Powerbands, Phiten bands, magnetic bracelets, etc.

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    May 23, 2012 10:39 PM GMT
    Does anyone believe in these things?

    I know the Powerband folks just settled a lawsuit for like $57milliion or something. I always thought they were a gimmick anyway. I had one but never felt any differences.

    My brother has used the magnetic/copper bracelets golfers use. Not sure if they work, but he still uses one.

    Personally, I've been using the Phiten titanium necklaces/bracelets. I wore one of the X30 necklaces for the longest time, and I honestly didn't have any injuries at the gym, and my knee that bothered me for years seemed to get better. I never connected it to the Phiten necklace until recently.
    I injured my shoulder pretty badly a few months ago. I still continued to work out and do my normal stuff. I hadn't worn my Phiten necklace in ages. I put my shoulder in a support brace every night. Put heat on it (I used heat on a different injury last year and it worked wonders). Put ice on it. Nothing helped. And it got progressively worse, to the point where I could barely lift it without cringing. I was reading Caslon's thread on shoulder surgery and thought that was the route I'd have to take, but I currently don't have benefits coverage. So, I was buying some KT Tape to help support the shoulder when I was talking to the sales guy and we started talking about Phiten and how it helped him. I remembered I had my Phiten necklace. I wore my necklace to bed that night, and I kid you not, my shoulder felt completely different. I went to the gym and was able to workout with minimal pain or discomfort. Now, 2 weeks later, I swear, my shoulder is almost back to normal. Still not 100%. But I would swear up and down it's this Phiten X30 necklace. I've tried the regular Phiten necklace (the X30 has 30 times the titanium content than the regular) and didn't feel any difference.

    Anyone else have experience with any of these products or Phiten in particular?
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    May 24, 2012 2:48 AM GMT
    100% gimmick. It's the old placebo effect. Mind over body. But that's not a bad thing. If you can trick your body into healing itself, then why not? My only hate towards these things are the price. I think Powerbands were selling for over $50.
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    May 24, 2012 3:10 AM GMT
    They are a waste of money to me.
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    May 24, 2012 3:13 AM GMT
    Jewelry.
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    May 24, 2012 3:18 AM GMT
    implied-facepalm-implied-facepalm-demoti

    I have heard the theory - from some surfers and a couple of football players - that wearing a cowrie shell necklace is a good damage control device. After you crash and burn, you check the necklace. If it isn't broken, you probably aren't either.
    So get back up and do it again!

    Although those guys might have had a few concussions at that point...
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    May 24, 2012 5:10 AM GMT
    I would agree with you guys when it comes to the Powerband.

    But I really believe the Phiten products have benefited me.
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    May 24, 2012 5:18 AM GMT
    I don't know much about the others. But Powerbalance...I have no words to describe the ridiculousness of it. And I harshly judge anybody I see wearing one lol. I don't care if it was free or a gift, you still have the choice to be smart and not wear it.
    As much as I hate them, I have to tip my hat to the dudes who made it. Because somehow they marketed the hell out of that gimmick. Some top athletes and even whole teams/organizations were supporting this crap. So, either the Powerbalance people had/have VERY deep pockets, or they know how to hypnotize people. Those are the only 2 logical reasons for their success imo.
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    May 24, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    Gimmicks are more legit than those things.
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    May 24, 2012 5:24 AM GMT
    In general, I do not believe in these items. BUT...if it works for you , placebo or not, who gives a hoot. Go for it, if it works it works. It does not matter what I think of any of these things. It is what your result are that counts. Good luck and happy healing.
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    May 24, 2012 5:25 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidGimmicks are more legit than those things.


    Haha this! ^
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    May 24, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    CincyBOJ saidIn general, I do not believe in these items. BUT...if it works for you , placebo or not, who gives a hoot. Go for it, if it works it works. It does not matter what I think of any of these things. It is what your result are that counts. Good luck and happy healing.
    Good marketing trick. icon_cool.gif