Magnetic field therapy is the use of magnets to treat health problems.
Magnet therapy can be used in many ways. Magnets range from simple, small magnets to large machines that create strong magnetic fields. Magnetic blankets, beds, shoe inserts, belts, back support braces, and a wide variety of other magnets are available from stores, doctors, and the internet.
The most common use of magnetic therapy is for pain relief. Other problems that may be helped with magnets include stress, infections, nervous system disorders, and cancer. Arthritis, inflammation, headaches, insomnia, circulation problems, and bone healing may also be helped by magnet therapy.
There are no training programs for magnetic therapy. Talk with your doctor before trying magnetic therapy. Although the doctor may not be familiar with magnetic therapy, he may be able to rule out more serious medical conditions that would require conventional treatment.
It is important that you get your magnets and instructions from a knowledgeable source. The proper placement and direction of the magnetic poles is very important. The negative magnetic field reduces pain and swelling, removes toxins, increases oxygen to tissues, and causes relaxation. The positive magnetic field does the opposite.
Magnetic therapy is generally safe and rarely causes any side effects. Heart patients with pacemakers or defibrillators and pregnant women should avoid any type of magnetic field therapy.
The following guidelines should be followed by people using magnetic therapy. Do not use a magnetic bed for more than eight to ten hours. Wait at least 60 to 90 minutes after meals before using magnets to the abdomen. Never apply the positive magnetic pole unless under the direction of a doctor.
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