If you want to know how to do magnetotherapy at home, understand how to apply and understand how it works, this short article could be for you. In the previous articles we analyzed the effects and benefits of magnetotherapy, we saw what can be treated with magnetotherapy and what are the characteristics that must have a device to do it at home. In this short guide, we will illustrate how to best use a magnetotherapy device, how to place the magnets (solenoids) on our body correctly, we will learn to know the programs and features that the most modern devices can offer us, so as to be able to do magnetotherapy at home in the best way. In fact, to understand how a magnetotherapy device is used correctly, it is essential to make the most of its healing abilities.CLICK TO SEE OUR MAGNETOTHERAPY RENTAL OFFER
Check the magnetotherapy device
If you are reading this article surely you already know what is magnetotherapyor you have already arranged for a suitable device. Otherwise, I inform you that we have made available one comparative table of the main devices for magnetotherapy offered for hire, so you can get an idea of the technical characteristics and costs.
Whether your appliance has been purchased, whether it has been rented, before wearing the applicators and starting the magnet therapy, check whether the machine is ready for use. If you have a device powered by electricity, simply connect the appropriate power supply to the wall socket; in case of portable devices for magnetotherapy powered by batteries, it will however be better to check before the charge of these is sufficient to make at least 2 hours of treatment. Pay attention to this, especially if the magnet therapy is done at night: if during sleep the appliance should switch off earlier than expected, obviously you will not be able to notice it, and the therapy will be vain!
Choose and position the applicator
Once verified the correct operation of the machine, as already anticipated in the previous guide we go to choose the right applicator to use and to position it correctly.
Correct positioning of the magnets is essential for the success of the therapy, as they are responsible for generating the electro magnetic field necessary for therapeutic purposes.
Because of the not negligible cost of these accessories, most of the time this is a choice that is made when the appliance is being upgraded, when the package contains only one applicator. However, the most equipped magnetotherapy machines may include more than one, so the first thing to do is choose the applicator based on the part of the body to be treated.
If the part of the body you need to treat is a knee, a foot, a wrist, or anyway a limb or part of it, not deep, you can use a radiating band. This applicator is very comfortable to wear, it is light (so little annoying), and can hold up to 3 small solenoids. If instead you need to treat a larger area of the body, better use the applicator with a pair of bonnet solenoids or rigid solenoids, because the more generous dimensions of their magnets will generate an electro magnetic field of greater intensity that will be able to work deeper. In the case where magnetotherapy serves you instead for more extended or flat body areas, like the back o the hip, it will be useful to use a radiant mat. A pad applicator can also contain up to 6 magnets (solenoids), which will generate a large extended electro magnetic field, useful for treating the entire affected area. These are the most widespread models of applicators, but each manufacturer designs them according to their own filisophy, and you can have others of other shapes in your equipment. In this case you do not have to worry because the basic principle described above is the same for everyone.
How should the applicator be positioned? As we have already seen together, all the applicators have inside them magnets, called solenoids, which from their center generate the electro magnetic field through which magnetotherapy is carried out. To make the most of this magnetic field, the best thing to do is to position the applicator so that one or more magnets inside it can irradiate the area to be treated in the most localized way possible. In simple terms, the more the magnet is in correspondence with the part to be treated, the greater will be the effect of magnetotherapy on the affected tissues. The electro magnetic field is able to cross any type of fabric, so if you think you need to do the therapy by keeping the apperator not in contact with the skin, but placing it on a brace, a plaster, or over your clothes. Verify that you are using the applicator in the correct direction, as solenoids generate electromagnetic field on one side only of the magnet. The side to be used is usually highlighted, or indicated in the instructions for use of the machine. Now you are ready to connect the applicator to the machine, using its pin. The most performing and accessorised magnetic therapy machines can also be equipped with double channel, or two pins on which you can connect, in case you need, two applicators so be able to cure two areas of the body at the same time.
Select the right program
Now that you're ready, you can turn on your magnetotherapy machine. When switched on, according to the model in your possession, the appliance will propose you a series of preset programs to be selected, which in most cases are sufficient to make magnetotherapy at home and that for convenience they show the name of the pathology to be treated.
