Nikken Magnets Compared to Q Magnets

Sep 20, 2017 | Compare Healing Magnets

This article compares Nikken magnets with Quadrapolar or Q Magnets. Nikken magnets distributors often talk about total magnetic coverage when making comparisons with their elastomag sports wraps.

When discussing the pain relieving properties of magnets and their ability to interrupt the pain message it is vital to understand that there is an active part of the magnet and a non-active part. The design of multipolar Q Magnets produces a perfectly balanced and focused magnetic field gradient. The interaction of the four North/South or +/- poles generates the steepest field gradient and hence has the greatest physiologic effect.

Quadrapolar Magnets: 

Computer generated rated magnetic field map of the Quadrapolar array. Static Magnetic Fields for the treatment of Pain. McLean MJ et al.

Compare Nikken magnets to Q Magnetic therapy devices

More information on how Q Magnets work, will help you see the science behind the Quadrapolar magnets and learn about the active part of Q Magnets and its physiologic effect on nerves as compared to the more common bipolar static magnets.

The active part of the magnet is the steep field gradient that exists in between the adjacent poles of opposing polarity. You can see from how Nikken’s product has evolved that they have attempted to harness the steep gradient produced by the N S N S interaction of the magnets.

Design from 1996 Nu-Magnetics patent utilized in Nikken Magnets 

Nikken magnets design from 1999

You can see how this design creates multiple N S N S or + – + – quadrapolar arrays over the surface of the magnet.

Current design used by Nikken Magnets from 1999 Nu-Magnetics patent

Latest Nikken Magnets

Both designs of Nikken magnets have multiple N S N S interactions that produce multiple steep field gradients distributed across Nikken’s magnetic therapy products. This is of benefit to consumers who do not learn where to strategically place the active part of the magnets over the correct nerves. Since there are multiple active parts of the magnet, there is a better chance that it will in fact cover the offending nerve.

The down side of Nikken’s design is that the effectiveness of the active part of the magnet is diminished as the steepness and strength of the gradient is dissipated over multiple sites on the magnetic strip.

Q Magnets designs focus the active part of the magnets at the four, six or eight mid points between the opposite poles, see research paper. The focus and magnetic energy produced by the quadrapolar or Q Magnet and the steepness of the field gradient has the greatest physiologic effect of blocking or interrupting the pain signal travelling along the body’s nerve pathways. This is particularly important when a clinician is looking to have an effect over the dorsal column (the large nerves travelling the length of the spine).

Q Magnets - Magnetic Therapy Fields
Q Magnets – Higher Active Magnetic Field Gradients

Using the tools and recommended placements provided, one can more accurately place magnets to target particular tissues and pain generating/transmitting nerves with denser more active field. Simply find the best places to attach the magnets to the body which will provide the most effective relief from pain of any therapeutic magnet on the market. Q Magnets are also more useful, as the same magnets can be used for pain in any part of the body, unlike magnetic therapy products such as insoles or wraps which can only be used to treat one particular area of the body.

Physiotherapists and health practitioners, who use Q Magnets as an adjunct in their treatment of pain, can demonstrate to their patients the most effective places to use their Q Magnets for the greatest pain relief.


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