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Device Selection – Which magnet to use? Quadrapolar, Hexapolar or Octapolar

 

There are three different types of multipolar Q magnets to choose from…

  1. Quadrapolar – 4 alternating poles
  2. Hexapolar – 6 alternating poles
  3. Octapolar – 8 alternating poles
    (See table below)

What they all have in common (and what sets them apart from common bipolar magnets) are interpole boundaries that produce steep magnetic field gradients. This is where the research suggests the main pain relieving and tissue healing properties of a static magnetic field reside.

The research clearly shows that Quadrapolar magnets have physiological effects that are not shared with your common bipolar magnets.

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.

The role of the sympathetic nervous system in chronic pain and Q magnet therapy application.

The Sympathetic Nervous System (SNS) is the part of the Autonomic Nervous System which prepares the body for stressful or emergency situations and promotes the flight or fight response. An overloaded SNS can heighten anxiety which in turn amplifies pain perception, effects pain behaviour and depresses mood.

The SNS can play a major role in sustaining chronic pain. Particularly in the case of Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CPRS), formerly known as Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy (RSD), where you also see symptoms such as burning pain and physical changes in skin colour, texture and hair and nail growth.

The nerves of the SNS originate from the thoracolumbar region of the spinal cord, to be precise from T1 to L2. That is, the thoracic spine (mid back where the ribs attach to the spine) and the lumbar spine (lower back), see image below.

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.

Training for health professionals in Neuromagnetics in Brisbane on July 29, 2011

More reliable treatment outcomes come from training…

  1. Training is provided by people experienced at using Q magnets.
  2. The Trigger Point Locator provides accurate confirmation for precise placement.
  3. There are now a wide variety of models from which to choose the most appropriate device for the target tissue.
  4. An improved design.

 

More research and clinical trials are needed to continue to improve treatment protocols but even now Q magnets may provide an effective adjunctive therapy for a range of painful conditions and common sports injuries.

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