Metals and Magnets for Back Pain

The human body is a machine, composed of organic and inorganic molecules, and metallic and non-metallic elements. The body works on the cellular level as the metals and magnets in our body help the blood vessels carry oxygen, and transport elements across our cellular membranes. Our body may also be influenced by metals and magnets that are placed outside our bodies, and on our skin, to treat back pain and other orthopedic conditions. Let's take a look at how these products are used to today to treat people's chronic pain conditions.

You probably see metals and magnets on people every day. Though it would seem to defy logic that a small band of metal on a person's wrist could make the difference in their health, the people who use them swear by them. The two most popular types of products used for arthritis and back pain are copper bracelets and metal bracelets that have magnets at their two ends. The magnetic bracelets typically have two balls on the open ends that face close together by do not physically contact one another. The two magnets balls at the ends of the bracelets have positive and negative polarities, and create a magnetic field that provides some sort of pain relieving therapy.

Let's take a closer look at how these types of therapies work.

Metals and Magnets: Many athletes and arthritis sufferers wear copper wristbands that are supposed to relieve sore tendons, muscles, and ligaments or joint pain from arthritis. The theory is that the power of the mineral in the band filters into the body to relieve pain. Today, many professional champion pro golfers swear that their golf games were saved by wearing metal discs on their backs. Velcro belts hold the discs in place.

these flat copper magnets are thought to have a healing effect when they placed close to the skin/body surface. When tissues become damaged, or structures in the body become injured, the body requires more oxygen and more blood flow to these structures to quickly initiate the healing process. Researchers and physicians believe that the magnets increase blood flow, allowing the healing tissues to receive a greater supply of oxygen and nutrients than would occur naturally.

Other people believe that the magnets influence the Calcium ions in our body to affect bone density and the sedimentation of calcium on our joints. Some people believe that these magnets may increase the absorption of calcium ions from the bloodstream, into the bones. Increased absorption of calcium into the bone matrix may help to inhibit bone density loss associated with osteoporosis. This increased absorption of calcium may also help to speed the healing process of bones that have suffered fractures or breaks.

Some theorists believe that these magnets may prevent calcification in the joints. When calcium salts build up in soft tissue structures such as the joints, ligaments, and tendons, it may decrease the mobility and range of motion of the joints. Another idea of magnet healing is that the body's pH (acid/alkaline) balance is disturbed when the body is injured or sick, and magnetic fields help to restore that balance.

Magnet Therapy: This type of treatment is also known as magnotherapy or magnetic therapy. People who support this type of treatment believe that by creating certain magnetic fields outside of the body, we may influence internal body processes to stimulate healing. We do know that the metal element, iron, is responsible for carrying oxygen to the body tissues, and carbon dioxide out of the body. Could magnetic fields outside our bodies influence the speed with which the iron in our bloodstream moves towards the lungs to release carbon dioxide, and away from the lungs, to bring oxygen to our injured tissues? People who recommend this type of treatment believe that they do. Skeptics believe that the magnitude of the magnets used for pain treatment are simply too weak to make the difference.

Methods of Application: Magnets may be worn as rings, bracelets, or may be embedded in straps and adjusted for strategic placements in the body. In some cases, magnets may be worn on our clothes, or placed in objects we use often or in or on often, such as mattresses. Magnets may be absorbed into our body's tissues through magnetic creams, or into our bodies in supplements.