Magnet Therapy
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Effect of Magnet Therapy on Erectile Dysfunction

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Effect of Magnet Therapy on Low Back Pain and Sciatica

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Effect of Magnet Therapy on Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

The administering of magnets on the wrists is thought to possibly help in the treatment of carpal tunnel syndrome.

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Effect of Magnet Therapy on Bipolar Disorder

A special form of magnet therapy, called rTMS, has shown some promise for bipolar disorder.9

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Types of Magnet Therapy and Their Uses

The term magnet therapy usually refers to the use of static magnets placed directly on the body, generally over regions of pain. Static magnets are either attached to the body by tape or encapsulated in specially designed products such as belts, wraps, or mattress pads. Static magnets are also sometimes known as permanent magnets.

Static magnets come in various strengths. The units of measuring magnet strength are gauss and tesla. One tesla equals 10,000 gauss. A refrigerator magnet, for example, is around 200 gauss. Therapeutic magnets measure anywhere from 200 to 10,000 gauss, but the most commonly used measure 400 to 800 gauss.

Therapeutic magnets come in two different types of polarity arrangements: unipolar magnets and alternating-pole devices. Magnets that have north on one side and south on the other are known, rather confusingly, as unipolar magnets. Bipolar or alternating-pole magnets are made from a sheet of magnetic material with north and south magnets arranged in an alternating pattern, so that both north and south face the skin. This type of magnet exerts a weaker magnetic field because the alternating magnets tend to oppose each other. Each type of magnet has its own recommended uses and enthusiasts. (There are many heated opinions—with no supporting evidence—on this matter.)

More complex magnetic devices have also been studied—not for home use, but for use in physicians' offices and hospitals.

A special form of electromagnetic therapy, repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation (rTMS), is undergoing particularly close study. rTMS is designed specifically to treat the brain with low-frequency magnetic pulses. A large body of small studies suggest that rTMS might be beneficial for depression . It is also being studied for the treatment of amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS) , Parkinson's disease , epilepsy , schizophrenia , and obsessive-compulsive disorder .

 
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