The usages of magnets for healing purposes have been contemplated by the researchers in the last few years. People have widely started making use of magnetic materials like bracelets and mattresses for the benefits they have to offer. The use of magnets can be traced back to centuries ago where Cleopatra used to rest on lodestone bed. There is a clear difference between the effects the static magnets have on the body in comparison to the PEMFs.
Distinction between Static Magnets & PEMFs
When two magnets are held together a strong force can be felt between the magnets which corresponds to the magnetic field. These magnets are referred to as static magnets and the interaction between the fields of these two magnets is the force experienced.
The medical equipments make use of Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields [PEMFs]. Static magnets are in no way made use of in such devices. It would not be appropriate to consider that the static magnets are referred to while discussing about medical devices.
An unchanging magnetic field is engulfed around a static magnet. To create a dynamic magnetic field, electric current is induced in a set of wounded copper coils. This generated a magnetic field of much higher intensity.
Magnetic fields have the capability to generate electric currents in any materials which can be conduct charges. Nerves and tissues within the body have the capability to conduct electric current in the presence of a magnetic field. This induction of current offers a lot of benefits to the body, such as nerve firing, contraction of muscles, stimulation of cell signal pathways promoting cell growth, and a lot of other benefits. The electric current generated by PEMFs is pretty much similar to those generated within the body.
Static magnetic fields lack the intensity to penetrate deeper into the human physical structure. They need to be very strong in their intensity levels to deeply penetrate the body and should also be subjected to the body for longer durations.
Static magnets are used only in acupuncture therapies. They are placed on the acupuncture points to promote the cellular actions. The intensity of such magnets varies from 500 Gauss to about 3,000 Gauss. A treatment which lasts only for about 10 to 20 minutes usually makes use of stronger magnets. The treatment which has to be carried out on a daily basis requires the patient to be subjected to the magnetic intensity of about 500 Gauss only. Small bead magnets are used for the purpose. Static magnets in no form can be used over acupuncture points which are quite deeper. Static magnets can be used over points which lie just 10mm below the surface of the skin.
When static magnets are being discussed, a lot of debate topics crop up regarding the benefits of the polarity of the magnet. There is no scientific evidence available which supports the claims made by people in polarity having a prominent role to play in the healing process. In clinical research trials, the north or the south polarity of a static magnet hasn’t demonstrated any convincing result. This argument is irrelevant in any case when it comes to multi-polar magnets.
A pulsed magnetic field has the capability to penetrate deeper into the body, thus creating a cascade of effects. This dynamic field doesn’t render the body to become familiarized with it and thus makes the treatment indisputably effective.
The treatments involving the use of PEMFs can last shorter than the ones using static magnets. The intensity of the magnetic fields involving PEMFs can be significantly less than those involving magnetic fields though ending up offering similar results. Medical devices using PEMFs can be operated from pico Tesla to kilo Gauss levels based on the treatment required for an individual.
Various effects of the static and pulsed magnets have been studied over the years and their effects have been recorded in the scientific studies carried out. This has even initiated a debate in the scientific community regarding the use of magnetic fields of specific strengths can help cure certain disorders. However, it has been proved that certain biological conditions can be treated with signals of various strengths. It has even been shown by the laboratory systems that similar results have been demonstrated by both static and pulsed magnetic fields.
The effects of the static and pulsed magnetic fields have been studied extensively on Ca2+/Calmodulin dependent myosin phosphorylation system. Myosin Phosphorylation systems help the muscles perform and relax better. The scientific research outcomes demonstrate that static field of 450 Gauss and a pulsed field of 0.2 Gauss accelerates the activity of the phosphorylation by nearly two fold. A similar pattern as has been observed in the nerve cell growth, where the growth increased by two fold upon being subjected to both static and pulsed fields.
The distinction between the use of static and pulsed magnetic fields are not yet crystal clear. Demonstrations still have to shed light on certain aspects in order to present a clear understanding. Static magnets find applications in acupuncture sessions. When the entire scenario is considered, they only stand next to PEMFs based on their scope in the medical industry.