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Magnets for Arthritis and Pain Relief!

Worldwide, over 100 million people use magnets, including 30 million in Japan alone, where 10 million people sleep on magnetic beds to counter the effects of stress, pain, fatigue and various ailments. Static magnets have held a huge attraction for those in pain. Now a new trend is coming from EuropeÖpulsed magnetic fields. You simply lie on a mat for 15 minutes for a whole body treatment in the convenience of your own home. In our busy lifestyles we want the safest, most advanced, time saving and effective treatment for our families and ourselves. Pulsed magnetic fields are just that and are backed by 30 years of solid research. This kind of research has been lacking with static magnets and now consumers can have confidence in using this novel health technology for stress relief, rest and recovery.

People who have been using magnets know they are often heavy, bulky, and difficult to keep on. The body can become aggravated or not respond to magnets after a period of use. Gentle, and easy to use, the cutting-edge concept of pulsed magnetic fields imitates the low magnetic fields that occur naturally in our bodies. This concept is different from the 'permanent' magnets, which are less effective and require being worn the entire day. The results of pulsed magnetic fields are more profound since electro-magnetic balancing occurs in the body's cells.

Research on PEMF'S & Pain

The Arthritis Foundations Guide to Alternative Therapies has a section devoted to Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields, page 156-7. "There is a magnetic treatment that is medically accepted for some uses, and studies have shown it may work for osteoarthritis (OA). Itís called pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) and itís been used successfully more than a decade to stimulate the healing of broken bones. Itís approved for other uses in more than 20 countries and is widely used in Europe for OA and other musculoskeletal conditions.

PEMFís are being investigated at several major US universities and studies have shown it can relieve the pain of OA of the knee and spine. Itís painless, noninvasive and has no reported side effects. The theory is the PEMF stimulates repair by replacing a short circuit in the normal electrical process in our bodies. Itís shown that bones and other parts of our bodies produce electrical signals. It is believed that under normal circumstances tiny electrical currents set off when we move or walk to stimulate bone and cartilage growth. Bone or joint damage, such as cartilage loss in OA, can interrupt that stimulation. Low-level doses of external electrical stimulation may signal the body to repair cartilage.

 

Studies do show it relieves pain and improves function. Two studies were done at Yale University using an electromagnetic coil device. The first a double-blind, placebo-controlled pilot study involving 18 people with OA of the knee, showed that those who got 18 half-hour treatments had an average improvement of 23 to 61 percent in pain, joint tenderness and discomfort. The placebo group that got fake treatments had two to 18 percent improvement (Trock 1994). Another Yale study with 167 patients with OA of the knee or cervical spine showed similar, significant improvements (Trock 1993). Another double blind, placebo controlled study was also done at Johns Hopkins University where 78 patients with OA of the knee had four weeks of treatment or a placebo. The treatment group had significantly better results in terms of pain, function and physician assessment than the placebo group (Zizic 1993)."

The final opinion given by The Arthritis Foundation is that pulsed magnetic fields look promising for the pain and mobility related to arthritis disorders appear to have no side effects and they are worth a try. At the time of publication, these treatments were not available in the United States. Recently, this treatment has become available with the introduction of the PEMF System 100 Device and table pad.

Benefits of PEMF'S - Stress Reduction

Pulsed magnetic fields have already been in use in Europe for at least 30 years. What has been found with the ongoing use of pulsed magnetic fields to the body is an induction of electrons, which creates a natural resonance that the body and its cells recognize and work to maintain. The human body is electro-magnetic in nature. We all know the brain and nervous system are electrical. By adding a balancing charge to the cells, the cells are calibrated. Thus, with continued use individuals have found they feel more vital because their cells are better utilizing the water, food and air they take in. Increased elimination of waste byproducts also occur.

There is much experimental evidence that almost all biological systems are highly sensitive to the low magnetic fields generated by PMFs, with a wide range of biologic effects. Research, on humans and animals, has shown that PMFs alter stress responses by acting directly on the nervous system, cells, tissues and organs. Research has shown the following benefits: improvements in circulation, reduction of pain, muscle relaxation, reduction of swelling, decreased inflammation, improved oxygenation in the tissues, and a better nights sleep. Reducing stress factors in the body will also allow individuals to become proactive in slowing the aging process. Pulsed magnetic fields have these general actions on the body, and when these actions are understood, individuals will understand how they can help themselves for a lifetime.

