Magnetic Therapy for Arthritis

Magnetic Therapy for Arthritis

Arthritis is a painful condition and, in order to treat it without medicine, many people look to alternative holistic therapies. One of these treatment options is called magnetic therapy.

There are few reasons why people think this therapy works to relieve pain. Magnetic therapy is said to reduce pain by helping increase circulation. Another reason is because magnets help restore the balance between cell death and growth. Some think that the iron in the blood acts as a conductor to help spread the magnetic energy through the body. Because there is an increase in blood flow with the magnets, it helps create an increase in oxygen and other nutrients to the tissues. Magnets might also affect how the cells respond to pain and how the brain perceives pain. It’s possible that magnets also help with white bloods cells, which help fight infection and inflammation.

In addition to arthritis, many claim that magnets help with carpal tunnel syndrome and tendinitis. For static magnetic therapy to work, the magnets can be worn as a bracelet or taped to the affected joint. They can also be built into another object, such as a shoe or mattress.

In 1979, electromagnets were approved by the FDA for helping treat bone fractures that haven’t healed properly. However, there have been different studies that attempt to prove the effectiveness of magnets for arthritis and, while some say that this therapy works, there is not enough evidence either way to form a conclusion. During these studies, experts believe that any good effects from the magnets come from the placebo effect.

A study in England did show some pain relief with different strength magnets. They randomly assigned standard magnetic field bracelets, weaker magnetic field bracelets and look alike non-magnetic bracelets. Pain dropped for those wearing the magnetic bracelets and the study found there was no difference between the standard magnets and the weaker ones. Researchers believe this is because the weaker magnets still had enough magnetic energy in them to provide results.

The studies did note that the magnetic therapy has no adverse effects and can be considered safe for those that want to try and see if they achieve a placebo effect. Those that have pacemakers or insulin pumps should not use magnetic therapy, since it could interfere with those devices. Magnetic therapy should be used as an additional treatment along with conventional medical approaches. Be sure to see a doctor before beginning magnetic therapy.

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