Over the years many studies have been conducted to determine the effectiveness of magnets on several arthritis related conditions and joint inflammation disorders. Since magnets can be easily detected, it has proved very challenging to conduct a double blind study.
Anecdotal evidence reports that magnets are highly effective in providing relief from a number of aches and pains. Another reason why magnetic studies have been inconclusive is that magnetisation can be easily detected – attraction to all ferrous objects (metals containing iron with magnetic properties). This results in patients and assessors not knowing for certain who is receiving treatment. Inadequate blinding can lead to results being exaggerated.
In 1997, Baylor College of Medicine conducted a double-blind study, which was published in the Archives of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (Vallbona 1997). The study stated that permanent magnets reduce pain in post-polio patients. The results were published in the New York Times and on Bryant Gumbel’s Public Eye. PBS’s Health Week and Time magazine featured a report that stated that the number of professional athletes and senior golfers that are using magnets to relieve pain have increased.
Dr. Carlos Vallbona conducted a study on fifty post-polio patients at Baylor’s Institute for Rehabilitation Research in Houston. The magnets (multipolar, circular pattern) and visually identical fake magnets used in the study were provided by Bioflex, Inc., of Corpus Christi. To assure the study remained double-blind the patients and staff were not informed which magnets were active and which magnets were fakes. Prior to and after a 45-minute magnet therapy session, the patients were asked to rate their level of pain on a scale of one to ten. One being the lowest and ten the highest. The 29 patients who were given active magnets reported a substantial drop in pain (from 9.6 to 4.4) while the remaining 21 patients reported a negligible reduction of pain (9.5 to 8.4). This was a significant difference and if the study was successfully conducted then the result cannot be chalked down to a placebo effect.
The British Medical Journal conducted a two year trial of Bioflow® bracelets to treat osteoarthritis of the knee and hip. The Arthritis Research Campaign sponsored this study. Reviewed by peers, this clinical trial was documented extensively.
- Static magnets are used considerably to reduce pain.
- Evidence that they are able to treat arthritis successfully is inconclusive.
- It is hard to control placebo effects as magnetism can be detected easily.
What the Study Concurs
- Bracelets fitted with static magnets reduce pain from osteoarthritis of the hip and knee, over and above of the placebo effect.
- The positive effects of Bioflow® bracelets were in addition to other effects experienced in regular treatments of osteoarthritis of the hip and knee.
The British Medical Journal, BJM is one of the most respected authorities in academic research. The study conducted by them was the first peer reviewed trial in the world in relation to specialist magnets and their correlation to pain relief. For more details on this study visit www.bmj.com and enter Ecoflow in the search box.