Response to RACQ magazine “The Road Ahead” article on magnetic therapy.

 

An article on magnetic therapy titled “Magnets’ pull yet to be proven” appeared in the Oct/Nov, 2014 issue of the popular RACQ magazine, The Road Ahead.

The RACQ is also a large insurer for motor vehicle injuries and ironically we have had a role in rehabilitating many of their policy holders for conditions such as whip lash using Q magnets. The author of the article is prominent Australian sceptic Loretta Marron OAM. Click on the image to enlarge it and read the entire article. Here is our response below…

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How to separate strong Q magnets

It can almost seem impossible to get the larger Q magnets apart, unless you have the right technique.

The larger Q magnets are needed to get the extra depth of penetration required to target the larger joints such as the hips and the lower back. But with size comes strength and being made from the strongest static magnet material available (neodymium) this can have unintended consequences.

It requires a shearing force to easily separate the magnets, don’t ever try pulling them directly apart or force a knife in between. The other key is to use your larger muscles.

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Q Blanket for Complex Regional Pain Syndrome

Complex Regional Pain Syndrome or CPRS is one of the more difficult to treat chronic pain conditions. Often patients go from doctor to doctor and try all sorts of medical interventions that are expensive, have serious side-effects and often with little improvement.

While it’s early days for the Q Magnet Blanket, the patient feedback has been quite remarkable. This is Rita’s story…

After fracturing my ankle in May 2012, I developed Complex Regional Pain Syndrome in my ankle which later became neuropathic pain in both feet. The pain alternated with swelling around the top and back of the feet, stabbing pains in the ankles, hot or very cold feet and tingling nerve endings.

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Q Blanket providing support for chronic pain sufferers…

After many requests from patients, customers and doctors we have finally produced a high quality Q magnetic blanket.

Made from quality polar fleece. Each Q magnet has its own flux plate glued to the back for extra penetration of the magnetic field. Click here for the full PDF brochure.

 

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Remarkable pain relief from long-term chronic foot pain with the magnetic Q Blanket.

For the past 5 years, I cannot recall a single day when the first steps taken in the morning haven’t registered 9/10 pain levels.

A friend of mine loaned me a Q magnetic blanket that I accepted (reluctantly) out of courtesy but was highly sceptical.

Having a background in engineering, I just couldn’t see how magnets could assist my condition when the best specialists with the best intentions had made little progress.

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Q magnets For Improving Athletic Performance

Serious athletes are used to high intensity training, it goes with the territory. However, over exertion and/or accumulative fatigue can result in trauma through sprains, strains, fractures and bruising. Soft-tissue injuries often prevent athletes from performing at their best and recovery times are critical.

This is where Q magnets as one of the simplest, safest and most effective therapies for any athlete should always be on-hand as the need arises. Here we explain how to use Q magnets for soft-tissue injuries and the evidence.

Simon Black is one of the all time great AFL players and a genuine, terrific person. Simon was introduced to Q magnets through the team physiotherapist and until we interviewed him, we had no idea how much he used Q magnets and how much he loved them. They were integral in his recovery routine and in extending his playing career.

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Multipolar static magnetic field provides relief to side-effects of pain medications…

Every week, new research is published strengthening the claim that static magnets can be optimised for therapeutic effects.

Researchers at Semmelweis University (Budapest) conducted a randomised, double blind placebo-controlled trial to investigate the effects of a multipolar static magnet device on symptoms related to erosive gastritis. The same magnetic array has previously been shown to have an analgesic effect on mice and increased the pain threshold in humans (see references below).

Ironically, one of the most common causes of erosive gastritis is the long-term use of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Their prolonged use causes small painful ulcers to form along the lining of the stomach and/or intestines. One of the main reasons people seek out magnetic field therapy is to avoid the serious side-effects of pain medications. Now optimised static magnets may provide an effective method to treat these side-effects.

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Magnetic Revolution: Why magnetism is a new frontier in medical research.

 

The use of magnetic fields is fast developing into a most promising area of medical research. Magnetism is cutting edge in the areas of cardiology (remote magnetic navigation, spatially targeted therapeutics), surgery (reflux management system), oncology (magnetic induction hyperthermia), radiology (MRI) and pathology (magneto-optic screening), while the use of medical magnets in pain management is gaining credibility amongst medical practitioners.

The principle reason for this magnetic revolution in medicine is science. That is, by testing, validating and refining the optimisation process. Innovation produces more effective technologies and their commercialisation improves the lives of patients. Magnetism in medicine has the added advantage of its non-invasive nature with few side-effects and relatively low-cost. Unfortunately, most people’s concept of magnetic therapy is bipolar magnets in underlays and magnetic jewellery, however these are just a diversion to the real innovation.

Good Medicine program investigates research on Quadrapolar magnets.

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Magnetism in medicine will be the solution to many shortfalls in medical research…

Probably the most comprehensive text on magnetism in medicine written to date.

In conclusion, the elegance, noninvasive nature and other advantages of magnetic procedures in medicine – combined with the need to solve many current research problems – will ensure that this highly technological field retains its dynamic state over the years to come. Jens Haueisen

Magnetism in Medicine: A Handbook. By Wiley-VCH

Magnetism in Medicine: A Handbook. By Wiley-VCH

Andra, W. and H. Nowak (2007). Magnetism in Medicine: A Handbook. , Wiley-VCH.

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Dowsing, divining and magnetic fields.

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Did you know that a dowser, walking along divining for water, is actually sensing changes in the earth’s magnetic field? If you were able to shrink right down to miniature size and move across the surface of a common bipolar magnet, there would be no change in the magnetic field and it’s said to be uniform or “homogeneous”. Whereas, if you were able to walk across a Quadrapolar magnet, there would be large changes and the magnetic field is said to be non-uniform or “inhomogeneous” and produce magnetic field gradients.

One of the key factors in optimising static magnetic fields for therapeutic effects is incorporating magnetic field gradients which require multipolar magnets. See “How Q magnets work” for more details.

Dowser holding a divining rod while searching for underground water. (Illustration from Abbe´ de Vallemont’s Treatise on the divining rod, Paris, 1693).

Dowser holding a divining rod while searching for underground water. (Illustration from Abbe´ de Vallemont’s
Treatise on the divining rod, Paris, 1693).

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