In this article I will show you how to choose a magnet therapy device for you or for a family member, untangling us among the many offers that the market offers today.
In this regard, I want to remind you that, although magnetotherapy is a therapy without side effects, the use of a machine to carry out cycles is always indicated on medical advice or prescription, so that it can be your treating doctor. highlight the benefits of treatment e evaluate the possible contraindications.
Introduction to magnetic therapy devices
If you've come to read this post, you've probably already read our article on magnetotherapy and its benefits and then you already know that one of the advantages of magnetotherapy is precisely that of being a therapy that can be carried out at home, without the help of a professional. This important aspect, besides obviously the validity of magnetotherapy, in recent years has led this market to grow in a dizzying way, and consequently the manufacturers of appliances to design models for home use suitable for all budgets, with characteristics that now meet almost all needs. For you, the end user, this is a considerable advantage: the more competition there is on the market, the more the products will be of quality at advantageous prices, with more checks by the bodies in charge. And we all know how important it is to choose well when it comes to health!
A quality device for home magnetotherapy (which will be used and maintained correctly), will last for many years, it is therefore important that you know how to orient yourself on a careful purchase by choosing the right model for your needs, without incurring expensive costs or even worse. in very economical models with features inadequate to your needs. There is no perfect model, each manufacturer follows its own "philosophy" that makes its product different in some way from the others. Behind the electro-magnetic field, each device can offer different characteristics based on its functionality, the type of applicators supplied and above all the type of audience to which it is addressed.
Evaluate the real needs
To make a correct purchase, it is therefore necessary to focus on some aspects. First of all, evaluate the opinion of a specialist, a good doctor will be able to analyze your state of health current assessing also the clinical progress. Consider and evaluate yours too lifestyle, it would make little sense to start taking care of magnetotherapy if you follow an unhealthy lifestyle afterwards.
Another important aspect is having a budget idea you can invest. Usually, the devices designed for use home and private, they have significantly lower costs compared to magnetotherapy devices aimed at professionals in the field (such as doctors and physiotherapists), but equipped with features and accessories that at home would be almost useless.
Once this is done, it is necessary know what your real needs are. If the need is to do sessions of magnet therapy during the night, you can consider a model that gives you the opportunity to do long-term cycles (so with a timer that can also be set up to 12 hours), if you are a very dynamic person and need is to do it even when you travel (by car or train), you can orient yourself on compact and battery-powered models, which also provide autonomy for 3 hours. Similarly, if you need to be an elderly person to do magnetotherapy you can choose a simple model to use.
Another aspect that I advise you to take into account is what you need to take care of, then the pathology. The general line are three main reasons that lead to treatment with magnetotherapy:
- the treatment of chronic diseases (osteoporosis, osteoarthritis, etc.)
- the treatment of traumas (fractures, sprains, inflammations, etc.)
- maintaining an excellent level of health
In the first two cases, you will need a medium or high power magnetotherapy device, better if equipped with a double channel to cure two parts of the body together, and equipped with high intensity applicators for a quick rehabilitation especially in case of painful pathologies; if your goal is instead maintain an optimal state of health, you can opt for a simple model with a good amount of programs (so you can use it for different diseases), without those special features and accessories suitable for major trauma.
What are the technical characteristics to consider?
Now I will show you what are the technical characteristics to consider when buying a magnet therapy device. The main feature is the construction technology, and is one of the reasons why there are devices for magnetotherapy with very different prices.
The construction technology differentiates the devices based on the frequency of the electro magnetic field emitted. In fact, the devices for magnetic therapy can be both a low frequency that ad high frequency. The appliances for low frequency magnetotherapy are able to emit pulsed electromagnetic fields at a frequency that can vary from 1Hz to 150Hz. They are particularly indicated as adjuvant for the regeneration of bone tissue, and is in fact often prescribed following fractures o surgeries where there is a need to accelerate bone callus formation (or in cases where this is difficult to reform), or even in all those diseases affecting hard tissues such as osteoporosis. By succeeding in reestablishing correct cellular functioning, low-frequency magnetotherapy can also be used as anti-inflammatory therapy, resulting therefore a valid cure on soft tissues.
Magnetic therapy ad high frequency, on the other hand, it works in a slightly different way, since it is the emission of small “packets of radio waves” at a frequency that varies between 18MHz and 900MHz. The applications in this case are effective for all those pathologies that affect soft tissues such as tendons and cartilages.
Therefore, if magnetotherapy will be used to cure an important pathology aimed at the bone tissue, the device must necessarily be a model Low frequency CEMP (CEMP is the acronym for Pulsed Electromagnetic Fields), but if the therapy is aimed at soft tissues such as tendons, or if we need it for the optimal maintenance of our state of health, it is possible to choose a cheaper device with high frequency.
Most of the magnetic therapy devices currently on the market are equipped with both preset programs that show the name of the pathology (fracture program, arthrosis program, anti-inflammatory program, etc.), and with "free" programs where it is possible to set the working frequency. So let's make sure that the appliance we are buying is equipped with the program of our interest, or that it can work at the frequency recommended by its specialist.
