If you follow the latest health trends, then you may have probably seen the acronym, PEMF, which stands for Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Frequency. Being the ever curious (and adventurous) health consumer, I decided to test out what I found in my rabbit hole of research to be one of the most user-friendly devices available—the NeoRhythm by OmniPemf.
Omnipemf was founded by Marko Kadunc (CEO), Janez Decman (CFO), and Leon Herman, who does not play an active role in the company, in 2016. “I am the one that oversaw innovating and developing the product. I always found PEMF technology relevant since there is an enormous number of peer-reviewed studies that support the effects. That is why we are experiencing success and the device is one of the most sold wellness devices,” Kadunc tells me. “Although currently, the NeoRhythm wearable is a wellness device, our future goals include taking it from wellness to medical. We are working on a 13485 certification that is supposed to be done by the end of the year. The plans involve a lot of things including focusing on pain and depression.”
PEMF technology has been around for years and has been tested for efficacy for a variety of uses. “What PEMF does is essentially emit electromagnetic waves at different frequencies (including Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma frequencies) to encourage the body’s natural recovery process. Research has shown that PEMF therapy is an entirely safe way to encourage the brains to mimic the external signals provided by a device,” explains Kadunc. “Our whole bodies are electrochemical organs and the electrical activity emanating from the brain is displayed in a form of brainwaves. By applying PEMF technology you can achieve brain entrainment, or suggest to your mind to get on the right frequency when you need it to.”
Kadunc tells me that the perfect example of where PEMF therapy can be helpful for sleep is if we are thinking too much before bedtime. “If you are overthinking when trying to go to bed, the prevalent frequencies are Beta frequencies, which means it is engaged in mental activity. So naturally, you can’t fall asleep because you are too worked up. Your mind needs to operate in lower frequencies like Delta and Theta so you can relax and fall asleep. PEMF externally suggests to your brain to get on the lower frequencies so you can relax and fall asleep easily.”
When it comes to supporting the body’s tissues, PEMF may create plausible targets for magnetic field action. “A natural physiological environment is crucial for reaching optimum wellbeing. It is possible that external magnetic fields could recreate the normal physiological conditions and help the body naturally by inducing electric current within the tissue. That is why PEMF therapy is widely used in the world for treating professional athletes’ injuries as an example,” continues Kadunc.
We hear a lot about how electromagnetic waves can be harmful so I wanted to get some clarification from Kadunc on the matter. “Everything around us can be measured in frequencies although not all of them are harmless. Harmful EMFs are for example X-rays and Gamma waves. Those have significantly shorter wavelengths and are harmful to the body. PEMF falls under therapeutic magnetic fields, which have very long wavelengths and low-intensity frequencies,” he tells me. “For example, the Earth has a frequency of 7.8Hz and our microwaves have generally frequencies of about 2.42Ghz. Both of these are too low of frequencies to be harmful to us.”
“The magnetic field acts on the cellular level by recharging the cells, but it doesn’t impact them chemically. That is why PEMF is a wellness technology too,” he continues. “This cellular recharge in history was first used by veterinarians that used it on fractures in horses. In 1979 the FDA approved PEMF therapy for stimulating bone growth, and in 1987 for adjunct therapy for treating postoperative edema and pain. In 2008 FDA approved PEMF for treatment in depression for patients that don’t respond to medication, and in 2011 it was approved for treatment in brain cancer. So, the FDA is increasingly recognizing the benefits of PEMF therapy.”
When it comes to addressing mental illness, the FDA approved PEMF therapy for the treatment of patients with depression back in 2011. “Since then, PEMF has been used to assist people with mental illness by doing brain stimulation with pulsating magnetic fields that help with circulation. As a result, it modifies the neurochemical imbalances that are caused by mental illnesses,” Kadunc tells me. “Many studies report positive outcomes for treating depression and other mental conditions using PEMF therapy. One study at Harvard Medical School shows more than 10% improvement in mood after one 20-minute treatment in patients suffering from bipolar disorder and depression. This is one of the many double-blind studies that demonstrate the immediate benefits of PEMFs.”
