iMRS Guide – Common Treatments

This section is an extract from the MRS book by Joel P. Carmichael, which he details many recommended settings for different type of body conditions based on his clinical experience with the MRS system. Do note that this is not absolute instruction, so use this as a reference point instead. One should note that MRS should be used as a supplementary therapy. For any chronic or severe conditions, seek for medical advice first. 


A typical migraine consists of moderate to severe pain in the head with a pulsating or throbbing quality. This pain may be confined to one side of the head (classic migraine), or may involve both sides (common migraine). The pain worsens with physical activity, is usually associated with sensitivity to light and sound, and may be accompanied by nausea with or without vomiting.

Pulsating magnetic field therapy using iMRS systems can have a sedative effect on the nervous system as well as improve circulation and oxygenation to tense muscles at the base of the skull, neck and shoulders. These muscles often contain myofasical trigger points that refer pain into the head, neck and jaw.

Recommended Settings and Application

The whole body mat applicator should be used 3 times per day for 8 minutes, beginning with an intensity setting of 25 in the morning, 10 at mid-day and 10 / sensitive level in the evening. The pad applicator can also be used up to 3 times per day for 8-16 minutes at a setting of 5-150. The pad is placed underneath the head and shoulders while lying down so the back of the head rests just below the curved edge of the pad. Larger patients may increase the intensity setting to 200 using the pad.

Low/Mid/Neck Pain

Low back pain affects 80% of all Americans. It is often associated with overexertion, but just as commonly, it is related to inactivity. Sleeping positions lifting technique, and proper ergonomics and work postures are essential for managing and preventing low back pain.

The beauty of the MRS system is that it is a non-thermal form of therapy. Heat, especially in acute (recent onset, often severe) back pain, is pro-inflammatory and will usually increase pain once it is withdrawn from the back and the tissues are allowed to cool off. By using a heating pad, you can effectively turned a 3 day problem into a 3-week episode of aggravated back pain. Ice is anti-inflammatory and is strongly recommended in the acute phase of back pain.

Recommended Settings and application

Use the mat applicator twice daily for 8 minutes each. Start at an intensity of 10, and increase to a setting of 25. Use a setting of 10 in the evening. For acute low back strains, use the pad applicator 3-5 times per day for 16 minutes at an intensity setting of 150-200. For mid-back pain, use an intensity of 100. In the case of neck pain begin using the local pad applicator at an intensity of 25-50.


Do not use a heating pad. Instead, use ice 15-20 minutes twice per hour. Avoid bending forward, twisting and stooping. The MRS system yields excellent results when used properly in conjunction with the principles discussed above.

Muscle Tension and Muscle Splinting

Muscle tension and muscle splinting can be a response to blunt trauma, to pain or injury of a deeper tissue, bone or ligament, or in response to pain signals originating in an internal organ, such as in acute appendicitis, tubal pregnancy, gastritis or more ominous syndrome such as a tumor or cancer. Sustained or progressive cases should be evaluated and properly diagnosed.

When muscle tension and splinting are acute and have a clearly identified cause that is benign and does not require professional attention, improving circulation, relaxing and balancing the autonomic nervous system and facilitating cellular intake of nutritive fluids may be of profound benefit. Magnetic resonance stimulation may be as effective as massage therapy, acupuncture and chiropractic adjustments for some people.

Recommended Settings and Application

The key component in treating muscle stress and splinting is magnetic resonance stimulation using the whole body mat. The mat is used 3 times per day for 8 minutes, beginning at a setting of 25 and increasing to 50 or 100 as tolerated for morning and mid-day applications. Use an even higher setting if you are large, tall, extremely muscular or particularly young and healthy. An evening setting of 10 is recommended before bed to enhance sleep.

The pad applicator can be used for local applications twice daily for 16 to 24 minutes at 50 to 100 for the neck and shoulders, shoulder blades, arms and legs. Use a setting of 100-200 for the low back and buttocks.

Muscles Aches associated with Flu and Colds

Muscle aching associated with colds and flu is called “myalgia”. It usually resolves when the underlying viral infection resolves. Magnetic resonance stimulation is used for supportive, calming and symptomatic relief.

Recommended Settings and Applications

Use the whole body mat applicator 3 times daily for 8 minutes each beginning at 50-100 in the morning and afternoon, and 10 in the evening.

Notes: Do not use MRS in the case of a moderate or high fever (e.g., fever greater than 100F in an adult and 102F in a child under the age of 12). The increased body temperature ma  indicate a bacteria infection for which antibiotic therapy is required.


Knee Related Problems

Knee injuries are often due to overuse, bony alignment problems, repetitive use in athletic competition or physical activities, and failure to warm up and stretch  before exercise. But they can also result from trauma, such as a car accident or sporting injury, a fall or a direct blow to your knee.

Common knee problems include ligament injuries, tendon injuries, meniscus injuries, bursitis, dislocated kneecap, osgood-Schlatter’s disease, Hyperextended knee.

Recommended Settings and Application

The whole body mat should be used in support of overall metabolism, at a setting of 25 in the morning and 10 in the evening. For acute knee injury, use the probe/spot setting of 200-400 for 8-16 minutes 3 times daily. The pad may also be used at a setting of 150-400. For chronic knee injuries, use the probe at 50-150, and the pad applicator at 100-200.


Osteoarthritis, also called degenerative joint disease, osteoarthritis, or simply arthrosis, is the most common form of arthritis. Osteoarthritis is the “wear-and-tear” form of arthritis that occurs when joint cartilage deteriorates over time.

