Arthritis generally refers to joint pain or joint disease, and more than 50 million adults and children in the US suffer from it. Although drugs made to cure arthritis is said to work for 2 out of 3 people, they are really expensive and on average costs about $1,000 to $3,000 a month. Unfortunately, the pain brought by arthritis is extreme and intolerable. Thus, individuals with this disease are forced to purchase said expensive pills for a little relief despite the outrageous cost. This is perhaps what led a huge number of the population with arthritis to open up and try other cheaper and alternative cure or relief, such as Arthritis Bracelets.
What are Arthritis Bracelets?
Arthritis Bracelets are also known as Magnetic Bracelets which have been used for centuries as therapy for pain relief. These bracelets primarily involve the use of static magnetic fields through subjecting certain parts of our body to permanent magnets producing magnetostatic fields. It is believed that these magnetic bracelets improve blood flow in underlying tissues of the wearer with the effect of reducing swelling in the area and providing pain relief. As such, there is now an increasing acceptance of the benefits of these bracelets, through recommendation and word of mouth.
In relation to Arthritis, the disease is believed to be one of the most responsive conditions to said magnetic bracelets. These bracelets provide a natural way of treating the disease. The way it works is that, small high strength magnets are used on the body placing them as close to the point of pain as possible. In theory, the static magnetic composition on the material penetrates the skin and deep into the tissues and blood stream. Upon encounter with damaged cells around the inflammation, the cells react to the magnetic field and realign their ions into the correct position. This will now start the removal of any excess fluid from within the cell, which results in the reduction of any inflamed area. Slowly, tissue regeneration also starts, and cells begin to heal.
But Do They Really Work?
Some studies made in the past years point out that they do work. In a study conducted in 2001 for example, about 64 patients with rheumatoid arthritis of the knee were subjected to test the effectivity of magnetic treatment. By the end of the study, 68% of those who used magnetic therapy reported feeling better after a week. Another study funded by the Arthritis Research Campaign in 2004 was carried out, and researchers found that those who wore the bracelets for 3 months had a decrease in pain.
Perhaps the best answer to the question should be that, it depends upon the way these bracelets are used. Since not everyone has the same body built, the bracelet’s effectivity must also vary depending on its location and magnet composition.
Practitioners say that it is best to experiment on the location of wear for the magnetic jewelry based on the pain and the area you are attempting to relieve. Try to alternate wrists and ankles as needed until you feel the difference. The strength of the magnet also matters as it can dramatically impact results. Perhaps you are currently wearing a low grade so opt to go stronger if you don’t see results after about 4-6 weeks. Finally, do not ever use these bracelets alone and as a replacement for proper medical attention and treatment. It must be used only to support and not replace qualified Medical Professionals.