Excerpts from research on the pain relieving properties of Static Magnets

Rheumatoid Arthritis

A double blind, controlled trial of 64 people with rheumatoid arthritis of the knee compared the effects of strong alternating polarity magnets with the effects of deliberately weak unipolar magnet. After 1 week of therapy, 68% of participants using the strong magnets reported relief, compared to 27% in the control group.

Segal NA, Toda Y, Huston J, et al. Two configurations of static magnetic fields for treating rheumatoid arthritis of the knee: double-blind clinical trial. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 2001;82:1483 1460

Knee or back pain

A double blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial of 54 people with knee or back pain compared a complex static magnet array against a sham magnet array. Participants used either the real or sham device for 24 hours; then, after a 7-day rest period, they used the opposite therapy for another 24 hours. Evaluations showed that use of the real magnet was associated with greater improvements than the sham treatment.

Holcomb RR, Parker RA, Harrison MS. Biomagnetics in the treatment of human pain: past, present, future. Environ Med 1991;8:24 30

Peripheral Neuropathy

A 4 month, double-blind, placebo controlled crossover study of 19 people with peripheral neuropathy found a significant reduction in symptoms compared to placebo. Participants wore magnetic foot insoles during the day throughout the trial. Reduction in the symptoms of burning, numbness, and tingling were especially marked in those cases of neuropathy associated with diabetes.

Weintraub M Magnetic bio-stimulation in painful diabetic peripheral neuropathy: a novel intervention – a randomised, double-placebo crossover study. Am J Pain Manag. 1999;9:8 17

Post-Polio Syndrome

A double blind, placebo-controlled study of 50 people with post-polio syndrome found evidence that magnets are effective for relieving pain. The magnets or placebo magnets were placed on previously determined trigger points (one per person) for 45 minutes. (Trigger points are sore areas within muscle that when pressed, cause relief in other areas of the muscle and conversely, when inflamed, cause pain in other parts of the muscle.) In the treatment group, 76% of the participants reported improvement, compared to 19% in the placebo group.

Vallbona C, Hazlewood CF, Jurida G. Response of pain to static magnetic fields in postpolio patients: a double blind pilot study. Arch Phys Med Rehabil. 1997;78:1200 1203.

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