MRS 2000 - Pulsating Magnetic Field Therapy.
What is a magnetic field?
This is a force created by a natural permanent magnet like the North and South Poles. This natural process can be ‘simulated' artificially by coils carrying electricity. This magnetic field can induce a current in a conductor such as the human body. They can influence cell membranes and nerve cells
A magnetic field can be static and constant or it can be pulsating. Pulsed magnetic fields cannot harm the body and most therapeutic electromagnetic fields are pulsed magnetic fields. A cell membrane has a positive charge on the inside and a negative one outside. The stimulus of the pulsating magnetic field allows for a brief reversal of these poles. Researchers of magnetic fields have found that life could not exist without magnetic fields. Magnetic fields act like a protective shield, preventing harmful radiation from outer space. The behaviour of many animals and insects depends on magnetic fields; for example, migratory birds, the way bees dance before entering the hive, marine animals like sharks, whales and turtles. Carrier pigeons, as they home in for their destinations, sense the magnetic field with the help of small magnetite crystals in their beaks.
Human beings also have these small crystals in their brains and in particular in their ear. An old, successful folk remedy for sleep disorders is to align one's bed in a North-South direction.
A Brief History of Magnetic Field Therapy (MFT)
Cleopatra was known to wear a magnetic headband, as much to bring good thoughts as to relieve her migraines. Paracelsus, a famous health physician, in 1528, utilised magnetic field therapy successfully in a number of illnesses including the treatment of cramps. Sir William Gilbert, Queen Elizabeth 1st personal physician wrote a pioneering work on magnet therapy and forty years later, Celsius wrote his works on the earth's magnetic field. By the 1960's, most research done in this field were conducted in Russia and Japan. Russian scientists observed extreme osteoporotic changes as well as severe depression in cosmonauts returning from outer space. These phenomena were significantly reduced by incorporating artificial magnetic fields into their environment.
By 1965, Nobel Prize winner, Linus Pauling, was describing the biomagnetic property of blood. In 1992 an American scientist, Professor Bassett, in researching the therapeutic use of magnetic fields, successfully conducted a clinical study on the influence of magnetic field therapy on poorly healing bone fractures. Since then there have been hundreds of scientific studies on the use and benefits of magnetic field therapy.
How does the magnetic field therapy affect the body?
1. MFT improves the utilisation of oxygen in the cells because red blood cells can deliver more of their bound oxygen under the influence of magnetic fields and thus improve general circulation.
2. Cells which do not receive adequate nutrition or oxygen are more susceptible to damage, infection and cell death. So MFT creates a positive flow of energy or fuel into the cells and cells become revitalised, so improving functional imbalances.
3. The build up of electric potential in muscle and nerve tissue as well as connective tissue, increases the efficiency of information passing throughout the body. Damaged nerve cells receive the pulsating impulses which help to regenerate the damaged cells.
4. There is a hyperpolarizing effect which helps to control pain by raising the pain threshold. This same thing is true of tense muscles. With MFT it is possible to effect the relaxation of the muscles. This is an important effect in back problems or athletic-type injuries. In essence, MFT prevents excessive pain and contraction stimuli being relayed to the brain by working on relaxing the sympathetic nervous system
5. Pulsating currents of the MFT play a role in the repair of bone by initiating the repair mechanism in the bone and thus supports bone growth.
Which conditions would benefit from MFT?
- Circulatory disorders including Reynard's, tinnitus, poor concentration
- Cardiovascular problems- including clotting
- Supports wound healing
- Promotes bone growth - useful in osteoporotic conditions and broken bones
- Treatment of pain - including fibromyalgia & arthritic conditions
- For tense muscles including carpal tunnel & compartment syndrome
- For sleep disorders
- Stress disorders
- Improving sport performance
- For migraines
- Metabolic disorders
- For strengthening the immune system
- For skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis
Magnetic Healing or harmful electro-magnetic smog?
Magnetic field therapy is generated artificially much like all the electro magnetic frequencies. The difference between a therapeutic helpful dose and a harmful one is the difference in composition of the fields. For therapeutic use, fields of a lower intensity and a lower frequency are used and are
tuned exactly to the body's needs and responses. Therapeutic dosing fits into this biological window. Industrial magnetic fields are generally chaotic and far above therapeutic dosage range.
Therapy sessions with MFT can range from 10 minutes to 30 minutes. Depending on the aggravation or illness, therapy may have to be repeated 2-3 times per week over a few weeks.
Thuille Dr Christian 2000. Practice of Magnetic Field Therapy. ISBN: 3-9500982-2-4