Are There Medical Benefits of Wearing Magnetic Bracelets?

Claims of Magnetic Therapy

For several years magnetic therapy has been gaining popularity but is there truth behind the claims? I will attempt to prepare you with information throughout this article to help you answer that question. First let's take a look at what the claims of magnetic therapy are.

  • Magnetic Therapy relieves pain in joints, (arthritis pain) bones, and muscles.
  • Magnetic Therapy relieves migraine headaches.
  • Magnetic Therapy relieves pain caused by Fibromyalgia.
  • Magnetic Therapy relieves pain throughout the body regardless what the pain is caused by

These are the main claims that many people including some in the medical profession have reported.

The Placebo Effect

The way the magnetic therapy works in theory is that by placing the magnet on the body it increases blood flow to the area of pain to help with healing. It is also believed that the magnets close pain receptors in the body which in effect stop sending messages to the brain that let the brain know that you have pain. Sometimes an injury such as a broken bone could be healed but pain continues due to the pain receptors in the injured area not closing, or turning off once the bone is healed. The same effect occurs when a patient experiences amputation and the brain still feels that part of the body. The brain continues to receive the message that pain exist. The magnets turn off those electric impulses and in effect relieves the pain.

Some Doctors or Alternative Medical Practitioners have used magnets by taping the magnets in the area of pain to turn off the pain receptors. In many cases this has proved to be effective, however it has also been tested with non-magnetic disks where patients have said the pain was relieved, creating a result of the Placebo Effect, where your mind believes what the outcome will be and therefore it happens. In other words, if you believe something is going to work it will work even if a substitute is used in place of the cure. The patient believes the magnets are going to take away the pain and even though the disks were not magnets, the patient stopped feeling the pain. This is not to say that magnets do not work to relieve pain, but in some or possibly all cases the patient stops feeling pain due to a strong belief in the process no matter if magnets were used or not.

Types of Magnets Used For Therapy

Today you can find many people wearing magnetic bracelets for relief of many of the pain symptoms listed above. The style of the bracelets vary from Copper bands with round disk type magnets placed in the inside so when worn they are placed closet to your arteries. There are other styles as shown in the photos in this article that are stylish yet have the magnets placed throughout the bracelet for the benefits. Many beaded bracelets are being produced for the variety of styles and colors.

Another form of magnetic therapy is by the use of much larger magnets similar to a large coin, or disk shape. These type magnets are used by practitioners for more serious pain and are taped to the body in the area of the pain.

Today many people prefer wearing a bracelet for the style and the benefits. They are easy to get but prices do vary from $5.00 to hundreds of dollars depending on how elaborate you want to get. Many hobbyist jewelry makers create the beaded magnetic bracelets for a reasonable price. They are very effective both for the style and the benefits.

Personal Experience

Several years ago I was without health insurance and I broke my upper arm and dislocated my shoulder. I could see the separation in my arm and the pain was incredible. I couldn't move my arm more than a few inches and could not reach behind me at all or raise my arm above my head. Since I did not have medical insurance and I was unemployed, I could not afford going to the doctor or the hospital so I splinted it myself with the help of my wife. I immobilized my arm so I could not move it in hopes that it would heal and the pain would go away. For about 2 weeks I continued to take over the counter pain medicine with little relief. I heard about wearing a magnet bracelet to help with pain so I bought a bracelet for $10.00 at Walmart. Three days after wearing the bracelet, I finally had pain relief. After another day I stopped taking all pain meds but continued to wear the bracelet. My arm took several weeks to finally heal but the pain was relieved after wearing the bracelet. Was it just the belief that I had that the bracelet would work or did the bracelet really work? I am a strong believer that the bracelet worked because I had more faith in the pain meds than what I did in the bracelet but the pain meds did not take the pain away. I don't care if it was a placebo effect or not, the fact is my pain was relieved and to this day I continue to wear a magnetic bracelet for other pain ailments and it works for me.

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Made 5 years ago from Finland

Great hub! I have a magnetic necklace myself and I don't have any pain in my shoulders and neck when I wear it. If I don't wear it I'll start feeling a tension in my shoulders and neck.


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Made

Thank you for reading this hub and for the comments. I sure became a believer in the magnets. They work for me.


