Healthy Wave Multi-Wave PEMF Mat Review (2020)
The Multi-Wave PEMF mat has outstanding functional options, and upgraded PEMF settings, making it a high value product at a great set of prices
For every product we review, we highlight the 3 most important factors that consumers consider when purchasing a PEMF product. These factors were determined by aggregating the most popular keywords from hundreds of customer reviews on multiple company and distributor websites.
Mat Features : What PEMF mat features customers find valuable really depends on their individual health needs. Some mats offer a wide range of customizable therapy options that benefit a wide customer base, while other mats offer more fine-tuned therapeutic options for a specific market. We do the research for you and provide information that allows you to choose a mat that best fits with your individual needs.
Mat Design : With customers generally paying over $1,000 for the best PEMF mats, there is an expectation that increased purchase cost will translate into products with greater durability and functionality. Extremely specialized manufacturing processes and parts also means that repairs and replacements can be a costly and cumbersome process. Therefore, it is important to purchase a product that is built to last for many years.
Customer Service & Assurance : Higher price tags go hand-in-hand with an expectation of enhanced customer service. This is true for the majority of PEMF mat products. In general, our research indicates that companies that sell directly to consumers provide greater support and more streamlined services compared to those who sell through distributors.
Our analysis takes into account the type and duration of warranties and guarantees, as well as any industry certifications associated with a specific PEMF product. Positive indicators in this category signify that both the manufacturer and third party reviewers have a high level of confidence in the product, which is foundational to customer assurance.
Right from the product box, the Multi-Wave mat is a massive upgrade over the previous Pro PEMF mat from Healthy Wave. We loved the look of the mat that was a result of the amethyst crystals packed inside the design. The user manual gave us everything we needed to know regarding how to use the controller and create custom programs (creating fully custom programs are unique to the Multi-Wave product line).
We tried out the product initially using the preset programs, usually towards the higher intensity levels (we would like to see even higher intensities available in the future!). After putting on the cover, lying on the mat was extremely comfortable (don’t lie on the mat without the cover, it’s pretty hard on it’s own).
The newest product sold on Healthy Wave’s site is the Multi-Wave Pro PEMF mat, coming in with significant improvements over the original Pro PEMF mat. It offers a upgraded controller and mat, that enables a fully customized experience for a variety of therapeutic needs. The key feature is the programmable PEMF feature, allowing you to variably set PEMF frequency and intensity, while choosing between a square or sine wave type.
Why is having a significant level of customization for PEMF therapy important? Because today there are many conflicting studies that seek to assess the “best” type of PEMF waveform or intensity for therapeutic treatment, but there is no outstanding conclusion on such a result. As PEMF therapy becomes a more researched topic, those seeking to purchase a product with PEMF therapy as a designed feature would benefit from having an array of customizable options in regards to the intensity and type of the PEMF they can use and experiment with.
This is an aspect of the Multi-Wave PEMF mat that we are impressed about. Check out this, and more improvements over the original Pro PEMF mat in the table below.
How much more will this upgrade set you back? Is it worth it? Before taking a look at the in-depth features of the Multi-Wave PEMF mat, let’s set out your pricing options. From a high level, the price increase from the classic PEMF mat is worth the value add, as can be seen in the table above. Healthy Wave offers 4 options within the Multi-Wave product range, starting at $999 USD. The main difference between each of the options is the size of the mat, with the full body mat (priced $2,499 USD) providing full body therapeutic benefits (and an additional 2 PEMF coils).
PEMF Therapy utilizes pulsed low-level electromagnetic waves generated within a range of specific frequencies through the heating of copper coils to provide therapeutic benefits. The key attributes of these electromagnetic waves that are used in PEMF devices today include frequency, intensity and waveform. For the purpose of this review, we will focus on these attributes, but to learn more about PEMF Therapy, click here. Additionally, to learn about the full PEMF specifications in the Multi-Wave mat, click here.
All Multi-Wave mats are designed with 6-8 copper PEMF coils (only the full-sized Multi-Wave Mat has 8 coils). This makes up the “hardware” of the PEMF technology within the mat. The controller and related software application allow the user to adapt the coils to fit their specific needs. Healthy Wave differentiates itself with the Multi-Wave mats by giving more power to the user, enabling them to program the coils to provide almost any type of PEMF therapy they want. Any custom programs can also be saved to the newly designed controller for future use.
It is generally accepted that PEMF frequencies (how often the EMF is pulsed/cycled per second) break down into two groups: Below 100Hz (most PEMF mats) and above 100Hz (select PEMF devices).
