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 that you can get an idea of the technical characteristics and costs.
Whether your device has been purchased or rented, before putting on the applicators and starting to do magnetotherapy, it is necessary to check whether the machine is ready for use. If you have a mains powered appliance, simply connect the appropriate power supply to the wall socket; in case of portable devices for magnetotherapy powered by batteries, however, it will be better to check beforehand that the charge of these is sufficient to do at least 2 hours of treatment. Pay attention to this thing, especially if the magnetotherapy is done at night: if during sleep the device goes off earlier than expected, obviously you will not be able to notice it, and the therapy will be in vain!
Choose and place 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 optimal success of the therapy, as they are responsible for generating the electro magnetic field necessary for therapeutic purposes.
Due to the not exactly negligible cost of these accessories, most of the time this is a choice that is made during the supply phase of the device, when the package contains only one applicator. However, the most equipped magnetotherapy machines can include more than one, so the first thing to do is choose the applicator according to 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 (therefore not annoying), and can hold up to 3 small solenoids. If, on the other hand, you need to treat a larger area of the body, it is better to 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 done. To make the most of this magnetic field, the best thing to do is certainly 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 pass through any type of tissue, so if you deem it necessary you can do the therapy by keeping the indicator not in contact with the skin, but by placing it on a brace, a plaster, or on your clothes. Verify that you are using the applicator in the correct direction, as the solenoids generate electro-magnetic field from one side of the magnet only. The side to be used is usually highlighted, or in any case indicated in the instructions for use of the machine. You are now ready to connect the applicator to the machine, via its plug. The most performing and equipped magnetotherapy 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 are ready, you can turn on your magnetotherapy machine. When switched on, depending on the model in your possession, the appliance will offer 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 the treatment is not directly linked to the power applied. As already described in the article What is magnetotherapy, through magnetotherapy, the right biomolecular charge is re-established at the cellular level. To achieve this goal, the area to be treated needs to be exposed to the electro-magnetic field for at least 2 hours, during which this process starts. 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, it takes at least 2 hours for the smaller and superficial limbs (tibia, malleolus, wrist, hallux valgus, etc ...), up to 4 or 6 hours for the larger and deeper limbs, such as the femur, knee or shoulder. To treat chronic diseases such as osteoporosis o arthrosis, on the other hand, it may take up to 8 or 10 hours, also due to the dispersion of the electro-magnetic field caused by the use of applicators such as the radiating mat and the radiating mattress, which are not always able to 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 some sensations on the treated area while doing magnetotherapy. In reality, the electromagnetic field emission 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 a little after a few hours. To date, no further undesirable effects deriving from the use of magnetotherapy are documented, so any unwanted effects must immediately be reported to the person who supplied you with the device to verify its correct functioning, and to your doctor to expose them 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 external fabric or leatherette cover. Never bend the magnets wires too much, over time they 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 use and maintenance manual of the model in your possession). If not needed, do not set very high working powers, magnetotherapy devices are designed to work well within certain power ranges. If necessary, it is better to change the model to a more powerful one. Always follow the maintenance instructions given by the manufacturer in the use and maintenance booklet inside the package, each magnetotherapy device has its own characteristics and not all are the same!
The last piece of advice I would like to give you is to always contact a doctor before deciding to start doing magnetotherapy. This way, you can analyze together the advantages and contraindications of magnetotherapy on you.
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