Introducing Magna Bloc Magnets - A Revolutionary New Way to Relieve Pain

Backed by Both Scientific Research and Extensive

Clinical Use in Pain Management at Vanderbilt University

Jun 21, 2000, 01:00 ET from Magna Bloc

    ADA, Mich., June 21 /PRNewswire/ -- More than 48 million Americans suffer
 from chronic pain and 80 percent of consumers would prefer an alternative
 method to control pain.  Magna Bloc(TM) Therapeutic Magnets are a safe and
 scientific response to this growing desire for alternative pain management.
     Used to help relieve pain at Vanderbilt University's renowned Center for
 Pain Research and Neuromagnetics in Nashville, Tenn., Magna Bloc magnets are
 non-invasive and have virtually no known side effects.  In addition, Magna
 Bloc magnets empower pain sufferers -- users can experiment with them and use
 them however is most comfortable and relieves their pain most effectively.
     Different From All Other Magnets
     Magna Bloc magnets are the only therapeutic magnets on the market
 authorized to use a patented quadrapolar magnetic array developed by Dr.
 Robert Holcomb.  This quadrapolar array consists of four small magnets
 arranged in a square configuration of alternating polarity, which generates a
 very steep magnetic field gradient.  Studies show that this quadrapolar
 configuration interrupts pain signals more effectively than a bi-polar
     Magna Bloc magnets are available in several forms -- individual discs and
 wraps, bands, insoles, seat cushions and travel comforters.  The disc is a
 hypoallergenic plastic case that houses four small magnets and can be applied
 to the skin with double-sided adhesive tape.  Wraps/bands are available for
 the wrist, knee, elbow, head and back and each has a number of Magna Bloc
 magnets precisely positioned to provide pain relief.  The insoles contain 11
 clusters of Magna Bloc magnets and are available in a variety of shoe sizes
 for both men and women.  The seat cushion and travel comforter are ideal for
 the office or car and each has 17 and 37, respectively, strategically placed
 Magna Bloc magnets.
     How Magna Bloc Magnets Work
     Throughout the body are millions of nerve cells forming fibers that
 transmit signals to and from the brain.  Along the walls of each cell are ion
 "gates."  When cells are in their normal state, these ion "gates" are closed.
 When irritated by heat, pressure or chemicals, the "gates" open, allowing
 sodium and calcium ions to rush into the nerve cell, sending an electrical
 signal to the brain, where it is interpreted as pain.
     Although not completely understood, research suggests that Magna Bloc
 magnets' steep field gradient helps restore nerve cells to their normal state
 by closing the "gates," thereby blocking pain signals to the brain.  When pain
 signals are blocked, pain is relieved.
     Extensive Clinical Experience in Pain Relief
     Magna Bloc magnets can be used to help relieve the aches and pains
 associated with everyday living and muscle overuse, and have been used since
 1989 for the treatment of pain.  Magna Bloc magnets have been used in several
 double-blind, placebo controlled studies demonstrating their ability to
 relieve pain in a number of areas including the back and knee.
     Researchers at Vanderbilt, along with researchers from Emory University,
 the University of Virginia and the University of Utah, have published and
 presented numerous studies and abstracts reporting how Magna Bloc magnets help
 relieve pain.
     One such study, published in the October 1999 issue of the Journal of
 Rheumatology, measured Magna Bloc magnets' effect on knee pain associated with
 inflammatory arthritis.  Participants reported their pain was reduced by 50
 percent within one hour and by 67 percent within one week.  Most importantly,
 participants reported that, because their pain had been reduced, the average
 difficulty with activities of daily living was significantly reduced.
     A study published in 1991 in Environmental Medicine found that Magna Bloc
 magnets reduced low back pain and knee pain more effectively than a placebo
 treatment.  In addition, Magna Bloc magnets are being studied for a wide
 variety of applications.
     Thousands of Patients Treated
     Dr. Robert Holcomb, Assistant Professor in the Departments of Neurology
 and Pediatrics at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, invented Magna Bloc
 magnets in 1986 and has since used them to help reduce pain in thousands of
 people.  Dr. Holcomb now uses Magna Bloc magnets to help pain sufferers at the
 Center for Pain Research and Neuromagnetics, a specialty clinic operated by
 the Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Neurology, and the
 Vanderbilt Medical Group.
     Vanderbilt University Medical Center has built a strong reputation
 throughout the nation as a leader in medical education, research and patient
 care.  Since 1875, the School of Medicine has been held in high esteem among
 its peer institutions.  It placed 14th among 125 medical schools in U.S. News
 & World Report's 1997 survey, "America's Best Graduate Schools."
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