Space Age Pod Shows Positive Benefits for Relieving Symptoms of Fibromyalgia

Chicago's Complete Clinics' Fibromyalgia Patients Find Relief with CVAC Pod

Jan 12, 2011, 09:30 ET from Complete Clinics

CHICAGO, Jan. 12, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- It is estimated that 12 Million Americans currently suffer from chronic muscle pain associated with fibromyalgia, an incurable-affliction that can leave sufferers relatively immobile.  Complete Clinics of Chicago ( recently reported that its fibromyalgia patients are seeing positive results using its CVAC (Cyclical Variations in Altitude Conditioning) pod, an exciting technology currently used in wellness and fitness settings, developed by a company in Southern California..  

Fibromyalgia is a debilitating condition characterized by long-term, widespread pain and tender points in joints, muscles, and other soft tissues.  Treatments for fibromyalgia have revolved around minimizing symptoms through medication, physical therapy and counseling.  And often, even these treatments cannot help.  

The CVAC pod has been used by athletes for years to naturally enhance their stamina and endurance, and now Complete Clinics has been seeing positive benefits in pain relief for its fibromyalgia patients.  

At Complete Clinics, those who have used the CVAC report a number of benefits including;

  • Improved stamina
  • Increased feeling of alertness and mental acuity
  • Reduced inflammation, swelling, and pain
  • Improved recovery after exertion
  • Improved sleep (decreased wake-ups)

"The night after my first CVAC session I was able to sleep a full eight hours and it was the most sound sleep I have had in two years.  After continued use, I was astonished to see how active I was becoming. This machine is incredible," said Lori Perez, a Complete Clinics' fibromyalgia patient.

Karen Herbst Ph.D, M.D, board certified in internal medicine and endocrinology and an expert in fat related disorders, believes that fibromyalgia is similar to a rare condition adipose delorosa ("AD") in terms of the degree of pain experienced as well as a number of symptoms, including fatigue, cognitive changes, sleep disturbances, and shortness of breath. Dr. Herbst conducted a small study with 10 people with AD, four men and six women, who completed an average of 9.4+/-0.5 CVAC process sessions and stated:

"The CVAC improved pain and mental functioning significantly in a population with widespread pain and symptoms similar to that of fibromyalgia," said Dr. Herbst,  "Although further randomized controlled trials are needed, the CVAC is likely a useful treatment for conditions of chronic pain."

One of our tools in the diagnosis of fibromyalgia is the establishment of 'trigger points' in various parts of the body," said Robert Rhey, D.C., Clinical Director of Gurnee Chiropractic and Physical Medicine, "'Trigger Points' are pockets of lactic acid that develop in muscles and are very painful and sometimes overwhelming for the patient.  I've been amazed at CVAC's ability to abolish these trigger points via the increase in lymphatic drainage. I send all my fibro patients to Complete."

"The pod's ability to both naturally and positively influence the body without the need for medication is very exciting to me," said Scott Morris MD, Medical Director of Complete Clinics.  "The response from all our CVAC patients has been life changing."

What is the CVAC?

The CVAC pod simulates rapid changes in altitude to help improve overall body functioning.  During the CVAC individuals will sit comfortably in a large "egg-shaped" capsule and will be surrounded by precisely composed rhythmic changes in pressure, temperature and density of air.  The pressure changes hundreds of times a session, simulating altitudes up to 3200 meters (nearly two miles). The CVAC is not currently FDA approved for any medical indication, and benefits to fibromyalgia, weight loss, or any other types of patients at Complete Clinics, are anecdotal at this point.

About Complete Clinics

Based in the Chicagoland area, Complete Clinics is focused on customized, physician-supervised weight loss and wellness programs for patients with an emphasis on using the most advanced technologies and tools to get safe, healthy, and lasting results.

About CVAC Systems CVAC Systems, Inc., developer of the patent-pending CVAC process, is a privately held company headquartered in Temecula, CA. Currently the CVAC service is available solely for improving fitness, and is provided via the CVAC Wellness division.

Contact:  Mary Nowak of Complete Clinics, 1-877-547-6567,

SOURCE Complete Clinics