PUPPY LOVE

PUPPY LOVE

The movie Boss Baby tells the story of a be-suited infant sent to earth with the express purpose of foiling a dastardly plot by the scheming CEO of Puppy Co. to replace universal Infant Love with universal Puppy Love.  The story plays on the notion that our four-legged friends evoke in us all the warm feelings and unconditional love usually preserved for our children and promotes the view that puppies are usurping babies as the number one object of human affection.

Dogs have their own beaches. Their own parks. They can come with you to dinner and even to the spa. You can pay a little extra for some of them to sit with you on an airplane.  We LOVE LOVE LOVE our pets: Why? because they offer unconditional positive regard whatever mood, mental state or financial predicament we find ourselves in and they are ready receptacles for the myriad of emotional states – good and bad – that get stirred up in us by our increasingly bonkers daily lives.

Our growing affection for our ‘fur babies’ appears to be reflected in the increasing commodification of animal love.  According to the Statistics Portal the market value of pet care products in the UK has risen year on year since 2013 and currently sits at almost €5.1 billion. This is in spite of the fact that the domestic pet population in the United Kingdom is showing a clear 14 million drop since 2010 when the market value was a mere €3.1 billion.  These figures suggest that in the UK, spending per (non-human) animal in 2018 is more than double the amount spent in 2010.   You can now acquire anything from pet memorial jewellery to diamond collars and memory foam mattresses – here’s one retailing at just under £500.

Whatever you might think of the notion encapsulated in Boss Baby that fur babies are taking the place of human babies in adults affections and however you might respond to the film – I thought it was quite good fun myself, there’s no getting away from the fact that the pet industry is big business – a fact the fictional CEO of Puppy Co. intended to fully exploit to his own ends – “and he would have gotten away with it too, if it hadn’t been for those pesky kids!”

 

Here at Magnets4Health we love our dogs too and we recognise that it’s important to dog owners that they look after their animals and keep them as pain free as possible.  We don’t suggest however that you need to spend £500, nor anything like it to do so.  Our Magnomutt magnetic dog collars have a proven track history of reducing joint pain in dogs and revitalising their energy.  M4H dog Stout (pictured) an active 10 year old Retriever/Labrador is sporting our Cherry Red Magnomutt.  You’ll find the full range of sizes and colours here.

Miraculous magnets? Can magnets help heal sports injuries?

Miraculous magnets? Can magnets help heal sports injuries?

Magnets for healing injuries have been used in the international sports world for many years. They are a non-drug approach to pain relief. They can improve injury recovery time, and can even be used as a technique to aid warm-up. This article discusses how magnets work on the body, the different magnet products available for sporting injuries, and the different strategies that can be employed for using them. It also gives suggestions on the use of magnets for general enhancement of well-being and vitality.

Sports medicine is an area where many kinds of injuries have to be treated and healed as quickly as possible. Magnets are becoming more widely used and accepted as an additional therapeutic medium to aid the sports person towards a faster recovery. The increasing acceptance of bio-magnetic therapy is based on two main factors.

The first is the increasing scientific research conducted on the various healing properties of magnets. The second factor is the sheer weight of anecdotal evidence. In fact most people find their way to magnetic healing via the good reports from friends and family.

Miraculous Results
Doctor P. Orengo a French orthopedic surgeon, knee specialist, and one of the pioneers of clinical magnet therapy talks about his first attempts at using magnets to treat sprains: “The first few times I was literally amazed. I remember exchanging looks with a patient, both of us incredulous. I was almost embarrassed at how quickly the initial results were obtained. When I obtained the same results with other patients on a systematic basis, I became seriously involved in furthering my understanding of this type of therapy.”

How they work
Most of the research conducted in using magnets for healing has been done in the area of sprains and repetitive strain injury.  
Scientists are only just beginning to discover how magnetism heals and specific physiological effects have been documented. Applying magnets to the body increases blood circulation and therefore increases the nutrient carrying potential of the blood.

Magnets also importantly have an anti-inflammatory effect. Research shows that placing a magnet next to the skin will result in enduring vasoconstriction, constriction of the blood vessels, whereas inflammation causes the opposite effect, vasodilatation, i.e. dilation of the blood vessels. This is a possible explanation of one of the positive effects of magnetic healing.

