Asked Questions about Magnetic Therapy
How do magnets work in the body to help relieve pain?
A: Magnetic therapy is a safe, non-invasive method of applying magnetic
fields to the body for therapeutic purposes. Whether used independently
or as an adjunct to your current treatment, magnet therapy provides effectiv,
natural pain relief for a wide range of conditions, making it an excellent
choice for anyone. It helps speed the healing process and can improve quality
of sleep without any adverse side effects.Today there are over 300 studies
worldwide on magnetic therapy, and researchers have a much better understanding
of the mechanisms of action involved, including:
1) influencing the sodium-potassium ion balance in nerve cells - to reduce
the electric potential, thus reducing pain signals
2) relaxing smooth muscle walls of capillary blood vessels - allowing for
improved blood flow, faster removal of inflammation, and accelerated healing
3) affecting the lymphatic system, allowing inflammatory agents and toxins
to be flushed out of the body more efficiently
4) A number of MRI studies show the sinuses to be magnetically sensitive
- magnetic therapy in turn, helps reduce sinus pain and congestion
5) A negative magnetic field can improve melatonin production in the pineal
gland - responsible for inducing deeper, more restful sleep
Q: Is magnetic
therapy safe? Are there any side effects?
A: Yes, magnetic therapy is very safe. The World Health Organization
has issued a formal statement confirming that static magnetic fields pose
no health risks whatsoever. No complications have ever been reported with
its proper use. However, they should not be worn with implanted medical
devices (pacemakers or insulin pumps, etc.). Avoid use during pregnancy
as the effect of magnetism on the fetus is not fully known. Nor should you
use if you are using transdermal drug delivery systems.
Q: Can everyone
A: Please read above answer. Our products are not intended for diagnosis
or treatment of medical conditions. It is recommended that persons with
known or presumed medical conditions seek advice of their physician. Consult
your medical professional for specific guidelines on how to manage your
injury. Always follow the individual instructions of your physician or
healthcare provider. Emerson
WorldWide assumes no liability or responsibility for the use of its products.
How long should the
magnets be worn?
A: Emerson WorldWide magnet products can be worn at your convenience.
The results vary from person to person; there is no time limit and no
Q: How does magnetic
A: All physical and mental functions are controlled by electromagnetic
fields produced by the movement of electro-chemicals (ions) within the body.
When an injury occurs and tissue is damaged, positively charged ions move
to the affected area, triggering pain and causing inflammation. In
order for pain and inflammation to be relieved and healing to take place,
the electromagnetic fields at the injury site must be restored to their
normal balance. The
application of a magnetic field to an injured area helps restore the electromagnetic
fields back to normal levels. The magnetic field relaxes capillary walls,
as well as surrounding muscle and connective tissues, allowing for increased
blood flow. More oxygen and nutrients are transferred to the injury site,
while inflammatory-related toxins are removed. The overall process restores
the normal electromagnetic balance of the area, relieving pain and inflammation,
and promoting accelerated healing.
Q: Is magnetic
therapy an officially recognized alternative health treatment?
The National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) classifies
magnetic therapy as a form of Energy Medicine. The NCCAM is one of the 27
institutes and centers that make up the National Institutes of Health, and
falls under the Public Health Service in the Department of Health and Human
NCCAM states Static magnets have been used for centuries in efforts
to relieve pain. Numerous anecdotal reports have indicated that individuals
have experienced significant, and at times dramatic, relief of pain after
the application of static magnets over a painful area.
Q: How does magnetic
therapy reduce joint pain?
fields influence cell behavior by inducing electrical changes around and
within the cell. Improved blood supply increases oxygen and nutrient transport,
activating and regenerating cells. Increased calcium transport stimulates
the repair and growth of cartilage while at the same time decreasing pain.
Q: How does magnetic
therapy provide back pain relief?
therapy has proven to be very effective in relieving back pain, provided
it is properly applied. Through improved blood supply, oxygen levels
increase. This activates and regenerates cells, and induces electrical
changes around and within the cell--speeding the healing process. Pain
is reduced by negative magnetic fields working to rebalance the electrochemical
ion concentrations within nerve cells.
Q: How quickly
will magnetic therapy work?
depends on the type of condition, its severity, and how long you have been
in pain. Everyone's body will also respond differently to magnetic therapy.
In general older people respond to therapy faster than younger people.For
acute injuries, most people start feeling better in a day or two. Some actually
see results within hours or even minutes.With
chronic pain related conditions, it could take several days or even a week
or two before you start to feel better.
Q: How do I obtain
the best results from magnetic therapy?
