Physiotherapist Posts

Imogen shares her Q magnets experience.

I have followed treatments for pain closely for over 15 years and since 2008 I have been using Q magnets.

OF50-3 Octapolar magnet; 50mm x 3mm

OF50-3 Octapolar magnet; 50mm x 3mm


Is a 42% improvement in symptoms too much to ask?

Clinically important interventions are those whose effects are large enough to make the associated costs, inconveniences, effort and harms worthwhile.

Dr Manuela Ferreira from The University of Sydney recently looked at the clinical significance of treatment and found that on average for treatment to be worth the effort, patients expected a 42% improvement in symptoms. The bottom line is that patient expectations seem to be underestimated by most clinicians and researchers. Hear the interview on the ABC Radio National’s Health Report.

With fast paced living and patient demands for the quick fix that is often reinforced with a doctor’s script and over the counter medications, more than ever manual therapists need to be demonstrating immediate clinical outcomes.

Up and coming pistol shooter with arm pain that’s making training very painful – what are the treatment options?


Dean Mineall is an  elite up and coming pistol shooter. During 2011, hours spent on the pistol range caused an overuse strain of the extensor carpi radialis muscle located on the back of the forearm.  It was a very localised and specific pain that become worse when his thumb gripped the pistol.

It went on for months and got to the stage that it was difficult for Dean to even hold a cup. He treated it with everything he knew – trigger point therapy, laser therapy, soft tissue mobilisation and dry needling. Treatment would help immediately but the pain returned as soon as he recommenced training.

In a chance meeting I explained the benefits of Q magnet application and in particular the advantage of being able to wear the device for 24/7 as opposed to dry needling which are removed at the end of the treatment.

Relearning dysfunctional neuromuscular facilitation or “muscle memory”.

Practice makes perfect, right? NO, practice makes permanent! Athletes practicing with poor technique will inevitably cement dysfunctional movement patterns. The neuromuscular system memorises motor skills and relearning these patterns after they have caused muscle imbalance and instability is tough going and usually requires consultation with an expert.

One such expert is physiotherapist Peter Stanton from Brisbane. Highly regarded by his peers, Peter is sought out by professional athletes from around the world. Peter explains how he uses Q magnets. Below is a brief video excerpt of Peter during an in-service at the Lifestyle Pain Clinic.

Professional rugby player Nick Kenny shares his experiences with Q magnets

Nick Kenny of the BroncosWith the week to week physical toll of playing NRL Rugby, I’ve learned that recovery and injury rehabilitation is so important. Being a physiotherapist as well I’m always open minded and willing to try whatever might give me an edge to help with my preparation.  I first trialled Q magnets on my lower back where I experienced regular tightness and pain from a long standing bulge. I found that my range of motion and pain levels improved when wearing the magnet. Since then I have found them to be effective with many different injuries such as corks, joint pain and muscle tightness. For me, Q magnets have become an important part of my personal recovery and preparation routine each week.



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