We’re always hearing expert opinions on magnetic bracelets, from sceptics to parapsychologists to interested parties to those who have an interest in stopping them (i.e. the pharmaceutical companies). But what do ordinary people have to say about magnetic bracelets? To find out, I decided to conduct a sort of review of customer reviews- and I made some interesting discoveries. For example one reviewer on Amazon, wrote:
I did research if they actually worked and what differences they all had. I finally came across this one… and thought lets just give it a try if it works it works. And to my amazement it does work! It actually takes away the pain. I never take it off. It hasn’t lost it colour or anything. It’s really good and pretty!
Okay that might sound like a puff piece. And who knows. Maybe it was a shill working for the retailer that sold it (NOT – I hasten to add – a retailer in any way associated with this blog). But one swallow does not a summer make. So I went further afield and looked at some of the less than five-star reviews. Some of them were quite surprising. For example this 3-star review of the same copper magnetic bangle as above:
looked fantastic on,even felt I got some relief,however after 4 weeks my arm changed colour and I had to stop wearing it as the bruise coloured ring made me look rather odd!
Another customer sent in a comment explaining that the colour is supposed to come off on the skin as the copper is meant to permeate the skin. One can wash off the surface colouring from the skin, without affecting the copper permeating the skin and working with the magnets to ameliorate the underlying problem. But what about non-copper magnetic bracelets, where all the effect is dependent on the magnets? Here’s a 4-star review for a loop magnetic bracelet:
I’ve had pain in my shoulder for a couple of years. I play squash and beach volleyball a fair bit and probably don’t have the best posture so I imagine these combined to cause the pain. This band was recommended to me by a friend who had a similar problem.
Now, I don’t know whether it is psychological or not, but since I’ve had this band (been a few months now since I bought it) the pain has been a lot less frequent and less intense when it does hurt.
Cautious approval there, combined with a modicum of healthy scepticism. One wearer of a 5-in-1 magnetic bracelet, also gave a 4-star review, in which he stated:
Lot’s of debate around whether or not these bands work or not, personally feel they do.
Don’t know if it actually works, but has seemed to help me with arthritis in fingers.
I think it’s fair to say that a pattern is emerging here. Customers appear to be saying that they do not know if the science behind it is valid, but it appears to work for them. This is very important, because if they do not know that the science behind it is valid, then it cannot be that it is working because they believe it! In other words, the effect is not psychosomatic! The wearers are cautiously sceptical or at most open-minded and open to positive persuasion. But their experience tells them that it does indeed work.
So the evidence of customer feedback from previously unconvinced customers is that magnetic bracelets work to alleviate pain. Maybe the “experts” should take heed.