Magnetic Therapy for Pain Relief by docstoc93


									Magnetic Therapy for Pain Relief

Although mainstream science has yet to recognize magnet therapy as an effective branch of alternative
medicine, an increasingly large number of people are beginning to use it as a supplementary treatment
for a variety of health-related conditions. Personal testimonials as to the positive effects of magnet
therapy are plenty, attesting to the general satisfaction of its practitioners. Those opposed to magnet
therapy often argue that positive results are merely a product of the placebo effect - but to that we say,
who cares? If the purpose of a therapy is to relieve the sensation of pain, and the therapy achieves that
purpose successfully, then the therapy - placebo or not - is an effective one.

The goal of this article is not to argue the effectiveness of magnet therapy, for that is another matter in
itself. Rather, we would like to provide you with an overview of some of the more common uses of magnet
therapy, focusing on the use of magnets as a supplementary treatment for pain.

Do note: when we say supplementary, we mean just that. Magnet therapy should not be viewed as a
substitute for regular visits to the doctor, recommended surgeries or medications, etc. It is generally in
conjunction with conventional treatments that magnet therapy can be at its most effective.

Modern magnet therapy products come in all shapes and sizes, and are made of a variety of materials.
Magnetic jewelry is an especially popular accessory, as it affords the wearer a fashionable and discreet
means of using magnet therapy. Other magnet therapy products include back and joint supports and
magnetic bandages, which are designed to offer more concentrated treatments for pain and discomfort in
specific parts of the body; magnetic insoles for shoes; magnetic seat and mattress pads; and a wide
variety of other products out there on the market.

Magnet therapy in its various forms has been claimed to produce positive pain relieving effects in the
treatment of a great number of conditions, including back and neck pain, arthritis, muscle soreness,
carpal tunnel syndrome - and the list goes on and on. NY Times best selling author Gary Null's Healing
with Magnets (1998) contains an extensive review of the various uses of magnet therapy for pain relief
and other positive health benefits.

Some people are so firmly convinced by the effectiveness of magnet therapy that they choose it as an
alternative to over-the-counter painkillers. One of the advantages of using magnet therapy as an
alternative to painkillers is that there appear to be no inherent risks associated with magnet therapy other
than the possibility of it being ineffective. Meanwhile, painkillers sometimes have side effects that can
result in serious health problems for users. The effectiveness of painkillers is also debatable, as over-the-
counter medications are limited in their effectiveness to begin with. Furthermore, users can build up
tolerances to drugs they take frequently, rendering them even less effective for pain relief.

To conclude, we state again that magnet therapy is not a proven avenue of medical treatment, but that for
many people it does act as an effective supplementary treatment for pain and discomfort. The best way to
test it is to try it out for yourself. Magnet therapy products tend to be relatively inexpensive - so get
yourself a bracelet and see what you think. If it isn't doing anything for you, then at least you've got a nice
new addition to your jewelry collection!

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