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Combining the Absence of Electromagnetic Fields and Mirror Therapy to Improve Outcomes for Persons with Lower-Limb Vascular Amputation

Official Journal of The American Academy of Orthotists and Prosthetists
JPO Journal of Prosthetics & Orthotics
October 2016 – Volume 28 – Issue 4 – p 154–164
doi: 10.1097/JPO.0000000000000108

Houston, Helen MS, OTR/L; Dickerson, Anne E. PhD, OTR/L, SCDCM, FAOTA; Wu, Qiang PhD

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2016-12-20T21:27:23+00:00 October , 2016|Featured, Research|

Pub Med Published Research

2015August

Improving Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees Through Use of Mirror Therapy and Elimination of the Effects of Electromagnetic Fields.

August , 2015|

PubMed-LogoThis study aimed to ascertain the effectiveness of using a combined treatment protocol of eliminating electromagnetic fields by use of the Farabloc technology and the exercise program of Mirror Therapy. The main hypothesis was that the combined treatment protocol would have a more significant effect than either treatment in isolation. Decreasing edema and the discomfort due to phantom limb pain would improve the functional activities and quality of life of vascular amputees with lower extremity amputations. This was found to be true.
Occupational Therapy Health Care, 2016

PMID: 26295593

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2007January

Efficacy of Farabloc as an analgesic in primary fibromyalgia

January , 2007|

PubMed-LogoAn article in the respected British peer reviewed journal Clinical Rheumatology, published in January, 2007, by Dr. G.L. Bach and Dr. D.B. Clement.

The goal of our study was to determine the efficacy of Farabloc, an electromagnetic shielding fabric compared to placebo fabric when worn as a nightgown, as an analgesic in patients hospitalized with fibromyalgia. In a rheumatologic and rehabilitation hospital, we performed a phase 1, single-blind study of patients using Farabloc (F) or placebo (P) gowns for 8 h per night during the 20-day hospitalization and a phase 2, single-blind crossover study of patients using both F and P gowns randomly and alternatively switching after 10 of 21 days hospitalization.

PMID: 17216399

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2002March

Evidence for the optimal management of acute and chronic phantom pain: a systematic review.

March , 2002|

PubMed-Logo

Clin J Pain. Philadelphia, PA 2002 March

The objective was to examine the evidence to determine the optimal management of phantom limb pain in the preoperative and postoperative phase of amputations.

Trials were identified by a systematic search of MEDLINE, review articles, and references of relevant trials from the period 1966-1999, including only English-language articles. Included trials involved a control group, any intervention, and reported phantom pain as an outcome.

PMID: 11882771

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2000January

The efficacy of Farabloc, an electromagnetic shield, in attenuating delayed-onset muscle soreness

January , 2000|

Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Philadelphia, PA

By Jian Zhang, M.Sc. Dr. Doug Clement and Dr. Jack Taunton, a study first published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine, Philadelphia, PA in 2000

Two studies have shown that Farabloc reduces pain in human subjects who suffer from phantom limb pain or delayed onset muscle soreness, but the mechanism is unknown.

PMID: 10695845

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2017-06-05T03:35:55+00:00 June , 2016|Summary|

Robert Tait McKenzie Medallion, Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine

Farabloc Development Corp1998 Research Paper “The Efficacy of Farabloc an Electromagnetic Shield in Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness”

Robert Tait McKenzie MedallionAt the Canadian Academy of Sports Medicine Annual General Meeting held at Whistler, British Columbia in 1998, the research paper “The Efficacy of Farabloc, an Electromagnetic Shield in Delayed onset Muscle Soreness was awarded the best research presentation for that year.

Dr. Robert Tait McKenzie
The Medallion presented to the research team commemorated Dr. Robert Tait McKenzie who was widely recognized for his work in medicine as well as physical education and sculpture. A prolific writer, athlete, artist and collector, this famous Canadian is remembered for his work at both McGill University and the University of Pennsylvania.

Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre
The Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Centre was established at the University of British Columbia in 1979. The first sports medicine centre to be established in a Canadian University which combined the Faculty of Medicine and the School of Human Kinetics, the reserve division is headed by another McKenzie, Dr. Don McKenzie. Under his leadership the UBC centre has developed a worldwide reputation for the study and application of exercise in the elderly, children with malignancy, breast cancer and for both hypo and hyperbaric conditions.

