Tuesday, September 25, 2007

No evidence magnet therapy dulls pain: study

They're embedded in everything from mattresses to insoles for shoes to wrist bands — but there is no definitive scientific evidence that static magnets can relieve chronic pain, researchers say.

Products that incorporate static magnets are a multibillion-dollar business worldwide, and many chronic pain sufferers are drawn by the promise they hold for alleviating such nagging conditions as arthritis, fibromyalgia and low back discomfort.

The theory from proponents is that a magnetic field increases blood flow, causing increased oxygen, nutrients, hormones and painkilling endorphins to be distributed to tissues in the affected area.


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