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 ricorderà bene che per non rischiare di vanificare il trattamento la potenza va regolata in base al tipo di applicatore utilizzato e in base alla zona trattata. Funziona più o meno così: più si localizza il trattamento, meno potenza sarà necessaria, ma più la zona da trattare è profonda rispetto all’epidermide e più il campo magnetico dovrà essere ampio per raggiungerla. Allo stesso modo, un arto più grande necessità di un campo magnetico maggiore rispetto ad un arto più piccolo. Purtroppo, per questo parametro non è possibile avvalersi di una tabella indicativa universale, sia per ragioni di corporatura fisica del paziente, sia per ragioni costruttive dell’applicatore e dell’apparecchio utilizzati. La tabella che segue è stata calibrata su un paziente adulto, alto circa 175 cm e dal peso di circa 75 Kg (corporature più robuste possono necessitare di potenze maggiori soprattutto per il trattamento di zone più profonde) e sugli applicatori in dotazione agli apparecchi per magnetoterapia della marca I-TECH come MAG 2000, MAG 2000 PLUS, LaMagneto Pro etc, ovvero le stesse fornite da noi.
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.

51 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:

    Good morning, I read that only one daily treatment is recommended, every 24 hours, however I was wondering if this recommendation could be understood as "one treatment per body district", or if in case you want to treat different pathologies with different magnetoretapia in different parts of the body ( e.g. tendinopathy of the patellar tendon and algodystrophy in the arm) it was possible to carry out 2 treatments per day, one for each application site.
    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 magnetotherapy for quadriceps tendinosis which frequency and Gaus should I use, because I don't have a specific program on my device.

  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 hold the mag itech 2000 a que hz y gaus debo de programar la maquina para la cura de este edema ya que llevo 1 año con el y no se cura.

  10. simone says:

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

  11. Alessio says:

    Hello, I have mag700, for the treatment of a bone edema at the external femoral console which powers should I apply? Thank you

  12. Dario says:

    Hi, I have a May 2000, I have to carry out treatment on a young patient with painful knee, operated on the external alar ligament (lateral release). What frequency and Gauss should I set? Thank you

  13. maria grace says:

    Good morning,
    i have the magneto-pro of i-tech, how should i set the frequency and power parameters for a
    heel bone edema

    thanks and happy new year

  14. Antonella says:

    Good morning
    I have an L1 fracture with osteoporosis
    I rented the globus magnum 3000 pro and since I have a corset I was advised to raise it to 54 (the automatic setting was 30) for 8 hours.
    I use two bands with 2 solenoids side by side in the lumbar area.
    Do you think it's okay? Or should I use the mat?
    How long should I do it for? (now it's about a month)
    And then if I sometimes split the job to get up a bit from the bed, does that mean it wasn't effective?
    Thank you

  15. mauro says:

    Good morning I have an "external hyperpressure of the patella with wear of the cartilage of the trochlear fundus, with medial tibia-femoral overload with chondral pain of the condyle".
    I have a NEWDOLPASS the program recommends me 45 ′ at 320Hz; I can set the gauss between 20, 40 and 60.
    Do you confirm the data and recommend the gausses to be set?
    thank you

  16. Alberto Campagnolo says:

    Good morning, for an ankle arthrosis with malleolary edema what settings should I put on a May 2000? Thank you

  17. Patrizia says:

    Good morning, should I do magnetotherapy for arthrodesis surgery 1 Wedge and osteotomy m1 with band 3 solenoids and MAG2000 device, is it correct 25 Hz 50 gauss for 5 hours or better 25 Hz 70 gauss always for 5 hours? Thank you and greetings

  18. Andrea says:

    What is the recommended setting for a Globus Magnum XL pro for Kiembock's disease (carpal semilunar osteonecrosis)?

      • Andrea says:

        What field strength do you recommend with the two opposing solenoid band of the Magnum XL Pro and a classic night treatment around 8 hours?
        Thank you

  19. Davide says:

    Good evening, I have a medial collateral sprain of the left knee. I own a mag-700 ... how should I set it up for the best benefit? Thank you

    • Daniele says:

      Good morning, ligament injuries can be treated at 75Hz. Bear in mind that the band supplied to the mag 700 is not the best performing, so it will have to raise the power even to 60-70 Gauss. Yours sincerely

  20. Luca says:

    Hello, I am in possession of an appliance equipped with a pair of solenoids. Which settings do you recommend for an injury to the anterior cruciate and bone edema to the tibial plateau and for how long? Thanks a lot for your help

    • Daniele says:

      Good morning, definitely treatments not less than 3 consecutive hours. Crusader and edema can be treated at 30 Hz with a power of 50 Gauss. Yours sincerely

  21. Giampiero says:

    Hello, I have a fracture in the femur that does not create bone callus, which frequency to use Low or high, which Gauss to set and which solenoid do you recommend?
    Thank you

  22. Francesco says:

    Good evening, I had a displaced fracture III distal fibula and diastasis of the malleolar forceps with complete injury of the deltoid ligament of the left ankle. I underwent surgery with fibula synthesis and reduction with plate and screws, re-insertion of the leg. deltoid with two anchors and syndesmosis stabilization with screw. For magnetotherapy I have been given magnetomax plus. How should I set it up for the best benefit? Thanks in advance.

  23. bartolo says:

    I have a contracted cervical and dorsal fascia and I own itech mag with two circular solenoids, how should I position them? and with what values ​​and time?
    thank you so much

  24. Giovanni Rossi says:

    I noticed that in the list of the various programs to be set according to the frequency, reference is always made to a range between 0 and 100 Hz.
    When is high frequency used?

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