Most importantly from a preventative perspective, pulsed magnetic fields manage and prevent stress reactions in the body. Once a stress reaction occurs, it can take hours, even days to recover. Since the effects of stress are also cumulative, a daily routine of reducing the physiologic response becomes necessary to ward off long-term damage and ensuing physical problems.

The stress response causes the brain to release chemicals that stimulate the nervous system. Adrenaline is pumped into the bloodstream along with extra sugar and fat, from body stores, for energy to fuel muscles. Mental activity is focused; some organs slow their activity, while others accelerate it. The muscles tense up, the breathing rate increases, there may be tightness in the chest and queasiness in the stomach. In a high stress state, most of these reactions will be present. In a lower stress state only one or several may be present and in varying degrees.

Though, mild chronic daily stress causes untold damage to humans, research has shown that pulsed magnetic fields produce a number of general anti-stress changes in the body, both to ward off stress, that is, create stress resistance, and to decrease the hormonal, immune, neurologic, soft tissue, cardiac, vascular, low pH and low-oxygen damage caused by stress. Since the effects of stress are also cumulative, a daily routine of reducing the physiologic response becomes necessary to ward off long-term damage and ensuing physical problems like irritability, headaches, hypertension, gastritis, arrhythmias, depression, fatigue, immune deficiencies, etc.

Many approaches are used to reduce the effects of stress, including relaxation, meditation, yoga and stress avoidance. Whole body pulsed magnetic fields (PMFs) is the new, simple, easily useable approach to reducing the physical response to the effects of daily stress. We all know that a relaxed and well-rested body and mind are more productive and enable us to maximize the effectiveness of accomplishing daily tasks. With ongoing use of PMFs individuals have observed a calmer happier lifestyle for themselves and their families too.

As we want to see real improvement with stress relief, seeing results and changes are real concerns with this new health concept. Immediate changes that may be experienced are calmness or drowsiness and increased warmth to the body with increased circulation. Others may experience slight tingling, relief from discomfort and "tipsy" after a treatment. Some people see deepened and clearer breathing, relief from body aches and better sleep that night. Some people need a few days to a few weeks to feel more energy, have body aches go away and see an improvement in their sleep. Thirty days is the optimal time to see distressing occur throughout the different areas of oneís lifestyle.

As people are busy with full schedules adding something new to their schedules is always a concern. The beauty of fitting PMF's into a daily routine is that it is as easy as lying on a bed or in a chair. PEMF can be used while watching TV, opening the mail, talking on the phone, holding a loved-one, reading, filing finger nails or simply relaxing! No pills or exercise. Simply lie down to get all these benefits.

Pulsed magnetic fields can be used safely on babies, animals and adults of all ages. Pulsed magnetic fields are noninvasive and nontoxic, which makes them ideal for gradual body rebalancing. There are no undesirable side effects. If a dull headache, increased thirst, slight fatigue and achy muscles are initially experienced, increased water intake is needed. These symptoms will clear when toxics have released from the body. Contraindications do include use of pulsed magnetic fields for people with severe mycosis or epilepsy who should consult a doctor before use. It is not recommended for use by pregnant women or by people with heart pacemakers.

Using PMF's could very likely lower a familyís overall health care costs. Ongoing lifetime use of pulsed magnetic fields lowers stress levels in the body. This can prevent disease before it starts. Taking this kind of preventative approach will lower health care costs overall by reducing the need for more costly treatments such as medications and surgery. From this perspective, pulsed magnetic fields used regularly should be able to prevent or reverse many of the long-term effects of stress that all of us experience daily.

Pulsed magnetic fields will continue to be the choice of educated consumers as a new approach to "pure prevention" in health care. Now, optimizing health and lifestyle only takes 15 minutes of whole body relief. PEMF augments sleep and relieves body aches, the body better receives nutrients; detoxification and water absorption are also increased.