A: The key to using magnetic therapy for pain relief and healing
is consistency. If you don't use the product every day as directed you
could see the pain come back and slow your healing process. Consistently
using magnetic products will help reduce pain and promote healing.Sometimes
your pain may actually come from a place that doesnt hurt. For
example pain in your knee might be a result of a hip problem. If magnetic
therapy does not seem to be working try shifting the magnet to another,
related area.Magnetic therapy products can also be placed over acupuncture
Q: What determines
the effectiveness of a magnetic therapy product?
A: To be
effective, a product must create a magnetic field strong enough to penetrate
completely through the injured area at a therapeutic level. The problem
is that the strength of a magnetic field dissipates rapidly with increasing
distance from a magnet. Many times an injured area can be several inches
below the skin. If a product is not properly designed, the magnetic field
will drop below therapeutic levels before it even reaches the injury site,
rendering the product completely ineffective.Four
factors determine the strength and effective penetration depth (how far
the field can reach) of a product's magnetic field:
The size of the
The number of magnets used
The polarity (negative or positive) facing the body
Manufacturer's gauss rating
All four factors must be known to be able to determine the effectiveness
of a magnetic therapy product
Q: How effective
is magnetic therapy?
A: According to most experts in the field, if magnetic therapy
products are designed and used properly they can be 80% - 90% effective.The
catch is that Biomagnetics is a far more complex science than most people
realize. Knowing how to accomplish this level of effectiveness is no
easy task. It requires highly specialized designs and manufacturing
methods, and educated guidance for informed use. Emerson WorldWide has
taken great care to distribute the most effective magnetic therapy products
available and provide you with the instructions and customer support
that you need to get the best results.
Q: What is Gauss
and why are thre so many different ones?
A: Gauss is the measurement that evaluates the power of penetration
of a magnet.The manufacturer's gauss rating is the amount of magnetic energy
at the magnet's core. Because magnets are made from different types of material,
each magnet has a different gauss rating.Think
of gold and the different carat ratings (10k, 14k, 18k, 24k). It's the same
with magnets - they have different quality grades. The higher grades are
more powerful and have a higher gauss rating. There are three basic types
of magnets used in biomagnetics:
* Flexible rubber
magnets - although commonly referred to as "refrigerator magnets",
the magnets used in magnetic therapy are much strong and thicker. Their
gauss ratings range from 2300 to 2650. Refrigerator magnets have a gauss
rating of about 1500.
* Ceramic magnets
- a compound made of strontium carbonate and ferric oxide powder. Ceramic
magnets are available commercially in 2300 gauss (grade 1), 3800 gauss (grade
5) and 3950 gauss (grade 8). Very high energy research grade materials are
available from specialty producers with gauss ratings of 4,000 to 4,300.
* Neodymium magnets
- This is the strongest type of magnet. It is a blend of the rare earth
element, Neodymium, with Iron and Boron. Commercial Neodymium magnets are
a typically 10,800 gauss (grade 27) or 11,000 gauss (grade 30). Higher energy
grades of 12,300 gauss (grade 35) and 12,800 gauss (grade 38) are available
from specialty producers.
Is gauss rating
a good indicator of how effective a product will be?
A: No it
is not. Size is equally as important. Larger magnets have more mass than
smaller magnets. That means they can store a greater amount of magnetic
energy. In some cases a larger magnet with a lower manufacturer's gauss
rating can actually be stronger than smaller magnet with a higher gauss
why the manufacturer's gauss rating alone is not an indication of how effective
a magnet will be. You must know both the manufacturer's gauss rating and
the size of the magnet to get an accurate picture.
Q: I have seen
products on websites with gauss ratings of up to 280,000. Is that possible?
A: No it
is not. Even an MRI machine can't generate that much power. Many companies
use manufacturer's gauss ratings to exaggerate the strength of their magnets.
For example, they might use 12,300 gauss magnets, but the magnets used are
tiny so they will only generate a small magnetic field. That means that
they may not do anything to ease your pain.When
you see really exaggerated gauss ratings like 30,000, 100,000 and 280,000
that usually means that a company is adding up the total gauss ratings of
all the magnets used in their product. This is deceptive because it tells
you nothing about how effective the magnets will be. It violates the laws
of physics. If you have 28 magnets with a 10,000 gauss rating each, your
total gauss rating is still 10,000, not 280,000.
Q: How long
will magnets last?
A: The magnets in our products are guaranteed for a lifetime.
Do Not Use: if pregnant, or if you are wearing a pacemaker, consult
a physician prior. Keep the magnets away from extreme heat, credit cards,
watches, recording tape, computer disks as the magnetic field may cause
problems with these items.