Magnotherapy is the application of a magnetic field to a living body. Magnotherapy is not new, it has been used for hundreds of years to help relieve pain and accelerate the natural healing process. In recent times magnotherapy has become more popular for two reasons, first the quest for complementary remedies as a natural therapy, and secondly the advancement of magnet technology.
How Does it Work?: The truth is nobody really knows. A magnetic field can be generated in the form of a pulsed electro-magnetic field or a static field. Professionals favour pulsed electro-magnetic field and equipment, a technology that does appear to provide superior results when compared to static magnetic field. This type of equipment is used in hospitals and by physiotherapists. The downside is that electro-magnetic fields require a supply of electricity and are therefore more suitable for controlled clinical use, not for personal, kennel or stable use. To overcome this problem some products use a battery as a source of power to develop a pulse field, but these tend to be inconvenient as they are heavy and awkward, certainly quite a sizeable battery would be required to produce the same depth of magnetic field as the more expensive transformer products.
A static magnetic field can be generated from various magnetic material, from flexible magnetised sheet (as used for fridge magnets ) through to complex rare earth magnets. There are a number of suppliers of this type of magnotherapy product due to an increase in public awareness of the benefits that magnotherapy can provide. However, an unfortunate trend used in the marketing of many of these products is the use of scientific gobbledygook in an attempt to describe how magnotherapy works and provides credibility to the product. It can only be assumed that the authors of some of these scientific explanations’ enjoy an enviable imagination! One only has to read the marketing material of a number of different suppliers to become thoroughly confused: Indeed many of the theories are-scientifically impossible and no evidence is available to support them. It is unfortunate that legislation covering the advertising and claims for complementary products has been a long time coming and even now it has been introduced (June 1999) it is restricted to products that are intended for human use and not for animal use. It the same legislation were applied to animal products pet owners would enjoy the benefit of being better informed as to the capabilities of a product.