Magnetotherapy is a non-invasive treatment technique that uses magnetic fields to improve the patient’s health and well-being by helping to stimulate healing and reducing pain. The technique has long been used in alternative medicine, and more and more physical therapists are incorporating it into their practices.

How does magnetotherapy work?

Magnetotherapy works by using magnetic fields to stimulate healing in the body. These can penetrate the soft tissue of the body and reach the bones, making them a useful tool for treating muscle and bone injuries.

When the therapy is applied, magnetic fields penetrate the body and stimulate the flow of blood and oxygen to the affected area.

What conditions can be treated with magnetotherapy?

Magnetotherapy can be helpful in treating a variety of conditions, including:

– Muscle injuries: It can help reduce pain and inflammation in injured muscles, speeding recovery.

– Bone injuries: This procedure can help stimulate healing in fractured or injured bones.

– Arthritis: It is able to help reduce pain and inflammation in joints affected by arthritis.

– Chronic pain: It can be useful in the treatment of chronic pain, including back pain, neuralgia and headache.

– Sports injuries: It is able to help reduce inflammation and speed up recovery after sports injuries.

– Circulation problems: This therapy can improve blood circulation in the body, which can help treat conditions such as peripheral vascular disease.

– Depression and anxiety: Transcranial magnetic therapy is able to help treat depression and anxiety by stimulating certain areas of the brain.

It is important to note that magnetic therapy is not a cure for these conditions, but it can be an effective tool for reducing symptoms and improving patients’ quality of life. It is always recommended that the patient consult with a doctor before starting any alternative treatment.

How is magnetotherapy performed?

Magnetotherapy can be performed in several ways, depending on the type of injury or ailment being treated. The devices used for magnetotherapy can range in size and shape, from small portable devices to large tabletop devices including pads, coils, belts and blankets.

The choice of device will depend on the specific area of the body being treated and the depth of tissues you want to reach. For example, pads and coils are more suitable for treating specific, superficial areas of the body, such as the knees, while magnetic blankets are more useful for treating larger areas, such as the back or legs. In addition, magnetic belts can be used to treat ailments in the lower back or abdominal area.

During the magnetotherapy session, the patient sits or lies on a comfortable surface and the device is placed on the affected area. The physical therapist adjusts the strength of the magnetic field to ensure that it is safe and effective for the patient. The duration of the session can vary depending on the ailment, but usually lasts between 20 and 30 minutes, depending on the condition and severity of the injury.

Are there any risks associated with magnet therapy?

In general, magnetic therapy is safe. However, there are some risks associated with treatment. Listed below are some of these:

  1. Interference with medical devices: Strong magnetic fields can interfere with medical devices such as pacemakers, implantable defibrillators, and insulin pumps, which can lead to device malfunction and adversely affect the patient.
  2. Unwanted side effects: Although magnet therapy is considered a safe therapy, some people may experience unwanted side effects such as pain, inflammation, skin burns, tingling, and itching. These effects usually disappear once treatment has ended.
  3. Overstimulation: If too intense magnetic fields are used or for a long time, overstimulation of the tissues may occur, which can lead to a worsening of the condition.
  4. Bleeding problems: Magnetic therapy may increase the risk of bleeding problems in people taking blood-thinning medications.
  5. Contraindications: Magnetotherapy is contraindicated in certain cases, such as in pregnant women, people with pacemakers or implantable defibrillators, and patients with bleeding disorders.


Next, we explain some of its most outstanding benefits:

  • Pain Relief: This treatment is known for its ability to relieve pain. Magnetic fields can reduce inflammation and increase blood flow, which helps reduce joint pain and stiffness.
  • Acceleration of wound healing: Magnetotherapy also has the property of accelerating wound healing. Magnetic fields help increase collagen production and cell regeneration, which can speed up the healing process.
  • Improved blood circulation: Magnetic fields can help improve blood circulation in the body. This can be beneficial for people with circulatory disorders, such as venous insufficiency.
  • Reduced inflammation: This can be helpful for people with chronic inflammatory disorders, such as rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Improved sleep and reduced anxiety and stress: Magnetic fields can also help improve the quality of sleep. So it can help reduce anxiety and stress, which can improve sleep in people who have trouble sleeping.


In conclusion, magnetotherapy is a non-invasive therapeutic technique that can be beneficial for a variety of medical conditions, including musculoskeletal injuries, chronic pain, inflammatory disorders, and much more.

Physical therapists may consider incorporating magnetic therapy into their practices to help their patients speed recovery and reduce pain. As always, it is recommended that patients speak with their doctor before beginning any new treatment to assess the potential risks and benefits and determine if this procedure is appropriate for their individual case.

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