Recommended Settings and Application

For osteoarthritis, use the whole body mat twice daily for 8  minutes. Start at an intensity setting of 10, and work towards 25 to 100 in the morning or afternoon, depending on body size and overall health. In the evening use a setting of 10. Use the pad applicator 2-3 times per day at 16-24 minutes each to the affected part. Larger joints require a longer session time and/or a higher setting of 200. For smaller and mid-size joints begin using the probe applicator at 200-400 for 1-8 minutes, depending on the size of joint being addressed. The knee joint, the largest joint in the body, can be exposed for 16 minutes several times daily.

Arthritic Sensitivity to Weather

Arthritic sensitivity to weather occurs in conjunction with osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and a host of other degenerative conditions of the joints and connective tissues. Many people have a grandmother who could predict damp weather more reliably than the weatherman.

Recommended Settings and Application

If you have joints that are better than a barometer in predicting the weather, use the whole body mat to support healthy joints and connective tissues 3 times per day at a setting of “sensitive” or 10 initially. You can increase the intensity setting from there as your needs and preference dictate.


Varicose Veins

Varicose veins are often regarded as a cosmetic nuisance, but in reality, they also present potentially serious health problems that can be corrected with proper therapy. The larger varicosities put the patient at risk for phlebitis (painful inflammation), brownish di-coloration of the skin, dermatitis and in advanced cases, clot formation with ulceration and permanent scarring.

Recommended Settings and Application

Use the whole body mat applicator 3 times per day for 16 minutes per application. The intensity settings can start at 25-50in the morning and increase to 150 as tolerated. The mid-day application should begin 50, and the setting of 10 should be used in the evening. The pad applicator can be used at a setting of 50 for 16 minutes twice daily locally.



Osteoporosis means “porous bones.” Due to low levels of calcium, phosphorus and other minerals the bones become weak and brittle. Fractures can occur with minor exertions such as lifting a grocery bag, bending over, or even coughing. Bone demineralization is the cause of osteoporosis. This occurs when bone minerals are lost faster than they are replaced.

Several factors can influence healthy levels of bone mineralization, and bone density. These factors include regular exercise, adequate amounts of dietary calcium and vitamin D, and good hormone balance. The effects of pulsating magnetic fields on bone density have been proven through extensive research.

The mechanisms of bone restoration using pulsed electromagnetic field therapy have been explored widely, and include the induction of piezoelectrity, desensitization of parathyroid hormone receptors, signaling of extracellular bone matrix and transmembrane proteins (to increase synthesis of bone proteins via the “mTOR” pathway and stimulation of osteoblastic proliferation and differentiation).

Recommended Settings and Application

Use the whole body mat applicator 3 times per day for 8-16 minutes per application. Start at an intensity setting of 25 in the morning, and work toward 50 or 100, or to your preference. Use the mat at a setting of 50-100 at noon, and add 10-25 in the evening. Use the pad once daily for 24 minutes at the chest and lumbar spine areas at a setting of 100-150.

If you  are experiencing spinal pain from osteoporosis, you may experience pain relief in as soon as 4-6 weeks. Long-lasting changes in bone density may be observed in 12-18 months or sooner. Repeat bone density testing at 12 months. Even if bone density is not increased in one year, the progression of the diseases may be arrested by including the daily use of the MRS in your regimen of supportive treatments.


Fibromyalgia is a set of symptoms that occur together as a syndrome. These symptoms include widespread pain, incapacitating fatigue, a decreased in pain threshold at specified tender points, and the presence of anxiety or depression. Fibromyalgia patients may experience pain in the back, neck, hips and shoulders and may experience significant sleep disturbance with the lack of restorative sleep, fatigue and/or morning stiffness on arising. Muscles may ache, twitch, or burn and there may be numbness or tingling in the fingers or feet. Symptoms can mimic osteoarthritis, bursitis or tendinitis, but the pain is more generalized. There is no definitive diagnostic test for fibromyalgia. The diagnosis of fibromyalgia is a diagnosis of exclusion.


Chronic Fatigue Syndrome

Chronic fatigue syndrome is a complicated disorder involving incapacitating flu-like symptoms that can drain energy and, in some cases, last for many years. A constellation of additional symptoms for CFS includes abdominal pain, chills or night sweat, nausea, dry mouth, chronic cough, chest pain, earache, morning stiffness, irregular heartbeat, diarrhea, dizziness, balance problem, fainting, jaw pain, allergies or sensitivities to food, medicines, noise, chemicals, or odors, and bloating. Cognitive difficulties include the inability to comprehend or retain what is read, the inability to calculate numbers, impairment of speech or reasoning, and word-finding difficulties. Shortness of breath, irritable bowel, numbness, tingling or burning sensations, and gynecological problems including PMS and endometriosis have also been reported.The cause of CFS is unknown.

Recommended Settings and Application

The key to successful supportive benefit using the MRS for fibromyalgia and CFS is daily, repeated use of this technology. Many people will require patience and persistence. The significance value of the MRS in producing enhanced immune function, increased ATP production, improved circulation and markedly enhanced sleep cycles make this a perfect supportive complement for people suffering with these conditions. Begin using the whole body mat applicator 3 times per day for 8-16 minutes with an intensity setting of 10-25 in the morning, 10-25 at mid-day and 10 in the evening. Larger or more corpulent people may begin at a setting of 50 or higher. Sensitive individuals may need to begin at the “Sensitive” settings.

As the body adapts, the whole body mat applicator may be used up to 4 times daily for 8-16 minutes each.