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Old 10-16-10, 08:29 PM   #1
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Powerbalance/Magnetic bracelets

Does anyone here use them? I have seen magnetic bracelets/anklets in the past, and being a western trained physical therapist, i am obviously skeptical, however, i know people with carpal tunnel who couldn't even function able to return to work 100% with magnetic bracelets. (one of them IS a fellow PT)

How about these power balance bracelets? Apparently there is some hologram thing that interacts with your bodies energy field. I have always had an interest in non-traditional medicine/techniques, hence why i am in a non-surgical field .

Any reviews from cyclists? I saw the PB ad in triathlon magazine
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Old 10-16-10, 08:32 PM   #2
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i tried them, they didn't seem to do anything, i didn't notice any difference.
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Old 10-16-10, 08:42 PM   #3
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I had a copper bracelet when I was in college, all it did was turn my wrist green.
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Don't bother with them or Phiten. None of that stuff works.
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I emailed me to see if they would send me one to try. Legitimately i do get a lot of clients that ask me about these fad type things... (especially sketchers ez tones haha)
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You could find anecdotal evidence seeming to show that any of the "non-traditional" stuff works.
Any actual research in support of that? Not likely.


"The hologram in Power Balance is designed to resonate with and respond to the natural energy field of the body."
If you think that it's going to work, then you will be inclined to think that it is working.
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You have to consider the possibility that you'll get them on reversed, which will reverse the polarity and CAUSE carpal tunnel syndrome.
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When I started cycling, my goal was to do a century. I tried and tried but 45 miles was the best I could do till I tried the magnetic bracelet. I bought it on Friday and did a century the following day.

I have to remove it on days when the plan is 50 miles.
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Snake oil.
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try voo dod ceremony with blood of roosters next.
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Actually the magnetics are based on science and not total snake oil.

My wife suffers from carpal tunnel. A friend gave her some bracelets to wear but did not tell her what they were for or what they were, made a huge difference. She still wears them to this day, and it is true physiological relief not psycological.

I have aches and pains from too many years of destructive behavior I was working at a primary aluminum metals plant, we would go and sit near the hot pots in the huge magnetic fields at the end of the pots, after a 15 minutes or so your joints would stop hurting, it also played hell with watches, cell phones and credit cards.

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we would go and sit near the hot pots in the huge magnetic fields at the end of the pots
It was the heat, not the magnetism..................... BIG HOT............cures all aches, pains, defects......As Seen on TV!
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Snake oil.

Not completely. Some get relief via the placebo effect. Would I buy one? No, because I know it's mechanism so it wouldn't work for me.
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I recall that titanium was supposed to have some kind of benefit other than frame material science. People started buying titanium jewelry. I call it jewelry. Also some people buy certain kinds of magnets and attach it to their water line. Supposed to do some kind of polarization of the water. Also there's a lot of multi level marketing of water units that convert tap water to alkaline water.

You might find research papers that supposedly support the claims of benefits. But take those research footnotes and see if it applies to what the promoter is trying to assert. If you don't have the background to vett out the research claims, then take it to someone who is able.
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It was the heat, not the magnetism..................... BIG HOT............cures all aches, pains, defects......As Seen on TV!
Not in the summer time! Winter time absolutely, we would actually sit on the pot covers. This plant is in the deep south and 115* not including heat index wasn't out of the question, and then you are wearing cotton long johns, and full sleeve wool pants and shirts.

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Not completely. Some get relief via the placebo effect.
I think that's practically the definition of a snake oil product: Something that only triggers a placebo effect rather than having an innate medical effect.
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I've worn a "Balance Bracelet" since 1984 to help with my growing arthritis pain. I wear it 24/7/365 to blunt the pain and for me it works.

Do I know how it works? Nope. Do I care that it might simply be the placebo effect? Nope. All I know is that I don't have near the level of pain that I do without it around my wrist so I don't "think it to death" trying to understand it. When I'm not in pain why the hell should I care?

Sure, I know millions say that devices like my bracelet are "snake oil" or "useless trash" but remember that if something gives a person relief from pain then it really is "medicine" in a very real sense. When the pain is gone only the stupid will ask why or how.........
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I had a copper bracelet when I was in college, all it did was turn my wrist green.
my dad used to have bad arthritis in his hands, to the point where they really served no function. He got a job in copper manufacturing 12 years ago and hasnt had a problem since.
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I hear anecdotal evidence.
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but at what point is anecdotal substantiated? (obviously a double blind trial would be nice), but i have never seen one of those on these types of products.

Here's a pot stirrer, i have seen chiropractors do very similar effects with patients testing their balance or strength, and manipulating an unrelated spinal segment, and having changes 'instantly' following the manipulation. (example, manipulating cervical region, having improved balance in legs)
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my dad used to have bad arthritis in his hands, to the point where they really served no function. He got a job in copper manufacturing 12 years ago and hasnt had a problem since.
As a life long fan of John Wayne I remember that he wore a copper bracelet on his right wrist in the latter years of his life no matter what the movie was he was working on at the time. If a bit of copper can help The Duke with his pain then there has to be something to it.
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but at what point is anecdotal substantiated? (obviously a double blind trial would be nice), but i have never seen one of those on these types of products.

Here's a pot stirrer, i have seen chiropractors do very similar effects with patients testing their balance or strength, and manipulating an unrelated spinal segment, and having changes 'instantly' following the manipulation. (example, manipulating cervical region, having improved balance in legs)
Anecdotal evidence never substantiates anything. Gotta have scientific evidence - formal studies or accounts of some sort. Not just hearsay accounts of success. Or random demonstrations.
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it's just all marketing hype
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Totally fake, the only thing they do is make your wallet slimmer.
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Anecdotal evidence never substantiates anything. Gotta have scientific evidence - formal studies or accounts of some sort. Not just hearsay accounts of success. Or random demonstrations.
I believe there have been some studies done with the magnetic fields. I suspect the biggest problem is that they don't understand the biomechanism and can't really prove anything one way or the other.

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