Is high-intensity PEMF therapy safe?

Yes. The longer high-intensity magnetic therapy is studied, the more we discover that there are many possible clinical applications. Most high-intensity research is done treating the brain. This type of PEMF treatment is typically called rTMS (repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation), and it was originally developed to be a replacement for ECT or “shock therapy.”

Much of the rTMS research is done using extremely high-intensity magnetic fields – much higher than the TeslaFit is capable of producing. While the TeslaFit can cause muscle contractions locally, rTMS stimulation can cause muscle contractions by stimulating the brain directly. Even at this level, no adverse effects have ever been found.

A 2006 study aimed to determine how much rTMS exposure was safe. In that study, participants received 12,960 magnetic pulses per day, 3 times per week. No negative side effects were found. So even at this level of stimulation (likely far more than the average person would ever receive, and at much higher intensities than the TeslaFit produces), the therapy was proven safe.

Reference: Anderson B, Mishory A, Nahas Z, Borckardt JJ, Yamanaka K, Rastogi K, George MS. Tolerability and safety of high daily doses of repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation in healthy young men. J ECT. 2006 Mar; 22(1):49-53.

What is the difference between the TeslaFit Pro and TeslaFit Plus?

The TeslaFit Pro is the clinical-level option while the TelsaFit Plus is intended for use in the home. That being said, some people have the TeslaFit Pro in their homes, and some clinicians prefer the TeslaFit Plus in the office.

The TeslaFit Pro produces higher intensities, and has one program option which lasts for 5 minutes.

The TeslaFit Plus produces lower intensities, and has 2 program options – the “high” program, which is stronger and lasts for 5 minutes, and the “low” program, which has lower intensity and lasts for 30 minutes.

Who can purchase the TelsaFit?

Anyone can purchase a TeslaFit device. No certification or license is necessary for purchase. However, because of the price point, the TeslaFit Pro is most commonly purchased by practitioners or sports trainers who intend to charge patients for its use.

What conditions can be treated with the TeslaFit?

TeslaFit devices can be used by almost anyone to treat almost any health condition. The most widely-used application is pain, whether it is from trauma, arthritis, or degeneration. The TeslaFit is also often used by athletes before training to increase energy production and after training to speed up the body’s repair process. Injuries that refuse to heal, including nagging or lingering aches and pains, can easily be treated with the TeslaFit. New or non-union fractures can be stimulated to repair. The TeslaFit can even be used on the head to help with cognition, mood stabilization, and neurological and movement disorders. TeslaFit devices can also be used as preventative medicine – regularly treating the body with PEMFs helps to ensure that it continues to operate optimally.

How quickly will the TeslaFit improve my condition?

This depends entirely on the condition and health of the person being treated. Short-term effects, such as a decrease in cortisol and increase in endorphins, and an increase in circulation can make some conditions improve immediately during and after treatment. Longer-term effects, such as nervous system improvement or the suspension of a degenerative process will take time. How much time is dependent on the extent of the damage in the tissues, how long it’s been there, and the age and condition of the individual.

We generally counsel people to expect to see benefits within the first few treatments, though those benefits may be subtle initially – you may be using the TeslaFit to treat an arthritic back but the first improvement you may see is in your sleep or digestion. Any improvement is a worthwhile one, and understanding the complexities of the pathology you’re working on will help you establish a reasonable timeline.

For clinicians, treatment should be optimized based on how frequently you see the patient. If you are a chiropractor treating neck pain or headaches, then benefit may be achieved immediately. But it would be important to note that the benefit may not last for longer than a few days without continued treatment. If you are a clinician treating a neurological disorder, then frequent treatment is necessary for a patient to be able to see any measureable results.

Research on high intensity PEMF treatments often shows a regression of benefit fairly quickly, because treatment courses tend to be short and of limited episodes. This is one of the reasons that we support the use of TeslaFit, that is, that treatments can be provided over longer periods of time to provide more sustainable benefits, especially in the home setting.

What does a TeslaFit treatment feel like?

Unlike with most PEMF systems, a TeslaFit treatment can be felt by the patient. Because of the impulse waveform and high intensities, patients will experience a gentle but noticeable tick or jump in the tissues being stimulated. These muscle contractions will be more pronounced with the TeslaFit Pro than with the TeslaFit Plus. On the “low” setting on the TeslaFit Plus, the patient may not feel the muscle contractions at all. On the highest setting for the TeslaFit Pro, muscle contractions can be dramatic and very noticeable. This may be desirable in certain circumstances, especially with large muscular individuals.

Besides these ticking sensations, many patients feel warmth at the site of the applicator. This is as a result of the dramatically increased circulation in the immediate area. And many patients report a feeling of calm or relaxation during and immediately after a treatment session. Most often this is likely due to a significant increase in neurotransmitters, especially endorphins and enkephalins.

Can the TeslaFit be used alongside other modalities?

Yes and no. PEMF therapy is complementary to many other modalities, including nutritional/supplemental medicine, bodywork, acupuncture, infrared, and other frequency therapies. Because PEMF therapy is so efficient at clearing out energy blockages, it can make other therapies more effective – this is especially true with acupuncture and massage.

PEMF therapy improves cellular membrane permeability and therefore improves nutrient uptake. Any supplements or medications being taken in conjunction with magnetic therapy will therefore be more effective than it would be alone.

But PEMF therapy, especially high intensity therapy like that produced with the TeslaFit, can be overpowering to some therapies. Some homeopathic remedies, for example, may be cancelled out by a PEMF treatment.

Modalities that cause a significant movement of minerals and metals in the body, like chelation, should not be done on the same day as PEMF therapy because the combination may be too active relative to the mineral status of the tissues.

Are there any contraindications to using the TeslaFit?

Absolute contraindications are implanted electrical devices including pacemakers, cochlear implants, intrathecal pumps, etc., because the magnetic field can shut the device off, as would happen with an MRI. PEMFs have not been proven safe for pregnant women, although there is no evidence of harm, either. People with Grave’s disease or overactive adrenal or thyroid glands should use PEMFs with caution, as glands can become overstimulated and fatigued. Conditions with active bleeding, especially into the gut, should be controlled before PEMFs are applied. Patients known to be especially vulnerable to cardiac dysrhythmias should exercise caution when using high-intensity PEMFs near the heart. Do not use on people with organ transplants on immunosuppression

Can the TeslaFit be used if I have implanted metals?

With few exceptions, yes. Studies show that magnetic fields dramatically improve the osteointegration of the existing bone with the implant. Patients with joint replacements especially can benefit from PEMF therapy, and report fewer problems with the implant, along with extending the life of the implant itself. it is preferable to use low to medium intensity stimulation to begin with to assess the level of tolerance of the individual. High intensity stimulation may create significant discomfort and may be quite alarming to the individual. If higher intensity stimulation tends to cause intolerable discomfort, the solution typically is to decrease the level of intensity to tolerance.

The exception applies to metal stents, in which case use of the TeslaFit has not been proven safe.