Treating Horses with Magnet Therapy

Treating horses using magnetic therapy.
Horses regularly suffer from a myriad of health conditions and problems.  Many of these are related to damage to joints, muscles, and other connective tissues. Horses experience large amounts of pressure and shock to their joints during exercise and activity, particularly horses involved in competitive equine sports like jumping and racing. However, any horse that is ridden on a regular basis has an elevated risk of developing a repetitive stress injury.

Horses require regular exercise in order to maintain good circulatory health and to allow their bodies to function properly. Horses that do not get a sufficient amount of regular exercise are highly susceptible to many potential health issues. Therefore, it is crucial to treat any injuries to a horse's musculo-skeletal system right way, in order to make sure the horse is inactive for only a short period of time.

Veterinarians, horse trainers, and horse owners have used magnetic therapy devices to treat various horse ailments for many years. It appears to be standard practice to utilize magnetized rugs before eventing competitions in order to help maintain the horses health and vitality throughout the course of the event.

It has been repeatedly demonstrated that horses respond well to magnetic therapy devices, similarly to other animals and humans, except that because of their circulatory system, horses shouldn't be exposed to magnet therapy on a continuous basis as with humans. Horses should only have exposure to magnet therapy while resting, stabled, travelling, or turned-out. It isn't safe to utilized magnetic therapy during exercise.

This is due to the fact that horses are quite prone to overheating during activity, and magnetic fields work to stimulate the circulatory system, which will result in an increase in body temperature. If magnetic therapy is used during activity, there is an elevated risk of overheating which can be dangerous to the health of the horse.

Despite the fact that horses are large, they don't need high magnetic field strengths, as do humans. They have considerably less subcutaneous fat than we do, thus the penetration of magnetic fields are more efficient. However, there is a minimum necessary field strength which is around 500 Gauss. Horses probably wouldn't require a field strength of more than 3,000 Gauss.

Animals are an excellent case study for the therapeutic abilities of magnets. Unlike us, horses are not influenced by the placebo effect (the phenomenon which causes one to feel less pain because they think a treatment is working). Horses do not understand that they are being treated, therefore their minds cannot influence the effects that the magnetic therapy is having. Yet, most horses that have been treated using magnetic therapy have shown signs of lessened discomfort, greater mobility, and an increase in energy and activity levels. It can readily be deduced that the magnet therapy is providing a therapeutic effect.

Many people also use magnetic therapy for their dogs and other pets.

Treating Menopause with Magnetic Therapy

Magnetic therapy for treating menopause.
Magnetic therapy can be effective for the treatment of a variety of menopause symptoms, according to research performed in the UK.

A study done on hundreds of women discovered that utilizing magnetic therapy can help relieve many menopause symptoms, from anxiety and moodiness, to hot-flashes and cognitive issues. Nearly all of the participants reported at least a modest improvement of some of their symptoms. The study discovered that some women reported relief of nearly 70 percent of their symptoms including anxiety, moodiness, tiredness, insomnia, incontinence and breast tenderness. Hot-flashes, sweating at night, irritability, loss of sex drive and cognitive problems were reported to improve by about 30 percent, and 20 percent of the participants lost some weight – some of them losing over 20 pounds after using magnetic therapy continuously for 3 months.

Biomagnetic therapy (magnetic therapy) is an easy and simple alternative to hormone replacement therapy, a therapy connected with breast cancer, heart disease and strokes. Scientists are not sure why magnetic therapy worked, but theorized that it may increase estrogen levels, the hormone which naturally lowers through menopause. These decreased levels are the cause of many menopause symptoms. Nearly forty percent of women going through menopause pursue medical treatment for symptoms.

Some previous research has indicated magnet therapy can help ease pain associated with periods and also help to accelerate wound healing. It is believed that magnets may affect the body in a number of ways, accelerating healing by improving circulatory function and helping to easing pain by disrupting nerve signals that send information about discomfort to the brain.

Fortunately, most of the symptoms and problems connected with menopause are temporary. Menopause is a completely natural part of life and most women don't require medical treatment to handle their symptoms. If you have insomnia, don't drink caffeinated beverages and don't exercise right before going to bed. Try practicing some relaxation techniques, including deep breathing, guided visualization and muscle relaxation techniques. To help alleviate hot-flashes, try to get regular exercise, wear layers of clothing, and attempt to identify your triggers. Triggers may include such things as hot beverages, spicy food, hot temperatures, or alcohol.

