Monday, March 14, 2011


Treating Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Tendonitis Using Magnet Therapy

Repetitive strain injuries (also known as RSIs) occur because of repetitive physical movements which result in damage to tendons, nerves, muscles, and other body connective tissues. Jobs varying from movers to musicians often suffer from characteristic RSIs that are due to the specific tasks they repeatedly perform. The increase in the use of computers and light-touch keyboards that allow for very fast typing have caused an epidemic of RSIs of the hands, wrists, and arms. The use of pointer devices, such as mice, are one of the primary culprits. The countless repetition of keystrokes and extended periods of holding and dragging a mouse slowly but surely causes damage to the body.

Tendonitis most often occurs in the hands, wrists, and elbows, though it may happen to any joint. Other conditions are often connected with inflammation of tendons, including Tenosynovitis. Tendonitis causes pain and tenderness. The resulting scarring could keep the affected limbs or appendages from moving through their normal range of motion. The increase in pain and stiffness is often quite gradual, except in the case of the injury being the result of a sudden tearing. The most widespread common factor is an overloading of the tendon due to repetitive motion.

The carpal tunnel is a pathway through the wrist created by the 8 bones of the wristand the transverse carpal ligament, a thick piece of connective tissue which stretches across the top of the pathway. Inside this tunnel are tendons that connect from the forearm muscles and act to flex your appendages. Also, the median nerve, goes through this tunnel.

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure to the the median nerve, generally due to the tendons being swollen and filling in this pathway. This nerve is highly sensitive to pressure. Repeated extending and flexing of the wrist is usually the cause of inflammation which results in too much pressure being placed on the nerve.

The primary goal with treating RSI's, including tendonitis and carpal tunnel syndrom is to relieve the inflammation surrounding the tendons, nerves, muscles and other tissues, in addition to repairing the damaged tissues. While traditional treatments ceneter around the use of painkillers, rest, splints, or even surgery, magnetic therapy acts to treat the core inflammation which is perpetuating the injury. Typical magnet therapy treatments will generally include:


Magnets should generally be placed directly over the area of the injury. Generally, some type of wrap or bandage is used to affix the magnets, as they can also give some support in addition to the magnet therapy. An RSI located in the back is often treated using a magnetic therapy back support. Results are often felt fairly quickly as the magnetic field acts to relieve the inflammation which is squeezing the nerve endings.


Most often located in the joins of the arms, tendonitis is often treated with straps wrapped around the joint, or sometimes by using magnetic jewelery. If magnet therapy jewelery is worn around the wrist and the tendonitis is located in the elbow then the jewelery would have to be quite strong for the magnetic field to penetrate to the area of the injury. The strength of a magnetic field grows weaker the farther you get from the source of the field. For this reason, when treating tendonitis located in the elbow, a therapy device, such as a magnetic therapy elbow brace, should be used instead of jewelry.

Carpal tunnel syndrome

Carpal tunnel syndrom always occurs in the wrist and is generally simple to treat using a wrist support or a magnet therapy bracelet. Like other conditions, magnetic therapy must be used all day and night in order to get the maximum benefit. This is especially true of carpal tunnel syndrome, as the majority of the symptoms are felt at night (tingling, cramping, numbness, and swelling).

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Magnetic Therapy Used in Ancient Times

Magnetism has always been a mysterious and intriguing force and, even from the beginning, magnetism was thought to be beneficial for health.

One origin of the word magnet states that it resulted from a shepherd who was named Magnes, and who it is claimed, was the first person to discover that magnetic stones had the ability to attract iron. It is also claimed that this took place in a location which is now in Turkey, but used to be called Magnesia.

Currently known as magnetite, these magnetic stones were also previously known as Herculean Stones (for Hercules) to the Greeks, as "living stones" to the Romans, and later on as lodestone.

The Greeks theorized that magnetic fields were a type of "mineral soul" and were thoroughly entranced by it. Aristotle himself became convinced that magnetic stones could be used to help cure ailments such as headaches and aching muscles.

A famous greek physician named Galan had good success at treating a range of ailments using magnets, and Queen Cleopatra of ancient Egypt was another famous person to become enamored with the healing possibilities of magnets - it is often claimed that she wore a magnetic stone over her forehead to help preserve her youth and beauty.

