEMF Device. We believe at home PEMF therapy to be far superior to in office PEMF treatment because you can have longer treatment times, less coast associated with consistent use of PEMF therapy


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