Knee pain can be a serious and debilitating condition, which affects millions of people each year. For centuries magnetic therapy has been used to treat conditions that affect the joint and muscles and there is an increasing amount of literature and reports analysing the effects magnetic therapy can have on various conditions, such as injuries to the knee.
Whilst may people suffering from pains in the joints and injuries to the tendons and muscles claim that magnetic forms of therapy has helped to treat the pain and speed recovery, others remain more unconvinced and the medical profession, by and large, remains sceptical that magnetic therapy is a viable form of treatment for debilitating conditions and injuries.
Whilst the world of medicine, at large, remains dubious, the world of alternative medicine generally holds a hypothesis that in aligning the molecules of blood by acting directly on the iron in blood to improve circulation, magnetic therapy for knee pain can indeed prove beneficial to those suffering.
Helping ‘silence the sceptics’ is a study that was carried out by researchers at the Bayler College of Medicine in Houston when 50 patients suffering from post-polio pain.
The team of scientists conducted two tests; one involved using real magnets and one using sham magnets. According to a report published on Arthritis.About.com, the 29 patients who had undergone treatment with an active magnet had reported a greater reduction in pain that the 21 patients who had received treatment with a fake magnet, thus proving that magnetic therapy lies deeper than merely being a ‘placebo effect’.
The authors of the Bayler College research concluded that the “Application of a device delivering static magnetic fields of 300 to 500 G (Gauss) over a pain trigger point results in significant and prompt relief of pain in post-polio patients”.
Although the actual benefits of magnetic therapy in helping to diminish the pain for those suffering from muscular and tendon problems remains relatively controversial and contested, it is widely accepted that magnetic therapy is harmless and inexpensive, so therefore what would be the harm in trying it?
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