Magnetic therapy is one of the most popular forms of alternative medicine that has been practiced in recent times. It involves the use of magnetostatic fields generated by permanent magnets. According to various studies, static magnetic fields help in relieving pain and other health conditions. In magnetic therapy, the body is subjected to magnets of specific sizes and strengths. There are several products designed for supplying magnetism or magnetic fields to the body. Some of the popularly used magnetic products are magnetic mattress pads and jewelry such as earrings, rings, bracelets, and necklaces.
The proponents of this therapy claim that some of the body cells and tissues generate electromagnetic impulses, which are responsible for proper functioning of the human body. Naturally, it is supplied by the brain and the electromagnetic field of the Earth. This supply of magnetism is disturbed due to the lack of oxygen in the bloodstream, aging, and other health conditions. The best option to compensate for this disturbance is the use of mattresses that contain magnetic pads. They have a soothing effect, which induces good sleep and at the same time, improves the overall health of the individual.
Several types of mattress pads are available in the market. A typical mattress pad is about 3 - 4 inch thick. It consists of about 50 - 200 magnetic stripes that are covered by polyester fibers or foam on both the sides. The magnetic stripes enclosed with fibers or foam are then sown into a hypoallergenic, durable, and comfortable fabric (for example, cotton or damask). The price of these pads varies, depending upon the magnetic force generated by it. The magnetic force is represented in terms of the number of gauss. Such a magnetic mattress pad may range from 200 - 10,000 gauss.
These pads can be used for relieving pain, delaying aging process, and other medical treatments. Some people may use these mattress pads just for the comfort they provide. Following are some of the health benefits of these pads:
- They are safe and non-invasive.
- They are used for the treatment of sleep disorders, thus inducing better sleep patterns.
- They reduce inflammation and hasten the healing process.
- They promote better blood circulation.
- They help in relieving muscle and joint pain, by preventing calcium accumulation.
- They increase blood circulation, thereby helping in body detoxification.
In spite of various claims regarding the health benefits of these pads, there are no scientific reports to support their effectiveness. Some researchers claim that the blood protein (hemoglobin) is weakly diamagnetic, and the magnets used in these mattress pads are not sufficient to cause any change in the blood flow. On the contrary, studies conducted by using infrared equipment reveal that static magnetic field increases the blood circulation.
The decision of using these pads solely depends on the user. However, it is advisable to take the guidance of a physician about the effectiveness of these pads before using them. Also, while purchasing them, always opt for the superior quality pads as they provide maximum relief. One should also check for the number of magnetic stripes and/or gauss of the mattress pads.
Disclaimer: This HolisticZine article is for informative purposes only, and should not be used as a replacement for expert medical advice.