In the middle ages, physicians used bulky permanent magnets sewn into their patients’ clothes to achieve therapeutic healing and well being. Due to the discomfort, these practices although very effective did not last very long. Hence magnet therapy fell into disuse. Today magnetic therapy has become much practical and it is fast again becoming a preferred method of healing and pain relief amongst complimentary and alternative medical practitioners.
Thanks to the development of new alloys, small metal plates of relatively high magnetic power are being manufactured. One such alloy is Neodymium which is also called rare earth magnet. It is the preferred type of magnet used for healing purposes and can achieve very high magnetic strength. A 5mm in diameter neodymium rare earth magnet can have a surface gauss of up to 3000. The only drawback of neo magnets is that they do tend to rust with time. Therefore, to increase their lifespan when used in magnetic jewellery, neo magnets are usually epoxy coated.
If you want to gain pain relief quickly and permanently when using static magnetic therapy treatments, observe the following rules.
Firstly, and by far the most important rule of all, is to place the magnets directly over the point of pain. If that is not possible due to the pain being in an awkward area for example on the knee cap, then place the magnetic product as close as possible to the point of pain. In this situation it will be using a magnetic knee strap either just above or below the knee cap.
Secondly, wear your magnetic product at all times if possible. This is nearly as crucial as the first point and is the main reason why magnetic therapy treatments fail to relieve pain. One should aim to wear their healing magnets 24 hours a day, 7 days a week especially in the first four to five weeks of the treatment. That way, the magnets will be permanently working towards relieving inflammation and reducing pain.
Thirdly, use the highest strength healing magnets that you can get. These magnets will produce the deepest penetrating magnetic field which will get right down into the muscles and tissues. Such magnets are almost always required when treating long term chronic pain.
Fourth, use as many therapeutic magnets as possible together. This will produce a wider magnetic field and hence will cover a larger painful or injured area on the body. For example, if you are buying a stainless steel magnetic bracelet, try to get one that has a magnet in each link and a bracelet that has the smallest link size. That way you are getting the most magnets for your money. Remember you cannot overdose on magnets irrespective of how many you use.
And remember; always make sure you ask what the strength of each healing magnet is in the magnetic product. You need magnetic products that contain magnets that are at least 800 gauss each or you might as well not bother!
I would like you to stop and just ask yourself 5 short and simple questions that will ensure you get the best use out of your magnetic device. I guarantee you that your answers to these 5 questions will be a deciding factor in whether your magnets reduce your pain or not:
. Question 1.
Did you have a consultation with a therapist or seek trained advice before
choosing your magnets?
Yes No N/A
. Question 2.
Have you chosen magnets which you place directly over your area of pain?
Yes No N/A
. Question 3.
If your pain is severe (i.e. you have to use painkillers or another form of
pain relief on a daily basis) have you chosen the super strength version of
your magnets? (e.g. super strength back belt or super strength stainless
steel magnetic bracelet)
Yes No N/A
. Question 4.
Are you aware that you need to use your magnets 24 hours a day, 7 days a
week until your pain has resolved? (except when using a mattress cover,
travel pad or bed pad)
. Question 5.
Do you think that a magnetic bracelet can help with pain all over the body,
regardless of where the pain is located? (e.g. back pain, painful feet)
Here’s what your answers mean and how they can help to relieve your pain and
discomfort, plus ensure that it doesn’t return…
Your magnets will only work to reduce your pain if you are wearing the right
type of magnets in the correct place. It is a common misconception that it
doesn’t really matter where you
wear or place your magnets, they will work on all your areas of pain.
If this was true it would certainly make my job a whole lot easier BUT
unfortunately it simply isn’t true. I can tell you with absolute certainty
if you aren’t using the accurate strength of magnets in the exact place they
need to be, you will feel very little effect and incredibly quickly become
disillusioned and believe that magnets are a sham and don’t really work.