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.

Could it be that applying Q magnets for lower back pain as an adjunct in therapy can result in a 42% reduction in symptoms? One theory as to how Q magnets work is through the desensitizing of hyperexcited nerves and dampening the pain sensitivity. If this is the case, it helps the patient gain confidence and could assist them to move more freely and have a smoother recover.

This gives the treating practitioner a window to diagnose, assess and treat with the end goal of restoring function. Used as an adjunct in treatment Q magnets are a perfect complementary therapy.

Q magnets:

  • Are fast and easy to apply.
  • Are an inexpensive one-off expense, considering they last for many years.
  • In some cases can provide an immediate lowering of pain threshold along with increase range of movement.
  • Are a self-management tool for patients to use at home.

See some of the many documented case studies and testimonies for lower back pain.

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