This is the first time I have written about how the mind affects our perception of pain and how that directly affects your experience of pain. I wanted to share this deep in depth knowledge with you because I know that once you understand how it all works you will have a fighting chance of taking control of your pain, for what may be, the very first time for you.
The mind is an incredibly powerful and beautiful thing. The mind controls our physical actions, our thoughts, feelings, experiences, and emotions. Your mind creates all that you see and all that you understand.
The potential of your mind is limitless. There is nothing that the mind cannot comprehend. You have the ability to experience, comprehend and interpret all of the living and non living in this world. Yet more often than not, the majority of life’s experiences pass us by because we choose not to see them. You control your mind. You decide what you will experience and what you will ignore. This is known as the conscious mind and it is what allows us to make decisions in our lives. The conscious mind sorts, interprets, rationalises and processes all the information it receives and the end result of this processing is the opinion that you form about your life experiences and this includes your perception of pain.
Your pain is unique to you and you alone
Every single human being perceives pain in a different way. There are no 2 experiences of pain that are alike. Your mind’s ideas, understanding and perception of your pain directly affects how you feel pain physically. Other people’s experiences of pain can also influence your perception about pain. By far the biggest influencing factor in your awareness of pain is fear. These are just a few examples of how your mind effects how your body feels and responds to pain, or more importantly the ‘idea’ of pain:
- A person who witnesses a lot of pain in others may well grow to fear it and therefore their fear leads them to feel more pain than others without fear.
- A person at the opposite end of the scale may see pain as a normal event in life, something to become accustomed to and thus has no fear towards pain. This person is most likely to have a high pain threshold.
- Men who have been raised to have a ‘stiff upper lip’ are told from very early in life that pain is a weakness and not something that they should show that they are feeling. This creates a fighting mentality towards the pain where the man must win at all costs. Men who have this type of upbringing have been seen to have higher pain thresholds than those without.
- In some cultures experiencing pain is encouraged. If you feel pain you vocalise the pain loudly. With this vocalisation of pain comes a greater experience of the pain process, it focuses the mind on the pain and as a result the person feels more pain.
Once bitten twice shy, when you feel pain for the 1st time your mind processes that feeling and keeps it ‘on file’ for future reference. Your perception of the severity of the pain recedes over time but the knowledge that it hurt and it was unpleasant remains. So the next time you are faced with a painful situation your mind instantaneously reminds you of how much pain hurts and how unpleasant it is and in that moment you believe that you will feel pain again and as a direct result of your minds suggestion hey presto it is painful.
Principle 1: Clinical magnets must be placed directly over the area of pain. If there are multiple pain areas each area must be treated separately.
Why it works: A magnetic field only radiates a short distance. Think of it like the ripples on a pond, as you throw a stone into the water the ripples are very dense and tightly packed around the point of impact but as the ripples spread out they get further apart and weaker until they disappear altogether.
The magnetic field works in the same manner in the body. The further away the magnet is from the area of pain the weaker the strength of the magnetic field and the less benefit is felt.
The rule of thumb is very simple; place a magnetic product/ device over each and every area of pain. If you have painful knees, back, hips and shoulders then you must wear a different device over each area. The magnet on your knee is not going to help your shoulder, back or hip. Each area of pain must be treated separately!
Principle 2: Clinical magnets must be an adequate strength for the type of condition, severity of the condition and the length of time the condition has been present.
Why it works: Every person’s body reacts to substances, chemicals and electrical impulses in a slightly different way. Some people absorb a magnetic field very easily and rapidly and will feel a very dramatic respond in just a day or two. At the other end of the scale a few people absorb a magnetic field very slowly and they will find that they have to persevere for as long as 6 weeks before their body responds to the magnetic field.
The strength of magnet required for each individual is dependent on the type of ailment/injury, the severity and the length of time the ailment/injury has been there.
You cannot overdose by wearing too many magnets; there is no limit to the amount of magnetic strength that you can use at any one time.
