Magnets have been used for centuries to treat a variety of conditions including arthritis, painful swollen joints, chronic pain and blood diseases. Most modern medical practitioners are uncommitted on magnetic therapy. Even for practitioners who insist magnets relieve chronic pain, why they work is still a mystery. Some theorize that magnets may change how cells function, change how the brain processes pain, raise the temperature of the area being treated by the magnets, restore the equilibrium between cell growth and death, change how nerves transmit pain signals, and/or have an effect on the iron content in blood. In general, practitioners place magnets with a constant flow of energy in contact with the area of the body they wish to affect. This “static magnet treatment” is used in a number of different ways, including having the magnets in clothing, belts, jewelry, and beds. This blog post is an excerpt from Pain Recovery – How to Find Balance and Reduce Suffering from Chronic Pain by Mel Pohl, MD, FASAM, Frank Szabo, LADC, Daniel Shiode, PhD, Robert Hunter, PhD; Published by Central Recovery Press (CRP).