Magnetotherapy is an integral part of physiotherapy treatments in Western medicine. It is one of the most commonly used methods of complex therapy for musculoskeletal disorders affecting the bones, joints and tendons. In recent years, it has fallen into disuse in this country, thanks to the ‘scammers’ who have conned many people by offering magnetotherapy as a panacea for everything. It is time to set the record straight: clinical studies have shown that magnetotherapy has beneficial effects, but not for all diseases! For musculoskeletal disorders, their use is proven and absolutely recommended.
History of magnetotherapy
Magnetism is not an invention of today’s doctors, physiotherapists and naturopaths. The Chinese used magnetic stones to harmonise meridians 3,500 years ago, Cleopatra slept with a magnetic headband at night in Egypt, and Hippocrates and Aristotle wrote about it in praise. In the 1400s, Paracelcus called the magnet a miracle of medicine, “the like of which cannot be found far or near.” Franz Anton Mesmer, a German physician in the 18th century, called magnetism the harmony of the life force.
The use of electricity, and thus electromagnets, began in the 19th century, but did not last long as medicine began to favour the newly emerging synthetic medicines. From the 1960s, however, magnetism began to be used again. The main reason for this was that people began to realise that taking drugs regularly can have a lot of side effects and that it is worthwhile to favour methods that do not have side effects wherever possible.
More recently, the medical science of medicine has been moving towards the 1960s.
The Swiss Eugen Konrad Müller and the American Harold Saxton Burr realised that the essential life processes of the body are electromagnetic in nature. Research into electromagnetism is ongoing. Robert O. Becker, a bone surgeon at the State University of New York, was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Medicine in 1980. His research has demonstrated that electromagnetic treatment can accelerate and improve the healing of bone fractures.
About magnetism in general
The human body has both a unique electric field and magnetic “radiation”. Its value is constant in men and rises sharply in women during follicular rupture.
The cosmic magnetic fields of the Sun, the Moon, and the Earth, as well as the technical force fields of electrical appliances and mobile phone antennas, affect your body. The forces generated by electrical equipment can disrupt the functioning of your body. The effects of electrical pollution, electrosmog, are not well understood today, but they are probably not beneficial.
Some indicative data on the magnitude of the magnetic force: the Earth’s magnetic field is about. In MRI scans, a magnetic field of 10 000 – 30 000 Gauss (=1-3 Tesla) is used.
The Earth’s magnetic field is approximately 0.5 G (Gauss), while the magnets used in industry are between 300 and 5000 G.
It has been proven that every cell in our body actively responds to magnetism and this is also used in MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) scans.
Magnetic fields can be weak (up to 0.001-10mT), medium (10mT-1000mT) and strong (above 1000mT). Weak magnetic fields include the Earth’s magnetic field, which has only a weak effect on human tissues. Medium magnetic forces cause temporary morphological and functional changes in the body. Persistently strong magnetic fields have genetic damage (they are not even used in medicine).
Magnetic field strength is now expressed in Tesla, the old unit being Gauss. This is why some devices still use the Gauss (1 Gauss = 0.1 mT). Magnetotherapy devices operate in the medium strength range.
Magnetotherapy is the application of the healing power of magnetic fields
Pulsed magnetotherapy is based on a low-intensity, low-frequency, pulsed electromagnetic field. It is completely harmless to the body. Because the intensity and frequency of the magnetic fields are constantly changing (pulsating), the body does not become accustomed to the stimulus.A mat, cloth, or pillow with coils inside, through which an electric current passes, provides the treatment. This generates the magnetic field.
Magnetic therapy has a biostimulant effect. It is not the magnetism itself that heals, but the energy production and regeneration processes of the cells and tissues in the magnetic field that are “boosted”
The magnetic field helps cells to function more efficiently. It speeds up the transport of nutrients and oxygen and the elimination of waste products. Electromagnetism increases tissue oxygenation, lowers blood pressure and pulse rate, improves bone formation and strengthens connective tissues, provides intensive blood circulation, stimulates protein synthesis, accelerates the elimination of waste products, among other things. Magnetism facilitates biochemical reactions.
