Magnet therapy or magnetic therapy is a non-invasive alternative medicine practice involving the use of static magnetic fields to the body for therapeutic purposes.
It is recognized by The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) as a form of Energy Medicine. The NCCAM states: "Static magnets have been used for centuries in efforts to relieve pain. Numerous anecdotal reports have indicated that individuals have experienced significant, and at times dramatic, relief of pain after the application of static magnets over a painful area."
HEALING POWER OF MAGNETS
Magnetic fields work much more quickly and effectively than heat, infrared light, anti-inflammatory drugs, trigger-point injections or microwave diathermy. It's likely to be four or six months before an injured skier or other athlete is back in play again from the conventional treatment of ice, followed by heat to reduce swelling. Heat alone will not stimulate therapeutic repair of injured tissue or muscle. An ample supply of nutrient-rich blood is needed. Healing requires resumption of normal blood flow to the injured site, not simply pain relief.
In magnet therapy, knee braces can be removed more quickly; weightlifters can reduce lower back pain; sciatica (inflammation of sciatic nerve running down the hip and thigh) and carpal tunnel syndrome can be relieved.
Osteopathic physician Sanford Paul, Mercerville NJ, is convinced of the effectiveness of magnetic therapy. "Though I use conventional medical methods I find that the application of biomagnets has helped in some difficult traumatic-injury cases. I feel that biomagnets should be part of the total armamentarium of future physicians," he says. However, "Unless used properly, their value is no greater than that of a regular magnet."
Orthopedic chiropractor Kurt Vreeland, White River Junction, Vermont, physician for the U.S. Olympic ski jumping team, uses magnets for ski and other injuries. "I have used magnets with good results on everything from rotator cuff injuries to what they used to call in football 'hip-pointer'.
Article by Richard Dean Jenkins, Fitness Magazine, February 1992
There are many magnet therapy products on the market. People use magnetic mattresses for pain reduction, and to increase their energy level. Necklaces may also increase your energy, but they also increase the amount of oxygen you take into your bloodstream.
Other magnetic products are: magnetic supports and braces, magnetic pads for any body area, spot magnets, magnetic insoles, magnetic pillows and seat cushions, magnetic jewelery, even magnetic products for pets,etc.
To get the benefits, the magnetic field should extend far from the surface, otherwise the magnetic force will not penetrate into your body.
When buying magnetic products, make sure you are buying them from a professional company that provides quality.
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