WHAT IS MAGNETIC THERAPY?
Magnetic therapy or magnetic field therapy is a type of therapy that uses magnets of varying sizes on the body. Magnetic therapy bracelets are said to reduce pain and cure various diseases. The subjects use these magnets on the body, individually or in groups. The magnets also work as belts or bands and wrapped around the knee, elbow, ankle, foot, or even the lower back. Treatment with magnetic therapy might last from a few minutes to weeks depending on the condition.
Magnetic therapy is believed to work because of the production of negative magnetic fields. These negative magnetic fields are produced from the negative pole of the magnet which is believed to increase oxygen availability and consumption to cells, thus creating a more basic environment in the body and increasing metabolism.
WHAT ARE MAGNETIC THERAPY BRACELETS?
Magnetic therapy bracelets are generally bracelets that are made from various metals that produce an amount of magnetic field that can be used to treat different diseases like inflammations (such as arthritis, etc.), myalgia, angina, and other pain-related diseases. But the most frequent use of magnetic therapy bracelets is by treating inflammations more on arthritis.
Studies on Magnetic Therapy Bracelets.
Copper and aluminum bracelets by Keats and Walker.
Copper and aluminum bracelets are the most widespread magnetic therapy bracelets today. These bracelets release negative ions that help the user relieve arthritis pain.
However, research findings showed copper imbalances in the serum in people suffering from arthritis. It is most likely a metabolic response instead of a cause for inflammation. With the popularity of magnetic therapy with copper, it is very surprising not to see many studies regarding the efficiency of these substances with regard to pain relief and cure.
One famous research conducted by Keats and Walker on copper and aluminum bracelets shows that the researchers randomized 240 arthritis patients and divided them into three groups.
Group one used a copper bracelet for one month then changed to an aluminum bracelet the next month. At the same time, group two used the same magnetic therapy bracelets but in a reverse manner. Group three didn’t use any bracelets.
From this study, Keats and Walker found that more test subjects reported their aluminum bracelet was less superior than the copper bracelet. This is because the copper bracelets lost weight by 13 mg per month on average.
Keats and Walker were unsuccessful in demonstrating any kind of positive connection between the weight loss of the copper bracelets and the predicted pain relief of the subjects. This study showed biased results, which led to the elimination of 68% of test subjects, due to their inability to comply with the experiment methodology.
Magnetic Therapy for Pain Relief by Stewart J. Richmond.
This study conducted by S. J. Richmond focuses on the effects of magnetic bracelets for pain relief caused by rheumatoid arthritis. Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic, autoimmune inflammatory disorder that usually appears between the ages of 30 and 50 years old.
Rheumatoid arthritis generally involves inflammation of the joints of the wrist, foot, knee, shoulder, or even hands. The inflammation causes swelling and irritation of the joint capsules resulting in mild to severe pain in the affected areas.
The research utilizes a randomized double-blind placebo-controlled crossover method. Each of the 69 participants had a diagnosis of the disease. The arthritic subjects had to wear a total of four bracelets. These include a magnetic wrist strap (Full Strength Magnamax), a weakened wrist strap (Attenuated Magnamax), demagnetized bracelet (demagnetized Magnamax), and copper bracelet (placebo bracelet).
The subjects had to wear bracelets randomly for five weeks. All participants followed controlled criteria to maintain the fairness and accuracy of the experiment.
Results showed that neither of the devices produced any positive effects to relieve the pain of the test subjects. Full strength Magnamax, attenuated Magnamax, demagnetized Magnamax and the copper bracelet that served as placebo had the same effect.
Not all devices were able to produce relief to arthritic patients. S. J. Richmond’s study proved that magnets cannot bring any pain relief to patients with inflammation. Although magnetic therapy side effects are not on record, the field still needs exploration to prove its effectiveness.
Magnetic therapy had become a popular alternative to people who suffer any kind of disease. Also, the therapy is cheaper than the commercially available drug in the market. As for studies, there will surely be magnetic therapy research in the future, which will likely justify the efficiency of magnetic therapy.
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