How to set up the magnet therapy device?

Many are asking us how to properly program the magnet therapy device to treat the condition to be treated, without risking to nullify its effect. In fact, unless you already have experience with this kind of equipment, the risk of blowing 30 or more days of therapy is real! A good rule would be to start by carefully reading the manual supplied with the machine, hoping that at least this will help us. But as we shall see, unfortunately the solution to this problem is not always so close at hand. In this brief guide we will see how to set the device for magnetotherapy based on the pathology to be treated, select the right frequency and power with the correct treatment time.

Choose the program (frequency of the magnetic field)

In the article cure yourself with magnetotherapy we have seen how magnetotherapy consists in the application of pulsed magnetic fields, that is magnetic fields emitted at a given frequency. This parameter is therefore adjustable and must be set according to the type of treatment to be performed. The frequency is certainly an important parameter, which set correctly within certain intervals, however, becomes secondary for a successful therapy. The following table shows the frequencies established by the latest medical protocols on rehabilitation with pulsed magnetic fields, for the most common pathologies.

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome30 Hz
Osteoarthritis30 Hz
Shoulder atrosis30 Hz
Knee arthrosis30 Hz
Arthritis30 Hz
Cervical osteoarthritis10 Hz
Muscular atrophies30 Hz
Cervicalgia20 Hz
Scarring12 Hz
Flick20 Hz
chondropathy30 Hz
Coxarthrosis30 Hz
Muscle cramp1 Hz
Rotator cuff73 Hz
Discopathy25 Hz
Chronic pain10 Hz
Articolar pains30 Hz
Low back pain50 Hz
Bone edema75 Hz
epicondylitis25 Hz
Epitroclea25 Hz
Fractures25 Hz
Low back pain50 Hz
Cartillaginous injury75 Hz
Ligament injury75 Hz
Myalgia1 Hz
Neuropathy10 Hz
Osteonecrosis75 Hz
Osteoporosis8 Hz
Scapular humerus periarthritis4 Hz
Titanium prosthesis75 Hz
nonunion75 Hz
carpometacarpal osteoarthritis25 Hz
Impingement syndrome50 Hz
Muscle tear1 Hz
tendonitis73 Hz
Anti-inflammatory treatment75 Hz
Muscle treatment30 Hz
Carpal tunnel50 Hz
Tarsal tunnel75 Hz
Skin ulcers12 Hz

Adjust the power of the magnetic field

Well, we set the first parameter, frequency. Let's now proceed with the power of the magnetic field. Who read the article on how to use a magnetotherapy device remember well that in order not to risk nullifying the treatment the power should be adjusted according to the type of applicator used and according to the treated area. It works more or less like this: the more the treatment is localized, the less power will be needed, but the deeper the area to be treated than the epidermis, the more the magnetic field will have to be wide to reach it. Similarly, a larger limb needs a greater magnetic field than a smaller limb.
Unfortunately, for this parameter it is not possible to make use of a universal indicative table, both for reasons of physical build of the patient, and for constructive reasons of the applicator and the apparatus used. The following table has been calibrated on an adult patient, about 175 cm high and weighing about 75 Kg (more robust body sizes may require higher powers especially for the treatment of deeper areas) and on applicators supplied with magnetotherapy devices of the I-TECH brand such as MAG 2000, MAG 2000 PLUS, LaMagneto Pro etc, or the same as those supplied by us.

Area to be treatedRecommended applicatorRecommended minimum power
CervicalRadiating band with 3 solenoids30 Gauss
Cervical40x40 floor mat50 Gauss
ShoulderPair of cap solenoids60 Gauss
ClaviclePair of cap solenoids60 Gauss
HomerRadiating band with 3 solenoids60 Gauss
HomerPair of cap solenoids50 Gauss
ElbowRadiating band with 3 solenoids50 Gauss
Ulna and radioRadiating band with 3 solenoids50 Gauss
Ulna and radioPair of cap solenoids50 Gauss
WristRadiating band with 3 solenoids40 Gauss
WristPair of cap solenoids40 Gauss
BroRadiating band with 3 solenoids40 Gauss
FingersRadiating band with 3 solenoids40 Gauss
Vertebral column and vertebrae40x40 floor mat100 Gauss
Vertebral column and vertebraeRadiating mat> 100 Gauss
Lumbar40x40 floor mat80 Gauss
LumbarRadiating mat> 100 Gauss
Hip, pelvis and femoral head40x40 floor mat100 Gauss
Hip, pelvis and femoral headRadiating mat> 100 Gauss
FemurRadiating band with 3 solenoids120 Gauss
FemurPair of cap solenoids100 Gauss
KneeRadiating band with 3 solenoids60 Gauss
KneePair of cap solenoids50 Gauss
Tibia, fibula and ankleRadiating band with 3 solenoids60 Gauss
Tibia, fibula and anklePair of cap solenoids40 Gauss
MalleolusRadiating band with 3 solenoids40 Gauss
MalleolusPair of cap solenoids30 Gauss
FootRadiating band with 3 solenoids70 Gauss
HeelRadiating band with 3 solenoids50 Gauss
FootPair of cap solenoids50 Gauss
Big toeRadiating band with 3 solenoids50 Gauss
Other toesRadiating band with 3 solenoids30 Gauss

