trigger point pain Posts

Clinical trial shows magnets provide pain relief from myofascial trigger points

The Physical Therapy department at Armstrong Atlantic State University conducted a Randomised Clinical Trial using static magnets on myofascial trigger point pain. The 2004 study was part of the student capstone project and supervised by professors of the physical therapy department. Although the study wasn’t published, the results were presented at the Bioelectromagnetics Society annual meeting.


A 1997 clinical trial by Vallbona, showed a significant benefit to patients suffering post-polio pain using a flexible rubber magnet with concentric rings in alternating poles. The study at Armstrong involved 30 patients and tested the same magnets as the Vallbona study, but on a more general population.

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.


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