Magnetic Therapy - A drug free means of alleviating the symptoms of fibromyalgia
Cure Fibromyalgia with Magnetic Therapy
A drug free means of alleviating the symptoms of fibromyalgia By Alvin A. Bakst, M.D. Have you awakened in the morning with every muscle and every joint aching and tender? Do you have areas that are painful to the touch? Is your sleep interrupted by fits of awakeness? Do you find that riding in a car for any length of time is a torture, and that you have got to stop and get out to stretch? Do you find that you have a constant deep fatigue?
Chances are you have an early form of fibromyalgia.
Fibromyalgia is a rather elusive disease characterized by wide spread muscular and myofascial aches and pains. The most common sites are the back, the shoulders, and the joints, accompanied by pain and stiffness.
Too often the patients with this disease, after having been seen by a multitude of different physicians, have been relieved to find that they truly have a real disease rather than the symptoms being a psychological figment of their imagination. This usually comes as a distinct relief because now there is a real disease entity with some form of optional treatment that these people can reach for.
Approximately 5% of the population is affected with this disease with a far higher percentage of women over men. The exact etiology of the disease is not really known, but most physicians agree that the fibromyalgia patient experiences pain amplification due to abnormal sensory processing in the central nervous system. It is here that the use of magnets may well have its beneficial salutory effect.
The pain that people with fibromyalgia experience is truly profound and widespread. It is accompanied by muscular aching, numbness, tingling and burning. It affects the sleep pattern leading to mental fatigue, anxiety and stress. The fatigue is one of true exhaustion. It is accompanied by inability to sit for any length of time and is associated with what is now known to be a chronic fatigue syndrome. Additional symptoms may well include pain and stiffness of the joints and tenderness to the touch over those areas. It may well be accompanied by memory deficits, loss of concentration, and other neurological symptoms. Unfortunately there are no specific medical diagnostic laboratory tests to confirm this disease, and all too often the fibromyalgia patient is sent to a rheumatologist for his/her treatment.
A few words as to the treatment of the affliction: the use of over the counter medications, such as aspirin, Tylenol, Motrin have been used and may well be of help. Steroids may be helpful in alleviating the symptoms of this disease. Stronger drugs, such as Vicodin, Codeine, etc., may be necessary to alleviate the pain and tenderness that the patients experience. Other medications include antidepressants, even lidocaine local injections over painful areas as well as non-narcotic pain relievers. On occasion for really severe pain and symptomatology the treating physician may even be forced to rely upon narcotics.
Since the problem is one of distorted sensory processing we have been led to investigate the use of magnets for this pain. The use of magnets is a drug free means of alleviating this pain.
The cardinal finding is the presence of multiple areas of hyperalgesia with a generalized pain amplification state. The pain is due to a cascade of impulses originating from the neuron receptors and ending up in the cerebral cortex. This is a very important factor to remember because there is no such thing as pain if the nerve impulse does not reach the brain.
There is emerging evidence that afferent neural activity from muscles and tendons can be converted to pain signals. This now leads us to the use of magnets for the control of wide spread aches and pains associated with fibromyalgia.
When it comes to the use of magnets for the control of pain there is still the nagging question of "does it work or is it all mental. Is it real or is it a placebo?" As a physician who has worked with magnets it is my duty to attempt to dispel some of myths about magnets and it behooves me to outline some of the known effects of magnets. All magnets are not created equal. There are various kinds of magnets, both unipolar and bipolar, which are quite different from each other. Magnets can also have various gauss strengths. Bipolar magnets are really refrigerator magnets; they have no depth of field and cannot alleviate pain. They are inexpensive. Having no depth of field, these magnets cannot reach the nerves below the level of the skin. Nevertheless they are magnets. They are magnet products and it is products using these magnets that have given magnets its bad "snake oil" name.
In an attempt to describe how magnets effectuate the nerve impulse one must recognize that magnets have a depth of field. That means that they can reach into the body for a depth of anywhere from 2½ to 5 to 6 inches. It is essential for individuals who manufacture these products to have a working anatomic concept of the depth of the nerve that one wishes to reach. For a nerve that is immediately beneath the skin a ceramic magnet with a depth of field of 2-inches is fine. However, when one wishes to reach a nerve such as one in the back that may be 4 or 5-inches deep it is imperative to select a magnet that is strong enough and capable of reaching that nerve. In this situation a neodymium magnet must be used.