Frequencies below 100Hz are also known as “cell signaling” frequencies, assisting with disease that originates from within the body (“breakdown” of normal bodily functions). This essentially means that frequencies in this range aid in stimulating cells to do things they would normally do if your bodily systems were working optimally. Specific benefits can include improved blood circulation, better digestion, reducing inflammation and pain etc. General wellness can be improved using frequencies under 100Hz.
Frequencies above 100Hz can match “resident frequencies” of pathogens. This means that for PEMF to have any effect of disease originating from outside of the body (ex. bacteria, viruses etc.), it must use a frequency to match the resident frequency, causing pathogen cells to vibrate to the point of destruction.
The Healthy Wave Multi-Wave Mat enables 25 different levels of frequency setting, from 1Hz to 25Hz, which covers most of the natural Earth based frequency. This provides convenience to the user, allowing them to change to virtually any frequency within the Earth’s natural range all from a single location. Since the Multi-Wave Mat falls in the <100Hz category, it uses “cell signaling” frequencies and therefore is best used to improve general wellness, with the added benefit of many customers experiencing specific positive outcomes (ex. reduction in blood pressure etc.)
Most PubMed studies evaluate the effectiveness of PEMF intensity within a range of 1 – 10 Gauss, therefore making the popular general benefits of PEMF therapy effective based on current research within that range. However, there are studies such as this one showing the positive effects of PEMF therapy for treating specific ailments such as osteoarthritis at much higher intensities (>100 millitesla (mT) , where 1 mT = 10 Gauss). The Multi-Wave PEMF mat offers 5 intensity levels (0, 25, 50, 75 and 100%) up to a peak Gauss output of 3. The benefit of the intensity levels is that they can be used and experimented with to find the best level for the user.
With any low intensity PEMF device (like Bemer, Healthy Wave etc.), it is always important to set realistic expectations about the therapy received. Everyone’s body responds differently to magnetic fields, and artificially generated ones can produce both positive and negative results. At extremely low levels, the electromagnetic fields generally do not have the potential for harming anyone, but on the flip side, they have generally not been found to be particularly beneficial for addressing specific health conditions.
In comparison, there is growing evidence that PEMF devices that generate high intensities are beneficial for treating specific health conditions, but also have the potential for greater side effects. This is the reason most low intensity PEMF devices and mats are FDA class 2 registered (lower risk) while higher intensity devices are FDA class 1 registered (higher risk) or require FDA approval.
Just as there is considerable diversity in the nature of waveforms in nature, there is also considerable variation in waveforms in PEMF mats and devices. Waveform variation is dependent on multiple factors such as frequency, which affects the wavelength inversely (ex. higher frequency = shorter wavelength).
There is no “best” waveform, nor can wave forms utilized in a specific study be necessarily replicated exactly. Consumers need to be particularly cautious of companies that claim a “superior” waveform or directly compare their product with third party studies (e.g. The Nasa Square Wave study).
This being said, the sinusoidal (sine) wave is currently the most investigated waveform in PubMed studies, while the square waveform tends to be used with higher intensities when compared to sine waves.
Within its range of frequency and intensity, the Multi-Wave mat enables users to choose between a sine or square waveform. Currently, it is the only PEMF mat to offer this choice.
Healthy Wave implements it’s waveform(s) through bi-phasic pulsation, meaning the waveform (either sine or square) alternates pulses in opposite directions. This is the implementation that is followed by a majority of PEMF mat companies.
Infrared is the type of heat a person feels on their skin while exposed to the sun. Currently, Far Infrared therapy is used in various medical fields with further studies being conducted to widen and improve its range of efficacies.
Current infrared trials focus on delivering specific light wavelengths to injury damaged areas of the body to assist cells with their self-regenerative repair processes.
Infrared, unlike harmful ultraviolet emissions, improves blood circulation to aid with the delivery of oxygenated blood to injured areas, thereby promoting quicker deep tissue healing while simultaneously alleviating injury related pain.
One of the beneficial properties of infrared light is its capacity to penetrate the skin’s layers to deliver far greater depth for effective pain relief in a natural pain-free, non-invasive package offering immense benefits to body health.
The Healthy Wave Multi-Wave Mat, Classic PEMF mat, and Plus Size PEMF mats offer Far infrared therapy as a simple, painless and effective treatment that utilises certain light frequencies to reduce chronic and acute pains.
