Magnetic Therapy Benefits
What is Magnetic Therapy?
If you were to do some quick research into the history of the use of magnets in medicine you would find mentions of it dating as far back as 2000 B.C. being used by the Aztecs, Mayans, and the Chinese. Wherever there is mainstream medical treatment, there are also alternative methods being pursued at the same time. Magnetic therapy, a science focused on maintaining the body’s proper electromagnetic field to promote healing, has always been at the forefront of the alternative medicine discussion. In the 14th century, an alchemist named Paracelsus postulated that because magnets were able to attract iron, they may also be able to attract diseases and pull them out of the body. Our advancement in society has improved our understanding of the way things work in our world, magnets included. This has allowed us to tap into the healing principles of magnets and apply them in ways that have beneficial effects without being harmful or invasive to the user.
Magnets are simple and effective. When a magnet is placed anywhere on the body, it promotes increased blood circulation. This increased blood flow helps to deliver more nutrients to your body and flush out toxins and contaminants. The magnet also relaxes surrounding muscles and tissue, enabling your body to heal more efficiently. Magnets offer an all-natural form of pain relief that can be used as frequently as necessary with no side effects. Research has shown that magnetic therapy reduces swelling, alleviates symptoms of osteoarthritis, fights infections, and speeds up healing after injury or surgery.
Natural Pain Relief
Recent research indicates that magnets relieve pain by stimulating ion channels, which in turn reduce or block nerve pain signals. This process works because of the relationship between magnets and ions. Ions are electro-chemicals with positive or negative charge. The movement of ions through cellular gateways (known as “ion channels”) controls your body’s pain signals, muscle contractions, and countless other biological processes. We can alter our ion channels chemically, using drugs, manually, using electrical stimulation, and naturally, using magnets. Magnets have a number of notable advantages: they are safe, non-invasive, long-lasting, have no side effects, and can be used as frequently as desired. When strong, high-quality magnets are applied correctly, they are effective at naturally relieving pain up to 90% of the time.
Magnetic Therapy Reduces Swelling
Magnets may soon replace compression and ice packs as the optimal treatment choice for common sprains, bumps, and bruises. In 2008, researchers at the University of Virginia investigated the ability of localized magnets to reduce swelling when applied immediately after an inflammatory injury. The researchers found that, by placing strong magnets close to rats’ blood vessels, they could induce blood vessel relaxation and increase blood flow. The research team then simulated tissue inflammation to the rats’ paws and found that immediately applying magnets to the site of injury led to significant reduction in swelling. Once the swelling is reduced, the injury heals faster and the subject feels less pain. The ability to reduce swelling is a finding that would be applicable to common health issues that revolve around joint problems such as Arthritis and Fibromyalgia. (1)
Healing After Injury or Surgery
After injury or surgery, the most traditional recommendation is to alternate application of ice and heat. Ice and heat relieve pain and heal an injured area by affecting blood flow. These traditional methods work, but they take a significant period of time to radiate through muscle tissue and actually start working. In addition, both ice and heat require pauses in treatment, increasing the opportunity for swelling to return. Magnetic therapy offers the same benefits as ice and heat, without the disadvantages. Studies have demonstrated that strong magnets can reduce swelling and bruising, decrease pain, and increase the healing time needed for surgical wounds. In a study from 1999, doctors observed the effects magnetic therapy had on postoperative patients that received plastic surgery. What they found were very clear instances of benefits for those treated with magnets. They reported that there was a reduction in pain, less discoloration, and a reduction of edema in patients treated with magnets. The magnets ability to be present at the time healing begins allows for its effects to begin immediately.(2)
Magnetic Therapy Reduces the Symptoms of Osteoarthritis
In 2004, a study was conducted with 194 men and women between the ages of 40-84 with Osteoarthritis. The goal of the study was to determine the effectiveness of a commercially successful magnetic bracelet on their levels of pain. What they found after 12 weeks was that pain was decreased in wearers of the magnetic bracelets by 1.3 points with a confidence level of 95%. Wearers of the placebo bracelets experienced no reduction of pain or discomfort. It was reported that that the magnetic bracelets proved to have a comforting effect when it came to managing the pain of those with Osteoarthritis.(3)
Magnetic Therapy Helps General Well-Being
Magnetic therapy has the ability to help regulate your body and maintain its proper state to ensure that you remain healthy. The benefits are completely noninvasive and there are no side effects for continuous usage. The history of magnets is widely discussed and researched for medical purposes. The technology is always evolving and being applied in new ways. It is a widely believed, natural source of healing that generates 5 billion dollars in revenue worldwide. People everywhere have turned to their healing abilities and continue to do so every day.