In the ancient Indian and Chinese civilizations, there were also early proponents of magnetic therapy, and it is possible they used it for health purposes before even the ancient Greeks and Egyptians.

In China, tradition states that health is influenced by energy called the Qi that constantly flows in and around our bodies. Sickness of both the body and mind are said to be caused by imbalances in this energy. From early times, they used not only acupuncture needles to help unblock this energy, but also magnets. Ancient medical tomes from China make reference to "magnetic stones" that have the ability to improve health and relieve pain.

In fact, magnet therapy has continued to be widely used throughout the eastern world and even today they tend to view western doubts about magnetic therapy with a bit of amusement.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Magnetic Therapy for the Treatment of Tinnitus

During recent years, scientists have investigated and documented a myriad of beneficial uses for repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) including the treatment of schizophrenia, multiple sclerosis, PTSD, Parkinson's disease, and OCD. One result discovered was that low frequency rTMS decreased auditory hallucinations in those who suffer from schizophrenia. A study is currently underway which will utilize rTMS to stimulate the brains of stroke victims in order to attempt to restore lost or damaged speaking ability.

A team of scientists at the Department of Psychiatry and Psychotherapy, at the University of Regensburg, Germany have performed a series of studies using rTMS on people who suffer with tinnitus. Eleven people had a PET (Positron Emission Tomography) scan to locate areas of increased metabolic activity within the cortex. This was combined with a structural MRI scan to specifically locate the regaions of increased activity. A neuronavigational system was created for rTMS to allow pinpoint positioning of the magnetic coil over the target area.

The study had a controlled cross-over design. In other words, participants would be subjected to either the actual rTMS or a placebo treatment, then switch over to the other. Participants were unaware of the tinnitus stimulation. A specially created fake coil was used for the placebo treatment.

In 10 of the 11 participants the scientists were able to locate an increase in the metabolic activity within the left superior temporal fold of the auditory cortex. At the end of five days of rTMS treatment, a significant improvement of the tinnitus scores were reported utilizing the standard tinnitus questionnaire. This reported improvement was not found after the fake stimulation. These study findings were presented at the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery Foundation annual conference in September, 2003.

It now seems that rTMS therapy displays much promise and could be the next major development in electrical stimulation for treating tinnitus without having the negative side effects of invasive therapies and damaged hearing. There still remain a number of unanswered questions, including; Is it safe? How long will the suppression last for? Will it be effective for all types of tinnitus? The goal is that future research will be able to answer these and many other questions.

rTMS is currently being regularly used to treat to patients in a number of countries throughout the world, a notable exception being the US. The FDA has not yet approved rTMS for regular use and has required monitoring by local review boards, limiting its use to clinical trials and non-cortical stimulation treatments.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Treating Horses with Magnet Therapy

Horses suffer from a wide variety of conditions and problems, a large number of them related to joints, muscles, and connective tissues. Horses suffer from a lot of pressure and shock to their joints during activity, especially horses involved in competitive sports like jumping, eventing and racing. However, any horse ridden on a regular basis has an increased risk of developing a repetitive stress injury.

Horses require exercise to maintain circulatory health and to allow their bodies to function properly. Horses that do not get sufficient exercise are highly susceptible to many other issues. Therefore, it is vital to treat any injuries to the musculo skeletal system quickly, in order to make sure the horse is inactive for only a short period of time.

Vets, trainers, and horse owners have used magnet therapy devices to treat various horse ailments for years. It appears to be standard practice to utilize magnetized rugs before eventing competitions in order to help maintain the horses health throughout the event.

It has been demonstrated that horses respond to magnetic therapy devices similarly to other animals and humans, except that because of their circulatory system, horses shouldn't be exposed to magnet therapy continuously like with humans. Horses should only have exposure to magnet therapy while resting, stabled, travelling, or turned-out. It isn't safe to utilized magnetic therapy during exercise.

This is due to the fact that horses are quite prone to overheating during activity, and magnetic fields work to stimulate the circulatory system, which will result in an increase in body temperature. If magnetic therapy is used during activity, there is an elevated risk of overheating which can be dangerous to the health of the horse.