It helps ph balance (acid-alkaline) often imbalanced in diseased or injured tissues. Magnets can also help heal nerves and tissues by speeding up the migration of calcium ions. In the parts of the body where healing takes place an increase in negative electrical potential can always be observed. Some researchers believe this indicates that the north pole, which carries a negative charge, is implicated in the process of healing, although this has not been conclusively proved.

One of our best sellers is our custom made sports bracelet, the NEO30 Max, a super-soft, lightweight silicon bracelet with 30 hi-power magnets.  It is both a stylish piece of jewellery and an effective balm for sports injury pain.

Types of Magnetic Products Used in Sports Activities and Injuries
There are many ways that magnets can be used in sports activity and a wide variety of possible products and combinations of use. There are body wraps, therapy block magnets, high strength neodymium rare earth magnets, gold spot magnets and whole body treatments such as sleeping on a magnetic mattress cover or drinking magnetised water!

We offer many of these options and get lots of positive feedback from our customers about the efficacy and quality of our products.  Have a look here and see what you think.

 

Healthy mind, healthy body?

Healthy mind, healthy body?

How our bodies and minds interact with each other has long been debated.  It is accepted that the two systems are interdependent, that the functioning of one will affect the functioning of the other.  Exactly how this relationship between a physical thing (the body) and a mental thing (the mind) works is not well understood.  Partly this is because our knowledge about the nature of mind itself is still very limited.  Theories abound from radical Behaviourists who question the existence of the mind at all and explain all human behaviour as the product of electrical activity in the brain, to the Humanists who are much more interested in each person’s unique subjective experience.  For the latter it is the sense that is made of life events that matters whereas the Behaviourists proclaim that we only need to attend to what we can see to understand the person.  Of course neither position offers a full explanation for the relationship between our mental and physical states.

The relationship between the brain and the body appears more straightforward.  Scientists have been able to identify different parts of the brain that control different parts of the body and behaviours.  For example language production is controlled by a small area of the left frontal lobe known as Broca’s area.  Brain cells fire up sending electrical impulses to each other in that area (and beyond) when we speak.  Should those cells degenerate and die off we would lose the power of speech. However the things we say, the words we use, depends on meaning making and here we enter the realm of the mind.  It is the sense we make of the things that happen to us that determines our responses to them and explains why two people experiencing the same things can have very different reactions to it.

The experience of pain is a good example of this.  Some very clever people (Morton et al 2016) have been able to identify several areas of the brain called the ‘pain matrix’ which are active when people are in pain.  However without access to complex brain-imaging resources pain cannot be seen.  We can sometimes see the causes of pain e.g. swollen joints, open wounds and we can see behaviours that suggest a person may be in pain e.g. grimaces, tears, clutching a body part, limping, but for the most part we have to rely on subjective, self-report measures of pain to gain any knowledge about how much pain someone else is feeling.  To complicate things people experience pain differently, as the threshold for pain is not standard.

Morton et al (2016) using functional brain imaging stated that pain is not just a sensory experience but ‘comprises a multidimensional experience that takes into account psychobiology, attentional processes, and expectations of pain resulting from past and learned pain experiences’.  Health practitioners who have offered pain management programmes have known this to be the case for decades but now people like Morton and her colleagues have provided the physical evidence that mental processes can and do modulate how much pain we feel.  Here is a lovely example of the kind of advice being offered routinely by practitioners supporting people to cope with chronic pain, it encompasses a range of physical and mental strategies.

There is limited research into the efficacy of magnetic therapy for pain relief and what research there is is at best equivocal.  In spite of this there is a thriving market in magnetic health products and a great deal of anecdotal evidence about how it has helped relieve pain.  One of the explanations often given to account for this discrepancy is the placebo effect.  As a psychologist also in the business of selling magnetic health products I was very interested in what Morton had to say about the role of expectation on an individual’s experience of pain.  This is what she says ‘Expectations and anticipation of pain are also known to be major contributors to placebo analgesia’.

They go on to hypothesise that the placebo effect occurs when the areas of the ‘pain matrix’ that are located in the part of the brain associated with higher order cognitive functions like attention, intention and problem solving exert control over the areas of the pain matrix that are located in the part of the brain associated with emotions.  In other words the placebo effect is an example of using our thinking minds to change our emotional experience of something that is happening to our bodies – in this instance that of pain.  This makes the placebo effect a very powerful intervention indeed as it harnesses our internal resources to heal ourselves.