To understand the pain stimulus, the neurophysiology textbooks clearly describe that the pain stimulus is initiated by a process of depolarization of the sensory nerve. It is rather complicated and involves the activation of a semipermeable membrane. However to be simplistic, the outside of a nerve is coated with magnetically positively charged ions. When the painful stimulus occurs, these ions pour into the interior of the nerve thereby initiating the nerve impulse, which then travels to the brain. Again it is important to recognize that these ions are magnetically positively charged. Our products place a huge negative magnetic field over these positive ions. The negative magnetic field will impede the flow of these positive charges and will stop the flow of these magnetically charged particles to the brain, which is a means of treating the painful stimulus with a medication free modality.
Now how about everything we have been hearing about the healing effect of magnets. It is a fact that magnets work on a cellular level as well. They affect the cell membrane of all cells in the body that they reach and also have an effect on cell membranes of red cells.
At the molecular level, ambient range fields have been shown to accelerate phosphorylization of damaged tissue in a cell free enzyme mixture. Thus magnets will help the body heal damaged tissue faster. Magnets themselves do not heal. They help the body heal faster.
There are two clinical studies, which are most convincing in the use of magnetic mattress pads for the treatment of pain of fibromyalgia. A medical study in the Klinic Bavaria used a double blind study of the therapeutic effectiveness of magnetized foils on secondary myotendofasciopathies at different selected locations. The conclusion of the study leaves little doubt but that the therapeutic effectiveness of the magnetized foils is unmistakably and significantly higher in treating periarthropathy, back pain, lumbar pain, etc., than in the placebo segment of the test.
There is a second, well-conducted and even more convincing study evaluating "the clinical test of magnetic mattress pads by Dr. Kazuo Shimodaira". In this study, mattress pads with permanent ferrite magnets with field strengths of 750 to 950 gauss each were used on fibromyalgia patients with chief complaints related to neck and shoulder pain, back and lower back pain, lower limb pain, insomnia and fatigue. This was an extremely meticulous and well conducted study. The conclusion is most convincing. Of 375 subjects who slept on this magnetic mattress pad, 200 realized beneficial effects within 3-days, and 70% realized a distinct improvement within 5-days. The conclusion of this year long study conducted in 3 of Japan's most foremost hospitals was "the magnetized health mattress pad is proven to be effective in ameliorating neck and shoulder pain, back and lower back pain, lower limb pain, and insomnia and fatigue. There were no side effects".
We now recommend a complete system for the treatment of and the alleviation of pain and tenderness due to fibromyalgia: #1) we recommend that a magnet mattress pad with strong unipolar magnets manufactured by Magnatech Labs be placed between the sheet and the mattress. This, after several days, will alleviate the pain, the restlessness of the individual and for the first time the sleep pattern will be markedly improved.
Now what about when the fibromyalgia patient is awake, up and about, and ambulatory? We have developed a magnetic chair pad with magnets placed over the back and lumbar area for the individual while he/she is sitting, at work, or in a car.
What about when up and about and walking? We recommend the use of a magnetic back belt and magnetic insoles to continue the effects of the magnetic alleviation of the pain impulse.
In this manner the magnetic affects of pain relief and the impedance of nerve conduction to the brain can be continuously effected throughout the persons daily activity as well as through the night.
In conclusion, the nerve impulse of pain is a stimulus that is conducted from muscles, joints, etc., along nerves to reach the brain. Only the brain can interpret these signals as pain. There is no such thing as pain if the nerve impulse doesn't reach the brain.
The impulses themselves consist of the flow of magnetically positively charged ions that flow to the brain. It is most important to recognize that these ions are magnetically positively charged. The use of a powerful negative magnetic field will impede and deviate the flow of the positively charged ions. In this fashion, the use of this high negative magnetic field will impede the flow of the positively charged ions to the brain. And once again, only the brain can interpret an impulse as pain.
THERE IS NO SUCH THING AS PAIN IF THE IMPULSE DOES NOT REACH THE BRAIN. The use of a highly powerful negative magnetic field has been demonstrated to arrest the pain in 80 to 90% of the patients with this affliction. It is certainly worth a try to avoid the use and side effects of all of the various pain medications that are currently being prescribed.