Magnetic Therapy Posts

The Mesmer Hangover – A major source of stigma for magnetic therapy… since 1784!

Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815).

What would you say if I were to suggest that the unconventional practices of an Austrian physician from the late eighteenth century were a major contributor to an erroneous stigma on magnetic therapy, even to this day? You might think that’s doubtful, but wait until you learn of this extraordinary tale.

No doubt you have heard of the word mesmerize, but you may not be familiar with the originator of the term, a Franz Anton Mesmer (1734-1815). This is the incredible tale of a therapy he founded called Animal Magnetism. A therapy that exists to this day under the name Mesmerism. The history of medicine is full of strange claims and miraculous cures, but Mesmerism is still discussed over 200 years later and has now passed into the dictionary. In this article we go back to the source documents to discover what mesmerism is and how it became conflated with magnetic therapy.

Q Magnets: A Possible Magneto-Neuromodulation Therapy?

Neuromodulation therapies apply a therapeutic stimulus directly to the nervous system.

Ideally, neuromodulation techniques should be noninvasive, biocompatible, and spatially and temporally controllable.

Examples of magneto-neuromodulation are Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (TMS) and possibly  Neuromagnetics.

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.

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