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I am a relatively healthy 72 years old but beginning to feel the oncoming of age in certain departments. I use glucosamine ointment to soothe joint pains in my lower back and in my right knee. My physiotherapist deduced that I was beginning to suffer age-related 'creeping arthritis', requiring regular exercise, massage, ointments and the occasional painkilling tablet, until...wait for it...I discovered the power of magnets!

I read up and bought myself a magnetic wrist bangle, which I now wear 24/7. Result – no more pain or discomfort. I am thrilled with the product and can highly recommend this to other jointpain sufferers.

There are several brands of magnetic bracelets available – try a search on Google. Some time ago I tried a copper wrist band but it did nothing for me. Magnets may not work for everyone but if 20, 30 or even 50 per cent of users benefit, then job well done!
Henry Carlton, Southgate, London, N14

I would like to tell you of the great benefit I have had for the pain in my back and hip from arthritis. The pain prevents me from being very mobile. I can walk with a stick in the house and for a short distance, but can’t stand for long, but with carers I can manage. The pain has persisted so I decided to use a magnet which I had from Magnet Plus in Bristol. I made a simple little bag for it and wear it on a belt around my waist. It has made all the difference, and now I only rarely have slight, infrequent pain.
Patricia Harris, Lipton, West Midlands

Editor’s note: A few years ago Arthritis Research UK funded a small trial of magnetic bracelets on people with osteoarthritis of the knee. The researchers found that although magnets appeared to reduce pain in some patients, they could not be sure that the effects were down to the magnets themselves or the power of the placebo effect.

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