Is Magnet Therapy A Treatment?
For a long time in history, people had been using magnets to relieve symptoms of certain illnesses. The system
is simply to apply magnetic fields to the affected body parts to produce its therapeutic effects.
The treatment had been recommended for relief of joint and muscle pains, inflammation
and stiffness. It had also been shown to help speed up healing and relief of sinus pains.
People also chose magnetic therapy as an alternative form of treatment for arthritis and sports
From testimonials of former patients, it even improves the quality of sleep. It also has one
obvious benefit. Magnet therapy is effective minus the side effects associated with pharmaceutical drugs.
To be therapeutically effective, a magnet therapy product must have a strong enough magnetic field to penetrate
much deeper than the injured area.
Manufacturers of magnets provide gauss ratings of their products. The gauss rating is the maximum amount of
magnetic energy that a magnet can hold at its core.
Thicker magnets with a large diameter produce a stronger, deeper penetrating magnetic field than a smaller and
thinner magnet with the same gauss rating. The overall strength (and effectiveness) of a magnet is determined by
its gauss rating, its thickness, diameter and spacing.
Past and present therapy
Various old cultures have been known to have used magnets for pain relief and other symptoms. Ancient Egyptians,
Greeks and the Chinese have been known to have used magnets for treatments of various illnesses.
In those times, however, the right sizes and weights of magnets that can produce noticeable effects are rare. At
the end of the 20th century, smaller and stronger magnetic materials became available. This led to the development
of modern-day magnetic therapy products.
How it works
First, the body produces small electromagnetic fields by the movement of charged particles called ions.
Resulting from the movement of these ions, our physical and mental processes are controlled, and the
electromagnetic balance of our bodies is maintained.
The imbalance is demonstrated in times when we are injured. The electromagnetic field is put out of balance and
pain and swelling are the result.
When magnetic therapy is applied on the injured area, both the capillary walls surrounding the muscles and the
connective tissues relax. This action increases the flow of blood.
More oxygen and nutrients are then carried over to the affected area that results in the restoration of the
normal ion concentration. This, in turn, relieves the pain and the swelling, and at the same time, promotes faster
The World Health Organization itself had deemed that magnet therapy is safe. In addition, it had been determined
that the therapy has no known risks. Also, there were no traces of side effects in all the magnet therapy
treatments that were tested.
The following conditions are found to react favorably to magnet therapy treatments. There were noted reductions
of pain and other discomforts in cases of arthritis, post-operations headaches (migraine) and pre-operations
It was also found to provide pain relief in sports-related foot injuries, fibromyalgia and relief in sinus
As usual, medical experts strictly prohibits the use of magnet therapy on people who are pregnant, wearing
pacemakers, defibrillator, insulin pump or some other electronic medical device.