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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 osteoporosis:

For women:
• a lack of oestrogen, caused by
• early menopause (before age 45)
• early hysterectomy (before the age of 45), particularly when both ovaries are removed (oophorectomy)
• missing periods for six months or more (excluding pregnancy) as a result of over-exercising or over-dieting
For men:
• 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 problems
• malabsorption problems (coeliac disease, Crohn's disease, gastric surgery)
• long-term immobility
• heavy drinking
• smoking

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 medication.
    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 John’s 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.

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