Progress and new findings in today’s medicine allow for an unprecedented boom of a variety of treatment methods that more and more penetrate our lives. We’re able to afford more widespread, latest regeneration procedures that have a beneficial effect on our body, work against our health problems and pain, and restore the life force to our body. However, hand in hand with new methods, traditional therapies have also experienced their renaissance, which, improved by today’s knowledge, are an ideal combination of years of experience and contemporary science.
Magnetic field treatment has accompanied mankind for thousands of years. The ancient Egyptians, Indians and Chinese used its effect to alleviate joint pain, remove swelling, quickly heal wounds and fractures, reduce blood pressure and in many other indications. Today’s medicine has adopted and developed this knowledge. Pulse magnetotherapy devices have been used in rehabilitation and orthopaedics for several decades, and their state-of-the-art low-frequency versions are successfully paving the way to a variety of regeneration, massage and sports facilities and home use worldwide.
It’s often in these centres, where clients come into the first contact with this method. What can we then offer them?
● Most clients look for relief from back pain through massages. In most cases, these pains are caused by stiff and shortened muscles along the spine. One of the basic effects of pulsed magnetic therapy is the effect of myorelaxation, i.e. muscle relaxation and strong blood circulation. This will speed-up the metabolism in muscle cells and metabolic waste disposal, like acid.
● Applying magnetotherapy before the massage will relax and supply blood into the muscles. Therefore, the masseur can treat deeper structures, especially the delicate paravertebral groups stored under the muscular corset, which he would be normally able to reach after several sessions. It’s also very beneficial to use magnetotherapy immediately after the massage to stimulate lymphatic drainage and wash out lactic acid and other muscle fatigue products.
● Good rehabilitation and regeneration must necessarily involve eliminating the cause of client’s issues. For example, neck pain has often its origin in the lower section of the spine, since the spine always works as a whole. Targeted application of pulse magnetotherapy not only to the painful part itself, but also to other body parts, help solve the cause of “chaining” of disorders that led to the problem. The application of this method has its irreplaceable role in the comprehensive therapeutic plan of each specialised department.
● Joint pain is another widely represented health issue that physiotherapy needs to address. Many people suffer from frozen shoulder or tennis elbow syndromes. These diseases are called enthesopathy, i.e. inflammation of muscle tendons at the bone attachment site. They arise from one-time or long-term overloading of the limb, for example by sport (typically in tennis, squash, golf, javelin throw), chopping wood, screwing, tightening nuts with a spanner, but also by using a computer mouse. Thanks to its anti-inflammatory effects, magnetotherapy can solve the cause of these issues without the necessity for injections or even surgery. Simultaneous application to the neck is also recommended to relieve pain as quickly as possible and return the full range of joint motion.
● Magnetotherapy has proved to be very effective in chronic back pain of uncertain origin, in which, after careful examination, beginning arthrosis of the hip or knee joint was identified as the probable cause. In this case, we talk about the mentioned “chaining” of disorders, which is most often manifested as pain in the lumbar region of the spine. Subconscious compensation to relief the affected joints results in overloading the healthy limb and disorder of axial symmetry in the sacroiliac joint. This can cause not only unpleasant pain and reduced mobility, but, after some time, also contribute to the development of intervertebral disc problems and nerve root suppression.
In this case, magnetic therapy is applied to the spine and hip or knee joints. Its analgesic effect attenuates pain and allows the body to return to the right (healthy) stereotyped movements. It’s very important to regularly apply magnetotherapy even after the cessation of acute problems, because the regenerative effect of the magnetic field on the affected cartilage must be long-term. This is the only way to prevent health problems from recurring and to achieve full health.