The Gauss Question

What is Gauss?

What do a parsec and gauss have in common? Well, they are both specific measurements used in specialized fields. A parsec is a unit of length used to measure large distances to astronomical objects outside the Solar System, one parsec is equal to about 3.26 light-years or 19 trillion miles (19×1012 mi). Gauss is the centimeter-gram-second unit of magnetic flux density that is equal to 1 × 10−4 tesla.

So, they’re both measurements! But also, these two terms are mostly meaningless to the average person. They are words you may have heard before, but unless you have a specific reference or context point to frame them in, they may mostly mean nothing other than perhaps recognizing it as a measurement. But a measurement of what, exactly? Most folks can conceptualize a mile, 65° F, or 15 minutes.  We have a reference point for these units of length, temperature, and time because we interact with and depend on an understanding of these units of measurement in our daily life. The average American is going to struggle with aspects of the metric system (how many kilometres in a mile?) because we simply don’t use them often enough (even if the rest of the world does)!

Unless you’re an astrophysicist, the concept of a parsec probably doesn’t factor into your everyday life as a unit of measurement that you are able to understand, but it sounds big and important! Gauss is the same way.

Carl Friedrich Gauss (1777 – 1855) sometimes referred to as the “Prince of Mathematicians” and “greatest mathematician since antiquity,” was responsible for discovering and influencing some of the greatest mathematical breakthroughs of humankind. His influence in mathematics is extensive but Gauss did not limit himself to contributing to the field of mathematics alone, for his efforts in the field of electromagnetism we use his name for the measurement of gauss (abbreviated G or Gs).

Conceptualizing Gauss: Is More Gauss Really Better?

So, even if we have the definition of gauss and know a little about the gentleman it was named after, without the ability to contextualize our understanding, it’s not super useful. Essentially any number can be given as the measurement of gauss and there is no way to test or refute those claims. Additionally, what is actually understood by having that number? How can you tell if 500 gauss is better/different/worse than 45,000? What reference point are you using? Is it sensation based? Can you feel the difference between 100 or 500 gauss? With this information are you truly able to make a more informed purchase decision?

When folks are doing their due diligence researching different types of PEMF systems they often see this listing on other sites and think that this number is required to make an accurate comparison of the different models. We understand that this focus on gauss by competitors may lead to feelings of confusion when we do not provide it. We reserve our gauss measurement as proprietary information and stand by this decision as we firmly believe that feeling is understanding, as our PEMF systems are a sensational experience!

Our Speciality High Voltage Engineer presents this hypothetical: “If you take a system that made 40 gauss and another that was 40,000 and they both had the same pulse length of 2.5 nanoseconds, they would feel exactly the same. Gauss is meaningless in terms of what it feels like.  The change of the magnetic field is what you feel. An MRI can be 70,000 gauss but you don’t feel anything because there is no change to the magnetic field.”

Thus, if you’re looking at gauss as the sole measurement of what makes a PEMF system powerful, you’re missing the mark. The amount of voltage created is important, and so is the delivery mechanism. Our delivery mechanism is a key differentiator from other PEMF devices and is a big part of what sets us apart from others in the industry. Our systems provide adjustable user settings providing the operator full control of producing the power needed to maximize their PEMF experience. Additionally, our product line includes several accessories that are specifically designed to deliver PEMF in a targeted and effective manner to all areas of the body. With Pulse Centers PEMF, you are empowered to design a customized session that best aligns with your needs. This level of performance should be the most important factor in deciding which PEMF device is right for you and/or your PEMF business.

When it comes to the intelligent delivery of energy, no other PEMF manufacturer is able to replicate the power and customizability of Pulse Centers’ systems. Experience the Pulse Centers difference and find a practitioner near you today.


Author: Melissa Vair
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