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MAGNET THERAPY

Magnets are thought to work in the body by attracting and repelling charged particles in the blood, creating movement and heat. The magnetic field also creates a slight electric current, which
stimulates the nervous system releasing extra endorphins. A study at Baylor College of Medicine published in 1997 found permanent magnets reduced pain in post-polio patients. This study gave the hint of credibility for magnets as an alternative treatment for pain. Before this study most medical practitioners believed magnets had only a placebo effect (the person only thought that it helped). Today, magnetic therapy is becoming more visible as the use of magnets continues to grow among professional athletes.

Although the Baylor study does raise the possibility of pain relief, the results are still tentative until further research. However, magnet therapy apparently does not produce any negative effects on the body. Check with your primary health care physician or chiropractor for the latest information on the use magnet therapy


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