The Far Infrared therapy incorporated into the Multi-Wave Pro PEMF Mat requires substantially lower temperatures to generate healing infrared heat levels, which in comparison to the higher skin temperatures generated by conventional infrared mats allow users to extend their therapy sessions while remaining comfortable for longer.
The Multi-Wave PEMF mat delivers infrared light therapy to improve areas such as cardiovascular health, inflammation, pain, muscular injury, detoxification, and show potential as a viable treatment for cancer
Pain and Inflammation:
Infrared light therapy has proven an effective, safe, painless remedy against inflammation and pain with its ability to deeply penetrate skin layers reaching the underlying muscle and bone where it improves and enhances blood flow to deliver much needed nutrition and oxygen to injured areas.
Infrared treatment also improves mitochondria action within cells, which in turn triggers the repair and growth of new muscle cell tissue, thereby hastening the recovery times of muscular injuries.
Infrared light improves cardiovascular health by increasing nitric oxide production, which is an essential signaling molecule in blood vessel health. Nitric oxide assists with relaxing arteries which aids with the prevention of blood clots in arterial vessels. Moreover, nitric oxide combats free radicals which in turn prevents oxidative stress and aids with regulating blood pressure.
Nitric oxide forms an essential element in the improvement of blood circulation, which delivers the required additional nutrients and oxygen to injured body tissue. Infrared therapy has proven to hasten the healing of wounds by stimulating injured tissue regeneration.
Potential Cancer Treatment:
Research studies into the application of infrared therapy as a viable cancer treatment have shown significant improvement in the activation of nanoparticles during exposure to radiation in infrared wavelengths. This method of activation renders the nanoparticles highly toxic to adjacent cancer cells.
Negative ions are invisible, tasteless, odourless molecules that proliferate the air in certain types of environment.
Consider how we experience the air quality while amongst mountains, on beaches, and around waterfalls. Nature creates negative ions as a result of air molecules breaking apart due to the effects of radiation, sunlight, moving water, and air.
Once these negative ions enter the bloodstream, they produce certain biochemical reactions responsible for increasing serotonin, our mood improving chemical. Serotonin relieves stress, alleviates depression levels while boosting our energy during daytime and is the reason negative-ion generators have become prolific at retailers.
Ion therapy involves the generation of negative ions in the air around the source (ex. the Multi-Wave Mat). Ion therapy assists with alleviating the effects of allergies by filtering out allergens such as dander and dust mites.
The Multi-Wave PEMF mat incorporates five specific types of crystal into its design: Amethyst, Tourmaline, Jade, Obsidian and Quartz (read more about crystal therapy .
This combination allows their product to generate 1,500 negative ions per square inch of the mat. This effectively doubles the number of crystals offered by its nearest competitors. Even more impressive is that for those requiring higher intensity therapy sessions, the Healthy Wave FIR mat emits up to 3,000 negative ions per square inch of mat.
Currently, the US standards authority imposes no set guidelines or standards to guarantee manufacturers incorporate adequate protection against harmful EMFs. In response, Healthy Wave ensures all their products adhere to the extremely strict Swedish Standards benchmark of 3 mG (maximum) for EMF protection. Test measurements of Healthy Wave products typically deliver results of approximately 0.5 mG at mat surfaces. However, dependant on the specific model tested, the results may vary from 0.05 mG to 1.5 mG, with both low, and more importantly high results remaining well below the stringent standard imposed by the Swedish standards authority.
Phototherapy, also known as “photon light therapy”, involves the use of ultraviolet (UV) light to treat skin conditions. For thousands of years, exposure to natural sunlight has proven beneficial in the treatment of specific skin disorders. Studies have shown ultraviolet frequencies of the sun’s radiation as the most effective in phototherapy, particularly UVA and UVB frequencies.
The use of Broadband UVB, together with Narrowband UVB, has proven most effective in brief exposures for treating skin conditions such as severe eczema and psoriasis. Psoralen + UVA is a process combining a sensitizer with UVA to treat cutaneous T-cell lymphoma, vitiligo, and psoriasis.
Phototherapy utilises ultraviolet light to reduce inflammation in skin disorders and in psoriasis cases, prevent or reduce the formation of thickly scaled skin. In vitiligo sufferers, phototherapy assists with the stimulation of melanocytes which are the cells responsible for pigment production in the skin.
In all the above cases, phototherapy offers a safe, painless, natural, steroid-free alternative to topical steroids.
