Research Posts

Pain Relief From Minor Aches and Pains and Getting Back to Your Sport Sooner…

Using magnets for pain to reduce the growing burden of pain.

Recently The Lancet published the most comprehensive review of disabilities caused by disease. As the population ages, the years lived with a disability is increasing, which is simply stating the obvious for anyone over 40.

In the top 10 of the diseases that cause disability (as opposed to death), measured in years lived with a disability were…

1.  Low Back Pain
4.  Neck Pain
5.  Other Musculoskeletal Disorders and
8.  Migraines

Illustrating magnetic field lines and depth of penetration for magnetic therapy.

Magnetic Field Therapy is a complete mystery to some. Adding to this is the invisible nature of magnetic fields and their poor understanding. As the prominent researcher in the field, Dr Janos Laszlo PhD observed…

Magnetic field therapy is a lot like sport. Few have adequate knowledge about it, while many have opinion or prejudice.


The challenges of designing a placebo static magnet for double blind clinical trials.

Clinical trials involving static magnets pose a difficult dilemma for researchers; how to “protect the blind”. That is, seeing you can’t hide a magnetic field, how do you prevent a patient from testing the magnet with, say a paper clip?


For studies like Vallbona it’s not such an issue, as subjects only wear the devices for 45 minutes and researchers can closely monitor subjects to make sure no one “cheats”. However, many times you want to see the effects over days or even weeks and you can’t keep them under surveillance 24/7. Segal tried to counter this with a weak magnetic placebo, but the strength of the field entering the body was significant at 72 mT. So there is an argument that this was actually a dose-comparative study and not comparing with a true placebo. In addition, a research paper by Greaves & Harlow noted that…

Quadrapolar magnet generating field gradient effects on kainic acid induced neuronal swelling


There are a number of effects produced by inhomogeneous static magnetic fields like that of Q magnets, the main ones being increasing the pain threshold and dampening sensitized nerves. The following study looked at the effects on cell membrane stabilization.

These effects at a cellular level could help explain the observations of Q magnet therapy on haematomas.

OBJECTIVE: Swelling is a final common pathway to neuronal death following diverse insults that damage the central nervous system. Here we have tested the effect of a static magnetic field on neuronal edema induced by the excitotoxin, kainic acid (KA), in an effort to identify a new treatment strategy.


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