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klanguedoc 5 years ago from Canada

Great hub. My wife's cousin is a true believer and even sells al kinds of magnetic products, even pillows and shoes.


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@klanguedoc

Thank you for reading this hub. I didn't know that magnetic pillows or magnetic shoes existed. That is interesting. Thanks for the comments.


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Rob Winters 5 years ago

Interesting stuff Allen - Incidentally i've come across mention of these a couple of times recently so was interested to read your hub on the matter. Certainly sounds worth a try and as you say, if relief is experienced, the individual concerned will care little whether this is primarily a result of the magnets or the placebo effect or indeed a combination of the two.Thanks for responding to my carpal tunnel q btw.Voted up,interesting & useful :-)


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Rob Winters

Thank you for reading this hub and for your comments. I also appreciate the vote up! I use the magnets all of the time and they do help. It is worth it to try it.


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CMerritt 5 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

I will check this out for my wife who suffers with back pain...thanks for this hub, I have never heard of this, but I do believe in certain people, and in this short time of learing about you, It is enough for me to take your word for it.

Chris


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Allen Williams 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thanks for checking it out and I hope it does work for her back. I have been wearing the magnets for a few years now and chronic pain that I had is either gone or reduced to the level that is very insignificant.


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Pamela N Red 4 years ago from Oklahoma

They do seem to work for some people. I don't have a personal experience but it's worth a try if you are having pain. I'm all for using alternative means instead of harsh drugs.


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Allen Williams 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thank you for reading this hub Pam. If you ever get pain that just doesn't seem to want to go away, try the magnets. You have nothing to lose except a few bucks for the cost of the bracelet. Thank you for your comments.


christie turner 4 years ago

Yes they do work..I suffer from tmj and high blood pressure. A day after buying and wearing mine the pain in my jaw was gone also a week later when I had my bp checked it was 103/63 ,it has never been that good . I would suggest one for anyone with high blood pressure.


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Allen Williams 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thank you Christie for reading this hub and for the positive comments.


janis 4 years ago

I'm hopeful I will find positive benefits with this type of therapy. I have been ill for the past 18 month's and suffer with unbearable neuropathy, joint and muscle pain.


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Allen Williams 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thank you for reading my hub. I hope you have some relief from your pain. I also suffer from the same things. The magnets have helped a lot but it is not a cure all. Good luck to you.


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Made 4 years ago from Finland

I have forgotten to wear my necklace for two days now and I'm really tired and feel tensions in my shoulders. Need to remember to put it on tomorrow and hopefully I will feel better.


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Allen Williams 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Made, They do have a way of making you feel better! Thanks for your comment.


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Maximizer 4 years ago from San Jose, Costa Rica

Thanks for the info!


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Allen Williams 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Maximizer, I hope it was useful for you. Thank you for reading it.


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Goody5 3 years ago from Bohville, USA, Just below the Mason-Dixon line in the land of the pleasant living

Great hub! I totally believe in this sort of thing now, and I'm totally convinced that it truly works for me. Here's my story on the Q-Ray bracelet, which I now wear all of the time today - http://goody5.hubpages.com/hub/Q-Ray-Miracle-Brace...


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Allen Williams 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@Goody5, Thanks for reading it. I'm glad it is working for you.


kalyani 3 years ago

hay it was my personal experience that magnetic are really good in pain relief and also reduce any flat in human body without any side affects.


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Allen Williams 3 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

@kalyani, Thanks for reading this hub. Once you experience first hand the results of magnetic therapy it is hard to give it up.


jaime 2 years ago

I have had excruciating back pain for three days, I wore by braclet and my pain is essentially gone


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Allen Williams 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Thank you for your input Jamie. I am glad to hear that news!


Elize 2 years ago

I have insomnia, very bad, will a magnetic bangle help me sleep at night


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Allen Williams 2 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Elize: I don't know if a magnetic bracelet will help you sleep, but I suggest that you try it and I wish you the best of luck.


Yas 15 months ago

Hi. Is anyone can help me that I have high blood pressure and I want to use magnetic bracelet but I don't know which arm to wear right or left? And another thing wen I going to sleep shall I wear it or not? Plz plz help me about this matter. My email address is cabby516@hotmail.co.uk I'm waiting for reply. Thanx

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