Magnetic Therapy Posts

Use of magnets post-surgery

 

We get many enquiries from people wanting to know how magnets might help after surgery and particularly for nerve regeneration.

 

The most relevant study looking at the use of static magnets post-surgery is by Man et al. This showed reduced postoperative pain, less need for pain medication and faster recovery. See summary of study here and references below.

Magnetic Therapy Contraindications

For most people, the exposure to static magnetic fields is considered very safe. Probably the most serious risk is for those who have a pacemaker. In fact, one published study stated that small Neodymium magnets (around 10mm in size) needed to be as close as 3cm (just over an inch) to interfere with a pacemaker. Here is a comprehensive list of warnings…

Magnetic Therapy Contraindications…

IF YOU HAVE chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of an ischemic attack or heart attack do not use static magnets until you have been seen by a physician. If you suspect an UNDERLYING MEDICAL PROBLEM, or your pain is severe and cannot be relieved with the use of static magnets, please consult your health care provider.

With magnetic therapy – Is bigger always better? Is stronger always superior?

 

Using a big hammer to tap in a small tack is not the best tool for the job, so too the biggest and strongest magnet is not always the best option for pain relief.

 

Thor-Hammer

Device Selection – Which magnet to use? Quadrapolar, Hexapolar or Octapolar

 

There are three different types of multipolar Q magnets to choose from…

  1. Quadrapolar – 4 alternating poles
  2. Hexapolar – 6 alternating poles
  3. Octapolar – 8 alternating poles
    (See table below)

What they all have in common (and what sets them apart from common bipolar magnets) are interpole boundaries that produce steep magnetic field gradients. This is where the research suggests the main pain relieving and tissue healing properties of a static magnetic field reside.

The research clearly shows that Quadrapolar magnets have physiological effects that are not shared with your common bipolar magnets.

How long do I need to wear Q magnets before they begin to work?

Response times will vary depending on the condition being treated. The main theories for how Q magnets work areā€¦

  1. Dampening down over active nerves (C-fibres), which may take effect in minutes to assist with the temporary relief of minor aches and pains.
  2. Promoting healing, which may allow you to get back to your favourite physical activities sooner.

 

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