For each preset program, a specific one matches frequency of the electro magnetic field issued (on some devices you may also find the application time and power already preset). In this section you can find an updated table with the frequencies associated with the pathologies
Set the duration of magnetotherapy treatment
Once you have selected the program you are interested in, you need to set it up duration of treatment, after which the machine will stop dispensing. The advice is to rely on the directions given by your doctor, but if you do not have particular information about it, you can always refer to general guidelines that I will go to show you.
Let's start by saying that the duration of treatment is not directly related to the power applied. As already described in the article What is magnetotherapy, by means of magnetotherapy, the correct biomolecular charge is restored at the cellular level. To achieve this, the area to be treated needs to be exposed to the electro magnetic field for at least 2 hours, during which this process is started. It is therefore recommended to carry out at least two hours of magnetotherapy without interruption. But let's take a few examples of practical applications: to help reform the bone callus after a fracture or surgery, at least 2 hours are required for the smallest and superficial limbs (tibia, malleolus, wrist, hallux valgus, etc ...), up to 4 or 6 hours for the larger and deeper limbs, like the femur, the knee or the shoulder. To treat chronic pathologies with magnetotherapy osteoporosis o osteoarthritis, on the other hand, it may be necessary to reach up to 8 or 10 hours, also due to the dispersion of electro magnetic field caused by the use of applicators such as the radiating mat and the radiating mattress, which can not always irradiate the treated area in a localized way. Localized applications of more than 8 hours can be evaluated with a specialist, as they would not always lead to real benefits.
How many Gauss should I set up?
If your doctor has not given you precise information about the power to be set on your magnet therapy, you can follow this general guideline. Remember first that raise the power, it will not decrease the time necessary for the treatment. More power it is equivalent to a larger and more intense electro magnetic field, which is able to cure the deepest areas of the body (however, some machines may not give the possibility to customize this parameter, in this case you will not have to worry about it because the power will already be preset according to the program).
If you have to do magnetotherapy treatments on your hand, wrist, elbow, malleolus, hallux valgus and outside areas of the knee, or anyway on a peripheral area, with a quality applicator you may not need more than 30 Gauss of power. If instead your need is to do magnetotherapy on the femur, the shoulder, the vertebrae, the patella, or however large and deeper areas, better set up 60-70 Gauss. Even our body size and more is robust and more power will be needed.
You must also take into account the type of accessory you are using: in fact, the more the treatment is localized and therefore the magnets close to the area to be treated, the less power will be needed, on the contrary it will be better to increase it.
What you feel when doing magnetotherapy
You might expect to feel something or have sensations on the treated part while doing magnetotherapy. In reality, the emission of an electromagnetic field does not produce any sensation in that our body can not perceive it.
However, you may feel some heat due to the solenoid which will tend to heat up after a few hours. To date, no undesirable effects deriving from the use of magnetotherapy are documented, so any undesired effects must immediately be reported to the person who supplied you with the device to verify that it is working correctly, and to your doctor to show you the undesirable effects perceived while doing magnetotherapy.
Maintenance of a magnetotherapy device
If properly maintained, a quality magnetotherapy machine will serve you for many years to come. At the end of each care cycle, remember to always clean the external part of the applicators, especially if you use them directly on the skin. Many of these give the possibility to remove the magnets inside to be able to wash (even in the washing machine) the outer casing of fabric or leatherette. Never bend the magnets wires too much, going forward in time could break making the applicator unusable. If the machine has been used a lot or you use it frequently, remember to check the applicators' functionality from time to time. To do this, simply use the small magnet supplied with the appliance or check its functionality on the display of the machine itself (refer to the user and maintenance manual of the model in your possession). If they are not needed, do not set very high working powers, the magnetic therapy devices are designed to work well within certain power ranges. If necessary, better to change model with a more powerful one. Always follow the maintenance instructions given by the manufacturer in the use and maintenance manual inside the pack, every magnetotherapy device has its own characteristics and not all of them are the same!
The last piece of advice I can give you is to always ask a doctor before deciding to start magnetotherapy. In this way, you can analyze together the advantages and contraindications of magnetotherapy on you.
I hope you enjoyed this brief guide on using magnetic therapy at home. If you think it has helped you, share the article with your friends and relatives, it could be for them too!