Magnetic bracelets cure wrist pains – especially copper
A study of 158 patients by researchers at the King Fahad Medical City has concluded that wearing magnetic bracelets can alleviate chronic wrist and hand pains and accelerate the healing of wrist injury.
The patients, suffering from a mixture of rheumatoid arthritis and repetitive strain injury were divided into an experimental group of 80 subjects and a control group of 78. The former were given magnetic bracelets, whilst the latter were given identical-looking bracelets but without magnets. The subjects and control group were told that the purpose of the experiment was to compare the effect of the materials and their looks. None were told about the magnets or magnetic therapy.
Controlled studies of magnet therapy have been hampered in the past by difficulty in making them double blind (i.e. with neither the experimenters nor the subjects knowing who have the items being tested). Keeping it secret from the experimenters is possible by using a coding system and ensuring that those who know have no contact with the test subjects. But the subjects themselves can test if an object is magnetic relatively easily unless they are detained in very strict, controlled conditions. In the case of this experiment, that was not possible, so the experimenters opted for the subterfuge of misleading the subjects as to what was being tested.
The test subjects reported an average pain level of 9.2 before the experiment and only 4.7 after. The control group, in contrast, reported an average drop from 9.2 to 8.6. of the test subjects, all were within the range of 10 to 7.6 before the experiment and 5.3 to 2.7. For the control group, the figures were a range of 9.8 to 7.7 before and 9.4 to 5.8 after.
But what was particularly surprising was that with both the test subjects and the control group, the results for those wearing copper bracelets were significantly lower than for titanium magnetic bracelets or hematite magnetic bracelets. In the test subjects, the average drop was from 9.1 to 4 for copper as compared to 9.2 to 4.9 for hematite and 9.3 to 5.2 for titanium. Even the copper-wearing sub-group of the control group dropped from an average of 9.4 to an average of 7.8.
As the subjects were told that the test was for the affects of the materials, and as copper has long been believed to have therapeutic properties, it is possible that this subset of the results was due to the placebo effect. However, whatever the underlying reason, the evidence does suggest that for those suffering from arthritic pain or repetitive strain injury, a visit to a nearby or online magnetic products store may be worthwhile and also that copper magnetic bracelets for men look like a particularly promising solution.