Regularly providing this help gradually leads to healing. Magnetotherapy is not a fast treatment. Usually a course of treatment lasting a few weeks has an effect.
The effects of magnetotherapy
- relieves joint pain in arthritis
- stimulates the activity of bone-building cells in osteoarthritis
- accelerates the activity of bone-building cells and thus the healing of fractures
- reduces migraines, toothache, muscle stiffness
- stimulates cellular metabolism to accelerate the healing of wounds and scars
- reduces psychological complaints and stress, and is also excellent for improving sleep
- muscle relaxant, pain reliever, immune system stimulant, cell metabolism enhancer, as proven by clinical studies and tests
- the patient treated can usually significantly reduce or even stop taking painkillers
- benefit not only the bones but also the cartilage tissue. For example, in the case of knee or hip pain, it can not only relieve the pain but also help regenerate cartilage tissue.
Areas of application
- bone arthritis, Sudeck’s atrophy
- stimulation of bone fracture healing
- joint healing
- femoral neck fracture, femoral head necrosis
- stabilisation of the loose prosthesis
- assistance of ossification after prosthesis surgery
- inflammatory and degenerative joint and spinal diseases (arthritis, arthrosis)
- tendinitis, bursitis, fibromyalgia
- sports injuries, accidental muscle, tendon, ligament injuries, haematomas
- leg ulcer, burns, bedsores
- diabetic angiopathy (i.e. vascular lesions caused by diabetes)
- trigeminal neuralgia
- muscular stiffness (spasticity)
- sleep disorders, concentration disorders, stress relief
- relief of central muscle spasm after stroke
- fat metabolism disorders, increasing the effectiveness of weight loss
Magnetotherapy and tumours
Medical professionals often recommend magnetic therapy as an adjunct to radiotherapy and chemotherapy for treating tumours. While several studies have examined the issue, they found that, although 80-90% of treated patients reported improved well-being and relief from treatment side effects, they did not identify any measurable outcome for the tumours beyond subjective treatment responses.
According to those who oppose the use of magnetotherapy in cancer patients, magnetism causes cellular processes, including cancer cells, to accelerate and can lead to an acceleration of cancer cell growth. So far, researchers have not conclusively proven any of these claims. As a result, most medical experts do not recommend the use of magnetotherapy devices in cancer cases.
Magnetotherapy devices for home use
Magnetic therapy helps your body to heal itself but is not a substitute for medical treatment. Do not start self-medication without a diagnosis. Before buying and using a magnetotherapy device, seek expert advice!
As I mentioned above, magnetotherapy is a basic method of physical therapy for musculoskeletal disorders. You can use it safely and comfortably at home.
Magnetotherapy uses a magnetic field stronger than the Earth’s magnetic field.
On the screen of the device, you have to select a treatment from a list of medically verified protocols for the specific condition. For example, for osteoporosis you would select “osteoporosis”, for arthritis you would select “arthritis” and pressing the start button would start the treatment. This makes it extremely easy to use, while you can carry out the treatment in the comfort and intimacy of your home. No need to travel, queue or wait.
Do not use if you have a pacemaker or other electronic implant, after organ transplant, during pregnancy, cancer, epilepsy, TB, AIDS, severe infection, bleeding conditions, fever, infectious disease, mental illness, heart failure, thyroid disease, liver or kidney failure, overactive hormone disorders.
Treatment time is usually from 30 minutes to a few hours per day (!). A course of treatment can last from 3 weeks to a few months! In this article, I have written about the practical implementation of magnetotherapy treatment. I also list general treatment protocols for a number of conditions.
I recommend these magnetotherapy devices.
- 8 therapy programs (Fractures, Back Pain, Osteoporosis, etc.)
- PEMF (pulsed magnetic field therapy)
- 1 channel | 120 Gauss
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- PEMF (pulsed magnetic field therapy)
- 2 channels | 400 Gauss
- 41 therapy programs
- On the Go: chargeable from the car