Monday, August 7, 2017

Magnetic Therapy for Treating Muscle Cramps

Magnetic therapy can treat muscle cramps.
What are Muscle Cramps?

Almost everyone, at some point, has suffered with the sharp, often excruciating, pain of muscle cramps.  Usually, they are caused by overworking or injuring a muscle.  But, they can also occur due to dehydration, exposure to cold temperatures, or having a mineral deficiency (particularly, potassium, calcium, and magnesium).  Muscle cramps can be chronic in some people with certain medical conditions, such as circulatory problems, kidney disease, or multiple sclerosis (MS).

Muscle cramps generally are a result of a sudden, and extreme, contraction of muscle fibers (most often in the legs). They are usually short-lived and can be tolerated.  However, in some situations, they could negatively affect a person's functionality on a daily, or regular, basis.

Often, simple remedies, such as stretching or rubbing the muscles, taking a hot bath, using a heating pad, or using pain medications, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen, are sufficient for treating temporary or mild cases of muscle cramping.  However, they can also be successfully treated using magnetic therapy.  Magnetic therapy products and devices create a magnetic field which stimulates blood circulation and helps to reduce tension located in the muscles.

How to Use Magnetic Therapy for Treating Muscle Cramps

First, place the magnetic therapy device directly on the affected area. The magnets must be pressed firmly against the area which is experiencing cramping or pain, so that the magnetic field can penetrate as deeply as possible. Most products and devices come with belts, straps, or wraps to ensure that the magnets remain firmly fixed over the area to be treated.

There are a myriad of products and devices available, but they all work by the same principal, and their functionality is roughly similar.  Just ensure that you find one that you can wear comfortably and stays in place.

Generally speaking, the stronger the magnets contained in the product, the more likely there will be positive results.  Because of this, you should try to get products which have a higher gauss rating (a measurement of the strength of a magnetic field).  The most powerful type of magnets used in therapeutic magnets are neodymium magnets.  However, ceramic and hematite magnets are also effective, and widely available.

Some options include magnetic braces, anklets, braces, and wraps which contain a number of spot magnets. All of these products have been used on muscles for treating muscles prone to cramping. Side effects are rarely reported, but some redness or skin irritation may occur at the site of the treatment.

Individual results from using magnetic therapy can often vary substantially.  Different people may respond to magnetic therapy treatments more or less than others. Some people report that they get relief almost immediately.  For others, it may take longer for results to be felt.  Some people also report that they have experienced no positive results from using these products. If it doesn't work after a few days, you can try changing the location that you place the magnets. Do this a few times until you find a configuration that works for you.


Warnings

Never place magnets or magnetic therapy products on wounds, inflamed/irritated skin, or infected areas.  If you use magnetic products on such areas, it is possible that you could suffer from increased pain and irritation. If you do have any of these conditions on the area to be treated, be sure to allow them to completely heal before using any type of magnetic product.

There are some objects and devices that are extremely sensitive to magnetic fields, and thus, should be kept away from magnetic therapy products.  This includes many watches, credit cards, magnetic audio/video tape, and computer disks.

Also, do not use magnetic products if you are using other medical devices, such as insulin pumps, pacemakers, or any other kind of electronic, or electrical, device used for medical purposes.  Magnetic fields may damage or interfere with the function of these devices. As always, if you would like to try magnetic therapy, ask your doctor first to be sure that it is safe for you.

Be sure to do your research when purchasing magnetic therapy products. This therapy has quickly become very popular and there are some companies trying to cash in on the trend by selling cheap, inferior products that may not be strong enough to be effective.  Always thoroughly research any company and go through all their online reviews.  You can always ask the members of established, online alternative health communities if they have any recommendations or warnings.

Friday, August 4, 2017

Magnetic Therapy Insoles for the Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

Magnetic therapy insoles can be used to treat diabetic neuropathy.
Diabetes Overview

Diabetes is a disease which causes blood sugar, or glucose, levels to raise to too high of a level because the body is unable to utilize it properly. We obtain glucose from primarily from eating starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, and sugary foods.  It is also produced in the liver. Insulin is a hormone made in the pancreas, which aids glucose in penetrating bodily cells, where it is then used for energy. Blood glucose levels normally regulated by insulin.  A shortage of insulin results in elevated blood sugar levels. The primary symptoms of diabetes that is not treated are thirst, excessive urination, fatigue, weight loss, thrush, and blurry vision.

