Many magnet advocates believe that magnet therapy helps them with anxiety issues. We at IonLoop present a “third party” study from researchers at the Wurzburg University Hospital in Germany that offer some interesting findings with regards to magnetic therapy. Please take a minute and read the summery and make your own conclusions…
It is possible to unlearn fears. And this works even better when a specific region of the brain has previously been stimulated magnetically. This has been shown by researchers from the Würzburg University Hospital in a new study.
Nearly one in seven Germans suffer from an anxiety disorder. Some panic upon boarding an aircraft, others find it impossible to enter a room with a spider on the wall and again others prefer the staircase over the elevator -- even to get to the tenth floor -- because riding in elevators elevates their heart rate.
What sounds like funny anecdotes is often debilitating for the sufferers. Sometimes their anxiety can affect them to a point that they are unable to follow a normal daily routine. But help is available: "Cognitive behavioral therapy is an excellent treatment option," says Professor Martin J. Herrmann, a psychologist at the Center of Mental Health of the Würzburg University Hospital. This form of therapy deliberately exposes anxiety patients to the situations they feel threatened by -- under the individual psychological supervision of an expert.
However, current studies have shown that this type of intervention does not benefit all persons in equal measure. Therefore, Herrmann and researchers from the Department of Clinical Psychology of the University have been looking for ways to improve the patients' response to cognitive behavioral therapy -- by using the so-called transcranial magnetic stimulation. In fact, a positive effect was found on the study participants treated with this method.
"We knew from previous studies that a specific region in the frontal lobe of the human brain is important for unlearning anxiety," Martin J. Herrmann explains the work of the Würzburg scientists. He goes on to say that initial studies have shown that magnetically stimulating this brain region can improve the effectiveness of unlearning anxiety responses in the laboratory. In its recently published study, the team investigated whether this also works for treating a fear of heights.
To this end, 39 participants with a pronounced fear of heights were taken to dizzying heights during two sessions -- however not in real life but using virtual reality. It does not matter that the environment is not real: "The people feel actual fear also in a virtual reality -- although they know that they are not really in a dangerous situation," Herrmann explains.
The scientists stimulated the frontal lobe of some of the anxiety patients for about 20 minutes before entering the virtual world; the other group was only administered a pseudo stimulation. The result: "The findings demonstrate that all participants benefit considerably from the therapy in virtual reality and the positive effects of the intervention are still clearly visible even after three months," Herrmann explains. And what is more: By stimulating the frontal lobe, the therapy response is accelerated.
These University researcher’s found value in magnet therapy of the brain for anxiety suffers. Obviously, it is not possible to where a magnetic brain stimulator 24/7, it is possible to wear an IonLoop magnetic bracelet that will increase the magnetic level in your body when worn. Your body has a magnetic field, perhaps more magnet power will help with many issues including anxiety. Perhaps you should give IonLoop a try…