The 21 Most Common Myths And Mysteries
Essential must read information for anyone
who is considering using magnet therapy for pain relief
1) Wearing a magnetic bracelet will help with pain all over your body.
Magnets work most efficiently when they are placed directly on or over the area
of pain. A bracelet will help with pain in the hand, wrist and arm. The magnetic
field has a localised effect and cannot penetrate all the body at the same time
so cannot help to alleviate pain in other areas.
A recent trial has shown that wearing a bracelet may help slightly, but that is
because when magnets are worn on the wrist, close to the radial artery, they
help to stimulate and increase blood flow around the body which would result in
a minimal reduction to pain in other areas of the body away from the arm. If you
then compare this to the benefits of wearing magnets directly over the area, a
large percentage of people felt an 82% reduction in their pain.
2) Magnets aren't very strong if they don't stick to metal objects.
For a magnet to be attracted and attach itself to a separate piece of metallic
material it would need to have a large enough surface area. A magnet that has a
surface strength of 3000 gauss and is only 0.5 cm in diameter may not stick to
the scissors; the surface area of the magnet is very small in comparison to its
strength so that the magnetic field is concentrated to one area to allow for a
deeper penetration into the tissues. A magnet of 800 gauss and a diameter of 2
cm will stick to the scissors, but the effects of the magnet are not as
concentrated so the magnetic field would penetrate a larger area in comparison
to the smaller magnet but it wouldn't be as deep within the tissues.
3) The bigger the magnet the stronger the magnet.
A very small 0.5 cm diameter magnet can measure 3000 gauss or more and similarly
a 2 cm diameter magnet can measure 800 gauss so in the case of magnet strength
size doesn't matter. Magnets are available in almost every conceivable shape,
size and strength. What is more important is to be aware that a magnet with a
larger surface area will produce a larger magnetic field but if it is not as
high in strength then will not penetrate very deep into the tissues where as a
smaller magnet would produce a smaller magnetic field but if it is very high in
strength would be able to penetrate into the deepest parts of your tissues right
to the point of pain. Size is not the most important factor, strength is.
4) Wearing multiple magnets at the same time could be harmful.
There have been no known or reported side effects of any number of magnets worn
continuously. Magnets are natural and safe and the more magnets you wear the
more benefits that you will receive from them. There is no problem using or
wearing several magnetic devices at the same time. An MRI (magnetic resonance
imaging) scanner at a hospital works by using very high gauss (the unit of
measurement) magnetic fields which penetrate the entire body. In an average
scanner they use a magnetic strength of 15,000 gauss, when you compare this with
a standard healing magnet of 800 - 3000 gauss you will realise that they are
completely safe. There have been no reported problems with the use of this
equipment and doctors use them everyday.
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