If you’ve been researching PEMF devices and other electromagnetic modalities for animals, 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, you can’t imagine it in the same way you can imagine a liter or a mile. 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, sometimes called the “Prince of Mathematicians” discovered and influenced some of humankind’s greatest mathematical breakthroughs. However, it’s for his discoveries in the field of electromagnetism that we use his name for this measurement.
Is More Better?
As you may be able to tell from its name, the magnetic field in a PEMF device pulses. This means the magnetic field is at its peak at only a few instances every second. Have you ever tried to pause a movie on a particular frame in a fast-moving scene? That’s what it’s like to measure gauss on a PEMF device. In addition to the difficulty, the 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 a “tech geek,” you may assume it’s a quantitative measurement that implies “better,” like RAM or megapixels.
Then, you may wonder why Pulse Equine’s 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 your animal will 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 for your animals, you may be missing crucial information. While the intensity of the magnetic field is important, the delivery system is key. Pulse Equine’s state-of-the-art PEMF machines offer adjustable user settings for full session customization.
With one inch of separation of the PEMF delivery mechanism from the animal’s body, the contact of the electromagnetic field is diminished by HALF. Pulse Equine’s array of Animal Loops are made with animal anatomy in mind because we know that every centimeter counts.