Overview of the Various Types of Magnets Used in Biomagnetic Therapy Products
Many people are not aware that there are several different types of magnets used in magnetic therapy products. The primary differences between these are material used, strength, and cost. The most commonly utilized types of magnets for use in magnet therapy applications and products are:
- Flexible rubber magnets are generally shaped into long strips or flat sheets and are often placed inside insoles in order to treat foot-related problems. Generally speaking, most products which are made of this type of magnet will have a magnetic strength of roughly 200 to 400 gauss, which will vary depending on how thick the magnet is.
- Ceramic magnets are regularly used for magnetic therapy wraps, pads, and cushions. These ceramic magnets used in magnetic health products will generally have a strength of around 900 to 1200 gauss at their surface, which will vary depending on the dimensions of a particular magnet.
- Neodymium magnets are popularly used in magnetic jewelry, bracelets, and as “spot magnets,” which can be utilized, individually, to treat precise locations, or in groups to treat a larger area. Usually, neodymium magnets have a gauss rating somewhere between 1000 to 3000 on the surface of the magnet, varying with shape and size.
- Samarium cobalt magnets are usually found in high-quality jewelry where rust prevention is desired. They are generally pretty costly, and are also more brittle than other types of magnets. An average samarium cobalt magnet which is part of a piece of magnetic jewelry will have a gauss rating anywhere from 1000 to 2400, again, which will vary based on the specific size and thickness of the magnet.
- Hematite magnets have some inherent biomagnetic therapy properties. Magnetic-hematite is popularly found in the form of beads used in high-quality jewelry. Strands of beads are used in beaded hematite bracelets, necklaces, as well as belts and other pieces of jewelry. For Hematite products, the jewelry itself is magnetic, rather than there being separate magnets contained in the product. A typical hematite magnet jewelry piece will have a gauss strength from approximately 1000 to 2500, which can vary a bit based on the actual size of the individual beads.
Also, see our article on other things to consider when buying magnetic therapy products.