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Most Common Types of Magnets Used for Magnetic Therapy

Different types of magnets used for magnetic therapy.
Many people may assume that magnets are all the same, or that magnetic therapy products all use the same type of magnets.  However, this is not true.  There are actually a number of different types of magnets widely used for magnetic therapy products.  The most commonly used types of magnets utilized for magnet therapy are:

1) Flexible magnetic bands or sheets are often utilized in insoles to treat foot problems. On average products composed of this type of magnet will measure about 200 to 350 Gauss, varying with the thickness of the magnet.

2) Neodymium magnets are widely used for jewelry, bracelets, and as spot magnets which are used to treat specific points. On average, neodymium magnets will measure between 1000 to 3000 Gauss at the surface, varying with size.

3) Ceramic magnets are typically used in magnetic therapy products, such as wraps and cushions. A typical ceramic magnet used for magnetic therapy products will measure about 900 to 1100 Gauss on the surface, varying with the size of a particular magnet.

4) Samarium cobal magnets are most often found in good quality jewelry when rusting is unwanted. They are quite expensive, and also quite brittle. A typical samarium cobalt magnet used for magnetic jewelry will measure between 1000 to 2400 Gauss, varying with size and thickness.

5) Hematite magnets have a number of natural biomagnetic properties. Beaded magnetic hematite is widely utilized as bead magnets for good quality jewelry - bead strands are utilized to produce beaded hematite bracelets, necklaces, and belts. When using hematite, the jewelry itself is magnet rather than a separate magnet placed in the product. An average hematite magnet used for jewelry will measure about 1000 to 2400 Gauss, varying with the size of the individual beads.

For more magnetic therapy information, visit the Natural Health Techniques site.

Treating Insomnia with Magnet Therapy

Magnetic therapy for the treatment of insomnia.
Magnetic therapy has been successfully used to treat a variety of conditions: from back pain, to muscle cramps, to symptoms related to menopause. Now, it has been found that it can also be used to help get relief from insomnia.

Generally speaking, all of the various types and varieties of insomnia are connected by a single, unifying variable - our internal body clock (otherwise known as the circadian cycle, or rhythm). The circadian rhythm is a fully-autonomic function of our bodies and brains. If our circadian rhythm happens to get out of sync, then our cycles of waking and sleeping will inevitably be disrupted.  This can result in chronic sleepiness and fatigue.

Maintaining the fine balance of our circadian cycles can often be somewhat delicate, and it can be disrupted or modified quickly, although normally it is able to reset itself within a few days, if the disruption doesn't persist for too long of a period of time. As an example, if you take a long plane flight, you may temporarily experience jet lag because the time change causes a sudden disruption of your internal body clock. Likely, you will only suffer from the effects of jet lag for a couple of days before your cycles reset themselves and the jet lag goes away.

However, it is much more difficult to reset the circadian rhythm when it has been out of sync for extended periods of time due to conditions like depression, stress, anxiety, and chronic pain. This can be the root cause of a large number of cases of chronic insomnia. To successfully treat chronic insomnia, the circadian rhythm must first be reset. Biomagnetic therapy can be used to treat insomnia this way.

Our circadian rhythm is regulated by a hormone produced in the pineal gland, which is called melatonin. Melatonin serves a primary role in controlling the circadian cycle, and helps to keep it in sync. When our rhythms are out of sync, often times the pineal gland just isn't making enough melatonin for normal functioning. The pineal gland is very sensitive to changes in our bodies and it can restrict production of melatonin when there are certain changes occurring within the body.

Many find that they can fall asleep readily at bedtime, but then find themselves waking regularly throughout the night, and, many times, simply are not able to fall back to sleep. This is generally caused by the pineal gland producing just enough melatonin to induce you to fall asleep, but instead of melatonin levels remaining at sufficient levels for the remainder of the night, they rapidly drop to levels which usually occur during waking hours. If this is happening to you and you wake up during the night, you may find that you have insufficient melatonin levels to allow you to fall back to sleep.

On the other hand some may find it almost impossible to fall asleep and spend the majority of the night tossing and turning, and eventually falling asleep in the early hours of the morning only to have to get up soon afterwards. In this case, the melantonin levels produced by the pineal gland never get to the peak that they should.