Types of Diabetes

Type 1 diabetes, which is referred to as insulin dependent diabetes, is generally genetic, and manifests in younger people. It is primarily treated using insulin injections, modifications to diet, and getting consistent levels of physical activity. Type 1 diabetes occurs when insulin-producing cells located in the pancreas are damaged or destroyed.

Type 2 diabetes, which is referred to as non-insulin dependent diabetes, generally occurs in people middle-aged or older, and is often a result of poor diet and being overweight.  In this type, the body still produces some insulting, but not in sufficient quantities. It is often treated by modifications to diet and physical activity alone. Although, insulin injections are sometimes necessary.

Both types are serious conditions and need to be treated accordingly.

Magnetic Therapy for the Treatment of Diabetic Neuropathy

Diabetes has numerous negative effects on the physiology of the body, including an elevated risk of heart disease, nerve damage, damage to the eyes and vision, as well as reduced circulatory function.  Most of these symptoms have been treated by applying magnetic therapy in specific ways.

Diabetic neuropathy is basically damage to the nerve fibers which occurs over an extended period of time. It occurs when elevated blood sugar goes unchecked for long periods of time.  It generally first presents as reduced sensation and feeling in the feet.  The damage to the nerves usually occurs in both feet, and can eventually move up to the legs. Limited sensation in the feet results in injuries to them being more likely.  In conjunction with bad circulation, this situation often results in ulcers and infections. The nerve damage may be acute or chronic.  As this condition is a result of poor regulation of blood sugar, individuals who don't manage their diabetes well, have a much greater risk of suffering from nerve damage.

It has been found by many people, that they were able to successfully treat their diabetic neuropathy using magnetic therapy insoles in their shoes. These insoles generally consist of flexible magnets that are shaped and formed around a thin shoe insole. Magnetic therapy insoles generally have a substantially high gauss rating.  Their gauss rating can often be over 20,000 gauss. Because the therapy magnets are designed to treat the whole foot, they result in one extended magnetic field, which, if powerful enough, is able to penetrate up the lower leg, and possibly to the knees.  These powerful magnetic fields are also strong enough to be able to penetrate deep inside the tissues of the foot.

Clinical studies, testing the use of magnetic therapy insoles on people suffering from diabetic neuropathy, found that that nine out of ten people experienced an improvement in blood circulation, as well as in feeling and sensation.  These magnetic insoles can substantially increase and stimulate blood flow to the feet, ankles, and legs.  This increased flow of blood can help to heal damaged nerve endings, which can result in regaining sensation, over time. Pain, tingling, numbness have all been reported to have been reduced using these products. Many patients have indicated that they experienced feelings of warmth in their feet, almost immediately. It has been found that these insoles need to be worn on a consistent basis in order for the the beneficial effects to persist.  However, they do not need to be worn during sleep.


Monday, July 31, 2017

Magnetic Therapy for Back Pain Relief

Magnetic therapy for treating back pain.
How Does Magnetic Therapy Work?

There are not many people who, at some point, won't experience back pain, and many will end up suffering from debilitating, chronic back pain for many years. Many people who have long suffered with chronic back pain have turned to magnetic therapy for back pain relief, and have had success with treating their pain. However, many people remain skeptical of whether magnetic therapy works.

Over the years, hundreds of clinical studies have been performed, providing significant evidence supporting the effectiveness of using magnetic healing for the treatment of pain, as well as other medical uses. But, it is still not considered scientifically proven, particularly by many people in the mainstream medical community. Yet, more and more people are looking for safe and effective alternatives to traditional treatments, such as pain medications, which can not only become less effective over time, but are also associated with a wide range negative side-effects, including habit-formation or addiction.

One of the main issues is that it still isn't well understood exactly how magnetic therapy works or heals pain.  Of course, there are various theories that have been put forth and studied over the years. Some believe that magnets act similarly to a shiatsu type massage.  Other people claim that magnetic field of healing magnets affects the iron content of blood.  Some believe that magnetic fields stimulate an alkaline response, reducing acid levels in the body.

Many practitioners of magnetic therapy theorize that the magnets themselves don't directly heal the body, but rather help put the body back into balance allowing the body to heal itself. This concept originates from the idea that illnesses and injuries are rooted in an imbalance in the body's energy field. It then becomes crucial to try to restore a correct energy balance in the body, allowing it to revert to a normal, healthy state. Utilizing healing magnets is generally considered one way to aid this process.