The Multi-Wave PEMF mat incorporates 60 LED photon (Red) lights to offer a specialized form of phototherapy complimenting all other forms of therapy offered in the mat. The therapy is implemented at a wavelength of 660 nanometers, towards the lower range of the proven effective wavelengths. This range has been the researched to be the range of most effective wavelengths.
The Multi-Wave Mat is constructed with 18 layers of high quality, non-toxic material which is integral to its innovative 5-in-1 therapeutic system. For effective PEMF therapy, the mat includes pure copper PEMF coils (eight in the largest sized mat), which are highly conductive, thereby an excellent option to provide PEMF therapies. The only downside to this design is the resulting weight of the mat (25+ lbs depending on the size). Additionally, if you don’t like the look of crystals, this mat may not be that appealing to you.
A variety of PEMF Mat companies employ sales through various strategies, such as Multi-Level-Marketing (MLM) or third party distribution on through verified sellers.
Healthy Wave sells their Multi-Wave PEMF mat directly to the consumer (DTC) through their online store. All Multi-Wave model sizes, as well as a range of other PEMF and Far Infrared products can be found on the Healthy Wave site. We also review the Classic PEMF mat from Healthy Wave, which can be viewed here.
The Multi-Wave PEMF Mat is an FDA registered Level 2 Device. All therapy mats on the Healthy Wave store are FDA registered, and therefore are safe for home use. Levels within FDA registration are graded from 1-3 based on level of risk to users. Examples of Level 2 Devices that are not PEMF devices include powered wheelchairs and some pregnancy test kits, so users can be assured that Healthy Wave Products are extremely safe for use. Additionally, Multi-Wave products (and all Healthy Wave products) are approved by the FCC, meaning the electromagnetic interference produced by the mats are safe. All Healthy Wave Products also contain the CE certification, meaning they are approved as safe for use in Europe.
Healthy Wave also has a Far Infrared and Negative Ion certification, as well as a Gemstone Crystal Certification from the Gemological Appraisal Industry (GAI), meaning all crystals in the construction of the mat are authentic.
Healthy Wave provides an unparalleled money back guarantee on all of their products, including the Multi-Wave product line. The 45-day satisfaction guarantee showcases the company’s confidence in it’s product, and is significant considering most competitors offer tiered money back offers capped at 30 days, or sometimes no return options at all.
The only caveat to the return policy is that the customer must pay return shipping cost (to offset the risk of people consistently purchasing and returning product for free use).
Warranty is an extremely important aspect to consider when purchasing a PEMF mat, due to the extensive wiring and heating process of the mat to emit different types of waves in order to provide therapy. The Multi-Wave PEMF mat has a full 2 years USA mat warranty and an extended 5 year controller warranty.
The difference in periods for the mat vs the controller comes down to the fact that the controller is the easiest part of the product to wear down, and therefore has an extended warranty to cover any potential damage. Other Healthy Wave products come with a slightly shorter mat warranty period.
The Multi-Wave PEMF Mat from Healthy Wave builds on the success of the company’s original flagship “5-in-1” product (the PRO PEMF mat) with a more customizable and powerful PEMF therapy experience. With no set guidelines of the “best” type of PEMF, a significant benefit from the Multi-Wave PEMF Mat is the ability to experiment and use the PEMF therapy that works best for the user. We tested the mat out for several weeks after writing our “first thoughts”, and loved the consistent feel that the mat gave us, noticing gradual relief of minor aches and pains.
That being said, we would like a more easy-to-use custom program setting, a slightly lighter and more portable mat, and perhaps a bump on overall aesthetics. If these drawbacks are something you want in a mat, Bemer products are more suited as aesthetically pleasing and portable options, especially with the new Bemer Go set.
The biggest winners with the Multi-Wave mat are the price, return policy, and warranty. It comes in as the cheapest flagship PEMF mat from all companies we have seen, and great customer assurance, which signifies a brands confidence in its product. Overall, this is a great “value” PEMF mat, that delivers all of the basic and custom PEMF therapy requirements, while adding in the benefit of additional therapies. Whether you are starting to explore various PEMF products, or have been researching for a while, you can be confident that the Multi-Wave line is a solid choice all around.
We have included a comparison table below, which is based off our personally assigned scores the products displayed, for a visual on how the Multi-Wave mat ranks against the competition.
Healthy Wave Multi-Wave Mat
Healthy Wave Classic PEMF Mat
Bemer Classic Set
Best Value for Money
Best Price for a PEMF Mat
Best PEMF Therapy for Athletes
High Quality Far Infrared Therapy