The best way to raise your melatonin levels is to stimulate your body to make more of its own melatonin. The pineal gland is general sensitive to electromagnetic fields. This makes it possible to treat insomnia with magnetic therapy. When an electromagnetic field is placed near the head of the pineal gland it is stimulated and it begins to produce more melatonin. Over a period of a week or so, your body’s melatonin levels should increase to a normal range. Once the body's melatonin levels have reached a normal level, the circadian rhythm begins to reset and insomnia will eventually end.

Many of those who suffer from insomnia could achieve excellent results by using magnets in their pillow at night. Research has shown that magnetic pillow pads can relieve jetlag in crews of long flights and there have been tests done regarding those who suffer from chronic insomnia. The magnetic therapy pillow pad should be placed inside the pillow case permanently in order to help prevent the circadian rhythm from becoming out of sync again.

Magnetic Medicine: Healing with Magnets

Healing the body with magnets.
For a very, very long time, magnet therapy has been used to treat a wide variety of health problems and issues. In Healing with Magnets, the author, Gary Null, supplies an extensive list of these health problems and maladies, along with supporting scientific studies. Generic, and common, uses of magnetic therapy include such things as relieving pain and discomfort, reducing inflammation, stimulating circulatory function, increasing the infection-fighting ability of the immune system, stress-reduction, promoting good and sound sleep, correcting various nervous system disorders, increasing overall energy and mood levels, and increasing or augmenting athletic performance.

Paralysis often aggravates or exacerbates many disorders that respond well to magnetic therapy.  Because of this, magnetic therapy may be particularly useful for people who suffer from spinal cord dysfunction (SCD).

Pain

Pain is the most prevalent and widely-reported health problem in society. For example, 80% of Americans report that they suffer from severe back pain, at some point in their lives, forty million people have some type of arthritic pain, and another forty million suffer from regular, recurring headaches. Chronic pain is an epidemic that is estimated to drain the economy of almost $100 billion a year.

Pain medications, although widely used, often are not effective for many people. Their efficacy can be marginal, tolerance tends to build quickly, and the side-effects of such medications result in over 75,000 people ending up in the hospital every year.

Because of the widespread need, pain relief is the most often emphasized magnet therapy application. Numerous studies have supported its effectiveness in this regard.

Post-Polio Syndrome

One of the most scientifically rigorous research studies focused on the pain associated with post-polio syndrome (PPS) (see Vallbona, et al., Archives Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation. November, 1997). As is often the case with SCD, people with PPS suffer from pain for various reasons, such as over-use injuries or inactivity of joints and muscles.

The study utilized a double-blind setup. Such a design eliminates the placebo effect because neither the researcher nor the participant know who is receiving actual treatment or placebo control.

Researchers attached either a small, low-intensity magnet or a fake magnet (placebo) to the painful areas of fifty subjects suffering from PPS, who also experienced arthritic or muscle pain. Overall, 75% of the participants who got the active magnet reported decreased pain. Conversely, only about 20% who received the inactive magnet reported an improvement.

Multiple Sclerosis (MS)

Magnetic fields have also been report to help relieve MS symptoms. A number of double-blind and numerous case studies indicated that pulsed electromagnetic fields may help reduce pain and spasticity and improve bladder control, cognitive function, tiredness and fatigue, mobile function and vision in those who have MS. (see Richards, et al., Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Clinics of North America, August, 1998).

Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)

There are many who believe that electromagnetic energy will ultimately have a paramount role in neuronal regeneration and restoring nerve function after spinal cord injuries. Research with animals suggests that pulsed electromagnetic fields can stimulate peripheral and spinal cord neuronal regeneration, and aid in functional recovery.

These magnetic fields influence: calcium influx via the neuronal cell membrane, which impacts essential cellular functions; and the amounts of important nerve growth factors, which impact regeneration. Additionally, some research indicates that magnetic fields may modify the physical matrix of the scar tissue that forms after spinal cord injury in a manner that is less likely to inhibit the regrowth of neurons.

Spinal cord injury clinical applications of biomagnetic therapy are expanding. As an example, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is one of the primary methods of imaging the brain and spinal cord. A newer technique called functional magnetic stimulation can stimulate urination and defecation, prevent deep-vein thrombosis (DVT) by causing leg contractions, and increase respiratory and coughing ability. Pulsed electromagnetic energy has also been reported to accelerate pressure ulcer healing.

For more information, see: Biomagnetic Healing by Gary Null.