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#23 Magnetic Therapy – Truth or Fiction

What is Magnet Therapy?

Magnet therapy involves using magnetized equipment or magnets themselves to transmit electromagnetic energy into one’s body to obtain healing benefits. It has been deemed as a helpful treatment for neuropathy because not only does it treat pain, it also aids in repairing the cause of pain.

It is believed that interactions between the body and its surrounding electromagnetic fields must be balanced to maintain good health.

graphic of a horseshoe magnet with "magnetic waves" displayed on each end.
Magnetic Therapy has been used for millennia. Image Source: cdn.pixabay.com

Three Benefit Claims of Magnetic Therapy

  1. Increased Circulation: Magnetic therapy has been proven to increase blood flow in areas treated by the magnetic field. This increase in capillary circulation allows more fresh, oxygenated blood to be exchanged in capillaries which in turn removes lymph, lactic acid, and other interstitial fluids and chemicals that may be causing pain.
  2. Decreased Pain: Magnetic therapy is theorized to relieve pain by assisting in the relaxation of capillary walls, thereby boosting blood flow to pained areas. In addition, it is said that magnets may prevent muscle spasms that underlie many forms of pain by interfering with muscular contractions and electrochemical reactions that transmits pain messages to the brain.
  3. Increased Energy: Application of a magnetic field can replenish magnetic deficiencies in cells which have become depolarized. This supplementary magnetic energy re-polarizes cells and furthermore increases energy.

Magnetic Therapy Treatment Options

Pulsed magnetic therapy: uses pulsed electromagnetic field therapies PEMF to turn on the body’s ability to regenerate bone, muscle, and nerve tissues as well as reduce inflammation. This is done by depolarizing, re-polarizing, and hyper-polarizing neurons.

Static magnetic field therapy: consists of a magnet attached to the skin via permanent application to improve blood flow in underlying tissues.

Magnetic molecular energizer: a machine that transmits powerful electromagnetic energy which encourages the body to heal faster.

Healing magnets: magnetic products can be purchased and worn (as jewelry, insoles, etc.) to obtain healing benefits. The five types of magnets most commonly used in this practice is flexible magnetic rubber, ceramic magnets, neodymium magnets, samarium cobalt magnets, and lastly, hematite magnets.

 Acupuncture needles: magnetized needles can be used to treat energy pathways in the body.

Who Shouldn’t Undergo Magnetic Therapy?

There are some people who should not use magnetic therapy, they include: young children and pregnant women; people with medical devices or implants with a magnetic field (ex: pacemaker); and, people undergoing magnetic resonance imaging (MRI).

Scientific vs. Anecdotal Evidence

As of January 2022, there isn’t strong scientific evidence to support the effectiveness of this therapy for treating peripheral neuropathy. While some studies and anecdotal reports suggest that magnetic therapy may provide pain relief and improve symptoms in some individuals with neuropathy, the evidence is limited and inconclusive.

Peripheral neuropathy is a complex condition with various underlying causes, and treatment approaches that work for one person may not necessarily work for another. Therefore, it’s essential for individuals considering magnetic therapy or any alternative treatment to consult with a healthcare professional to discuss the potential benefits, risks, and alternatives.

Research into the effectiveness of magnetic therapy for peripheral neuropathy is ongoing, and future studies may provide more clarity on its efficacy. In the meantime, we suggest individuals with neuropathy explore evidence-based treatment options recommended by their healthcare providers, which may include medications, physical therapy, lifestyle modifications, and other interventions that have been shown to be effective in managing neuropathic symptoms.

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References

  1. Does Magnetic Therapy Work and Benefits. (n.d.). Retrieved July 25, 2017, from http://www.magnetictherapymagnets.com/does-magnetic-therapy-work-benefits.html
  2. Magnetic Therapy Research: Foot Pain and Diabetic Neuropathy. (n.d.). Retrieved July 25, 2017, from https://www.energiamagnetica.com/magnetic-therapy-research/podiatric
  3. Treatments for Neuropathy. (n.d.). Retrieved July 25, 2017, from http://www.peripheralneuropathytreatments.com/neuropathy-magnets.htm
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