Research Posts

New Research Paper Explores How Magnets May Relieve Pain…

 

Pain signals are transmitted by tiny electromagnetic pulses via the nervous system.  Over the years, researchers have proposed many mechanisms for how static magnets might effect nerve cells (neurons) in a way that has therapeutic value.

Some suggestions like magnets attracting iron in the blood are just plain wrong. We have provided a theory of how Q magnets might alleviate pain here, the basis being changes to Sodium (Na+) and Calcium  (Ca2+) ions permeability across the cell membrane. The flow of Na+ and Ca2+ ions through gates within the nerve cell membrane are how these tiny electromagnetic pulses, called Action Potentials reach threshold voltage in order to discharge. The action potential is the fundamental pulse of the nervous system.

The theory of how Quadrapolar magnets provide pain relief goes like this…

Knee Pain – Acupuncture, Low Level Laser and Q magnets pain relief

 

Acupuncture is a popular complementary therapy for knee pain, however a recent study did not recommend acupuncture for chronic knee pain in patients over 50 years. In this article we review the research and show how acupuncture can be combined synergistically with Q magnet therapy as a supplementary treatment for even better pain relief (see references below).

 

We have had feedback from many people claiming Q magnets complement acupuncture for the relief of pain from knee osteoarthritis.

Magnetic Revolution: Why magnetism is a new frontier in medical research.

 

The use of magnetic fields is fast developing into a most promising area of medical research. Magnetism is cutting edge in the areas of cardiology (remote magnetic navigation, spatially targeted therapeutics), surgery (reflux management system), oncology (magnetic induction hyperthermia), radiology (MRI) and pathology (magneto-optic screening), while the use of medical magnets in pain management is gaining credibility amongst medical practitioners.

The principle reason for this magnetic revolution in medicine is science. That is, by testing, validating and refining the optimisation process. Innovation produces more effective technologies and their commercialisation improves the lives of patients. Magnetism in medicine has the added advantage of its non-invasive nature with few side-effects and relatively low-cost. Unfortunately, most people’s concept of magnetic therapy is bipolar magnets in underlays and magnetic jewellery, however these are just a diversion to the real innovation.

Good Medicine program investigates research on Quadrapolar magnets.

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) does not appear to be helped by static magnetic field therapy, but probably by PEMF…

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness (DOMS) is something very familiar to athletes or anyone embarking on a fitness campaign unaccustomed to strenuous exercise. There have been two studies looking at the effects of static magnetic field (SMF) therapy on DOMS and three with pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF). Looking at this research provides a valuable lesson in how varying the type of field and strength and duration of treatment will determine whether or not there is a benefit to the patient.

The first study by Reeser (See REF 1 below) looked at 23 non-active subjects who were randomly assigned to an active or placebo group. After exhaustive arm exercises, a relatively weak 350Gauss (35 mTesla) multipolar magnet (Bioflex) was applied around the elbow for just 45 minutes per day for 5 consecutive days. There were no noticeable differences in outcome measures between the two groups.

One could say, “of course there would be no difference”. The magnet used in the Reeser study was too weak AND should have been used all day in order to provide a therapeutic benefit.

Static Magnetic Fields May Have an Anti-inflammatory Effect at The Cellular Level.

 

This in-vitro (cell study) experiment demonstrated convincing evidence that exposure to a strong, inhomogeneous static magnetic field (iSMF) for up to 24 hrs has a significant inhibitory effect on the release of pro-inflammatory cytokines IL-6, IL-8, and TNF-α from macrophages as compared to negative, untreated control. There is also evidence that low-dose naloxone with morphine has a similar effect of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines (Lin, et al. 2010).  This suggests that the action of iSMF-exposure may be similar to that of serum morphine.

 

Concentration of Interleuken-6 released from macrophages

Concentration of Interleuken-6 released from macrophages

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