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Thursday, July 16, 2009

Fad of the season: Spike mats

Norwegian newspaper Aftenposten and Swedish paper Expressen are reporting that one of the fads that everyone want to get in on this year, is lying on a spike mat for all sorts of different beneficial medical effects. This particular one was developed by a Swede who now calls himself "yogi Om Mokshananda" after a trip to the Himalayas where he of course found all sorts of Truths about the world and our bodies and Everything.

Lying on the spike mat, which has 6,000 small plastic spikes on it, is supposed to increase your blood flow, reduce headaches, reduce depression, everything you can think of really.

I suppose I can only agree with that thought. Given that acupuncture works*, this is just enough needles and pressure points to stimulate lots of acupuncture points at once. And since it has no negative side effects (no alternative treatment ever has) you can just apply as much as you like to as many points as you like. So by covering your back with needles you should hit most of them at once, and since there are only positive effects, you get it all. At least I presume that's how they operate.

The mats are now very popular in the stores, and are no doubt making their manufacturers and distributors a lot of money.

Fortunately, the articles conclude with some wise words from Swedish professor Martin Ingvar at Karolinska institute.

It's good if people feel better after using one of these mats. However, one must always take people's search for health seriously. But there is no documentation or proof that the spike mat helps against the illnesses claimed. It is unscientific. Those who market these products deserve great criticism for cashing in on silliness.
We here at Hugs and Science agree totally with Prof. Ingvar. If anyone gets an effect from these, it is from simply lying down and relaxing (as much as that is possible when lying on a spike mat) a half hour a day. These things have no basis in reality-based medicine and should not be treated as such.


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* It doesn't work.

4 comments:

  1. StyleWellness Spike Mat CURED MY INSOMNIA!!!!

    For 6 months I used sleeping pills, untill a friend gave me a Spike Mat as a gift. And I started sleeping again: I lay on the Spike Mat in bed, and I fall asleep as a baby.

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  2. Article about Spike Mats

    New York Time
    www.newyorktimes.com/2009/11/25/world/europe/25stockholm.html?_r=1

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  3. StyleWellness Spike Mat CURED MY INSOMNIA!!!!

    For 6 months I used sleeping pills, untill a friend gave me a Spike Mat as a gift. And I started sleeping again: I lay on the Spike Mat in bed, and I fall asleep as a baby.

    In USA you can find them on Amazon and www.stylewellness.com/spike-mats/stylewellness

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  4. I've heard that this kind of method can definitely help treat your health problems. I should definitely try it sometime. Thanks for the info.

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