Magnet therapy involves using magnetic fields in certain ways to bring relief from pain and other ills to a person’s body. The reason it is thought to work is that the protein in the blood that carries oxygen to the body (called hemoglobin) has either diamagnetic or paramagnetic qualities which may react to the magnets.
The magnets are usually worn in jewelry around the ankle, wrists, as rings, or as necklaces. You can also get them as inserts for shoes, or incorporated into mattresses and blankets. There are creams and supplements, too. There are also ways to magnetize water. The way you use it depends on what your ailment is and what needs to be treated.
Many chiropractors and other alternative practitioners swear by the use of magnet therapy.
The best thing you can do is try it for yourself, see if you might add to the stories of thousands for whom it has worked.
If you are going to try it, consider the following:
* Do not replace current accepted practices with magnet therapy – you want to try it, but don’t replace conventional therapies for the magnet therapy right out the gate. Test how your body responds first.
* Try one thing at a time – Don’t go all in until you’ve tried one or two things. Try a bracelet, or a blanket, but not everything at once to see how it affects you.
* Don’t use if you have a pacemaker - If you have a pacemaker or insulin pump or other types of devices, the magnets might interfere with the way they work.
* Understand how magnets work – They come in different strengths called gauss or tesla units.
* Ensure that you understand how the different strengths work for various conditions so that you get the right kind.
* Scientific results are mixed – It’s hard to do a double blind test with magnets due to the fact it’s easy to tell when something is magnetized, so it’s hard to study this area. However, that doesn’t mean they don’t work.
* Buy from respected distributors – Be sure to find a well-respected place to purchase the magnets or supplements that you want to try, to ensure that you’re getting what you think you’re getting.
* Give it time – You’re not going to notice results in one day for anything you try for any condition you have. Give it at least 30 to 60 days to ensure you’ve tried it long enough. Try keeping a journal of symptoms to ensure you’re getting a true picture.
Remember that magnet therapy is still just another treatment, and for most people it is completely safe (other than those who have a pacemaker or insulin pump or other types of medical devices implanted in the body.) For everyone else, it’s safe, and might be effective. You won’t know until you try.