What is Magnetic Therapy?
Magnet therapy, magnetic therapy, or magnotherapy is a pseudo-scientific, alternative healing practice involving the use of static magnetic fields. It is the application of the magnetic field of electromagnetic devices or permanent static magnets to the body for the purpose of achieving health benefits.
In layman terms, magnetic therapy is based on the theory that when delivered directly to the body, magnetic fields can stimulate healing across a range of health problems.
This holistic remedy is natural, safe, non-invasive, inexpensive and easy to use on your own. Magnetic therapy does not come with the negative side effects often caused by medications. It is a natural tool that can be used to assist in obtaining holistic health.
Magnet therapy is a complimentary therapy. It can compliment modern medicine and alternative therapies alike.
The humble beginings….
In recent times, magnets and electromagnetic devices have been gaining mainstream medical acceptance for their therapeutic treatment and diagnostic abilities. In fact, Magnets have been used in Chinese Medicine for thousands of years and are still used today by many practitioners of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM).
Though only recently embraced in the West, the impact from the magnetic stone on iron has been recognized since ancient times. Many ancient cultures have believed in the ability of magnets to cure particular illnesses. For numerous centuries the people of India, China and the eastern Mediterranean basin, as well as Australian aborigines and native Africans were all familiar with the use of magnets. Ancient paintings also suggest that the high priests of ancient Egypt utilized magnets in some of their religious grand ceremonies, possibly in magnetic bracelets. One can surmise from these findings that the therapeutic utilization of magnetism dates back to really early times. It’s little wonder that till this day, countless people have continued to vouch significant pain relief through the use of magnets for healing.
How does it work?
Magnet therapy is a system based on the idea that our bodies form an electro-magnetic field that respond to the healing power of magnets.
This is because iron makes up about four per cent of our blood content and every ion - or atom - contained in our cells produces an electrical impulse. These three elements make up our bodies own electrical magnetic field.
This means when the north side of a magnet - which is negative - is placed on an painful part of the body, it draws fresh oxygenated blood to the area of complaint, thus promoting healing of the affected area.
This creates a two-pronged result. As magnets are alkaline, it counteracts any acidity in the body caused by disease. In addition, fresh blood helps to remove any acidity from the body which, in turn, accelerates healing.
The magnets can be placed on very specific points on the body, usually over the painful area or acupuncture or acupressure points, nerves, joints or areas of injury. The application of magnets to a particular area of the body is believed to realign the body's electromagnetic field.
What can it do?
Practitioners and more importantly users of magnetic therapy strongly believe in the benefits of increased blood circulation, reduced inflammation, correction of energy imbalances, enhanced immune function, more restful sleep, stress relief and reduced or cessation of pain.
Though not scientifically proven in the treatment of the aforementioned, significant improvements by way of pain reduction have been noted in sufferors of chronic low back and knee pain arthritis, insomnia, inflammation, fractures, post polio pain chronic pelvic pain, abdominal pain, post surgical pain, wound healing, gastritic pain, carpal tunnel syndrome, tendonitis and many other symptoms.
The obvious benefits from the use of magnetic therapy accessories such as bracelets and necklaces can be summaried as follows:
Body cells subjected to magnetic force causes a transformation that has an effect in the treatment of nerves. Hence the wearing of bracelets on the wrist to allow the magnetic force to work in close proximity to the arteries.
A case in point would be fashionable magnetic bracelet or necklace accessories worn to affect the energy flow in the body. Powerful magnets embedded in the bracelets for example, allow for these magnets to be strategically placed close to the wrist to help increase blood flow to the nearby joints and bring healing nutrients such as iron and vitamin C and consequently, balance the bio-energy fields in the wrist and surrounding tissues. Improved blood circulation lessens the occurrence of swelling, provides enough supply of oxygen and get rid of harmful toxins from the blood.
Magnetic bracelets help relieve pain. Nerves subjected to magnetism produces endorphins which in turn helps to block pain.
Athletic Clinical Aid
The adoption of magnetic accessories in sports is becoming more prevalent, especially in various athletic activities where quick recovery are essential for competitive sports. Many sports personalities and athletes have started to endorse the use of magnetic bracelets to get an edge over fellow competitors in the firm belief that they help to reduce inflammatory occurrence (swelling and sprains) and improve athletes’ overall health conditions.
Is Magnetic Therapy Safe?
YES, it is very safe.
The World Health Organization (WHO) has confirmed that static magnetic fields pose no health risks at all. No complications have ever been reported with its proper use.
Should Magnetic Therapy Replace Proper Medical Carre?
NO, it should not.
- Magnetic therapy is not a cure for any disease, ailment or defect, but may potentially provide comfort or localised temporary relief of minor aches and pains.
- These products are not replacements for professional medical treatment for pain management options.
- It is not recommended to wear magnetic accessories near sensitive medical equipment or implants such as pacemakers, dorsal column stimulators, infusion pumps, or any other magnetically programmable medical devices.
- If uncertain whether these contraindications apply, individuals are advised to consult their health care professionals prior to use.
- Do not use during pregnancy as there has not been adequate safety testing.
Is Magnetic Therapy A Placebo?
Because Magnetic Therapy has yet to be scientifically proven and accepted in the realms of conventional medicine, it has been claimed to have just a placebo effect on users.
The ‘placebo effect’ is a broad term used to capture the influence that knowledge concerning an experimental manipulation might have on outcome measures. The psychological effects of knowing you are receiving a treatment may produce a beneficial effect on reported symptoms.
As it stands now, it’s been difficult to prove that magnetic bracelets are effective for reducing pain. Then again, it depends on the person wearing the magnetic bracelet. As pain tolerance is different in different individuals, so too is the effect of magnetic bracelets to their pain sensations.
As one user so aptly puts it ….
If the placebo effect works, who cares. I spend about 12 hours a day at a computer. I could not even move my fingers, do not even mention the wrist, because of the pain, and since I have a magnetic bracelet, the pain is gone.
A testimonial from Nick Kenny, a professional Rugby League player for 9 years.....
I first heard about Q magnets from the Brisbane Lions in 2008 when I was playing professional rugby league and struggling to recover from repeated calf strains. I was immediately impressed with my accelerated recovery from that injury. From then on, I continued to use Q magnets as an additional rehab aid for the remainder of my career with great effect for all types of soft tissue issues such as strains, corks and localised soreness.
Another user testifies as follows…
I can’t speak for humans but this is my opinion…. I am going to have to disagree.
I use magnets extensively on my 3 horses. I have 1 horse who is a competition horse, almost 20 years old (has competed in high speed events for 15 years), has horrible front feet and hock xrays. He wears magnetic boots for a few days, then I take them off for 1-2 days, then I put them on again (a rotation). He clearly moves better after wearing them for a period of time. His front feet do not hurt him and his trot and canter is even and light. When he hasn’t worn them for a few days, his front pasterns hold fluid and he is stiff footed and sore. Horses don’t lie and don’t know about placebos or band-aids. I don’t give him any meds ever and my vet says keep doing what I am doing… which s rotating him every few days with the magnetic boots.
I have another horse that I ride in a magnetic saddle pad. I can tell the difference in his movement when I ride him in it. His back warms up more quickly and he isn’t sore at all after working. I have ridden, trained and shown for 25 years and since I have been using magnets on my horses I can clearly see a difference.
For every doubter, there are many more users who have enjoyed a new lease of life from the benefits of magnetic therapy.
Only time will tell if Magnetic Therapy is truly "a new frontier of medicine".
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