Magnets have been touted for their healing properties since ancient Greece. Magnetic therapy is still widely used today as an alternative method for treating a number of conditions, from arthritis to depression, but there hasn't been scientific proof that magnets can heal until now...
Due to large variety of magnetic products available today, many people get confused as to what is the right magnetic strength they should be using to achieve pain relief. Does strength really matter or can one just use any magnet?
Here’s a question that kat got asked via email a couple of days ago:
Hi, my name is Peter and I was wondering Why can’t I use ordinary fridge or toy magnets to relieve my pain?
An interesting question indeed. Why should you spend over £50 on a magnetic device if a £2.50 fridge magnet can do the job.
Here’s what Kat had to say on the matter:
Thank you for your question. Normal household magnets are not the same as clinical therapeutic magnets.
An everyday magnet such as a fridge magnet is very weak compared to a medical magnet.
The average fridge magnets measures about 250 gauss whereas the minimum magnetic strength you need to help treat pain in the body is 800 gauss – and remember this is the bare minimum strength required, most people will actually require magnets that are between 2,000 and 3,000 gauss.
Household magnets are not designed for their magnetic field to penetrate the tissues of our body, so will not help to ease pain, inflammation or alleviate symptoms like clinical therapeutic magnets will.
So if you were planning to use a fridge magnet to get rid of your pain, by all means give it a go! But don’t expect to get any results. Unless you have a fridge magnet that is 3000 gauss…
On the other hand you can try one these magnetic therapy treatments for six months without risking a penny.