The effect of a steady state magnetic field on headache



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A recent study has indicated the presence of a steady state magnetic field increases blood flow and thus relieves muscle tension. The underlying causes of many headaches being directly related to blood flow, it was therefore suggested a steady state magnetic field may be useful in the treatment of headache. Four male and four female subjects were treated in a clinic setting with both a dummy and a real magnet (150 gauss) for six minutes each, with EMG readings taken at 30 second intervals. The results indicate the presence of the real magnet significantly reduced subjective reports of headache pain (P<.01) for tension and hunger-related headache, with some though not significant placebo effect from the dummy magnet. The suggestion was made that tension headaches were probably most affected by treatment and some applications of the steady state magnetic field effect are indicated for further study.