A magnetic knee brace is a knee support that has magnets strategically placed around the knee joint region, especially around the kneecap to help reduce pain.
Magnetic therapy has been used for hundreds of years as a drug-free, non-invasive treatment for pain and swelling.
There are differing opinions about the effectiveness of magnets, but many people find them beneficial, especially for conditions like arthritis.
Magnetic Knee Braces supposedly work in a combination of ways, claiming to:
1) Increase blood flow and reduce inflammation
2) Decrease Pain
3) Promote general well being and relaxation
Magnetic fields are believed to attract and repel charged particles in the blood creating movement and heat. This would cause blood vessels to widen which accelerates healing by bringing in fresh oxygen and nutrients and removing toxins. This could all help to reduce inflammation and stiffness.
Magnetic fields are also thought to trigger the nervous system which reduces the pain signals sent to the brain thereby reducing the amount of pain felt.
Magnetic therapy also reportedly benefits the whole body by improving sleep quality and activity levels as well as reducing stress.
Many people report significant benefits from magnetic therapy, however medical opinion is divided and at present, there is a lack of scientific data to validate the efficacy of magnets. The physical and biological claims made are currently unproven and no effects on health or healing have been fully established.
Here are some different magnetic braces that people have found beneficial in reducing their knee pain whilst providing support.
Bioflex’s Summary: Bioflex® Knee Magnets are recommended for use on sports injuries and chronic pain conditions such as arthritis. The manufacturer claims this is the only magnetic product medically proven to relieve pain without medication and is clinically proven to reduce pain, accelerate healing and improve circulation. It contains 2 concentric circles of magnets guaranteeing accurate alignment and deep penetration of the magnetic field. It also provides light compression to help reduce swelling. Available in 2 sizes. S/M fits knee size up to 14.5" and L/XL fits knee size up to 16.75".
My verdict: This is the highest rated magnetic knee brace on the market so is definitely a good place to start. The brace will provide good support and compression, even if the magnetic therapy has no effect.
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KneedIt’s Summary: The KneedIt knee brace is a magnetic strap contains 2 strategically placed magnets and is designed to relieve minor knee pain, soreness, stiffness and inflammation, and improve patellar tracking. It is particularly effective with arthritis, tendonitis and chondromalacia. As you move, it applies gentle pressure to the joint and patellar tendon, and stabilises the kneecap. This magnetic strap was developed by an Orthopaedic Surgeon and Sports Medicine Specialist. One size fits most due to Velcro wrap around closure.
My verdict: If other knee straps have failed to help, it may be worth trying this one. However it only contains 2 magnets so if it is the magnetic effect you are wanting, I would try the Bioflex brace.
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Life’s 2 Good’s Summary: This magnetic knee brace is recommended for use with muscle strain, lack of athletic endurance and slow healing sports injuries. It is believed to improve blood flow and promotes the body's natural healing process. It contains 8 1000+ gauss magnets for deep penetration and 2 negative ion synthetic strips to supposedly help maintain the body's balance. It comes in two sizes small/medium and large/extra large
My verdict: This brace gets some really good reviews with people reporting almost instant results. Even if you don’t find the magnets have much effect, the brace provides good support and compression.
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AHC’s Summary: This magnetic knee brace contains 12 strategically placed magnets around the centre of the brace. It provides compression to reduce swelling, increases blood flow to promote healing and retains heat all of which helps reduce knee pain. Made of the highest grade neoprene and stretch nylon it provides compression and heat retention whilst letting moisture (sweat) out. Features adjustable Velcro straps for optimum comfort and stabilisation to prevent injury.
My verdict: Easy to apply, comfortable to wear and reasonably priced.
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If you are not that fussed about the magnets, take a look at the Knee Brace Guide to find out about a huge range of knee braces that get great customer reviews for all kinds of knee pain offering everything from basic pull up sleeves to elite sports knee braces.
Magnetic Therapy is NOT SUITABLE for people who:
1) Are pregnant
2) Have a pacemaker
3) Children under 7 years old
4) Have Haemophilia
5) Are undergoing dialysis
6) Have surgically implanted metal screws
7) Are allergic to metals
8) Have open wounds (do not use magnets directly over them)
9) Use high voltage machinery or work with high voltage cables
10) Using transdermal drug delivery patches or insulin pumps
11) Develop irritation after the use of magnets
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