Do You Take Your Phiten With a Grain of Salt or Straight Up?
For years we have seen some of our favorite Major League Baseball players wearing these colorful and decorative necklace on the mound or in the field. Little did we know that the product is based on scientific evidence that it helps heals the body and is not just a selective M L B fashion statement. But do they really work as advertised or could their “magic” healing presence be as much suggestive as it is based on scientific data. So do these funky necklaces and wristbands with that funny Japanese name really be the answer to what ails us, or could it all be a 21st Century snake oil?
The Phiten company website boasts loud and proud that the necklaces and wrist bands are “energy transport systems”, and the company maintains that the product “amplifies the energy management system increasing the efficiency of each and every cell. Who would be willing to throw down a few dollars for the chance to possibly find an edge that did not resort to methods not considered above board by M L B or their fellow athletes.
The titanium-infused necklaces first gained prominence in Japan, where they are still popular with athletes. According to the company, the necklaces and bracelets work by stabilizing the electric flow that nerves use to communicate actions to the body. “All of the messages in your body travel through electricity, so if you’re tired or just pitched nine innings, the electricity isn’t flowing as smoothly as it can,” said Joe Furuhata, a Phiten spokesman. “Our products smooth out those signals.”
Phiten claims that those intertwined pieces of titanium-enriched roping could decrease muscle discomfort, help increase blood circulation, thus promoting a heightened sense of relaxation that would stabilize energy flows, and sooth stress and tension. Each of these reasons would be a great reason for any athlete trying to stay at their top levels and physical best for 162 games during the regular season.
There currently is no study or conclusion drawn by scientists that the product either works or is a farce. I guess the basic belief that it works might be the best medicine here. It’s pure claim to fame is the fact it can do wonders in relieving stress, anxiety, and for the most part muscle discomfort.
And for a professional athlete, sometimes the hardest thing to do is believe in something you can not see. “There’s no science and physiology,” said Dr. Orrin Sherman, chief of sports medicine at the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases said in an blog posting on http://www.Scienceline.org. “There’s just no way the chemical structure of the body can be influenced by magnets that small. It’s all superstitions with no scientific basis.”
With athletes harboring great superstitions and wanting to keep up with good luck charms, could the Phiten products just been on their bodies when they had great games and not have a significant level of enhancement over their physical being. If you think the necklace is doing some good and is creating a more positive performance out of you, why would you even think of discarding your “luck charm” product until you find another proverbial 4-leaf clover alternative.
I guess the best way to think of the Phiten experience is it might work differently with each of us, and hopefully even if it doesn’t provide the level of change you desire, it at least makes your life a little more enjoyable and relieves some of the day to days stresses that we in the stands feel every day…or as we witness each of our team’s at bats.