Despite the fact that horses are large, they don't need high magnetic field strengths, as do humans. They have considerably less subcutaneous fat than we do, thus the penetration of magnetic fields are more efficient. However, there is a minimum necessary field strength which is around 500 gauss. Horses probably wouldn't require a field strength of more than 3,000 gauss.

Animals are an excellent case study for the therapeutic abilities of magnets. Unlike us, horses are not influenced by the placebo effect (the phenomenon which causes one to feel less pain because they think a treatment is working). Horses do not understand that they are being treated, therefore their minds cannot influence the effects that the magnetic therapy is having. Yet, most horses that have been treated using magnetic therapy have shown signs of lessened discomfort, greater mobility, and an increase in energy and activity levels. It can readily be deduced that the magnet therapy is providing a therapeutic effect.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Treating Menopause with Magnetic Therapy

Magnetic therapy can be effective for the treatment of menopause symptoms, according to research performed in the UK.

A study done on hundreds of women discovered that magnet therapy can help relieve symptoms from anxiety and moodiness to hot-flashes and cognitive issues. Nearly all of the participants reported at least a modest improvement of some of their symptoms. The study discovered that some women reported relief of nearly 70 percetn of their symptoms including anxiety, moodiness, tiredness, insomnia, incontinence and breast tenderness. Hot-flashes, sweating at night, irritability, loss of sex dirve and cognitive problems were reported to improve by about 30 percent, and 20 percent of the participants lost some weight – some of them losing over 20 pounds after using magnetic therapy continuously for 3 months.

Magnetic therapy is an easy and simple alternative to hormone replacement therapy, a therapy connected with breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. Scientists are not sure why magnetic therapy worked, but theorized that it may increase estrogen levels, the hormone which naturally lowers through menopause. These decreased levels are the cause of many menopause symptoms. Nearly forty percent of women going through menopause pursue medical treatment for symptoms.

Some previous research has indicated magnet therapy can help ease pain associated with periods and also help to accelerate wound healing. It is believed that magnets may affect the body in a number of ways, accelerating healing by improving circulatory function and helping to easing pain by disrupting nerve signals that send information about discomfort to the brain.

Fortunately, most of the symptoms and problems connected with menopause are temporary. Menopause is a completely natural part of life and most women don't require medical treatment to handle their symptoms. If you have insomnia, don't drink caffeinated beverages and don't exercise right before going to bed. Try practicing some relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided visualization and muscle relaxation techniques. To help alleviate hot-flashes, try to get regular exercise, wear layers of clothing, and attempt to identify your triggers. Triggers may include such things as hot beverages, spicy food, hot temperatures, or alcohol.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Most Common Types of Magnets Used for Magnetic Therapy

The most commonly used types of magnets utilized for magnet therapy are:

1) Flexible magnetic rubber magnets are most often shaped into strips or sheets and utilized in insoles to treat foot problems. On average products composed of this type of magnet will measure about 200–350 gauss, varying with the thickness of the magnet.

2) Ceramic magnets are very often used in magnetic wraps, cushions and pads. A typical ceramic magnet used for biomagnetic products will measure about 900-1100 gauss on the surface, varying with the size of a particular magnet.

3) Neodymium magnets are widely used for jewelry, bracelets, and as spot magnets which are used to treat specific points. On average, neodymium magnets will measure between 1000-3000 gauss at the surface, varying with size.

4) Samarium cobal magnets are most often found in good quality jewelry when rusting is unwanted. They are quite expensive, and also quite brittle.
A typical samarium cobalt magnet used for magnetic jewelry will measure between 1000 – 2400 gauss, varying with size and thickness.

5) Hematite magnets have a number of natural biomagnetic properties. Beaded magnetic hematite is widely utilized as bead magnets for good quality jewelry - bead strands are utilized to produce beaded hematite bracelets, necklaces, and belts. When using hematite, the jewelry itself is magnet rather than a separate magnet placed in the product. An average hematite magnet used for jewelry will measure about 1000 – 2400 gauss, varying with the size of the individual beads.