There is plenty of uncertainty when it comes to understanding what magnetic therapy is and how simple magnets could have any effect on your body. In order to understand this you will need to understand a little bit about how the body works, in particular, how blood is transported around the body.
Your blood travels through a network of arteries and veins and contains (non-exhaustive list!) a mixture of red and white blood cells, plasma, electrolytes, platelets, hormones, enzymes, water and of course, iron. The blood has the primary task of making its way from the heart, through to the lungs for oxygen and then transporting it throughout the rest of the body.
Magnets are made up of ferromagnetic metals which include metals such as nickel and, yes, iron. The idea behind magnetic therapy is that when specialised magnets are places on the body, the effect the magnet has on the iron in the blood leads to stimulated activity in the blood stream which should in turn result in improved and more active blood flow.
Magnets can lead to improved localised blood flow when placed on top of smaller veins, or can be placed in specialised positions, such as the radial artery (on the wrist) which can influence blood flow in broader areas throughout the body, even further along the blood network.
Understanding the information above, we now know that magnetic therapy magnets are designed to react with the iron in your blood in order to create more activity and therefore greater blood flow around the body. When put in close vicinity to an area where a person is experiencing pain, magnets are designed to improve and boost blood flow to the painful area with the key purpose to reduce inflammation through the reacting of damaged cells. Pain can also be cause by compressed or pinched nerves which again can be assisted by the minimising of inflammation by the effects of specialised magnets.
Standard pain killers are designed to relieve pain by blocking pain signals to the brain by interrupting the pain signal both at the point of pain as well as at the pain receptors. Magnets are not designed to block the pain signal but rather work with what is causing the pain, such as inflammation, meaning that successful magnetic therapy can have a longer term effect compared to pain killers which are designed to simply mute the pain signals being sent. Once the painkillers have worn off, the pain will inevitably return.
This is the basics behind magnetic therapy and how it is believed to assist the body with blood flow and also help relieve pain from the cause. People suffering from chronic pain such as arthritis have turned to magnetic therapy as an alternative to mainstream medicine. Some have found fantastic results and others remain sceptical. There are even magnetic treatments available for animals!
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