At Magnets4Health we sell a huge range of magnetic health products of differing styles and prices are relatively inexpensive whilst also being attractive pieces of jewellery so by purchasing one at the very least you will have something lovely to wear that may very well help relieve your experience of pain.

These are some comments our customers made about our products

“Stunning looking, been wearing daily and after two weeks feel better, wouldn’t be without it now. Also arrived two day after ordering, so would buy from this company again”. Marcus who bought the T8 Titanium bracelet.

 

 

And this is what P.C. had to say about our Copper Classic Matt D one of our best-selling, retailing at £13.95

I was very very very sceptical about all this stuff but it might actually work or my really painful tennis elbow might have fixed itself all on its own and it’s just a big coincidence. In any case – I’ll keep it on. Just in case“. P.C.

What is Yoga and Why Do It?

What is Yoga and Why Do It?

We have all heard of Yoga, but the images that spring to mind are individuals bending themselves into unreachable positions and doing headstands, definitely not for the likes of us.  In fact what Yoga is, in very simple terms, is stretching with mindful attention. It is a form of exercise that is over 5,000 years old and so has earned the respect by standing the test of time.

Why not practice one of the most natural physical actions born to humankind, stretch your back, stretch your arms, legs, wrists, neck and shoulders.  Animals do it, watch your cat or your dog. Babies and children do it beautifully, and just when we need it the most, when we are getting older, we stop doing it.

More often than not we allow our bodies to become stiffer and stiffer and exclaim, oooh or arrrgh or ouch when we get out of a chair, or bed. We allow our bodies, once lithe and flexible, to age with alarming acceleration.  The challenges we face as we get older are numerous. Perhaps you have high blood pressure, or high cholestrol or a thyroid imbalance or osteoarthritis or knee,   

shoulder or back pain, or going through the menopause, or have prostate issues, or acid reflux or irritable bowel or are recovering from surgery.  There are an infinite number of possibilities that could crop up as we enter our middle age.  One thing we do know that irrespective of our age, health, gender and well being, Yoga can help and the health benefits are real.

Yoga and stretching relaxes your mind and tunes up your body. It increases your range of motion, improves stamina and vital energy. It improves co-ordination and helps prevent injuries such as muscle strain. Yoga makes you feel good!

Everyone can learn Yoga, regardless of age and flexibility. You do not need to be in top physical condition or be especially bendy or athletic. The methods are gentle and easy, it is not stressful, it is peaceful, relaxing and noncompetitive.

If you think Yoga is not for you, I urge you to give it a try, but beware, you might get hooked!

Does Copper Have Healing Properties?

Does Copper Have Healing Properties?

The short answer to this question is ‘It depends on who you ask?’  Scientific research addressing the question is equivocal at best.  In the most oft quoted recent piece of UK research into the issue, Richmond (2013) states that ‘Wearing a magnetic wrist strap or a copper bracelet did not appear to have any meaningful therapeutic effect’.  This seems at first quite a stark and damning conclusion to make on the therapeutic effects of both magnetic and copper bracelets.  However note the insertion of the word ‘meaningful’ into the sentence.  The author does not say these items appeared to have no therapeutic effect. 

In fact a close look at the data shows that on the primary outcome measure, which was a self-reported scale ranging from “no pain” to “worst pain ever”, the 65 participants rated themselves on average as experiencing less pain when wearing a magnetic wrist strap or a copper bracelet than when wearing a bracelet without copper or magnets in it.  That the differences were too small to be statistically significant means that they could have occurred by chance, rather than as a result of the intervention i.e. wearing copper or magnets.  However the fact that arthritis sufferers taking part in this important piece of research indicated that they felt even marginally less pain when wearing a copper bracelet or magnetic wrist strap than not wearing one should not be dismissed and bears further investigation. 

It is possible that with adjustments to the research design, for example increasing the number of participants, using more powerful magnetic and copper bracelets, and/or increasing the time participants wear the jewellery for the differences in measures of pain may have reached statistical significance.  Also, and most crucially, in our experience as seasoned health practitioners, pain sufferers are grateful for any relief from the intensity of their suffering however small it may be and regardless of whether the difference has a statistical significance. 

Copper: an essential ingredient.

There is unambiguous evidence according to the Copper Alliance that ‘Copper is an essential nutrient and, therefore, vital to the health of humans, animals and plants. Copper is needed for…..repair of wounds and injuries‘. Copper is present in the human body as a mineral in trace amounts. It helps the body use iron and supports nerve function and has antimicrobial properties meaning that it can be used to kill or inhibit the growth of bacteria and other microorganisms.

