The 21 most common myths and
mysteries about magnetic therapy
Essential must read information for anyone
who is considering using
magnets for pain relief
16) Magnets will stay magnetised forever.
To magnetise metal it needs to be repeatedly passed over a magnet. This
process imprints the magnets strength onto the metal that is being
magnetised. In turn this metal then becomes magnetic. Magnets do not stay
magnetised forever. Magnets will retain their magnetism for a certain
amount of time and it is different for every single type of magnet.
Neodymium magnets retain their strength for approximately 10 years, a lot
longer than ceramic ferrite magnets.
17) Magnetic therapy will do strange things to my body.
The only strange thing it will do to your body is relieve your pain
without the use of drugs. Magnets will increase circulation, relieve pain
and reduce inflammation. Apart from a slight warming around the area
where your magnets are placed, there are no reported side effects and
even the warm sensation only lasts for a few days while the body gets used
to the increased circulation.
18) Your doctor doesn't know anything about magnets. So it can't be
Your doctor is probably a GP. This means general practitioner. They are
trained in general mainstream medicine and most of them haven't even
heard of magnets let alone undergone specialist training. They are not
qualified to give out advice on magnet therapy so you should always speak
to a qualified magnetic therapist. You don't need your GP's permission
and you can use magnets in conjunction with all conventional
19) When you start using magnets the pain has to get worse before it
Magnets will begin to work as soon as you start wearing them, there is
no delay. The magnets may cause a warm sensation to occur in the area
where the magnets are placed but this is due to the increased
circulation and the body soon gets used to it, with the warm feeling only lasting
a couple of days. They do not cause pain and they don't increase pain.
To get the most benefits you should wear them all the time, day and
night until your pain is resolved.
20) You can't wear magnets if you have metal implants.
Metal implants are not affected at all by the magnets and the magnets
aren't affected by the metal implants either so they are perfectly safe
to use together. The implants, are commonly metal pins that are holding
bones together, or rods of metal that have been used to support an
injury during healing or a joint replacement. All metal prosthesis are made
from surgical grade stainless steel (316L). The same type of stainless
steel is used in our stainless steel jewellery range so it is perfectly
safe to use with magnets. There are some exceptions;
* You should not use magnets if you have an internal defibrillator/pump
* You should not use magnets if you have a pacemaker.
* You should not use magnets if you have are pregnant
Using magnet therapy with a pacemaker or internal defibrillator/pump could
cause the device to malfunction which in turn could result in an
interruption of your heart rhythm, so for this reason you should never use
magnets with either a pace maker or an internal defibrillator/pump.
21) You can't wear magnets when working with electrical equipment.
Most equipment would not be affected if the user wore magnets. It is a
safe enough distance from the appliance so that it is not affected. You
should not place magnets directly on to the equipment such as a
computer monitor or hard drive, as this close proximity may cause damage.
Anything that uses a magnetic strip or part that contains information (e.g.
a credit/debit card) should be kept away from magnets as they may cause
damage to the strip and erase the information contained on the strip
rendering it useless. It is fine to use a debit/credit card whilst
wearing a magnetic bracelet.
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