Magnet therapy uses magnets to help boost your overall health. It may also help treat certain conditions such as pain, menopausal symptoms and insomnia.
Every living body naturally has magnetic and electric fields. All cells have a small amount of magnetic energy in them. The thought behind magnet therapy is that by putting a magnetic field near your body, your cells are stimulated and the natural healing process is accelerated. It has been noticed that circulation improves, oxygen absorption increases, resistance to infections improves, muscle/ligament/tendon damage recovers faster, bruising and swelling reduces, pain alleviates, mobility improves, blood pressure normalises and most importantly sleep improves which further enhances health.
There are various applications for magnets – typically, in clinic I use small magnets on sticky plasters that I can apply to an acupuncture point to enhance the treatment. This is a very simple but temporary measure.
If you are interested in a more long-term solution I can also supply magnets to suit most people – these include magnetic insoles, seat cushions, eye masks, water sticks, coasters, jewellery and much more.
Whilst research is limited, there are a few studies (*see below) showing the benefits of magnets in relieving pain, additionally, millions of people worldwide have noticed significant benefits to this non-invasive, simple and affordable therapy. It is also worth noting that NICE recommends a form of magnet therapy for depression and rTMS is available through the NHS: NHS rTMS page
While it’s generally safe for most people to wear low-intensity static magnets, it’s not a good idea to have magnetic field therapy if you:
Side effects are rare but might include dizziness or nausea – simply remove the magnet for a day or so. Then re-apply for short periods of time to build up tolerance.
How long should I leave magnets on?
I recommend removing the magnet for at least a few hours every day so your body doesn’t become reliant on the magnet and is able to recover the natural healing process during rest periods.
The Office of Alternative Medicine of the National Institute of Health, Washington, D.C., awarded a million dollar grant in 1997 for the study of what has been, until now, largely an Eastern and European phenomenon. Medical use of magnets is a reimbursable medical expense in over 50 countries worldwide.
Baylor College of Medicine. Dr. Carlos Valbona in 1997 published a double-blind randomised controlled study of 50 patients who suffered from muscular or arthritis joint pain. 76% of the patients that were treated using permanent magnets, reported a significant decrease in arthritic joint and muscle pain vs. only 19% of placebo patients.
New York Medical College Dr. Michael Weintraub, a clinical professor of neurology at New York Medical College, released a study in 1999 that showed he had significantly reduced the foot pain that afflicts millions of diabetics. Using magnetic insoles, nine out of ten diabetics reported a decrease in painful burning sensations, numbness and tingling vs. only a 22% improvement in the placebo group.
Vanderbilt University Medical Centre found that between 80-90% of patients with pain related to sports injuries and accidents found relief after magnet treatments.