Magnets have been used for centuries to manage pain in various parts of the human body, primarily the pain associated with arthritis. Today, a wide variety of magnetic devices are sold to help with pain relief, including bracelets, shoe insoles, mattress covers, pillow pads, necklaces, rings, straps, wraps, supports, and eye masks. The magnets incorporated into these devices are made from materials such as iron or metal alloys, have a permanent magnetism (unlike electromagnets which only have magnetic properties when electrified), and can be applied to the skin directly in the area where pain occurs.
Whether it’s a dull ache, or such severe pain that it diminishes your quality of life, many people suffer from some type of persistent, chronic pain every day. Reaching for over the counter or prescription painkillers too often to treat your pain, can come with serious side effects. Magnetic jewelry is gaining popularity as a viable pain relief alternative for people who want to avoid the side effects of drugs.
How Magnetic Jewelry Relieves Pain
You might be wondering how a simple looking piece of jewelry can actually provide pain relief. Magnetic jewelry helps to relieve pain in two different ways.
First, some types of pain are caused by the expansion of blood vessels – the magnetic field emitted from a piece of magnetic jewelry shrinks those blood vessels, thus relieving the pain.
Magnetic jewelry also increases circulation, flushing toxins from the area. Since toxic inflammation is a major source of pain, this is the second way magnetic jewelry eases chronic pain.
Which Type Is Right for You?
The type of magnetic jewelry you’ll need depends on where your pain is. Here are some general guidelines to help you decide which type is right for you.
Necklaces are great for headaches, pain in the back, neck, or shoulders, as well as tension in the jaws. People who feel chest pain from anxiety or panic attacks often find relief from magnetic necklaces too.
Bracelets relieve pain from carpal tunnel syndrome, tennis elbow, shoulder tension, and tendinitis or arthritis in the wrists and arms. Magnetic bracelets also help to ease pain from numbness in the hands and fingers.
Anklets can provide significant pain relief for the lower back, legs, knees, ankles, and feet. They can relieve pain caused by numb legs or feet, and have been shown to help with painful water retention in the lower extremities.
Varying Pain Relief Strengths
The pain relieving strength of a piece of magnetic jewelry depends on three factors – the gauss rating of the magnets, the size of the magnets, and how many magnets are in a particular piece of jewelry.
For mild pain, a lower gauss rating, with smaller size magnets, and perhaps just one or two magnets per piece of jewelry should be sufficient to provide some pain relief. However, if you have severe pain, you should choose a piece of magnetic jewelry with a very high gauss rating, larger magnets, and several magnets combined to provide higher pain killing power.
If you’re tired of suffering from chronic pain, but don’t want to spend the rest of your life popping pills, try magnetic jewelry. It might provide the pain relief you’re looking for to get you back to feeling more normal, without the risks.
What Does the Research Say?
Whatever the mechanisms of pain-reducing magnetic devices, there is a evidence that magnets do work, and a 2004 study conducted by British researchers appears to agree. Dr. Tim Harlow and his fellow scientists followed 194 confirmed osteoarthritis patients for over two years, regularly charting their perception of pain. Of the three participant groups, one group wore non-magnetized bracelets, another wore weakly magnetized bracelets, while the third wore bracelets that were strongly magnetized (with a strength of 170 to 200 m Tesla). Results suggested that non-magnetized and weakly magnetized bracelets showed no or little pain relief, while the strongly-magnetized bracelets showed a significant reduction in the reporting of pain symptoms.
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