Do We think Magnetic Bracelets Really Help with Pain?
1. Can magnets help with chronic pain?
Alternative medicine is now big business – no doubt about that. But then, so is modern pharma. And medicines for pains needs to be stronger and stronger to be better that the last ones, and stronger pain killers means stronger medicines with stronger side effects.
However, alternative medicines are not as well-regulated as the modern medicines industry, so there is no surprise that some claims are more than dubious, if not simply untrue.
This article is not trying to defend the alternative medicine industry, as we only sell magnetic bracelets. So, we will leave all other aspects of alternative medicine on the side.
While magnets for the purpose of magnetic therapy found in so many things like wraps, blankets, and so on, magnetic jewellery (magnetic jewelry in the USA) remains the most practical and easy way to go with magnets near the skin on a daily base. In this respect, magnetic bracelet would be the ideal tool to ease pain.
Now days people use magnetic jewellery generally, and magnetic bracelets mostly, to treat pain caused by arthritis as well as pain in the heel, foot, wrist, hip, knee, and back, and even dizziness.
So, where do we go from here?
2. Where the theory of magnetic therapy comes from?
The belief that magnets help to ease pain goes back to Cleopatra’s time. However, the roots of modern application of magnets for dealing with pain is going back to the Renaissance period, which started after the 1450s. While medicine before that time was largely based on theories, the Renaissance period was the age of discoveries, when medicine moved towards a more scientific approach, as physicians abandoned alchemy and superstition.
Observations were made by physicians on this period where the early and the basis of modern pharmaceutical developments – where things were tried, and the effects were recorded. Since that period, observation-based beliefs rose that magnets possessed mysterious energy, and they should wear a bracelet with magnets to relieve chronic pain.
But with advancements in modern western medicine industry, it became clear that magnets cannot be a good vehicle for developing expensive profitable medicines for the reasons discussed above, and magnetic therapy came to be maligned to be seen as worthless.
3. So, the question is do magnetic bracelets really work?
The problem with magnets is that they are generic. There is no way to re-invent the magnetic field and registered it as a patent – and so, there is no viable financial justification to conduct large scale clinical trials by pharmaceutical companies, as they do with medicines they cooked up in their laboratories.
So the scientific articles that claim that magnetic bracelets do not work – are on such small scale that they would never be acceptable as clinical trials which are required by regulators before approving modern medicines. What’s left is mostly pseudo-scientific small-scale REVIEWS – not clinical tests - which are pretending to stand shoulder to shoulder with large scale clinical tests.
The answer we have to this question is also not levelled up to clinical trials scale and details, as we are aware that not everybody who buy a magnetic bracelet is sending a feedback. We do, however, have stacks of emails, Product Reviews, and third-party feedbacks which are real life evidences that our magnetic bracelets help people with various conditions associated with arthritis pain and other forms of pain.
4. Are magnets dangerous?
The magnets we use are permanent magnets – and they are simply pieces of metal which were magnetised to 3,000 gauss level or their about. The number sounds very high, however, the gauss unit of measurement which is used in our industry is a very low scale – and even some fridge magnets will be stronger. That means that they are not even near the strength of magnetic field used in MRI machines and the likes.
Saying that, people that have electric implants like pacemaker or insulin pump should not wear magnetic bracelets. Also, children and pregnant women should not wear magnetic bracelets.
5. Our takeaway!
Despite the disapproval of magnetic bracelets in articles published on the web, we do think that magnetic bracelet can help ease pains.
Note that we do not agree with replacing magnetic therapy with modern western medicine (or even traditional Chinese medicine). All here at MPS are registered and make regular use of our local GP practice and the accompanied NHS services. Always. And we strongly recommend the same for you.
But sometimes even modern medicine could be helped.
For example, me, the writer of this article, had once an injury in the gym, where I caused some damage to a ligament in one arm by lifting too heavy weights too fast.
I went to the GP, who sent me to my local hospital to get treated by a physiotherapist. I was given sets of exercises and followed them for many weeks. At one point during my weekly check-up visits, the physiotherapist asked me what I do for living. When I answered that I sell magnetic bracelets, he suggested that I will try them. I did so, and the ligament recovered few weeks later. Did the magnetic bracelet helped the physiotherapy? physiotherapist said clearly: yes.
Maybe yes, maybe no.
And there is the problem: According to feedbacks we receive, magnetic bracelets usually takes a little time to have an effect. So – sometimes people will feel better after time regardless of the magnetic bracelet – but I am still happy I did wear it.
So: Go to your GP, go through the barrage of tests that they may send you through, go with whatever treatment the NHS has to offer. And in chronic pains, also buy the best magnetic bracelets on the web here, to complement that.