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Magnetic therapy research
Bone healing with medical magnets
By Jennie Albin, CTB (1999)
If a magnet is placed over a fracture site the external magnetic field over
powers the weaker magnetic field of the bone. The bone, being paramagnetic,
assumes the identical magnetic field of the magnet being applied to the fracture
sight. Therefore the repelling nature of the two broken ends is overridden by
the magnet and the fracture sight comes together without resistance. Also, the
negative magnet speeds up the rate of healing by enhancing cell permeability.
Becker (1990) wrote about a bone growth research project which states,
“Osteogenic cells where the potential was negative would be stimulated to grow
more bone, while those in the positive area would close up shop and dismantle
Next a case study & a protocol are provided as further rational & future
direction for biomagnetic research.
RJ, had a spiral fracture of the left femur on November 8, 1998 immediately
following a left total hip replacement (THR). The client slipped in the kitchen
and broke her femur just above the knee. The doctor’s recommendation was to redo
the THR and replace the rod that resided next to the femur which was initially
used to help stabilize the hip. The doctor estimated that the client would not be
able to walk for 6 to 9 months following the surgery. The client decided against
this procedure and was told that the chances of the fracture healing effectively
were poor. The client decided to use biomagnetic therapy.
The following is the treatment protocol that the client followed:
Treatment: direct placement of a 4x6x1/2” ceramic magnet with a conventional
magnetization pattern and a gauss rating of 3,950. Client used an ace bandage to
attach the magnet directly over the site of the fracture & cast.
Polarity: Negative side toward the site of injury.
Duration: Approximately 24 hours a day except during toileting for 4 months.
Observation: Client stated that she experienced nausea and dizziness the first
2-3 days of using the magnet. Client was also using pain medication, Vicoden and
Tylenoc. At the two week check up following her hospital release the x-rays
showed that the fracture was healing. In February 1999 the client had a
follow-up visit which included x-rays and at that time the doctor confirmed that
the fracture was completely healed. The bone healed together, straight and
smoothly. The femur had healed in four months versus the prognosis of six to
This case study illustrates the potential benefits of biomagnetic therapy which
appear to have greatly influenced the quality and rate of bone healing.
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