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Latest Research Confirms Magnetic and Copper Bracelets no use

19 September 2013  |  Admin

Market Harborough Chiropractor on the latest research that confirms magnetic and copper bracelets no use.
Written By, On September 19, 2013
If that copper bracelet eases your arthritis, it’s just a trick of the mind: Straps which claim to help chronic illnesses are useless, says landmark study and concluded that patients are better off saving their money

As a Chiropractor in Market Harborough and Melton Mowbray I see people all the time using copper and magnetic bracelets in the belief that they will help them overcome back pain and other joint ailments, but the latest research confirms what we already know deep in our hearts that its all in the mind.

Copper and magnetic bracelets worn to help relieve the crippling pain of arthritis are useless, scientists say. The healing effect that some users report is no different when wearing wrist straps made of any other material, according to the first scientific study into the treatment.

Magnetic and copper bracelets are said to help a variety of ailments, including the chronic joint pain caused by rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis and other musculoskeletal disorders. Manufacturers of the bracelets, which cost between £30 and £50, suggest these conditions can be alleviated by rebalancing the body’s magnetic field or topping up depleted copper levels through the skin. However, the research shows they were no better than a wrist strap that was not magnetic or did not contain copper.

Although previous research has cast doubt on the effectiveness of the bands, the latest trial, by York University, is the first scientific study of its kind. It studied the use of copper bracelets and magnetic wrist straps for pain management in rheumatoid arthritis.

‘Devices such as these provide a placebo effect for users who believe in them,’ said Dr Stewart Richmond, a research fellow in the Department of Health Sciences at York, who led the study. ‘People normally begin wearing them during a flare-up period, and then, as their symptoms subside naturally over time, they confuse this with a therapeutic effect. ‘Pain varies greatly over time in conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and the way we perceive pain can be altered significantly by the power of the mind. ‘They also provided blood samples in order to monitor any changes in inflammation levels. Dr Richmond said: ‘People may be better off saving their money, or spending it on other complementary interventions, which have far better evidence for effectiveness.

Chiropractic treatment has been widely accepted as an effective treatment not only for low back and neck pain but for a whole range of musculoskeletal conditions. Systemic inflammatory arthritis is not something chiropractors would treat with manipulation however as the ligaments in rheumatoid arthritis become weakened and chiropractors do not advise manipulation on inflamed joints.

For the majority of musculoskeletal conditions chiropractic can be of great benefit and reduce reliance on painkillers, which have been seen to cause serious health problems when overused.

Dr David Casey (Doctor of Chiropractic) says we see all the time people wanting a quick cheap fix for their problems but as we see again and again there are no quick fixes. When we examine our patients and explain why they have problems the situation has often worsened because people have delayed treatment, because they were using such products. This delay makes our job a lot harder and ultimately more expensive to treat in the long run.

The Chiropractic Clinic in Market Harborough and The Melton Mowbray Chiropractic Clinic offer a range of treatments for back pain and other musculoskeletal conditions. To discuss your problems call one of the chiropractors and they will be able to advise if they could help you.

Our motto is “If you do nothing, nothing will change”

Call Melton Mowbray Clinic: 01664 561199
Call Market Harborough Clinic: 01858 414841

The Chiropractic Clinic

Market Harborough & Melton Mowbray