Researchers have measured that when a magnetic field is placed near a region of the body experiencing pain, the amount of blood flow to that area is increased. With more blood flow, comes more oxygen, nutrients, and endorphins, which serve to reduce and/or eliminate pain. Using therapy magnets has been reported to reduce pain in and area where therapy magnets are placed. Of course, it is then important that a user places therapy magnets directly on or over the affected area, in order to be effective.  Essentially, the idea is that magnetic therapy helps to stimulate the body, improve circulatory function, and enhance healing in the body.

Using Magnetic Therapy for Back Pain

Magnetic therapy has been found to be a safe, natural therapy, which helps to speed up the body's healing process, helping to provide relief from both acute and chronic pain, with no negative or unwanted side effects like those often associated with medications.

In the beginning, practitioners of magnet therapy utilized the entire magnet - using both the north and south poles, at the same time.  However, over time, it was found by some users that the effectiveness of healing magnets was enhanced when using only one pole - generally the north or negative pole.  Particularly, when using magnetic therapy for back pain relief.  Users have found that the different poles of the magnet seem to be better for treating different conditions.  The north (negative) pole of the magnet is generally used to help relief pain, such as back pain, arthritis, inflammation, and headaches. The south (positive) pole of the magnet has been found to be better for treating symptoms and problems, such as tingling, numbness, fatigue, and paralysis.

Because of magnetic therapy's reported abilities to help manage and reduce pain, more and more people who suffer from back pain are using therapy magnets to help get relief.  When using magnetic therapy for back pain relief the magnets should be placed directly at or over the point where pain is felt. The magnets should generally be used continuously over a period of two to three weeks.

Therapy magnets are used in a variety of products and can be used in the form of back braces and straps, wraps, shoe insoles, bracelets and necklaces, and magnetic mattress pads.  Magnetic back products, such as braces and wraps are ideal for treating back pain throughout the day.  However, many people have had long-term success in treating their symptoms by using magnetic pads, which are sleep pads that are embedded with many negative pole magnets, as studies have indicated that using the negative pole is ideal for pain relief.  An advantage of these products is that they are one time purchase, which can then provide continuous magnetic healing all night, for years.

Many users have reported that When they have used good quality products correctly, they felt substantial, positive effects, such as less pain and increased range of movement, very quickly. It has been found that back pain associated some injuries, such as those to the lumbar disc, may be less treatable with healing magnets.

Conclusion

Many people have reported that they have experienced a myriad of positive effects from using magnetic therapy. Therapy magnets are often used to relieve the fundamental, root cause of pain, not just the symptoms. They are extremely safe, and have no known negative side effects.  This makes sense since we constantly live inside the earth’s magnetic field.  Healing magnets are very easy to use, and you won't have to fill another prescription or visit the doctor again next month. Magnets often work very quickly, and are generally very affordable.  Particularly, in the long-term, as you can use them, over and over again, for a long time.

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Using Magnetic Therapy to Treat Nausea and Stomach Discomfort During Pregnancy

Magnet therapy for treating nausea.
A doctor has reported that he has been able to successfully treat pregnant women suffering from nausea and stomach discomfort utilizing magnetic therapy. The therapy was created for women who are pregnant, and who regularly suffer from periods of nausea and/or vomiting. The malady can be so extreme and uncomfortable for some women that they need to take medications for relief of their symptoms - medications that may not be safe during pregnancy.

According to the study, a pregnant woman was suffering from severe nausea and stomach discomfort even after taking prescribed medication. Her doctor then suggested that she try using multi-polar magnets applied to the inside portion of both of her wrists. The therapy magnets rest on specifically identified points, with or without additional pressure.  The magnets are to remain applied until the patient's nausea is reduced or eliminated.

This patient discovered that her nausea symptoms had started to abate within a period of a few days. Her nausea only returned again if she failed to use the therapy magnets.  The doctor has gone on to find that using multi-polar magnets has also been able to aid in the reduction of nausea brought on by chemotherapy treatments.

This therapy technique of utilizing magnets for the treatment of nausea and stomach-related sickness, is derived from acupressure therapy, which was designed to relieve symptoms by stimulating the insides of the wrists using pressure points. This specific part of the body is crucial, as it has been linked to nausea symptoms.

Both acupressure and magnetic therapy may be good options for people who may be suffering from nausea or other stomach discomfort, and are open to using alternative therapies. Both of these therapeutic methods generally are not expensive, and both have been show to be very effective in reducing or eliminating nausea for many sufferers. Additionally, a sufferer may find an effective cure for their symptoms without resorting to the use of medications, which are potentially both expensive and unsafe, particularly during pregnancy.

Source: Canadian Family Physician Magazine.