Magnet Therapy for Fibromyalgia Pain

Magnetic therapy is used to treat fibromyalgia pain.
The use of magnetic therapy helped to alleviate pain and discomfort caused by fibromyalgia in some sufferers, according to a University of Virginia research study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine. The overall results of the study could not be considered absolutely conclusive.  However, the scientific study did find that the therapy relieved fibromyalgia pain and discomfort to a great enough degree in one of the study groups in order to be identified as a clinically significant result.

Researchers based in the University of Virginia utilized 3 different types of pain measurement for this study: functional status of the study participants using a standardized questionnaire, the quantity of tender points identified on their bodies, and a series of self-reported ratings to quantify their experienced pain intensity.

Data was compiled for 94 the fibromyalgia patients, who had been divided and organized into 4 separate study groups. A control group received a fake, or placebo, treatment consisting of pads which contained magnets that had been demagnetized. Another control group continued to receive their regular, standard treatment for their fibromyalgia symptoms.

The remaining study groups received treatments using actual magnetic pads: one group used a pad which exposed the entire body to a uniform static, negative pole magnetic field. The other study group used a pad which exposed the participants to a static magnetic field which varied both spatially and pole-wise. The participants received the treatments and were then tracked for a period of six months.

A statistically measurable difference in the reported pain intensity reduction was found for one of the groups using actual magnetic pad treatments. The two groups that slept on actual magnetic pads generally had the greatest improvements in their scores for pain intensity, amount of tender points on their bodies, as well as their functional status at the end of the six month period.

The first magnetic pad group displayed a marked improvement across all 4 outcome measures at both three and six months. The second magnetic pad group displayed similar improvement in all the outcomes at three months, but these improvements were only maintained, and did not increase further, after six months. The fake pad group, and the group receiving standard care exhibited the same.

Magnetic Therapy: User Testimonial - Jim F.

This is a magnetic therapy testimonial submitted by Jim F.:

To be honest, in the beginning, I was as skeptical as anyone else about magnet therapy. How could a magnetic bracelet or other piece of jewelry fix my problems with chronic tennis elbow?  I played over 30 rounds of golf this year, and haven't had one game where I didn't experience constant pain. But, I figured, there was nothing to lose, and the worst that could happen is that I wear a pretty cool looking bracelet. I was playing in a four day tournament.  After the third day, I was suffering with so much pain, I could barely swing the club, so I tried wearing the magnetic bracelet I bought the night before the fourth round. The next day, which should have probably been my worst day, I played the entire round without feeling any pain. It seemed pretty amazing, but I was still skeptical, and thought it might be a coincidence, or it could have been merely a psycho-somatic effect. However, the day after the tournament ended was the proof. I had gone to the gym to workout and did some dumbell flies, which had always resulted in severe pain when I had done them before, and my range-of-motion was always severely limited in the arm I had tennis elbow in. To my astonishment I didn't feel an iota of pain and was able to lift my max, which I hadn't be able to do for many months. Since then, I haven't been able to think of a single reason for this dramatic change.  The only thing that was different was the magnetic bracelet I was using. I honestly don't understand the science of how or why this product works.  All I do know is that it has worked wonders for me.

Jim F.
British Columbia, Canada

Source: Direct Connect Magnetics.

Magnet Therapy May Help Recovery from Strokes

Magnetic therapy as an aid for stroke recovery.
Utilizing magnetic fields in order to slow down and repress the activity on the undamaged side of a person's brain after suffering from a stroke, may serve to improve motor function, a small research
study has found.  The technique, called repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), had positive effects lasting for at least two weeks, according to the report published in the journal Stroke.  Transcranial magnetic stimulation has also been successfully used to treat other conditions, including depression.

According to the lead researcher of the study, Dr. Felipe Fregni, rTMS attempts to inhibit activity in the unaffected side of the brain. In that sense, the treatment operates on a similar principle as "constraint-induced therapy" - a successful rehabilitation method whereby a stroke sufferer's healthy limb is physically restrained, which then forces the affected limb to improve its response and function.

Scientific researchers working in other places are currently studying the application of rTMS for treating other neurological conditions. Previous research regarding strokes led to the current trial, "We know that several sessions of rTMS can increase the magnitude and duration of the beneficial effects, so we assessed the effect of five sessions," Fregni said.

The research study was composed of 15 participants who were all people who had suffered from a stroke at least a year prior. Ten of the study participants received rTMS treatments in order to reduce activity in the motor cortex area of the undamaged side of their brain. The other five patients underwent a sham, or placebo, treatment.

After performing tests to measure the reaction-times of the patients' hands which were affected by the stroke, the researchers found that those who had received the rTMS treatments had increased their reaction speed by up to 30 percent after only five days of receiving treatments. This effect lasted for a period of two weeks. The improvements increased earlier, as the number of treatments were increased. The patients were, on average, 10 percent, 20 percent, 27 percent and 30 percent faster on days two, three, four and five of treatment, respectively.

Treating Migraines with Magnetic Therapy

Researchers at Ohio State University have conducted a new study which has indicated that magnetic therapy may be helpful for treating some people who regularly suffer from migraine headaches. 

There are about 35 million migraine sufferers in the U.S., according to the American Headache Society.  About 20% of migraine sufferers experience an aura before an attack.  Symptoms include tingling, numbness and vision changes.

The researchers utilized a handheld magnetic stimulation device, which is placed against the back of the head.  Two quick magnetic pulses are then produced by the device.

The study was conducted on 164 patients.  Half of the patients in the study used the real device, and the other half used an identical-looking device, but which did not produce any actual magnetic pulses.  After two hours, 39% of the patients who used the real device reported that they were pain-free, compared to only 22% of the patients who used the fake device.