Pain Relief and Healing
I have written this brief summary to share
information about my own experience with:
have no financial interest in or business relationship with any of the companies
mentioned in this email. I just want
to share something that has helped my muscular injuries (that I am much more
prone to since getting Fibromyalgia to heal much more quickly and to diminish my
muscular pain levels.
EXPERIENCE WITH MAGNETS for PAIN RELIEF and HEALING
the outset it is important to emphasize that there are two distinctly different
types of health benefits attainable from magnetic products:
pain relief in muscles when pain levels are high;
healing of muscle injuries.
have had Fibromyalgia (FM) since 1983. I
had serious pain in most of the diagnostic FM points and had a great deal of
trouble sleeping. After using a
magnetic mattress and finding some generalized pain relief, I began to try other
magnetic products for healing of more localized muscle injuries and pain relief.
Since developing FM, I have found that I am very much more vulnerable to
muscle injuries such as tennis elbow and muscle tears in my thighs.
Before using magnetic products, it would take many months to heal these
injuries. I was initially very
skeptical about using magnets since I had tried many other highly-touted
products and therapies without experiencing any significant improvements.
I first tried using localized magnet therapy on a
tennis elbow injury that had plagued me for almost a year, and on which I had
spent a lot of money on physio treatments and splints.
Less than 2 weeks after applying the magnets it was almost completely
healed, much to my surprise. After
this initial success, I began to use magnets to accelerate healing of injuries
to muscles in my back, thighs and other areas.
Since then I have not needed to visit a physiotherapist for treatment of
most muscle-related injuries 每 I treat them myself.
are small (about 1/8th of an inch in diameter) disc-shaped magnets that I
have found to be highly effective when taped to the sore muscle points in my
neck and back, as well as other parts of the body where wraps cannot be
conveniently used 每 for example, the neck, upper back and shoulders, and the
muscles near the hip joint. In these
situations, I typically use spot magnets of 2500 Gauss (a measure of magnetic
field strength) or stronger. Accurate
placement of the magnets is important, so I probe for sore spots or muscle knots
with my fingers, then mark an ※X§ on these spots with a ballpoint pen.
For sore points on your back it is helpful to have someone else mark the
sore points that you identify.
They can then apply the little adhesive plasters
(round stickers made of band-aid material and about ¾ inch in diameter
and to which the magnets are first fastened) to the marked sore points.
If I run out of the plasters, I use ¾ inch wide paper tape.
With this tape you can run a strip of 3 or 4 magnets along a sore muscle,
spaced about 1 inch apart. Paper
tape is also much less expensive than the adhesive plasters (although less
convenient for hard-to-reach sore spots), and allows the skin to breathe better
that the plasters.
Good-quality spot magnets usually have a dimple or
small point on the side that is placed against the skin.
Spot magnets usually come in envelopes of 12 magnets with at least 24
adhesive plasters to hold the magnets in place.
You can typically leave them on for about 4 to 7 days, depending on the
sensitivity of your skin.
A package of 10 or 12 x 2500 gauss magnets costs
about $12 to $15 at present, and good-quality magnets can be re-used almost
indefinitely. You can get higher
strength spot magnets up to 9,000 gauss, but they are much more expensive ($40
for 12), smaller and therefore easier to lose, and do not necessarily provide a
proportional increase in healing power.
magnets are a low-cost and very effective way to get started in magnetic
healing. If you find spot magnets to
be helpful, then you probably will also benefit from some of the more
specialized magnetic products listed in the next paragraph.
There are a number of more specialized products containing multiple
magnets, including mattresses, belts, insoles, elasticized tube-shaped elbow and
thigh wraps, necklaces, seat and back cushions, necklaces, etc.
The advantage of these products is that they do not have to be taped in
place and can conveniently cover a much larger area of the body than spot
magnets. For more details about
these products, check out the websites of the suppliers noted below.
Better Health Centre
is located at 9253 Shaughnessy Street in Vancouver, near the north end of the
Oak St. Bridge. They operate a mail
order health products company http://www.ib3health.com/products/AcupunctureNeedle/MagnetsPellets.shtml,
but also sell to retail customers. Contact
information is provided at the bottom of their website home page.
This is one of the companies from which I buy the small ※spot§
magnets (about 1/8th of an inch in diameter) that are highly effective if taped
to the sore muscle knots in my neck and back, as well as other parts of the body
where wraps cannot be conveniently used. I
prefer the higher quality ACU-Band magnets that they sell, as the plating does
not peel off like on some of the cheaper magnets from China.
For a package of 12 x 2500 Gauss magnets it costs $12.50 if you pick up
the magnets at their store. Mail
order delivery costs extra.
is a mail order company in eastern Canada from whom I have bought elasticized
fabric wraps containing magnets, a magnetic belt, as well as a magnetic
mattress. I have found their
elbow/forearm wraps to be extremely effective in healing tennis elbow.
They also have some books on magnetic healing if you want to delve more
deeply into the theory and practice.
is a retail and wholesale health products company with a Showroom at 101 West
5th Avenue in Vancouver. They sell packages of 10 magnets and 50 ※plasters§
to attach the magnets to your skin. The
magnets come in both 1000 and 2500 gauss strengths.
I am currently using their 2500 gauss magnets ($11.99/package) and they
seem to work as well as other brands I have used to far.
You can also buy these Relaxus brand ※Magnetic Bandages§ at Marks
Pharmacy drugstores, including the one on Cambie St. just across from Oakridge.
makes some very good magnetic products but, with multiple levels of
distributor markups, they are pretty pricey by the time they reach the consumer
level. I personally own a Nikken
mattress topper that I have used for many years.
It helped me sleep during the most painful FM years when I was still
working. Nikken also makes some very
good insoles 每 black flexible plastic with little magnetic bumps on them which
double as foot massagers. However,
the ※Elastomag§ Nikken elbow and leg wraps that I bought were less effective
and comfortable than the ones from Magnapak.
Most of us already know someone who sells Nikken products.
If you do buy from Nikken, ask the person distributing the product for
their so-called ※wholesale§ price.
Magnetic healing is very common in other parts of
the world, especially Japan, China and Russia, but has been slow to be
recognized by the North American medical profession.
However, I have found magnetic wraps and belts, and spot magnetic devices
to be highly effective in healing muscle injuries including tennis elbow,
strained upper and lower back muscles, and muscle tears in my thighs 每 usually
within a few days and seldom more than a week.
Magnets have also proven useful in reducing pain in body areas where I
did not have any specific muscular injuries, just generalized pain.
If you are going to try magnetic healing, do
not expect instant results 每 it will often take 3 to 7 days.
Use of magnets for pain relief will work within a much shorter
time horizon 每 usually within a few hours.
Unlike many medications, magnetic therapy has not had any apparent side
effects on me after more than 10 years of using it.
I cannot guarantee that magnetic therapy work for everyone but, based on
my experience, it is well worth a try.