I have been wearing magnets for a while now and have found that if I for any reason forget to put my magnet bracelet on, I certainly am much stiffer as a result! I don’t think this is in any way a psychological effect at all – the bracelet does seem to help me when I wear it. Also, I have a friend who has an elderly horse who suffers from stiff joints, lameness etc, and she absolutely swears by magnets for her horse, so it can’t be just in the mind can it? B6? Well, I don’t know about the RSI benefits, but it certainly helps my psychological make-up. Actually my GP also recommended it for period pains, so it must have some therapeutic value for muscular pains etc. Thanks to all the people who have responded to me who work within the Emergency Services. I have been much encouraged by this. The main problems seem to be (1) employers who try the “emotional blackmail” (i.e. lives could be put at risk if you don’t do this…. that …… etc); and the high levels of stress (caused by workloads, absences, etc). Sometimes one tends to think that one is battling on very much alone, and it is good to support each other through difficult times isn’t it.
I have also tried Reflexology – not sure whether it worked for me! But good luck to those who have found it beneficial. Perhaps you need more treatments than I had. If anyone wants to try it, often your local College of Education are wanting “clients” for people doing Reflexology Diplomas, Massage, Sports Massage etc – and the joy is, it won’t cost you a bomb! Why not give it a try! Sometimes they want somebody with a specific medical problem so they can zone in on this in their portfolio, and your student practitioner is very closely supervised at all times. Just thought I’d mention this, as sometimes you want to try a new therapy but we all know these things don’t come cheap. Anyway, all the best to everyone. I’m really finding this lovely sunshine is helping my poor old joints, so am off outside to enjoy it.
Comment: “Also, I have a friend who has an elderly horse who suffers from stiff joints, lameness etc, and she absolutely swears by magnets for her horse, so it can’t be just in the mind can it?” – Yes, unless the horse was examined by a vet to see if there was any improvement. But if it made the owner feel that the horse was feeling better, it could still be worth it. “Well, I don’t know about the RSI benefits, but it certainly helps my psychological make-up”. – Could you explain a bit more about this? Do you mean in general, or do you mean linked to periods? “Actually my GP also recommended it for period pains, so it must have some therapeutic value for muscular pains etc”. – There doesn’t seem to be any consensus on how/why it helps with period problems. It’s a diuretic, so that would explain why it would help with bloating but not why it helps with other PMS symptoms like pain and mood swings. Mostly they seem to think it might be a hormonal effect. But then I’ve often had the impression that hormonal shifts can also make the RSI pains worse/better so it might be the same sort of action (if there *is* any B6 action on RSI pains, I mean).