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The History of Magnetic Therapy

20.04.2016
This abstract provided by Neurologist Dr. Mapkov D.V., outlines various illnesses that can be treated by means of magnetic therapy, operating principles and the benefits associated with this treatment usage.

Introduction

The first information about magnetic field therapeutic effect has been known since ancient times, back to the 4th Century B.C. It was Aristotle, later Pliny and Paracelsus who mentioned magnet curative properties in their philosophical works.
The use of permanent magnet for medical purposes was described in Hippocrates' medical works and the works of the ancient Chinese scientists. Later, in the 18th Century the method of applying magnetic iron ore to an unhealthy area was widely used and mentioned in medical books. Now, magnetic field usage for local healing has been studied and practiced all over the world.
Contemporary science provides theoretical explanation of the phenomena based on clinical trial studies giving the ground for the development of effective magnetic therapy devices. Magnetic field has a wide range of beneficial effects on a human body. With magnetic field local exposure of a human body, there is an increase in swaying movement of erythrocytes and blood plasma proteins resulting in improvement of blood flow going through this particularly affected area.
The increase of blood circulation helps to bring more oxygen and nutrients to the cells in abnormal areas and remove waste products (such as lactic acid and carbon dioxide). As a result, the inflammatory process slows down, puffiness and oedema diminish and the increase of metabolic processes restores the function of the affected tissues and organs.
Magnetic field, being thermal, does not provoke body temperature increase or skin irritation. Magnetic therapy is very mild and is tolerated well by debilitated elderly patients. Moreover, magnetic field uniqueness is attributed to its ability to penetrate deep into metastatic tissues, nerves (a sciatic nerve, solar plexus, spinal cord roots) thus blocking their property to conduct pain.
Theoretical, experimental and clinical data on magnetic field exposure mechanism on a human organism received by modern scientists (practitioners, biologists, physicists) from different areas of expertize have led to the development of highly effective devices for magnetic therapy.

Various Diseases That Are Treatable By Magnetic Therapy

There is a long history of using magnetic therapy and rehabilitation for a number of diseases.
Neuropathy
This is not only medical but a social problem as well. This disease is developing in the age group between 25-¬50. It is the main reason of disability in this group.
Osteochondritis and Osteoarthritis
These conditions are like a real "epidemy". The most common affected area is a lumbar zone. 60 - 80% of humans experience this problem worldwide. 90% of population in the age group between 25-50 is experiencing reflex syndrome and 5 - 10% compression syndrome.
Compression Syndrome
This disease affects herniated disks which lead to pathology. Compression syndrome is divided into 2 types; 1 - with radiculopathy and 2 - with myelopathy.
Dorsopathy
Also known as Spinal Disease, dorsopathy is a pain in the back. Nearly 80% of the world's population suffers from this disease from time to time in their lives (Waddel, G., 1998). Among all types of dorsopathy, the lumbar area (lower back) is affected most commonly (in 70% of all cases) and the cervical area (neck) in around 27% of cases. Another problem area is the thoracic or middle back area.
Leg Pain
There are three different types of leg pain that people can suffer from: vasodilation, vasoconstriction and mix type. The above processes could be of a compression nature which directly affects the radiculopathy vessels or reflexing via the spinal cord (Vischer, C.M., 2001).

Why Use Magnetic Therapy?

Having reviewed all this information, we can make obvious conclusion that rehabilitation might be complex as there are multiple factors that cause pain. The rehabilitation process shall consist of pain relief, recovery of blood flow and the nervous system functionality improvement. Low-intensity magnetic field therapy is a good choice. It is indicative for restoration of nervous system functionality and is very effective with radiculopathy, myelopathy and traumatic spondylopathy.

Why Use Magnetic Therapy?

Having reviewed all this information, we can make obvious conclusion that rehabilitation might be complex as there are multiple factors that cause pain. The rehabilitation process shall consist of pain relief, recovery of blood flow and the nervous system functionality improvement. Low-intensity magnetic field therapy is a good choice. It is indicative for restoration of nervous system functionality and is very effective with radiculopathy, myelopathy and traumatic spondylopathy.

How Does It Work?

The mechanism of magnetic field exposure on a human body is complicated enough, but briefly in can be presented as action of electromotive forces in tissues resulting in formation of induced ring currents affecting molecules. This process causes a number of positive effects, including:
  • permeability of cell membranes restoration;
  • recovery of diffusive and osmotic processes in the cells (accordingly to their electrolyte structure);
  • metabolism level increase as a result of tissue electronic potential change;
  • oxidation - restorative processes and free radical oxygenation;
  • acceleration of enzymatic reactions process;
  • recovery of biological membrane transport properties;
  • noticeable change in a capillary conditions (change of permeability, a condition of colloid-osmotic pressure);
  • recovery of non-functioning capillaries and micro-circulation improvement.
As a result, we can observe reparation processes acceleration and the increase of immunological re¬activity (immunity cellular and hormonal levels).

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