Magnetic Therapy: An Alternative Remedy for Depression
Magnetic therapy, a form of alternative therapy, is growing in its application for the treatment of many conditions which orthodox treatment has been unable to cure, or unable to cure without side effects. Among such conditions is depression, a notorious medical condition that slowly destroys the zest and the health of many people across the UK and other parts of the globe. Magnetic therapy is basically the directing of magnetic beams to strategic spots of the human body over a given length of time and is increasingly being used to treat the symptoms of depression and other mental health issues. Magnetic therapy is also referred to magnetotherapy, magnetiotherapy, biomagnetic therapy and bioelectromagnetic therapy.
Why Magnetic Therapy Instead of Antidepressants?
Antidepressants can sometimes be rather slow in relieving depressive symptoms. Besides, some patients show dangerous resistance to them, remaining in their depressed state in spite of the best possible dosage prescriptions. To save the situations of such sufferers, people often seek alternative therapies, especially those that have worked. Magnetic therapy has not only justified the actions of those who turned to it, but it has worked without side effects€“ unlike many antidepressants. 1 in 2 people whose depressions were managed with magnetic therapy had their depressive symptoms significantly reduced, while 1 in every 3 recovered completely from their depression.
How Magnetic Therapy Tackles Depression
Depression can be thought of as an abnormal condition of the frontal section of the brain called the prefrontal cortex. The prefrontal cortex determines your personality because it determines your mood, and gives you the capacity to recognise good and bad, that is, what you have learnt to be good and bad, and to make rational choices. The neurons within the prefrontal cortex of depressive patients show a dangerously reduced activity, which results in persistent moodiness (without apparent justification for it), a decreasing interest in life and hazardous and unreasonable habits, like alcoholism and drug abuse. Magnetic therapy addresses this decline in neurotic activity by accelerating the movements of the neurons. This stimulation results in a change of mood of the patient, a restored capacity to act rationally in relation to good and bad, and a significant reduction in depressive symptoms, if not total recovery from depression.
Physiological Justifications for the use of Magnetism
Because depression originates in the human brain, it is only natural to address its causes through something adapted to the workings of the brain. The brain works by sending electric signals between nerve cells. Therefore, in a depressive patient, the electric signals in the nerve cells of the prefrontal cortex do not flow with sufficient strength and velocity. This is why the flow of blood in this area of the patients brain is also reduced. Magnetism produces electric signals. Besides, magnetism or magnetic fields can be generated around the human body and made to penetrate it painlessly. Therefore, the use of magnetism to tackle depression is highly to be desired because it is both painless and direct, and generates just those signals that determine the functioning of the human brain. Magneto therapy offers the possibility to generate these signals in quantities large enough to restore the prefrontal cortex electric signals to their normal levels of activity. It is to be expected that magnetic therapy tackles one of the most disturbing accompaniments of depression: insomnia. A depressive patient is likely to suffer from this sleeping disorder and might also suffer from addiction to insomnia medication, considering the many sleeping order pills that feverishly confront him from drug peddlers of all kinds everyday, and the tendency towards drug abuse among people suffering from depression.
The Administration of Magnetic Therapy
Complicated as it might sound, magneto therapy is an extremely simple and painless process. The term Repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) perfectly describes the process: Stimulating magnetic pulses are directed repetitively across the cranium (skull) into the prefrontal cortex of the patient. The pulses come from a piece of equipment, a panel containing electric coils that produces magnetic pulses. This equipment is positioned over the head of the patient, over the location of their prefrontal cortex, and the pulses are administered steadily and continually for about thirty minutes each day of the administering. The repetitiveness is the continual administering, day after day, of these magnetic beams over a given period. Any unpleasant sensations? Not at all! The sensations of the magnetic beams on the patient's head are like that of a painless throb, which is felt beneath the skull. Besides, nothing else is administered along with the therapy, no drugs, no injections.
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