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Uses of healing magnets >Osteoporosis
What is osteoporosis?
Osteoporosis, or porous bone, is a disease characterized by low bone mass and
structural deterioration of bone tissue, leading to bone fragility and an
increased susceptibility to fractures of the hip, spine, and wrist. Men as well
as women suffer from osteoporosis, a disease that can be prevented and treated.
Osteoporosis is often called the "silent disease" because bone loss occurs
without symptoms. People may not know that they have osteoporosis until their
bones become so weak that a sudden strain, bump, or fall causes a hip fracture
or a vertebra to collapse. Collapsed vertebra may initially be felt or seen in
the form of severe back pain, loss of height, or spinal deformities such as
kyphosis, or severely stooped posture.
The bones in our skeleton are made of a thick outer shell and a strong inner
mesh filled with collagen (protein), calcium salts and other minerals. The
inside looks like honeycomb, with blood vessels and bone marrow in the spaces
between bone. Osteoporosis occurs when the holes between bone become bigger,
making it fragile and liable to break easily. Osteoporosis usually affects the
whole skeleton but it most commonly causes breaks (fractures) to bone in the
wrist, spine and hip.
Bone is alive and constantly changing. Old, worn out bone is broken down by
cells called osteoclasts and replaced by bone building cells, called
osteoblasts. This process of renewal is called bone turnover.
Causes of osteoporosis
We are all potentially at risk of osteoporosis because of the bone loss that
occurs as we get older, particularly as we are living longer as a population,
but there are also many other factors, which can increase your risk of
a lack of oestrogen, caused by
early menopause (before age 45)
early hysterectomy (before the age of 45), particularly when both ovaries are
missing periods for six months or more (excluding pregnancy) as a result of
over-exercising or over-dieting
low levels of the male hormone, testosterone (hypogonadism)
For men and women:
long-term use of high dose corticosteroid tablets (for conditions such as
arthritis and asthma)
close family history of osteoporosis (mother or father), particularly if your
mother suffered a hip fracture
other medical conditions such as Cushing's syndrome and liver and thyroid
malabsorption problems (coeliac disease, Crohn's disease, gastric surgery)
Magnetic treatment for osteoporosis
Magnetic treatments for osteoporosis follow the same rules that apply to the
treatment of arthritis. That is the magnets need to be applied as close to the
point of pain as possible. The same devices can be used for osteoporosis straps,
wraps, insoles, pads and jewellery. Because osteoporosis is predominantly found
in the long bones ( although all bones with low density can be effected) most
major load bearing joints are effected. For this reason painful symptoms can be
very severe as mobilising becomes extremely painful, to ensure the fastest
possible result from magnetic therapy super strength magnets ( 2500-3000 gauss/
250-300 m tesla) should preferably be used.
Fractures are very common with osteoporosis and magnets can increase the bodies
ability to heal bone fractures. If you sustain a bone fracture magnets should be
applied to the site of the fracture as soon as possible after the break. If the
bone is in a plaster cast then it will not be possible to use magnets until it
has been removed but as soon as the cast is removed magnets can be applied. They
will increase the rate at which the bone knits together plus encourage new
cellular growth around the fracture site.
Case Study John aged 79.
John began suffering with shoulder pain in January 2002, the pain was in both
shoulders and radiated from the collar bone to the base of the scapula (
shoulder blade). His GP treated him, with antibiotics, diagnosing a chest
infection. The pain continued despite a further course of antibiotics and by
March 2002 he was unable to lie flat and had taken to sleeping in a chair. At
the end of March 2002 John bought and adjustable bed and had his first nights
sleep in 7 weeks.
Struggling to continue with his everyday activities, John went on holiday at the
end of April. After 2 weeks away his pain had worsened to a point that he could
not manage to negotiate the airport terminal with out the use of a wheelchair.
Upon returning home he once again consulted his doctor, who sent him for an x
ray. The x-ray showed extensive osteoporosis in both shoulders and a hairline
fracture to the left scapula.
John commenced treatment with calcium supplements and the maximum dose of a
codeine based painkiller. He continued with this treatment for 5 months, but his
pain still remained uncontrolled.
John was seen in our magnetic clinic 6 months after being diagnosed with
osteoporosis. He was very depressed, had a pain score of 8 out of 10 ( 0 being
no pain and 10 being the worst pain imaginable), was unable to lift either arm
above his head and was chronically constipated due to the codeine based
A custom made shoulder strap was designed for John, as the centre of his pain
was difficult to reach with conventional magnetic devices. The strap contained
10 x 2,600 gauss/260 m tesla magnets which were placed down the shoulder blade
from the trapezeius muscle( muscle along the top of the shoulder) down to the
base of the scapula, 5 magnets per shoulder blade. John was also prescribed
magnetised water 4-6 glasses per day.
His treatment was reviewed after one week and his pain score was now 3 out of 10
and he had discontinued his painkillers. He had worn the strap for 24 hours a
day for the whole 7 days, only removing it to wash and then replacing it
immediately, his daily consumption of magnetic water had been an average of 8
glasses per day.
John was to say the least very pleased with his early progress and continued to
adhere to the treatment plan for a further 6 weeks. At his 6 week review Johns
pain score was 0 out of 10, his pain was completely resolved.
After the 6 weeks John continued to drink magnetised water but discontinued with
the shoulder strap. His regular consumption of magnetised water kept his
symptoms at bay. He only needed to use the shoulder strap after undue exertion,
like gardening and he found that he could remove it after just 1-2 weeks. John
did not suffer any further fractures of his scapula and continued to use his
magnets until June 2004 when he was unexpectedly admitted to hospital after a
fall and subsequent hip fracture, John sadly passed away in June 2004 from
complications arising from his hip surgery.
Uses of healing magnets >Osteoporosis
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