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Magnets for Pain Relief

December 19, 2011

Pain Relief

 

How do magnets provide pain relief?

Strong magnets must be placed directly over the knee pain, or certain acupuncture points.  Pain signals sent by the nerves in your body are blocked or reduced when magnets affect ion channels, some research suggests.  Ions are charged (either positive or negative) electro-chemicals.  Biological processes like pain signals and muscle contractions are controlled by the movement of ions (ion channels).

The great news about using magnets for your knee pain is that they are safe – no side effects.  You don’t have to worry about the gastrointestinal problems associated with drugs, mortality rates associated with surgery, or infections associated with injections.

Magnets should not be used if you are pregnant, if you have an implanted electro-medical device (like a pacemaker), near open wounds, near transdermal drug patches, or over the site of cortisone injection (up to 2 weeks after the injection).



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