There are many considerations when thinking about purchasing magnetic therapy products, like magnetic braces and supports. Both the type of magnet and the strength of the magnetic field (gauss rating) are important variables to take into account. Here are a few points to consider, in order to make sure you are getting a good product.
There are some companies and manufacturers, which sell biomagnetic therapy products, who do not indicate the type of magnets that are utilized in their supports, braces, and other magnetic therapy products. If this is the case, it is advisable to find out from them, and verify, what types of magnets they use, because the magnets used in their products could be manufactured from a cheaper-grade materials and may not generate a magnetic field of sufficient strength in order to provide any health benefits.
Other magnetic therapy product manufacturers and sellers may use a combination of magnet types in their products – such as, ceramic and neodymium magnets. Products made from ceramic magnets tend to be considerably weaker than their neodymium counterparts.
For example, if you were to compare two magnets of the exact same dimensions and gauss rating, the neodymium magnet will always generate a considerably more powerful magnetic field than the ceramic magnet. Because of this, a knee brace, support, or other type of magnetic product, which consists of both ceramic magnets and neodymium magnets will generally be less powerful than, and inferior to, a similar product which consists only of neodymium magnets.
Additionally, there are some manufacturers of magnetic therapy products that may potentially mislead consumers regarding the magnetic strength of their products. For example, if a magnetic support product contains twenty-five neodymium magnets (each having a rating of 5000 gauss), the therapeutic strength of the magnetic field of the device will still only be 5000 gauss.
However, some companies have been known to mislead consumers into believing that their magnet therapy products are more powerful by adding up the total gauss rating of all the magnets used. They may state that such magnetic therapy products have a total gauss rating of 125,000. However, unless the magnets are stacked together and in a specific alignment, this method of determining the therapeutic strength isn’t correct, and as a consumer, you should be wary of any companies or manufacturers who advertise such ratings for their products.