If you're diagnosed with the autoimmune disorder known as rheumatoid arthritis, you know that magnet therapy is a popular, inexpensive method of easing pain that people have been using since the 1970s. But dos it really work?
According to a study published in the journal PLOS ONE, the answer is no. Researchers behind the study found that magnetic wrist straps have little affect on the pain and stiffness associated with rheumatoid arthritis.
The study also reported that copper bracelets don't work for rheumatoid arthritis either! Does this come as a surprise to you?
Small study finds that magnetic wrist straps and copper bracelets don’t work for rheumatoid arthritis
The study, lead by Dr Stewart Richmond who’s a Research Fellow in the Department of Health Sciences
at York, was the first randomised controlled trial to analyse the effects of magnetic wrist straps and copper bracelets on rheumatoid arthritis
For the study, researchers looked at 70 patients with active rheumatoid arthritis symptoms. Each patient wore four different devices over a five-month period and had to report on their disability, medication use and pain
throughout the study. Patients also had to provide blood samples every five weeks to monitor changes in inflammation in their bodies.
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The researchers concluded in their study that neither magnetic wrist straps nor copper bracelets offer any meaningful therapeutic benefits beyond those of a placebo, which wasn’t magnetic and didn’t contain copper.
Dr Richmond reported, “It's a shame that these devices don't seem to have any genuine benefit. They're so simple and generally safe to use. But what these findings do tell us is that people who suffer from rheumatoid arthritis may be better off saving their money, or spending it on other complementary interventions, such as dietary fish oils for example, which have far better evidence for effectiveness.”
He added, “Warning people who suspect they may have rheumatoid arthritis to consult their GP and seek early medical treatment, rather than placing faith in such devices, is also important in helping to avoid long-term joint damage resulting from uncontrolled inflammation.”
Researchers believe that people mistake their symptoms that subside over time with a therapeutic effect
According to Dr Richmond, there are two primary reasons why people who wear magnetic wrist straps and copper bracelets find that they benefit rheumatoid arthritis pain
“Firstly, devices such as these provide a placebo effect for users who believe in them; secondly, 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 like rheumatoid arthritis, and the way we perceive pain
can be altered significantly by the power of the mind.”
In 2009, Dr Richmond and his team of researchers published a study that suggested that devices commonly used to treat osteoarthritis are also ineffective. Therefore, this study supports and extends this previous finding.