This type of therapeutic treatment is used regularly in people with chronic pain conditions. Treatment can either be pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) or static magnetic fields (SMF).
What is Magnetic Field Therapy?
PEMF uses an alternating current through a coil applicator, whereas SMF uses simple, static magnets. The most common example is the magnetic bracelets and other jewellery which can be purchased from high street pharmacies. Both forms of magnetic field therapy are said to have the effect of decreasing swelling and inflammation.
Practitioners of magnetic field therapy believe that to maintain health and for healing, the bodies electromagnetic field must be in balance and the use of magnetic field therapy helps to restore this balance.
What can Magnetic Field Therapy be used for?
Magnetic field therapy has been shown to be successful in producing analgesia (pain relief) in a number of different conditions including lower back pain and osteoarthritis. However, most studies demonstrating a positive effect on pain are of poor quality and so there is no solid evidence promoting the use of magnetic fields in treating injuries or chronic pain.
What are the Contraindications?
Magnetic field therapy should not be used in the following situations:
- People with pacemakers