How to use
Q Magnets are a Medical device intended to produce a magnetic flux field over a superficial body site to potentially provide comfort or localized temporary relief of minor aches and pains (e.g., from muscle soreness/stiffness, arthritis etc.). The magnet is typically applied directly to the skin with adhesive.
Application of Q Magnets
Q Magnets are a medical device intended to produce a mixed (positive and negative) magnetic flux field over a superficial body site to potentially provide comfort or localized temporary relief of minor aches and pains (e.g., from muscle soreness/stiffness, arthritis).
The magnet is typically applied directly to the skin with adhesive or glued or sewn into braces.
In the beginning use the basic placements which were developed by neurologist and physiotherapists over many years from the treatment of thousands of patients. These placements should provide the best results in over 50% of cases, but individuals may require slight variations in placement which can be assessed through trial and error and/or by seeing an experienced health professional.
The Trigger Point Locator is a useful tool in identifying areas of sensitive nerve activity that can be accurately targeted with Q Magnet therapy.
- The magnet should be facing the skin so that the label showing the writing is visible. Just under the label is the flux plate which acts as a shield to direct the magnetic field deeper into the body. In other words, the label or sticker showing the writing should always be facing away from the body so that you can see it.
- The orientation arrow is just above the model number and when applied, should always point up towards the head. This means the the nerve will travel under the therapeutically active part of the magnet, i.e. the narrow band at the interpole boundaries, see here for more details.
- With multiple devices, keep them separated by the width of the device with up to 2 cm separation.
Method to glue Q Magnets inside braces.
Which Device Do I Use?
As with any task, you need the right tool for the job. Q Magnets can be a great friend, but with 17 models it helps to know a little about each one to find out who’s your best friend.
The overriding principle of device selection is to choose one that is large enough and penetrates deep enough to envelope the target tissue.
Device selection is common sense and made simple because the:
- smallest devices (QF10-2 & Q6-1.5) are the best fit for the smallest joints, such as fingers and acupuncture and trigger points.
- medium sized devices (QF20-3) are the best fit for medium sized joints such the elbow and ankle; and
- the largest devices (QF28-3 & OF50-3) are the best fit for the larger joints such as the knee, shoulder, hip, lower back and sacroiliac joint.
The most commonly used devices are the QF28-3 and QF20-3 which is why they are packaged in the General Use Bonus Set. The smaller devices have the advantage of being more affordable and comfortable to wear, but may not be adequate to treat the lower back or larger joints where the biggest devices are required.
These are recommendations from neurologists and physiotherapists who have used Q Magnets extensively in a clinical setting. See the Q Magnets products page for a description of each device, including the sizes and penetration depths.
It is important to get the right dose of magnetic field to the target tissue, otherwise there will be little or no effect. This may require using the information supplied with your order and on this website with a bit of trial and error to achieve the optimal placement. The best results are usually achieved by seeing an appropriately trained health professional such as a doctor or physiotherapist using their own clinical reasoning and neural anatomy to find the most effective placements.
As a general rule, the larger devices such as the QF28-6 and QF28-3 should be used centrally over the spine and over the larger deeper nerves such as the sciatic nerve, the smaller Q Magnets such as the QF20-3 and QF15-2 should be used peripherally over areas such as the elbow and wrist and the smallest models QF10-2, Q6-1.5 used on trigger points. With each pain episode, you may require a larger Q Magnet and as the pain diminishes substitute with a smaller device to maintain your pain free state.
The smaller devices such as the QF20-2 have a lower profile, hence may be more comfortable for daily use. The Q6-1.5 is very small and only requires a small round plaster to apply it to the body, hence it is very comfortable and inconspicuous to wear, but has a shallow penetration and a very small active surface area and is unlikely to be effective over the lower back or neck or the larger joints such as the hip, knee, shoulder, ankle and elbow.
The largest Q Magnet, the OF50-3 has the advantage of covering a larger active surface area (the active surface area of the Q Magnet is the boundary line between the alternating poles, this is where the magnetic field gradient is at its steepest) and penetrates to around 35 mm or 1.4′. Whereas the QF28-6 and QF28-3 models cannot cover two adjacent spinal levels such as L4/5 and L5/S1 since they have to be separated by an inch or 2.5 cm, the OF50-3 can cover two adjacent levels which can make all the difference if required.
Where To Place Q Magnets?
Use the Body Map to follow the basic placements.
For long term pain, you may need to follow the dermatomes and place a Q Magnet centrally over the appropriate spinal segments. See the page on Dermatomes and Central Sensitization to better understand the mechanisms of pain and Q Magnet application.
How Long should you continue to Wear your Q Magnets?
A simple answer is as long they continue to work and when the pain returns if they are removed.
If you have had the pain for many months or years, they might need to be worn on an off for many months until you gradually wean off.
For recent minor aches and pains, simply keep them on until they are no longer required which may be a matter of days.
Where is your Pain and What is your Condition?
Learn how to use Q Magnets for painful conditions by clicking on the body map or links below:
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