Gauss Explained: How to Measure the PEMF Experience

If you’ve been researching PEMF devices and other electromagnetic modalities, you’ve probably heard the term Gauss. Many people think it is a measurement that correlates with the effectiveness or potency of PEMF. So, let’s find out.

What is Gauss?

Unless you’re an astrophysicist, it probably isn’t a term you hear in your everyday life. Even if you know it is a unit of measurement, it’s probably still difficult to conceptualize. Gauss is the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic flux density that is equal to 1 × 10−4 tesla. To put it simply, it’s a unit of magnetic induction. 

Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 – 1855), sometimes called the “Prince of Mathematicians” discovered and influenced some of the greatest mathematical breakthroughs of humankind. His influence in mathematics is extensive. However, it is for his efforts in the field of electromagnetism that we use his name for this measurement.

Is More Better?

As you may discern from its name alone, the magnetic field in PEMF devices pulses, making gauss output exceptionally difficult to measure. In addition, this measurement will vary moderately from machine to machine, greatly from accessory to accessory, and fluctuate over time. Still, you may find estimates among the specifications advertised by PEMF manufacturers. If you’re accustomed to pursuing technical specs, you may assume it’s a quantitative measurement that implies “better,” like RAM or megapixels. 

Then, you may wonder why Pulse Centers’ website doesn’t list gauss for any of its state-of-the-art PEMF machines. Put simply, we reserve these estimates as proprietary information. The experience of PEMF relies on sensation and cellular stimulation. And truth be told, more gauss is not always better.

We posed this question to our Specialty High Voltage Engineer, who said, “A device outputting 40 gauss and a device outputting 40,000 gauss would feel exactly the same to the user. This measurement is meaningless in terms of stimulation. The pulse of the magnetic field is what you feel. An MRI machine can output 70,000 gauss, but you won’t feel anything and the field won’t stimulate the body because there is no change (or pulse) in the magnetic field.”

How to Choose the Right PEMF Device

If you’re looking at gauss to determine which PEMF device to invest in, you may be missing crucial information. While the intensity of the magnetic field is important, the delivery system is key. Pulse Centers’ state-of-the-art PEMF machines offer adjustable user settings for full session customization. Our powerful Pulse XL Pro even allows you to control Magnetic Field Strength and Pulses Per Second independently. 

With one inch of separation of the PEMF delivery mechanism from the body, the contact of the electromagnetic field is diminished by HALF. Pulse’s exclusive accessories are made with human anatomy in mind because we know that every centimeter counts.


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Author: Melissa Vair
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