Magnetic Therapy Posts

Is there any difference in using the north or south pole of a magnet?

magnet with iron filingsWe are often asked… “Which side of the magnet do I apply, the north or south pole?”

A more important question however… “Does using the north or south pole actually make any difference?”

In any case, the question is irrelevant when it comes to Quadrapolar magnets.

Magnetic field used to speed up muscle recovery

muscle injuryMagnetic fields are at the cutting edge of medical science in a number of areas. A team of researchers at the National University of Singapore have developed a device that produces an optimised magnetic field to stimulate the muscle’s energy production.

There are processes within the body that respond to what’s termed an electromagnetic efficacy window. In this particular case, the best effect for muscle recovery was achieved with a brief 10 minute exposure to a low intensity magnetic field of only 2 mT in short 6 ms bursts of magnetic pulses at 15 Hz administered within a specific time frame. See more about the therapeutic window of effectiveness in the context of magnetic fields here.

 

Why we don’t sell magnetic jewellery

jewelleryYou might be surprised to learn that in 2004, a clinical trial was published in British Medical Journal called ‘Randomised controlled trial of magnetic bracelets for relieving pain in osteoarthritis of the hip and knee’. The study concluded that…

“Pain from osteoarthritis of the hip and knee decreases when wearing magnetic bracelets. It is uncertain whether this response is due to specific or non-specific (placebo) effects.“

Some of the benefits of the magnetic bracelet were on par with front-line osteoarthritis treatments including non-steroidal topical creams and exercise therapy. However, the authors did not even suggest a mechanism for how the magnetic bracelets might have brought about this pain relief. Of course there are numerous other studies that show magnetic jewellery not providing any health benefits at all.

Why this Australian manufacturer of magnetic therapy devices agrees with Choice’s 2018 Shonky Awards

2018 shonky awardsNeuromagnetics Australia has no problem with Choice including magnetic therapy on the Shonky list.

Choice is an Australian non-profit organisation looking out for the interests of consumers.

Its annual Shonky Awards name and shame products and companies they perceive as taking advantage of consumers. This is our official Press Release on the matter…

Scientific evidence for magnetic field therapy

 

Many people ask, what’s the scientific evidence for using magnets for pain relief?

Like any medical treatment, the subject of evidence should address the question, does it work? But the bottom line is…do the benefits outweigh the risks and inconvenience and justify the costs? The simplicity and low costs of static magnets, certainly sets a low bar in this respect.

 

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