Potentially Alleviate Symptoms of Pain
Recent research indicates that magnets assist pain relief efforts by stimulating ion channels, which in turn can lessen 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, and can be used as frequently as desired.
Magnetic Therapy Temporarily Reduces Minor Swelling
Magnets can offer similar relief to compression and ice packs 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 relaxed and blood flow temporarily increased. The research team then stimulated tissue inflammation in the rats’ paws and found that the presence of magnets at the site of injury potentially added to the results. 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.
Assists with Post-Op Recovery
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 many of the same benefits as ice and heat, without the disadvantages. Studies have demonstrated that strong magnets have the potential to reduce swelling, bruising, and pain, in those recovering from surgical wounds. In a study from 1999, doctors observed the effects magnetic therapy had on those that received plastic surgery. What they found were very clear instances of added benefits for those that used 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 start of recovery allows for its effects to begin immediately.
Magnetic Therapy May Help Reduce Some 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 had a comforting effect when it came to relieving the pain of those with Osteoarthritis.
Magnetic Therapy Is Good for General Well-Being
Magnetic therapy is a small part of the equation to maintain your wellness levels. The benefits are completely noninvasive and there are no side effects of 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 therapeutic source that generates 5 billion dollars in revenue worldwide. People everywhere turn to it keep up their wellness.