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Christy Owes Championship Win to Magnet Therapy


Christy O'Connor became the first defending champion to win the Senior British Open, despite suffering severe tendonitis of the elbow four years ago, which very nearly finished his golfing career. Christy owes the continuation of his game to a Thera:P gold-plated magnetic bracelet, which he wears every time he plays.

Tendonitis is a common problem among golfers due to constant tension in the arms. Intensive working of certain muscle groups can result in a build-up of toxins, such as lactic acid. This buildup can lead to soreness in muscle tissue causing stiff and aching joints.

Magnetic therapy works through the application of magnetic fields to an injured area. This action triggers an increase in blood and oxygen flow, producing higher levels of anti-inflammatory white blood cells and oxygen rich blood cells to enhance the body's natural healing process. The majority of users experience pain relief within 2-3 hours - for others it takes only minutes.

The blood stream is responsible for carrying many important elements around the body, including electrolytes - tiny mineral irons such as sodium, potassium, calcium and magnesium. These electrolytes respond to the magnetic force causing the boost to the blood flow.

The history of magnetic therapy dates back over 2,000 years and it has always held a key role in Chinese medicine. Magnetic therapy is used in the West for certain forms of diagnosis and to accelerate the healing process following breaks and fractures in the bone structure. Several scientific studies have taken place in the USA which verify the ability of magnets to provide effective chronic pain relief .

Magnets are obtainable in different strengths. The strength is measured in gauss (a unit of magnetic flux). Therapists have general guidelines for the strength of magnet to be used:

  • 1000-3000 gauss are recommend for chronic diseases like rheumatism, paralysis, backache and large muscle injury
  • 500 gauss - delicate areas such as eyes and ears (also for use on children)

General uses for magnets include:

  • tension headaches, migranes and stress
  • lack of energy and poor circulation
  • insomnia and sleep disorders
  • joint stiffness and muscle strain
  • sport related injuries - tennis elbow, repetitive strain injury
  • carpal tunnel syndrome.

Most people are able to use the magnets, but there are a few exceptions:

  • pregnant women
  • individuals using pacemakers or transdermal drug delivery patches
  • people who use high voltage machinery or work with high voltage cables
  • anyone who suffers a metal allergy
  • children under the age of seven
  • during electronic facilities usage for clinical examinations.

It is always best to consult with your general practitioner before using any alternative therapy treatment.