Copper’s power in soothing the pain of arthritis is explained by it’s anti-inflammatory properties as the copper is absorbed (often evidenced by the green/black marks the bracelet leaves on the surface of the skin).  Researchers found that the natural production of copper in the blood increased when inflammation was detected in the body and concluded that this was a naturally occurring phenomena similar to how pain stimulates the production of endorphins, the body’s natural painkiller.

By far the most powerful evidence for the effectiveness of copper’s healing properties is feedback from users of copper products.  If you ask wearers of copper bracelets ‘do you feel a therapeutic benefit’ you are likely to get a range of answers. But judging by the comments we get from our customers and considering the fact that the Copper Classic Matt D copper bracelet is consistently one of our top-selling products in over 15 years in business, we’re confident that copper plays a significant role in pain relief.  We’ll leave the last word to one of our customers whose comment we think sums up the issue of whether copper works or not, perfectly 

I was very very very sceptical about all this stuff but it might actually work or my really painful tennis elbow might have fixed itself all on its own and it’s just a big coincidence. In any case – I’ll keep it on. Just in case“. P.C. (2013)

 

 

Our copper magnetic bracelets are pure copper and also contain 6 powerful Neodymium magnets which increases the overall magnetic therapy. They have a double therapy; the copper effect and magnetic therapy.

These are our highest strength copper bangles, incorporating neodymium magnets with larger end magnets. Larger super size magnets have a greater magnetic energy with increased depth of penetration. Copper bracelets designed for maximum strength. Copper is often regarded as having an anti-inflammatory effect. Magnetic copper bracelets are frequently used for arthritis, muscle and joint pain. No clasp bangle magnetic bracelet

The Healing Power of Magnets

The Healing Power of Magnets

Magnetic Therapy is an age-old practice going back many civilisations. It was mentioned in ancient writings from many cultures. Magnetic therapy as part of alternative health is undergoing a popular revival. This is due to the influence of modern magnetic materials and to the increasing use of magnets as a complementary option for pain relief and sports injuries.

 

So how does magnetic therapy work?

It is generally believed that magnets work by means of magnetic lines of force; units called gauss measure the strength of the magnetic field. The higher the gauss number the stronger the magnet (a 1000 gauss magnet is ten times stronger than a 100 gauss magnet).  Magnets appear to heal the body removing inflammation and restoring circulation. By increasing blood flow to a diseased site on the body, increased nutrients become available to speed the healing process.

In fracture healing, for example, the use of magnetic fields increases the adherence of calcium ions to the blood clot formed at the site of the break. This allows for the proper formation of the callus that is necessary for fractures to heal properly.

In the Eastern view of healing, magnets help restore the energy flow of the body to allow healing and proper metabolism. This is similar to one of the theories used to explain the positive affects of acupuncture as well.

The Neo Max 30™  Magnetic bracelet is a sports bracelet with 30 super strength bars of Neodymium magnets. Powerful magnets are embedded within a practical, stylish, water resistant, flexible bracelet. Note these are large bar magnets. High Strength magnets are important, as weak or small round magnets have very little therapeutic effect or benefit if any. Technically, therapeutic strength is a function of the actual physical size of a magnet combined with the magnetic strength (usually measured in Gauss or Tesla units). The number of magnets in a bracelet may also help therapeutically giving a wider magnetic coverage. We have not seen a sports bracelet on the market which has the magnetic power of the Neo30™

The magnets in the Neo30™ are so strong they may affect laptop computers. This means it could turn the laptop off, not harm it. No affect on PC’s has been reported. The Neo Max 30 has no clasp, it is a stretchy sports bracelet.

See our full range of Sports bracelets and bangles including Ionic Sports Magnetic Bracelets, no clasp bangles which are embedded with strong magnets as well as ionic discs. Flexi-Fit Stainless Steel Magnetic Bracelets slip off and on, an attractive piece of jewellery for the active person. The specially designed NEO Max 30 is our fastest selling sports bracelet and comes in a range of attractive colours to suit all tastes.

Don’t see what your looking for?  We have the most diverse range of magnetic jewellery products at all price levels and to suit all tastes and interests.  Please take a look at our on-line shop and buy with confidence from Magnets4Health.

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