I was diagnosed with osteoarthritis in my right ankle in 1996. It was the end result of a severe ankle injury suffered when I was playing squash in the United States in the late 80’s.
As an extremely active athlete it was the worst possible scenario. I played all kinds of sports but in midlife, I had been completely caught up in endurance sports. I was always a runner. I loved it and the peace and tranquility I found when on the run. It cleared my head and settled my often tumultuous emotions.
Then I started cycling. The benefits to me were the same as my running but I could keep it up longer than I could on the run. I was hooked. I started modestly, but with a high level of base fitness, it wasn’t long until I rode my first century (a 100-mile ride). It only got more intense from there.
I was crushed to have to give it all up. I slipped into depression.
After a couple of weeks, I came to the realization that I needed another sport that wouldn’t tax my body as much as my active sports did. So it was that I came to golf. I dove in with the same energy and passion as I did with my other sports. It was a lifesaver.
But osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease and the condition of my ankle worsened. I went back to my doctor and was put on a steady diet of painkillers; mostly non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs that I rotated with the new Cox-2 inhibitors to avoid stomach distress.
But I knew that the continued use of the drugs would take a toll on my liver and kidney down the road, so I continued my search for alternative cures. It was then that a dear friend of mine introduced me to magnetic therapy.
I was introduced to an elderly Korean gentleman that put a series of magnets on my fingers and behind and inside my ears attached by tape. It was miraculous. I was almost pain free for most of the day and was able to play golf (walking, mind you) without the need to take a pill before or after the game. It was nothing short of amazing.
At the same time, I noticed that professional golfers of the day were all wearing these colorful, very attractive bracelets as they played. Some even wore necklaces of similar designs. I later found out that these had magnets in them that supposedly helped circulation, balance and even cured some aches and pains.
A bit of research and I found that those bracelets were made by a company called Colantotte. I went out and got a couple of necklaces and a few bracelets. I wrapped one of the necklaces around my afflicted ankle, wore another necklace around my neck and put a bracelet on while I played. The effect was the same as the magnets prescribed by the Korean gentleman.
The effect was the same. I really didn’t need my pain pills to walk or play and they were much easier to put on than the Korean magnets.
Then on a golf trip to Baguio, one of my friends complained that he woke up with a stiff neck. He was miserable. I took my necklace off and told him to put it on. He was in so much discomfort that he agreed. Half an hour later and most of the pain was gone.
Colantotte’s technology is based on alternating the north-south polarity orientation of the magnets. The net effect is increased circulation. Colantotte’s website has several infrared images that show increased bloodflow in people that wear the support gear which leads to the lessening and eventual elimination of the pain.
All of this is anecdotal, I know. But if you were in as much pain and discomfort as I was, you’ll try anything to relieve the pain. A necklace or a bracelet is a convenient, non-invasive solution that has no ill-effects downstream. They are attractively designed and come in many different styles in a wide price range. They look cool and make you feel better.
Colantotte is available at the Colantotte concept store at S Maison at the Conrad Hotel Manila.