Bone healing with
By Jennie Albin, CTB
Intact bone cells have a weak magnetization with both
positive and negative magnetic fields. However, when a bone breaks it becomes
like two repelling magnets. If it is left to heal naturally the fractured ends
resist one another and the bone does not heal together smoothly, leaving the
fractured sightly misaligned. According to Philpott (1990) “When a magnetic
field is applied to a cell, the cell assumes the polarity of the applied
magnetic field until the field is removed. Thus, when negative magnetic energy
is applied to a cell, the counter clockwise spin of the negatively charged
cellular DNA pull oxygen (paramagnetic) into the cell”.
If a magnet is placed over a fracture sight the
external magnetic field over powers the weaker magnetic field of the bone. The
bone, being paramagnetic, assumes the identical magnetic field of the magnet
being applied to the fracture sight. Therefore the repelling nature of the two
broken ends is overridden by the magnet and the fracture sight comes together
without resistance. Also, the negative magnet speeds up the rate of healing by
enhancing cell permeability. Becker (1990) wrote about a bone growth research
project which states, “Osteogenic cells where the potential was negative would
be stimulated to grow more bone, while those in the positive area would close up
shop and dismantle their matrix.”
Next a case study & a protocol are provided as further
rational & future direction for biomagnetic research.
RJ, had a spiral fracture of the left femur on
November 8, 1998 immediately following a left total hip replacement (THR). The
client slipped in the kitchen and broke her femur just above the knee. The
doctor’s recommendation was to redo the THR and replace the rod that resided
next to the femur which was initially used to help stabilize the hip.The doctor
estimated that the client would not be able to walk for 6 to 9 months following
the surgery. The client decided against this procedure and was told that the
chances of the fracture healing effectively were poor. The client decided to use
The following is the treatment protocol that the client
Treatment: direct placement of a 4x6x1/2”
ceramic magnet with a conventional magnetization pattern and a gauss rating of
3,950. Client used an ace bandage to attach the magnet directly over the site of
the fracture & cast.
Polarity: Negative side toward the site of
Approximately 24 hours a day except during toileting for 4 months.
Observation: Client stated that she experienced
nausea and dizziness the first 2-3 days of using the magnet. Client was also
using pain medication, Vicoden and Tylenoc. At the two week check up following
her hospital release the x-rays showed that the fracture was healing. In
February 1999 the client had a follow-up visit which included x-rays and at that
time the doctor confirmed that the fracture was completely healed. The bone
healed together, straight and smoothly. The femur had healed in four months
versus the prognosis of six to nine months.
This case study illustrates the
potential benefits of biomagnetic therapy which appear to have greatly
influenced the quality and rate of bone healing.
The following is general research protocol for
treatment of bone fractures by Suzy Balliett, OTR,CBI:
1) Seek medical attention and evaluation from a
2) Follow immobilization precautions & weight bearing
3) Consult with a Biomagnetic Specialist
Treatment with medical magnets: Direct
placement of a magnet that is larger than the fracture. For example, for large
bone fractures use a brick 4x6x1/2 magnet and for smaller bone fractures use a
plast alloy or neodymium magnet.
Magnetization pattern: Conventional (negative
and positive poles are on separate sides of the magnet).
Type of magnet:
High gauss magnet 3,000-12,000 G.
Duration: As long as possible 20-24 hours
per day 12 weeks or until x-rays verify that the fracture is completely healed.
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