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Magnetic therapy also known by the names Magnet Therapy, Magneto Therapy or Magno Therapy is a kind of alternative medical treatment that applies magnet to heal various diseases. It is a simple, effective, economical, safe, entirely painless natural treatment with almost no side effects or complications. Magnetic therapy is regarded both as a science as well as an art, as it involves knowledge about human organisms, various diseases and their treatment with the appropriate usage of magnets. In science, Magnetic therapy is similar to acupuncture and works on the lines of electricity. In arts, it involves the selection of magnets of different sizes and strengths for usage on different parts of the body to cure different ailments.
Besides having the power of attracting iron, magnet is also endowed with many mystical and curative powers to increase energy and prolong life. Magnetic therapy works in a very basic and simple method. The human body is enveloped within a magnetic field and we have a network of magnetic fields running in our system as well. The blood running in our veins contains magnetic properties. During any sort of illness, disease or injury, there is an interruption of the natural blood flow in our body. This naturally affects the internal organs, cause pain in the muscles and joints, apart from giving rise to a variety of other associated symptoms. Thereby the normal energy structure of our body gets affected and we feel sick. With the help of magnetic therapy, this energy can be restored back to the desired normal balance. Magnets of different strengths are placed at strategic locations outside the body, that is, within the magnetic field of the body, so that the blood flow is stimulated with the aid of magnetic radiation. Eventually, the healing takes place as the blood flows freely through the muscles, joints and other internal organs. This can effectively alleviate pain by reducing swelling, soreness and stiffness.
Magnetic therapy covers a vast field of therapeutics and can cure and relieve, pain and a variety of medical symptoms and conditions. Magnets used in magnetic treatment usually have a higher magnetic strength than regular magnets. The strength of magnets is described in terms of 'gauss' or 'Tesla'. Strength of therapeutic magnets are in the range of 200-10,000 gauss whereas typical household magnets are around 200 gauss. Magnetic therapy requires the use of thin metal magnets which is attached to the body alone or in groups. Articles like magnet bracelets or necklaces, bands or belts etc are wrapped around various parts of the body to treat common disease including cough and cold, allergies, acidity, general pain, pain after surgery, low back pain, foot pain, heel pain, neck pain, joint pains, painful menstrual periods, sports injuries, migraine and headache etc. Magnetic insoles, blankets, and slumber pads are also used for magnet therapy. Magnetic blankets are said to reduce stress and promote sleep. Small disc magnets are used around the head to reduce physical and psychological symptoms. These magnets may be worn for just a few minutes or for weeks, depending on the condition being treated. Magnets are also worn for treating water retention, wounds, male sexual performance problems, ringing in the ears , Parkinson's disease, schizophrenia, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), epilepsy, trouble controlling urination (incontinence) and many other conditions. Apart from magnets, magnetized water is being used against painful urination as well as for removing kidney stones.
A Magneto Therapist applies appropriate magnets and electromagnetic therapy devices at specific locations on the body of their clients to achieve therapeutic results in scientific ways. Magnetic therapy is slowly gaining acceptance due to magnetic field diagnostic techniques such as the MRI and treatment using electrical impulses. Even though Magnetic Therapy is considered to be safe for most people, there are also some cases where side effects like itching, skin irritation, discomfort etc were experienced. However, it is unclear whether these side effects are caused by the therapy itself.
Only few institutes in India are offering Magnet Therapy courses. The minimum qualification for getting admission to certificate, degree and diploma courses in Magnet therapy is 10+2 and graduation for PG courses. The duration of diploma course is of 1 year and graduation and postgraduate diploma course is of 2 years. Some institutes offer short-term Diploma and Masters diploma courses that varies from 1 month to 3 months. These courses can be done by correspondence or in campus.
Institute of Alternative Medicines- Kolkata; Acupressure Research, Training & Treatment Institute- Jodhpur; All India Para Medical Technology & Alternative Medicine Council- Ludhiana; National Institute of Naturopathy- Pune; College of Clinical Magnetology and Prana Healing College- Thrissur; Institute of Alternative Medicines and Research- Kolkata; International Institute of Alternative Medicines and Research- Bangalore, The Mahendra Institute of Alternative Medicine- Jaipur are some of the prominent institutes that offer Magnet therapy courses.
Several beauty and health care centers also offer short-term advanced diploma, certificate and training courses in Magnetic therapy. Arogya Mandir- Jodhpur, Megha Natural Health Care- Kangra, Acupressure Health Care Mart- Mumbai are some among them.
Course Content :
Magnetic therapy courses cover topics such as anatomy of human body with reference to magnet therapy, Magnetic Power and its importance, Methods of Magnetic Treatment, Various Magnetic instruments & their uses, Other alternative therapies-Acupressure etc.
Skills Required :
A Magneto therapists should have knowledge about the proper use of a magnetometer, which determines the poles of a magnet and must be familiar with equipments such as magnetic blankets, bracelets, slumber pads etc that are used in magnetic therapy treatment. They should be well aware of the anatomy, physiology and pathology of the human body and its vital organs. Magnetic therapy Practitioners should have empathy and a genuine desire to improve the lives of others.
As the health benefits of Magneto therapy is being widely recognized, many companies and number of physicians from all systems of medicine are now practicing and undergoing magnetic therapy training. Many alternative health practitioners are now using magnet therapy as one of many treatment tools in their practices.
A magnetic therapist can find employment opportunities in private / public hospitals, naturopathy hospitals or alternative treatment therapy centers. Magneto therapy can be carried out not only by a Magneto therapist but also by trained para- medical staff like a nurse or a physiotherapist. Alternative health practitioners with conventional medical backgrounds can also become a magnetic therapy practitioner.
A session of magneto therapy lasts for over 20 to 30 minutes and the treatment can continue even after complete cure, to preserve general health. Moreover, the duration of the therapy varies with various factors like the type of disease, age of the patient, strength of the magnets, individual susceptibility to magnets, severity and length of disease.
Magnet Therapist can do independent practice. They can start their own business selling magnet products like magnetic jewelry, especially bracelets and other products for treatment. They can promote their business by making business cards, brochures or by setting up a website or by advertising their services in the media.
Salary of magnetic therapists vary greatly depending on the organization, location, experience and the number of patients they treat in a day. Income potential is unlimited and depends on the skill of the therapists. Self-employed magnetic therapists work on hourly rate and charge fee for each session, which lasts for 20-30 minutes. Magnet therapy is an additional source of income for physiotherapists and paramedical doctors.
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