Magnetic therapy is one of a number of therapies used in physiotherapy to treat a range of medical complaints. It encompasses therapies which use high and low frequency magnetic fields for therapeutic healing.
By subjecting parts of the body to magnetic fields, we trigger an ionic and molecular reaction which encourages chemical processes in the body to accelerate. Simple as it sounds, the effects happen on range of scales, from the cell to the organism.
Magnetic fields penetrate beyond the skin’s surface, reaching the bone. The piezoelectric effect and the creation of micro currents in the body tissues appear to be responsible for stimulating osteoblasts and therefore regenerating bone tissue.
The rehabilitative effect of magnetic therapy on bone fractures is widely recognized today. Its use is recommended for a number of reasons:
- There are minimal side effects related to the use of magnetic therapy.
- It is one of the few electrotherapy techniques capable of reaching the necessary depth to be effective.
- High and low frequency devices are affordable and user friendly. They are powerful and light weight, and provide the ideal solution to devices for home use.
- After 15-20 sessions we can objectively see the results of a bone density scan. However, in many cases after fewer sessions the perception of pain and inflammation is notably less.