How even good articles make misleading claims about magnetic therapy

 

Media articles that cover magnetic therapy, almost without exception ignore, or in some cases ridicule the idea that static magnets can relieve pain. Articles such as Magnets’ pull yet to be proven, demonstrate this so well.

 

A very good article; You won’t believe how magnets are changing medicine  in My Body & Soul explains some of the exciting areas where magnets are being used in medicine.

 

However, it makes the mistake of pointing out that…

Magnets are often associated with easing osteoarthritic pain, but the jury’s still out on whether it works.

But then goes onto say that…

What science has proven, however, is magnetic therapy’s effectiveness at treating depression, migraines and heart arrhythmias

 

Using magnetic fields to treat migraines is an emerging and exciting therapy, but it could hardly be called a proven science. Further research needs to added to that already undertaken.

 

 

 

If the writer used the same standards with the published research on using magnetic fields to treat migraines. Then using the following five published studies, one could easily deduce that static magnets for pain has also been scientifically proven…

 

  • Hinman – The application of static magnets over painful knee joints appears to reduce pain and enhance functional movement.
  • Topa – In conclusion, the use of textile supports incorporating static field’s magnets was associated with a significant reduction in the pain perception and with an improvement of sleep quality in patients with osteoarticular pain syndrome.
  • Segal – After one week, 68% of the quadrapolar magnet treatment group reported feeling better compared with 27% of the control group. Whilst 29% of the active group and 65% of the placebo group reported feeling the same as before treatment (p<0.01)
  • Vallbona – Those who received the active device reported much less pain than those who had the inactive device.
  • Wolsko – there is scientific evidence that suggests static magnetic therapy can affect biological systems, thereby potentially affecting pain due to osteoarthritis.

 

REFERENCES:

Hinman, M. R., J. Ford, et al. (2002). “Effects of static magnets on chronic knee pain and physical function: a double-blind study.” Altern Ther Health Med 8(4): 50-55. PMID: 12126173

Segal, N. A., Y. Toda, et al. (2001). “Two configurations of static magnetic fields for treating rheumatoid arthritis of the knee: a double-blind clinical trial.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil 82(10): 1453-1460. PMID 11588753; doi:10.1053/apmr.2001.24309

Topa G, Ventra M, Dato G, Matonti C (2015) Analgesic Effect of Textile Supports with Static Field Magnets in Patients with Osteoarticular Pain Syndrome: Results of a Randomized, Placebo Controlled, Double Blind Clinical Trial. Orthop Muscul Syst 4: 183. PDF

Vallbona, C., C. F. Hazlewood, et al. (1997). “Response of pain to static magnetic fields in postpolio patients: a double-blind pilot study.” Arch Phys Med Rehabil 78(11): 1200-1203. PMID9365349; doi:10.1016/S0003-9993(97)90332-4

Wolsko PM, et al. (2004). “Double-blind placebo-controlled trial of static magnets for the treatment of osteoarthritis of the knee: results of a pilot study.” Altern Ther Health Med. Mar-Apr;10(2):36-43. PMID: 15055092

 

 

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