2017-06-05T03:35:55+00:00 June , 2016|Awards|

Improving Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees Through Use of Mirror Therapy and Elimination of the Effects of Electromagnetic Fields.

PubMed-LogoThis study aimed to ascertain the effectiveness of using a combined treatment protocol of eliminating electromagnetic fields by use of the Farabloc technology and the exercise program of Mirror Therapy. The main hypothesis was that the combined treatment protocol would have a more significant effect than either treatment in isolation. Decreasing edema and the discomfort due to phantom limb pain would improve the functional activities and quality of life of vascular amputees with lower extremity amputations. This was found to be true.
Occupational Therapy Health Care, 2016

PMID: 26295593

Read abstract  >>

Excerpt: ”Farabloc Technology” >>

2017-06-05T03:35:55+00:00 August , 2015|Featured, PubMed, Research|

Aluminium foil for the prevention of post-amputation pain: a randomised, double- blinded, placebo-controlled, crossover trial

Phantom limb pain (PLP) is a painful sensation perceived in the missing limb after amputation. The underlying pathophysiology remains unclear. Until recently, only opioid analgesics have been proven to be effective in prospective studies. Anecdotally, patients with PLP employ self-help measures, sometimes including ‘wrapping up’ or rubbing their stump with aluminium foil for relief. Our hypothesis is that wrapping an amputation stump with aluminium foil perioperatively will prevent PLP in the postoperative period.

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2016-08-08T10:20:44+00:00 April , 2013|Research|

Tissue Responds to Absence of Ambient High EMF Implications for chronic pain treatment and recovery

Written by Jack Taunton, MSc, MD

Electro magnetic fields (EMF) are well identified and the subject of much discussion among such organizations as the World Health Organization (WHO), BC Hydro, California Hydro, Health Canada and the Tsawwassen power lines group, also in British Columbia. These organizations primarily discuss health problems caused by the presence of EMF, in association with cellphones, microwave ovens and power lines. A somewhat different perspective is to examine what happens in the absence of ambient EMF. Clinical research, including research involving fibromyalgia patients, has been published showing that the absence of EMF decreases chronic pain.

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2016-08-08T10:46:47+00:00 October , 2012|Multimedia|

Poster Presentations at the Annual Convention of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2012

Farabloc related presentations

1) Improving Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees Through Innovative Technology
2) Innovative Technology to Improve Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees: Case Studies
3) The Absence of Electromagnetic Fields and Mirror Therapy to Reduce Vascular Amputee Phantom Limb PainVidant Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University

Innovative combination of Farabloc, an EMF shielding stump sock (23 hours per day) and Mirror Therapy (15 minutes per day while wearing the Farabloc limb cover).

Improving Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees through Innovative Technology

Presented: October 11 2012
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Annual Convention, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Discussion

The result of combining two therapies resulted in significant differences in the lives of these 14 clients with amputations, regardless of whether it was an acute amputation or if the amputation occurred over 8 months previously. For the acute amputees, their recovery and subsequent functioning improved rather than beginning a downward cycle of pain, discomfort, and poor quality of life. Previous to the intervention, the amputees with longer term amputations frequently report increased PLP symptoms at night and thus had significant sleep disturbances impacting all other ADL/IADL tasks and quality of life. With this intervention, the subjects improved their functioning, sleep, satisfaction, and quality of life.

Conclusion

This protocol provides a cost-effective, drug-free alternative to current phantom limb pain treatments.
This was observed in both acute amputees and with clients who had amputations between 8-18 months previously. The results show robust findings that the function and quality of life for our older adults with vascular disorders can be improved through use of innovative technology and intervention.

Innovative Technology to Improve Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees: Case Studies

Presented: October 11 2012;
Annual Convention, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Discussion

This combined treatment protocol reduced phantom limb pain such that the participating amputees increased their participation in their activities of everyday life and subsequently improved their quality of life.