The magnetic field created from a medical magnet can’t harm the body. There is an electromagnetic current in all living things, including humans, it is essential for cellular function.
The magnetic field that flows from magnetic therapy devices is the same as the current that occurs naturally in our body.
As an example, an MRI (magnetic resonance imager) scanner used in hospitals for diagnosis purposes emits a magnetic field of around 450,000 gauss, (a medical magnet is usually a maximum of 3,000 gauss). People enter the scanner and have 450,000 gauss of magnetism forced through their body with absolutely no harmful effects
Principle 3: Magnetised (ionised) water must be drank in-conjunction with placing clinical magnets over the area of pain. This is to ensure that the magnetic field that is circulating around the body has the same effect on the inside as the magnetic field has on the outside of the body.
Why it works: All water in its natural state (from rivers, streams, springs that has not been treated by chemicals) is naturally magnetised. This is because the Earth itself is a gigantic magnet (gravity is a magnetic field) with a north and a south pole. All water before it is treated holds a magnetically charged by the Earth’s magnetic field.
The water that comes out of the tap has been chemically treated and transported in lead pipes; this destroys the naturally occurring magnetisation (also called ionisation) in the water.
By introducing a water magnet (shaped like a stick with a ball on the end) to your tap, filtered or bottled water for 15 minutes you re-magnetise the water and with it gain its substantial benefits.
Just 4 glasses a day is enough to see quite dramatic differences in a persons pain levels, but it can’t be used alone it must be used in-conjunction with magnets directly over the area of pain.
It can’t harm you and does not interfere with any medications or treatments and it does not alter your body in anyway.
Magnetised water has several very beneficial properties:
•It aids absorption of nutrients from our food,
•It aids digestion,
•It detoxifies the blood,
•It regulates hormone levels particularly insulin, serotonin, melatonin and endorphin,
•It lowers high blood pressure
•It increases the strength of the magnetic field at the point of pain
•It also speeds up the healing process by increasing the absorption rate of the magnetic field by up to an amazing 6-10 times.
Principle 4: Clinical magnetic therapy should be used 24 hours a day and 7 days a week until the pain has completely subsided and full mobility is regained.
Why it works: The magnets begin to work the moment you first place them on and as you keep them in place day and night it will only be a matter of 3-6 weeks on average before pain relief is felt.
What will happen is, as the magnetic field starts to reduce inflammation (swelling) and increase endorphin levels (the body’s own painkillers), to regain mobility and movement.
Over a period of days or a few weeks the benefits gradually increase .As long as the magnets are left in place day and night this process happens in 93% of people, who are using the correct device and strength for their pain.
Its natural be impatient and we all seem to live in a world of instant gratification, where we want results instantly.
With clinical magnetic therapy, however, you must be prepared to have a little patience and wait a short while for the results to become evident.
If you take the magnets off after just a day or two then no benefit or relief whatsoever will be felt.
Principle 5: Most importantly clinical magnets must be used throughout the night.
Why it works: When you think about it logically, sleeping on magnets makes a lot of sense. When we are asleep our body automatically slows down our heart rate and respiration rate, we enter into a rest phase our body doesn’t need so much energy to function.
The excess resources of oxygen and nutrients, that are available during sleep, are sent straight to the areas that need them the most, namely injured areas, it is at night-time when most of your body’s healing takes place.
Sleeping on magnets actually stimulates and enhances this natural process. The magnets dramatically boost the body’s natural healing process; reducing the time it takes for your pain to be resolved and for your mobility to be increased.
A recent survey which compared the success rate of ‘ordinary’ magnetic therapy with clinical magnetic therapy revealed that only 30 % of ‘ordinary’ magnetic therapy users reported any pain loss or improved mobility. Where as those using clinical magnetic therapy showed a 93% success rate of pain reduction and regained mobility.
You must understand that if you have tried ‘ordinary’ magnetic therapy and it didn’t work for you, you shouldn’t dismiss clinical magnetic therapy altogether because there is a very strong possibility that you were not using the correct magnet for your needs and the correct application of clinical magnetic therapy will work.