Can Magnetic Therapy Reduce Post Polio Pain
Post-polio syndrome (PPS) is a condition that affects the survivors of the polio years after its recovery. According to an estimation of the National Center for Health Statistics, there are 4,40,000 survivors of polio in the United States. Nearly 60% of these people are at risk of the Post-polio syndrome. Magnetic therapy research studies show that the pain associated with post-polio can be reduced by using magnets. This article tries to gain further insight.
Symptoms of Post-polio Syndrome:
- Slow muscle weakness.
- Muscle atrophy.
- Change in the bone structure.
- Joint Pains.
Knowledge Gained from Magnetic therapy research about Post-polio pain:
- The research was carried out by Dr. Carlos Vallbona, at the Department of Family and Community Medicine and the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Taxes in April 1997.
- 50 post-polio syndrome patients were chosen for the study.
- Thirty-nine participants were women and 11 of them were men aged 50. They developed the post-polio syndrome during their 40s.
- Magnets of 300 to 500 Gauss strength were applied on the regions were the pain originated in these patients for 45 minutes.
- 76% patients reported pain relief after the study concluded.
Possible explanation for the post-polio pain relief through Magnetic therapy: According to Dr. Vallbona, there was no clear explanation available for the quick and significant pain relief observed in the patients. However, he supposed that the magnetic energy could affect the pain receptors at the joints. This resulted in the change of signals sent to the brain causing relief. The pain receptors are responsible for receiving and sending signals to and from the brain.