Magnet therapy has been used to treat muscle, nerve, and joint pain. A study of magnets for relief of fibromyalgia pain is underway at the University of Virginia.Magnets come in different shapes and sizes and are available over the counter. They can be inserted in shoes, seat cushions, or mattress pads; small magnetic discs can be taped to the body in the area of discomfort.
Typically, no direct sensation is experienced from the magnets. There is no certification of magnet therapy practitioners, but some allopathic pain management specialists are knowledgeable in this area.Safety.
Magnet therapy is inappropriate for patients with cardiac pacemakers, defibrillators, thrombocytopenia, bleeding disorders, or anticoagulant therapy. For others, magnets between 300-500 gauss are considered safe.
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