Another important feature is the power emitted by the machine, measured in Gauss. You will surely have asked yourself: How much power do you need to perform the therapy? Is power a fact that really denotes the quality and efficiency of a machine? There is no answer that everyone can agree on, because it depends both on the part of the body that is being treated, and on the pathology itself that we have to treat.
A machine more powerful than another will be able to treat pathologies on larger areas of the body that are deeper. To perform therapies on bones or soft tissues that are sufficiently on the surface, such as the patella of the knee, the phalanges, the wrist, the malleolus, there is no need for high powers.
To make the idea better, I'll give you an example. A magnetic therapy machine for professional use is able to deliver pulsed magnetic fields at powers that even reach 120-150 Gauss per channel. A post-operative therapy for hallux valgus, on a person of average build, can be treated at 20 Gauss and will have on average the same result as the same treatment carried out on the same person, but 50 Gauss. Similarly, the treatment of a fracture of a femur (therefore larger bones and deeper site) may also require 70-80 Gauss to be effective.
Why do manufacturers increasingly focus on machines with very high powers? One might be inclined to think that the answer concerns a pure marketing question, but in reality a high power offers one greater robustness of the machine, which will thus guarantee stable and effective results over time, but above all the possibility of covering the entire list of programs for which the machine has been programmed, including those that are to be used with applicators that need higher powers to work properly.
The importance of the correct applicator
Until now I have talked to you about how to evaluate the characteristics of the machine for magnetotherapy, or body machine that we are going to program and that deals with generating the pulsed electromagnetic field. Now I will talk to you about the applicators, or those objects that once connected to the camera body, emit and convey the electromagnetic field on ourselves.
There are different types, and even for them the design choices follow the manufacturer's philosophy. However, the basic concept is the same for everyone: inside the applicator is the solenoid, which is nothing more than a circular magnet with a diameter of a few centimeters, from which the electro magnetic field is generated.
The applicators are generally supplied with the machine body and it is not uncommon for the manufacturers to produce other compatible products that can be purchased separately. Based on the therapy to be done, it is important that you choose to use the right applicator: for example, if you have to treat superficial body parts with magnetotherapy (such as hallux valgus, knee, tibia, malleolus), the band applicator, which generally contains 2 or 3 solenoids, could do for us. It is a very versatile applicator, light and not very uncomfortable to wear. In case of fractures on parts of the body with more important dimensions such as the femur, hip or shoulder, it becomes essential to use the pair of bonnet solenoids or a pair of rigid solenoids, which are larger in size than those contained by the fascia, therefore more suitable for therapies where we treat tissues in depth.
In the case of widespread pathologies such as arthrosis and osteoporosis, or therapies on flat areas such as the back or pelvis, the use of an applicator such as the mat or the mattress for magnetotherapy. These two applicators, in fact, are ideal for long night sessions of magnetotherapy, as they can also be placed on the mattress of our bed, under the sheet, or in the case of the mat even on the sofa at home, on a chair, or on the seat of a wheelchair (generally the radiating mats have measures of about 40 x 40 cm).
When considering the purchase of an applicator for our magnetotrapy device, the advice is however to take one that allows you to make a therapy that is as localized as possible. Indeed, the more the electro magnetic field will affect the part to be treated, the more effective the cure will be. Applicators such as the elastic band or the pair of solenoids with cuffs, give the possibility to position the solenoid that is inside them directly on the interested part, therefore the therapy will be very effective as it is localized. On the contrary, use the mat applicator or the mattress where they are not necessary, such as small or uneven parts, could nullify the effectiveness of the therapy.
Purchase and rental of magnetotherapy devices
Now that you have an idea of how a magnet therapy device works and what you need, let's see together when it is convenient to buy it, or to rent it.
In both cases, I advise you to contact a seller who proves to be available, competent and has an excellent customer service after sale / rental. Only in this way will you have confirmation of a serious and professional service, which will be different from the last minute offers from the stall that risk embarking on poorly targeted purchases. Even the web market is full of offers and, although the products are always the same, even in this case the after-sales service is one of the things that will make the difference.
If you are oriented towards the purchase of a magnetotherapy device for home use, it is good that you know that the cost can range from about € 150 for a high-frequency model up to € 450 for the most advanced low-frequency dual-channel models. You can find one list of excellent appliances here.
Even if the cost may not always seem accessible to you, the good news is that all models are deductible from healthcare costs (as long as they are certified as Medical Devices), so with the purchase invoice you can recover up to 19% of the costs incurred. Ditto for thepurchase with VAT facilitated at 4% for those entitled.
The rental, on the other hand, could prove to be an excellent choice for those who need to do magnetotherapy for short periods (usually from 25 to 40 days), often following an injury. In this case the costs are much lower, and the cost estimate for a month of magnetotherapy can be around a little more than 120 €. If you decided to rent a magnet therapy device, always make sure that the renter supplies you with low-frequency equipment, CEMP, and certified as CE Medical Devices.
If you want to get an idea of what are the characteristics of the magnetotherapy devices used for rental, we have made available a table that compare the technical characteristics and prices of magnetic therapy devices offered with our home rental service.
Whether it is rental or purchase, consider also the supplied accessories, often the quantity and type of applicators supplied can make the difference on the price. The warranty offered by the manufacturer is also a very important and indicative parameter on the quality of the product and the seriousness of the producer.