The History of Magnetic Therapy
Magnetic therapy has been used off and on for centuries to treat a variety of conditions. And in the 1970s, when it was discovered that magnetic charges may affect human biological systems, magnetic therapy became a large industry in the U.S. and Europe.
Magnetic Therapy for Pain Relief?
Studies have suggested that magnets may help relieve pain in multiple parts of the body, including knees, hips, wrists, feet, the back and pelvis. Though results have been mixed in this regard, many people report positive effects from magnetic therapy bracelets and other devices.
Different Types of Magnetic Therapy
Multiple methods of applying magnetic therapy vary from clinical-style methods to those used in everyday products like magnetic therapy bracelets, blankets and shoe insoles.
Here are a few ways magnets are used to deliver possible benefits:
- Electromagnetic therapy: This method involves sending pulsed electromagnetic fields into the body. PEMF treatments are said to help relax muscles, reduce inflammation and more.
- Repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation: Using a magnet instead of an electrical current, this method was developed as a possible treatment for depression and other disorders. This procedure uses magnetic fields to stimulate nerve cells in the brain.
- Acupressure magnets: Just like traditional acupressure, acupressure magnets are used on the same points that are used in acupuncture.
- Magnetic products: Due to the perceived benefits of magnets, companies (like IonLoop) are thriving off of products made with magnets. Many of our customers can attest to improvements in the way they feel from their magnetic bracelets. Other products, like mattress pads, insoles, therapy pads, seat covers and bracelets, offer similar possible benefits.