Set the treatment time

At this point all that remains is to set the duration of the treatment. In the most modern magnetic therapy devices, such as those of the I-TECH, Globus or Sixtus brand, this parameter can be set using a convenient timer that allows the appliance to switch itself off after the countdown is complete. It is a very comfortable function, especially for those who make long night treatments. Although magnetotherapy has no contraindications for overdosing, it is good to do it in the right times. In this regard it is good to know that in most cases (the pathologies shown in the previous table are no exception) it is always recommended to do sessions never less than 2 continuous hours, which may however become 6 or 8, and beyond which the body tissues will not benefit further from the therapy. The rehabilitation protocols also advise one daily treatment, every 24 hours.

22 thoughts on "How to set up the magnet therapy device?"


    Good morning, my father has throat cancer and has ganglions that hurt him badly, he has difficulty speaking. I treat him with magnetotherapy to lighten him if yes it is the frequency he needs and the number of Gausses suited to him. Thank you, I await your reply as soon as possible

    • Daniele says:

      Hello, I advise you to suspend treatment as soon as possible and contact a specialist doctor. Magnetotherapy is not recommended in case of ongoing cancer processes. Kind regards

  2. Salvatore Bova says:

    Good evening. I should do magnetotherapy for the necrosis of the femoral head following a fracture of the head itself. What frequency and power do you recommend? I read 75 hz with 100 gauss while itech recommends 50hz and 50 gauss. Is it better to use the two solenoids or the mattress? Thank you

    • Daniele says:

      Hello, unfortunately the femoral head is one of the most uncomfortable areas to treat as it is particularly deep. Being able to choose I would recommend doing the treatment surely with the pair of solenoids, they are larger than those used in the mat and allow it to do a localized therapy, therefore definitely effective. You can set the machine to 75Hz, 100 Gauss. Yours sincerely

  3. ANNA CATERINA says:

    Hello. Can you tell me the settings of a MAG 2000 for a tibial bone contusion? After two months from the trauma the hematoma is still present, thank you

    • Daniele says:

      Hello and sorry for the late reply. You can use the machine at 20Hz and no less than 40 Gauss. Yours sincerely

  4. Paride says:

    Hi I have a detachment of the apex of the peroneal malleolus which frequency and power do you recommend? And the daily duration of how many hours can it be (I would like to keep it as long as possible to have a better recovery so I wanted to know and how many hours I could do to get the maximum effectiveness)? Thanks in advance

  5. Barbara says:

    Hello, I have read that only one daily treatment is recommended, every 24 hours, however I was wondering if this recommendation could be understood as "a treatment for a bodily district", or if in case you want to treat different pathologies in different parts of the body with magnetoretapy ( eg tendinopathy of the patellar tendon and arm algodystrophy) it was possible to perform 2 treatments a day, one for each site of application.
    Thank you

    • Daniele says:

      Hi, the single daily treatment is to be considered "by area". So, having to take care of two different and distant areas, it can treat them the same day and even better simultaneously, as long as the device allows it. Yours sincerely

  6. Paul says:

    Good morning, I should treat a broken radio / ulna fracture, I'm starting to use an I-Tech Mag 2000, which for the "fracture" treatment is preset to 50Herz and 50 Gauss, I would like to understand if these values ​​are fine or should I modify them.
    Thank you

    • Daniele says:

      Hello and sorry for the late reply. I suggest you set the device to 20 Hz and 50 Gauss, and if you can use both bands. Kind regards

  7. Simone says:

    Hi, I have to do knee magnetic therapy for quadriceps tendinosis which frequency and Gaus I have to use, because on the device I don't have a specific program.

  8. elisjon alijaj says:

    hi for a muscle stretching on the calf / thigh behind how much should I use?
    I also have inflammation of the thumb and index fingers and the right knee
    lamagneto is the machinery

    • Daniele says:

      Hi, you can refer to the manual of your device, as it is the one with the most updated programs at the moment. For muscle strains we recommend the 1 Hz program, for the knee it depends on the pathology. Kind regards

  9. alberto says:

    Buenas tardes I keep an edema oseo en los sesamoideos del pie y I keep the mag itech 2000 a que hz y gaus debo de programar the maquina para la cure de este edema ya que llevo 1 año with el y no se cure.

  10. simone says:

    Good morning ... my wife should treat a lumbar area subject to osteoarthritis and discopathies and slight presence of hernia ... sometimes the pains become stronger ... what treatment do you recommend and with what dosages? ... only at low frequency or even at high frequency since the appliance that we use also allows the use of the latter? ... thanks

    • Daniele says:

      Hi, osteoarthritis can be treated at 25-30Hz, therefore strictly low frequency. The only care is to use a power of at least 80-100 Gauss for 6-8 hours, as with a mat or mat applicator it will not be possible to do localized therapy. Kind regards

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