Getting it Right: Using the Right Magnets for Magnet Therapy


Using the right magnets for magnet therapy is pretty much a standard thing to know when using this alternative form of treatment. You cannot use just any kind of magnet. Although, magnet therapy is in itself a very safe and non-invasive form of treatment using the right kind of magnet will produce better results. The therapy uses magnetic fields from the magnets to relieve body pains, muscle spasms, stiffness and even inflammation. The therapy is quite effective and a lot of people, millions in fact, will attest to how the treatment helped them cope with their pain. And more and more medical professionals are jumping on board and recommending the therapy as a complementary form of treatment.

There are different kinds of magnets used in this kind of therapy. Those horse-shoe magnets that we often see in comics and cartoons are useless for magnet therapies. The most common magnets for therapeutic use are the flat ceramic magnets or at best the neodymium magnets. Neodymiums are stronger magnets than the ceramic types and are probably the best ones for therapeutic use. The Neodymium magnets range in strength from N24 to N55 with the latter one being the strongest one. The stronger the magnet the deeper the magnetic field can penetrate the body. The deeper the field goes, the more effective the results would be.

Magnet strength is measured in gauss. Ideally a magnet used in therapy produces a field in the range of 200 to 2,000 gauss. Be aware, however, that magnets can sometimes have varying gauss measurements. The magnet surface strength might be different from its core so read the labels of your magnet carefully. Also, selecting a large and thick magnet with a stronger magnetic field can help reach specific areas better allowing treatment to work faster and more effectively.

When looking for the proper magnets, it is absolutely necessary to consider only high quality grades available in the market. Using magnets that are too small, too thin or just too low quality would result only to wasted time and efforts.

Another important aspect of using magnets in therapies is the difference between unipolar and bipolar magnets. There are contrasting views on which kind is better to use. Some say unipolars are the ideal kinds of magnets to use in therapies. However, since only one area is being used to penetrate the body you probably will need a very strong magnet to achieve significant results. This is where people who use bipolar magnets say that they have an advantage. By using two kinds of magnetic polarity, a magnetic field is created strong enough to go inside the body or affected area to induce treatment.

Using the right magnets for magnet therapy and positioning them in the correct areas can easily help aching feet, arthritic fingers and joins, back pains and even headaches. Again the key is to use the correct magnet with an appropriate amount of strength. But if pain do persists it is best to go and consult your doctor.