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Is magnet therapy myth or magic?
Magnetic therapy has been around for a while now, but we hardly hear about it. When we do, it’s usually an info-mercial about a product that’s more hype than help. It’s the technology behind magnetic therapy that we need to educate ourselves about.
For example, did you know that magnets are typically bad for your body? The way magnets are commercially made has an adverse effect on the central nervous system. Anyone know how an MRI machine works? The magnets in the machine are so powerful they can rearrange your molecules — just so we can take an image to see whats going on inside your rotator cuff. The side effects of this can’t all be good. Sadly, until we develop a better technology, this is what we have for now.
What's the trouble with commercial magnets?
The problem with commercial magnets is that they’re not organic. The earth has it’s own magnetism that occurs naturally and we live in it everyday. We could benefit from this phenomenon, if we were to live outside and be barefoot all the time — not very practical in today’s society. So what to do? There are companies that have provided alternatives. These manufacturers have figured out a way to replicate the earth’s natural magnetism. The catch is that these products are varied in both ability and price range.
My advice is to research before you invest. If you find something in a store, an easy way to know if it’s good for you or not is to muscle-test. Try this at home first:
- Enlist a partner and grab a magnet off of your refrigerator.
- Stand facing your partner and hold the magnet in one hand.
- Outstretch your other arm with your palm up.
- Have your partner gently push the palm of the out stretched hand down toward the floor.
- Repeat this without the magnet.
make sure you put the magnet on the counter away from you
- Take turns and see what happens.
If you find a magnet that makes you weaker, it is because the magnetic field is disrupting your body’s natural electrical system. This is not the magnetism that’s good for your body. If you find a magnet that makes you stronger, that’s the good magnetism similar to what we get from the earth. Go ahead and buy that one and keep it in your pocket.
Have magnets helped me?
I experienced using magnets when I had tendonitis in my wrist a few years ago. The pain was pretty intense and I had some swelling too. I did all of the conventional things you do for tendonitis but it kept flaring up because I kept working. I finally put two Nikken magnets and a far-infrared wrap on it. It worked like a charm. In about 2 days, the swelling went down and the tendons were fine by day 5. I’ve had a few patients that let me put magnets on them too. They may have done it just to humor me, but they noted improvements.
Those of you who run around barefoot all the time have an advantage over most people. Especially, me because I don’t do barefoot at all. Growing up in the Big Apple, you really don’t want to be without proper foot gear. And here in Tulsa, we have lots of crawly things that freak me out. So I found some insoles that work great for me. They have the right technology and keep me energized while I’m working.
There you have it — another idea for self healing. Remember research and test the magnets. If any magnet would do, we’d be walking around with those plastic refrigerator letters taped to our faces and bodies!
peace and love,