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Magnet therapy for the relief of pain and inflammation in rheumatoid

Magnetic field therapy works to ease relief from the pain and inflammation associated with rheumatoid arthritis (“RA). U.S. clinical trials continue to be conducted but there is still no clear proof that it can be used to treat this disease. RA is an autoimmune disease which means that the body produces antibodies in a defensive manner in order to fight certain diseases. 

The only problem is that the body attacks itself because the antibodies can not tell the difference between a sick or a healthy cell. In addition to being a painful disease, RA also causes joint deformity and physical disabilities. 

There are common issues associated with RA which include: 
* RA is a chronic and progressive 
* RA causes joint pain, swelling, stiffness, and movement 
* RA attacks the joints' synovium which is a fluid within our joints that lubricates and nourishes them. 

Many RA patients are treated with drugs and therapeutic devices, however, magnet therapy is a popular adjunct to help with pain control. Magnets are inexpensive to use and they can be used safely for a long period of time without side effects. Magnets can be worn next to the skin as a tape, a bracelet, a necklace, belts or as an insert, padding or a disk that is built into products like mattresses, blankets, braces, or shoes. 

There are two types of magnets that involve “static” and “electromagnets.” A static magnet is made from varying metals that are magnetized permanently. Electromagnets are made up of wire spirals that contain a core that is magnetized, but only when introduced to an electrical current. 

Magnet therapy releases an electromagnetic field that enters the body affecting our blood flow to the tissues, improves the nervous system, and other effects that give the body relief from pain. Magnet therapy uses varying magnet strength to treat patients. The common magnet measurement is 400 to 800 gauss which is how magnets are defined. 
Magnets are either “unipolar” in that it has a north and south pole on each side or there is the “alternating-pole” that has a north and south pole but the magnetic poles are arranged in alternating patterns. A word of caution, however, magnets are not recommended to be used by patients with certain implants like pacemakers. 

As a reminder, currently, rheumatoid arthritis cannot be cured. The thought behind using magnetic therapy treatment for relief from arthritis is that our bodies all have natural magnetic and electrical fields in the form of ions, molecules, and potassium. When our magnet fields get out of whack, by placing a magnetic field near the body, it helps to send a magnetic signal to our cells to repair themselves. Science researchers have seen this change and the public has felt a more painless effect. 

Unlike other countries like Israel, Germany, and throughout Europe where magnets can be insured or their costs are reimbursable, the U.S. continues to conduct research and studies. However, the 1.5 million Americans who suffer from this disease touts the benefits of magnet treatments, including athletes and several physical therapists.

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