Static Magnets - what are they and what do they do?

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Title Static Magnets - what are they and what do they do?
Author Laakso, Liisa; Lutter, F.; Young, Catherine
Journal Name Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia
Year Published 2009
Place of publication Sao Carlos
Publisher Revista Brasileira de Fisioterapia
Abstract Introduction: Therapeutic static magnets have gained wide community acceptance for neuromusculoskeletal pain relief in many countries yet, apart from strong anecdotal reports of benefit, there is a paucity of scientific evidence for their use. Objectives: In this review we describe the physical characteristics of traditional and commonplace unipolar and bipolar static magnets as well as newer quadripolar magnetic arrays; discuss what is known of the physiological effects of static magnets and the strength of the literature; and make suggestions for targeted future research for static magnets in the management of neuromusculoskeletal pain conditions.
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Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Laakso et al; licensee RBF. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Volume 13
Issue Number 1
Page from 10
Page to 23
ISSN 1413-3555
Date Accessioned 2009-05-27
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Musculoskeletal Research; Menzies Health Institute Qld
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Physiology
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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