Of the eleven acute subjects, nine indicated improvement in functional performance and quality of life measures. The exceptions had medical complications that required them to drop from the study. Of the five subjects with amputations from 8-28 months previously, all five improved on most measures of functional performance and quality of life measures. Functional outcomes from this study are promising. If future research demonstrates the same outcomes as this study, an alternative treatment protocol to decrease and possibly eliminate the debilitating effects of phantom limb pain in amputees would be established.

Conclusion

This protocol provides a cost-effective, drug-free alternative to current phantom limb pain treatments. If the time between amputation and prosthetic fitting can be decreased, as it did in this study, medical costs can be significantly reduced. The results of this study show robust findings that the function and quality of life for our older adults with vascular disorders can be improved through use of innovative technology and intervention.

The Absence of Electromagnetic Fields and Mirror Therapy to Reduce Vascular Amputee Phantom Limb Pain

Presented: October 11 2012;
Annual Convention, American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine

Discussion

As a result of this combined treatment protocol:
All 14 subjects reported an overall decrease in phantom limb pain. Need for pain medication decreased. While wearing amputee limb cover the residual limb temperature decreased by 1.189C.

Acute group: improved wound healing and edema reduction, decreased the time for a prosthetic fitting from 12 weeks to 8 weeks, significant for improving functional ambulation, return to work and decreasing wheelchair mobility dependence.

Chronic group: prosthetic wearing times increased from 0-2 hours per day to 8-12 hours per day due to decreased phantom limb pain, decrease in residual limb temperature and edema reduction.
Implications for Practice:

Conclusion

The use of this combined treatment protocol may improve wound healing by reducing edema, decrease phantom limb pain and decrease residual limb temperature (excess heat being a common complaint with prosthetic users). These factors can reduce time to prosthetic fitting by as much as four weeks for acute amputees and increase prosthetic tolerance for chronic amputees, increasing functional participation in life.

2017-06-05T03:35:55+00:00 October , 2012|Poster Presentations|

Early Recovery Reduces Hospital Cost and Faster Rehabilitation

Globe and Mail Wednesday, October 10, 2012: A new research study including recovery following leg amputation associated with diabetes is being presented in Vancouver at the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine October 11-13, 2012.  The study conducted at Vidant Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina and published by Eastern Carolina University demonstrated faster post surgical wound healing.  The study used innovative technology with Farabloc fabric and Mirror Therapy in post operation care with results including improved healing and edema reduction.

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2016-08-08T10:47:20+00:00 October , 2012|Multimedia, News Articles|

Poster Presentations at the Annual Convention of the American Congress of Rehabilitation Medicine 2012

Farabloc related presentations

1) Improving Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees Through Innovative Technology
2) Innovative Technology to Improve Functional Outcomes for Vascular Amputees: Case Studies
3) The Absence of Electromagnetic Fields and Mirror Therapy to Reduce Vascular Amputee Phantom Limb PainVidant Hospital, Greenville, North Carolina, East Carolina University

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2016-06-01T16:28:52+00:00 October , 2012|Research|

The effectiveness of Farabloc technology with Mirror Therapy in reducing phantom limb pain in individuals with a unilateral lower extremity vascular amputation

by Houston, Helen, M.S., EAST CAROLINA UNIVERSITY, 2012, 109 pages; 1510513

The objective of this study was to investigate the effectiveness of combining two interventions, Farabloc technology to eliminate electromagnetic fields and Mirror Therapy to assist in the sensory cortex reorganization, to decrease or eliminate phantom limb pain in vascular amputees.

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2016-07-25T15:51:53+00:00 June , 2012|Research|

The Health Action Network presents a seminar on Electromagnetic Fields (EMF)

Today The Health Action Network (HANS) hosted an event on the topic of Electro Magnetic Fields. Dr. Don Nixdorf, the Executive Director of the British Columbia Chiropractic Association and a director and vice-president of Farabloc Development Corporation, answered some pressing questions and shared some intriguing scientific research and findings.

  • What exactly are EMFs (electromagnetic frequencies)?

    How is EMF affecting your health and well being?

    How are smart meters going to affect us?

  • For more information about EMF, please follow the EMF link on our homepage. If you have any questions regarding this topic please feel free to contact Dr. Nixdorf himself and he’ll be more than happy to be in touch and offer his professional advice:

    2017-06-05T03:35:55+00:00 March , 2012|Uncategorized|