A magnetic knee brace is a specially designed knee support that contains magnets strategically placed to surround the knee joint region, especially around the kneecap, to help reduce pain and inflammation.
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 combine the support and warmth of a knee brace with the effects of magnetic therapy.
Here we will look at how they work, look at some of the most popular magnetic knee braces out there and the safety issues when using magnetic therapy.
Magnetic knee braces supposedly work in a combination of ways, claiming to:
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.
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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