This is why having an at-home PEMF device can greatly improve the quality of life for people.
“NeoRhythm focuses on promoting good sleep, relaxation, meditation, focus, and improved physical wellbeing. Mental health starts with good sleep, good overall wellbeing, and meditative practices especially,” states Kadunc. “Meditation is not a quick fix but it is a tool that helps people to reconnect with themselves and nurture mental and physical wellbeing. There are many meditation categories, but in general two main types, focused attention, and open monitoring. These two types of meditation are opposites since one helps with focusing on one thing to the exclusion of all others. The second one tracks an emotional/mental experience without reacting to it.”
Most of the other PEMF technologies available for home use are in the form of mats, which can be cumbersome and heavy. One of the things that stood out to me the most when comparing other brands was NeoRhythm small u-shaped size that can be packed away easily and conveniently. They also offer a free app without the need for subscriptions or additional costs.
“In the app, they can choose one of our predefined programs, but we also offer custom frequencies so users can experiment with what works for them. These things are a major point of differentiation of our device and others on the market,” explains Kadunc. They also have a Facebook group with over 7500 users who share their experiences and where they often invite various doctors to answer questions regarding their respective fields of expertise. “It is important to point out that by using PEMF technology, NeoRhythm actively stimulates the brain by emitting frequencies that the brain can pick up. Other devices that operate on EEG technology, for example, merely measure the brainwaves and analyze the patterns without directly influencing them.”
NeoRhythm comes with 12 pre-defined settings divided into 5 categories including, energy, sleep, meditation, relaxation, and physical well-being in the app in addition to limitless customizable settings for those who want to explore the benefits on their own.
“NeoRhythm has the most programs in the meditation category- 6 different programs for theta meditation, calming and synchronization meditation, mindfulness meditation, focus meditation, open heart meditation, and quiet mind meditation. In the app, users can read which frequencies are in which program, how to optimize them, how to position the device, etc.,” Kadunc tells me. “However, we are all different people so it’s not guaranteed that what works for one person will work for another person. For that reason, we offer custom frequencies for those who like to discover the frequency world and experiment a bit. They can pick their own intensities, durations, or types.” Regardless of whether people decide to explore the custom settings or not, all of NeoRhythm’s predefined settings Delta, Theta, Alpha, Beta, and Gamma frequencies and are set based on relevant studies that find them effective.
So, who is a good candidate for incorporating PEMF into their daily self-care practice and who isn’t?
“NeoRhythm is for people that are looking to improve their mental, physical or overall wellbeing. We live in a stressful time, and we are coping with a lot of problems all at once. We all need some type of assistance in the daily regime to unwind and make our time on Earth more pleasant,” shares Kadunc. Those who shouldn’t use the device are those have electronic implants, cochlear implants, mechanical heart valves, organ transplant patients, anyone under the age of 12, and women with IUDs. “As we are currently not a medical device, we suggest consulting your healthcare professional before using NeoRhythm.”
I love my NeoRhythm. I have been using it while I work since sitting for large quantities of time is my least favorite thing in addition to wearing it before bed. You can sleep with it under your pillow, but because I toss and turn and move my pillows around, this doesn’t really work for me.
Kadunc tells me that they will be releasing a new product for this purpose as well as others soon. “We are utilizing the same technology, and creating a new device in the form of a pad. The new NeoRhythm pad will be suitable for sedentary positions while sleeping, seated, in a vehicle, in a bed, etc.” They also have plans to create a new brand in the future specifically for pets. “There is an array of studies that specifically show the benefits of PEMF for animals. We are looking to collaborate with veterinarians from all around the world, as well as customers that want to offer the best pain-free, anxiety-free lives of their pets.”