||Posture During Magnetic Therapy Application
It is important to adopt a proper posture - sitting or lying down - in accordance with terrestrial
magnetism to derive maximum benefit during magnetic treatment. Before undertaking the
treatment, a patient should sit comfortably on a chair or sofa removing his shoes.
It is not advisable to sit on the ground while taking the treatment, as an insulator between the
magnets and the subject is necessary. While you can face any direction while taking general
application, the posture assumes significance in applying the magnets locally.
While applying the south pole locally, face the north direction and vice versa to ensure the full
power of the magnetic lines of force. However, while applying the north pole or the south pole
to the back in the sitting posture you should face the north or the south direction respectively.
In case the magnets are to be applied both in the front and the back, you should either face
the north or the south direction. Similarly, while applying the magnets to the sides, you should
so sit as to allow the south pole to face south and the north pole to face the north direction.
During general application to the palms of hands, keep the magnets on a table and rest your
feet on a wooden plank. Place your palms gently Over the magnets - right palm on the north
pole and left palm on the south pole - ensuring that the maximum area of the palm is in
constant touch with the magnets. Similarly, while applying the magnets to the feet, place the
magnets on a wooden plank and then rest your feet on
them - the right sale on the north pole and the left sole on the south pole. Remove the keeper
before applying the magnets and replace the same after the sitting is over. This helps in the
retention of magnetism for a long period.
In similar manner, during local applications, keep a wooden plank or any other insulator under
your feet before applying magnets. In certain cases, say, cervical spondylosis, the help of
another person maybe taken to hold the magnets onto the affected vertebra on the neck, as
the patient may find it too tiring to hold the heavy magnet for 15 to 20 minutes. Similarly, the
application of magnets to infants may be done in the lap of the mother or the nurse. In the
above cases also, the patient as well as the helper should rest his feet on the insulator.
In old and debilitated patients, the magnetic application should better be taken in the supine
position rather than in the sitting position. In such cases, the magnets can be kept on the two
sides of the patient and the hands rested on them. The magnets can also be kept under the
shoulder or back in the supine position. This mode of applying magnets is found most
convenient in paralytic patients.
With a little imagination and common sense you can choose the most appropriate seating
position for yourself and other patients. For example, in Case of application of magnets against
painful piles, the two magnets can be kept side by side and the patient asked to sit over them.
In case the patient finds the magnets too hard, a thin cushion may be provided over the
magnets or alternatively general application may be resorted to in such cases.
In most cases, it is not necessary to remove clothes for applying magnets. The magnetic
emanations can easily pass through cloth. However, heavy woollens may be removed for
proper effect. The patient should also avoid taking treatment pear a fire or a direct source of
heat as it may adversely affect the magnetic properties of the permanent magnets.