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Q magnet Therapy

Physiotherapists at Lifestyle Therapies use Q magnets along with laser therapy, Interex and other techniques as an adjunct to treatment to achieve the best possible outcomes in treating pain and assisting in recovery after injury.

The neuromagnetic therapy (Q magnets - a new generation of Magna Bloc as invented by Dr Robert Holcomb) used at Lifestyle Therapies are a revolutionary way to relieve pain.

Q magnets:

  1. Have been developed by neurologists.
  2. Are the first therapeutic magnets backed by both basic scientific research and extensive clinical pain management experience.
  3. Utilise an exclusive quadrapolar technology that has been used extensively and researched by a major university – Division of Neuromagnetics, Department of Neurology at Vanderbilt University Medical Centre.
  4. Developed, tested and used by health professionals around the world.
  5. Are used by many professional sports teams including the Brisbane Lions and the Queensland Reds.

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After many years of testing, research and clinic trials the unique quadrapolar design was discovered that shows promise in the treatment of pain. There are many theories as to how Q magnets relieve pain. But until recently, there has been no extensive clinical experience or basic research to support any one theory.

Research has shown that it is not the magnetic field strength but the unique field gradient produced by the quadrapolar arrangement of the four magnets that is the determining factor in alleviating pain.

Laboratory experiments published in peer reviewed journals have shown that the common bipolar and other magnetic field variations have not produced a similar effect on neuronal tissue.

Quadrapolar Field gradient

Graphical representation of the quadrapolar field gradients generated by the four magnets and their alternating polarities.

It is the field gradient that blocks the sodium and calcium pumps on the membrane wall of nerve cells. This effectively reduces the ability of the nerve ending to transmit a signal (Action Potential) back to the brain that there is a pain stimulus.

Studies in the laboratory and clinical data collected have demonstrated that Q magnets are effective in the treatment of:

  1. acute pain
  2. chronic pain
  3. postoperative pain and
  4. Chronic dysfunction

Q magnets can be used for common aches and pains of daily living such as headaches, neck pain, jaw pain, tooth pain, shoulder pain, upper and lower back pain, elbow and wrist pain, hip, knee and ankle pain. It has been demonstrated that the device is most effectively utilised when it is placed over the area of abnormally functioning pain fibres.

Pain receptors at the end of C nerve fibres are affected by the chemical irritation from the inflammatory response. Q magnets block the ion gates and allow the chemical irritation to be flushed away by the surrounding lymphatic system, thus aiding the healing process. Laser Therapy is an excellent adjunct to treatment as it stimulates healing by up to 50% while Q magnets block the pain.

Less chemical irritation – less muscle spasm – less nerve irritation – less joint irritation – less pain.

Damaged nerve endings and chemical pain signals cause increased pain and lead to weakening of the affected area. Qmagnet and laser therapy, along with the professional advice of your treating therapist, help bring healing to the injured areas at the cellular level.

Practitioners at Lifestyle Therapies are well trained in neuromagnetic therapy and in particular the correct placement of Q magnets for the most effective results.

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NOTE: Q magnets are intended to be used externally for the management of localised pain. Magnetic therapy is not a substitute for any clinical treatment that is recommended or prescribed by your treating doctor or therapist.





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