“Are heating pads/vest/scarf safe to use? Should I worry about the EMF radiation they emit?”
This question might be one of the most asked questions by people when they’re planning to use an infrared heating pad to soothe their sore muscles, relieve chronic pain, and help heal injuries and boost circulation.
In fact, all electrical household appliances — including heating pads, electric blankets and mattress covers, plug-in hair dryers, computers, and coffeemakers — generate electromagnetic fields (EMFs). These invisible lines of force exist in nature (they make a compass needle point north) and surround electrical equipment, power cords, and power lines. As our daily lives fill up with more and more electronic devices, there is increasing concern about EMF exposure health effects. There is no definitive proof that these fields cause cancer, but since exposure is greatest at short distances and heating pads are held very close to your body, I would suggest you find a different way to warm up before exercising.
For the past several decades, researchers have investigated whether EMFs can disrupt internal body control systems and increase cancer risk or weaken the immune system. So far, no studies have confirmed that EMFs increase cancer risk among adults. The bad news is that the possibility of an EMF/cancer connection hasn’t been definitively ruled out.
Some early studies suggested a link between EMFs and childhood leukemia. However, they looked at populations that lived near power lines, not at risk of using household appliances. Later studies found only weak associations between power lines and childhood leukemia.
Although researchers have found no convincing evidence that EMFs directly damage biological structures, including DNA, or otherwise increase the likelihood of malignant transformation of cells, ongoing studies are looking at whether EMFs can promote cancer that already exists or disrupt normal cellular function, including the activity of the immune system.
Yes, regular heating pads emit EMF radiation. This is especially dangerous since these pads are kept so close to the body. The concept of the inverse-square law tells us that as we double our distance from a radiation source, we quarter our exposure to it. This means that typical electric heating pads at your local market will expose you to a lot of radiation as they are directly against your body.
Now, it isn’t just heating pads that emit this kind of EMF radiation.
Absolutely, hair dryers emit EMF radiation. In fact, they can release a lot of radiation. Coupled with the fact that the device is very close to your head for quite some time, it is definitely something to remember. In fact, I’ve written articles on the radiation emitted by microwaves, refrigerators, washing machines, and alarm clocks. This is just to give you a lot of knowledge about how these devices produce radiation.
The largest culprits in your life for this type of radiation are likely to be your cell phone, tablet, laptop, home router, smart meter, local cell phone towers, etc. These are the things we typically think of when thinking of EMF radiation dangers, which is why it’s important to understand how other appliances work.
However, out of the many devices out there where it is worth paying extra to get low-EMF products, heating pads are certainly near the top of the list. Not only because they are coupled with a thermal aspect that can be dangerous when coupled with non-thermal low-frequency EMF radiation, but because they are directly against the body.
How To Measure EMF Radiation From A Heating Pad？
For this, you simply need a quality EMF meter that measures all types of EMF radiation. I recommend the newly released TriField TF2 as it’s simple to use and extremely accurate, and measures all three types of EMF radiation.
In order to measure radiation, simply turn on your EMF meter to measure electric fields, and move it towards the mat while it is on. Slowly sweep the EMF meter over the mat, and see how much radiation it emits at various places.
Even the heating pads I mentioned above, which emit low or no EMF radiation, are likely to emit a small amount from the remote, and from where the remote plugs into the mat itself. However, where your body touches these heating pads you should read almost no EMF radiation.
Is PHYMAT Infrared Mat EMF Free?
As one of the industry-leading brands, PHYMAT takes customers’ health as the primary mission. We designed the Low-EMF Infrared Mat by applying multiple solutions:
- PHYMAT Infrared Heating Pads have an advanced EMF filtration system and heavy-duty aluminum foil EMF-blocking layers to protect your body from EMF exposure.
- PHYMAT Infrared Heating Pads are made of industry-leading double-insulated wiring that fits between two layers of copper mesh EMF filters.
PHYMAT Infrared Heating Mat has been tested to comply with CE and FCC standards and approved. You can check these certificates via: https://www.phymatlife.com/certificates/
The EMF radiation is total zero if you connect the mat with underground cable. If your power source have underground cable.
PHYMAT – Best Low-EMF Heating Pad
Final Thoughts on Low EMF Heating Pads：
If you use a heating pad often for various ailments, getting a low-EMF heating pad is certainly worth the investment in my opinion. You will be saving your body a ton of exposure, and keeping it healthier and safer from the known dangers of EMF radiation.
Since these pads all use far infrared heating and hot stone therapy, they also have many other health benefits.
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