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NEW 2017 - iMRS 2000 testimonial for Low Back Pain

Rheumatoid Arthritis, Pain and Chronic Fatigue

Pain and Swelling in Knee Gone

Back Pain Gone **New**

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Back in 2006, at age 36, I was working as a personal assistant. My job was defined very broadly, to say the least.

One of my tasks involved taking care of my employer's 80 pound dog with bone cancer in the back L-hip. I had to give the dog injections and IVs. I also had to help the dog outside to eliminate. While the dog's front legs worked fine, his back legs were nearly useless. According-ly, I would put a sling under the dog's hind end, signal him, and he would stand and walk outside with me supporting his hind end via the sling.

As the dog's bed was up against the wall, I had to do the sling thing at a very awkward angle, leaning over sideways. One time, when doing the sling thing and lifting, I heard my R-hip joint "pop" and a "ting" or electric shock went through my lower R-back.

In the 4 years since then, I have averaged level 2-5 pain daily in my low back. I just accepted it, as I was able to tolerate pain well. I gave birth to my daughter without pain killers.

As luck would have it, I met Greg Larsen, a Rep for the MRS-2000, and he suggested I try the Mat for my back pain.

After a day of doing medium physical work, my low back was in level 5 pain and I decided to take Greg up on his offer of a free Mat session. At the end of the session, amazingly, I was pain-free. I remember looking back at the Mat and thinking, slightly in disbelief, what just happened, how is this possible? Regardless, I was still very, very grateful!

Thereafter, 1 session every 2 weeks, if no heavy physical work, has keep me virtually pain-free. I do not understand how this works, but it does work!

Sharon Simien
Petaluma, CA

Chronic Shoulder Pain Testimonial

My dad visited our family in North Carolina for one week and during his stay mentioned that he was experiencing shoulder pain. His doctors had informed him that he was beyond rotator cuff surgery; his next step would be shoulder replacement surgery. After my dad’s first time on the mat followed by 16 minutes on the pad, he sat up and commented that the pain was gone from his shoulder. The following morning, he commented that this had been the first night for as long as he could remember that he was not awakened during the night by the pain caused from rolling over on his shoulder. He stated that walking through the airports for his two-legged flight the day he returned home wad substantially less painful that his day of flying from Illinois to North Carolina. The only difference between his two travel days was his use of the mat and pad on the morning of his return flights back to Illinois.

~Ralph—Bloomington, Illinois

Leg Ligament Injury

Angela’s mom, Marie used the mat for a period of 5 days. She had previously injured her left leg and was told by the doctors that she had ligament damage and the complete rest for her leg for 6 months would be necessary to allow the ligament injury to heal. This injury had occurred approximately 4 months prior to using the mat and Marie had resolved that she would be forced to live with the pain since she is an active grandmother as well as a devoted volunteer in her church. The pain in Marie’s leg subsided a great deal after 2 days of using the mat and the wand. Marie’s pain in her dower leg was completely gone at the end of the 5-day period during which she used the mat and wand on a daily basis.

~Marie -- Charlotte, North Carolina

Basketball Leg Injury

Tim is a black-belt in martial arts well in tune with his body. When I met Tim , he had tweaked his left leg playing basketball earlier in the week. Tim laid on the mat for 16 minutes for the first time and felt the energy emitted by the mat during his session. Tim stood up immediately after his session and commented that the pain in his leg was completely gone. Time rented the mat for one week for him and his wife to use on a daily basis. Tim’s wife experienced a variety of improvements in her general health during this one week period of using the mat. Tim tracked these health improvements daily, commenting that his wife noted 8 health issues in which she "felt better" after using the mat for one week. Tim is excited to share this mat with others in his personal and professional spheres of influence.

~Tim – Monroe, North Carolina

Foot Injury

Jack rented the mat for one week for him and his wife. Jack had a recent injury to his foot which caused chronic sharp pain as he walked. Jack used the mat for his overall body and then followed this with the wand specifically for his foot pain. I followed up with Jack after the second day of using the mat and pad . He informed me that the pain in his foot as completely gone. His wife commented that she was also excited about the benefits of using the mat since she experienced much better sleep during the week she used the mat.

~Jack – Charlotte, North Carolina

Neck Pain

Donna had chronic neck pain which required regular visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist to help ease the discomfort. Donna has reduced the frequency of her visits to the chiropractor and massage therapist after using the mat and pad.

~Donna –Charlotte, North Carolina

Knee Pain

Diana had been experiencing significant pain in her knee for almost five years and had tried a variety of remedies, none of which brought relief. After consistent use of the mat and pad, Donna’s knee pain has been dramatically reduced. She also commented that she has been sleeping better at night.

~Diana – Waxhaw, North Carolina

Arthritis in Knees and Fingers (and Blood Pressure Stabilized)

After 30 days on the mat, Jim’s blood pressure has dropped from the 140’s (systolic) over the 80’s (diastolic) to about 115/65. Arthritis in his knees has improved markedly---he has not felt the need to wear his leg grace at all since starting on the mat. As for his arthritic fingers, he has no more pain. Plus he can snap his fingers which he had not been able to do in over 5 years. His shoulder arthritis is somewhat improved. The nightly cramps in his feet and calves (possibly due to his statin drugs) are totally gone. His nightly sinus drainage that he has suffered with for years has totally stopped.

~Jim – Freeport, Florida

More Pain Testimonials - From Dr. Carrie Wolf D.C.

Jana, 56 year-old female with chronic knee (patella) issues: "I have not been able to get up from a chair without using my arms for about 15 years. The pain in my kneecaps was just too great. I have only used the probe about 4 days and I can now get up from a chair without pushing up with my arms! That is so amazing! I can’t believe it, but am very happy about it!"

Tracy, 32 year-old female diagnosed with depression, ADHD, neck pain, headaches, tendonitis/bursitis of the hip. On 5 medications for depression, ADHD and pain. Tracy used MRS 2000 for 4 weeks/3 times per week. Within the first week her sleep improved, after two weeks, pain began diminishing in all areas. After 12 weeks on MRS 2000+designo, the patient was taken off all depression medication by her doctor. Her Adderall dose was reduced to 1/3 the original dose. Headaches are gone and pain issues have decreased significantly!

Bill, 70 year-old male. Chief complaint- pain all over body, most significant in upper thighs. Patient was on prescription of 5/100mg Tramadol/day that had gradually been increased in an attempt to control his pain of which all diagnostics could not find origin. The pain was dulled by the medication, but the patient complained he could not function well with this dosage. He was not able to do the things he wanted to do because it made him feel "foggy headed", tired and sometimes light headed. After 3 weeks at 4 times per week on the MRS 2000+designo mat and pad applicator, there was no change. But on the 4th week the patient could no longer identify any significant pain. After purchasing a unit and using it daily for an additional 3 months, his doctor was able to gradually decrease his medication to 1-2/50mg dose per day. Now Bill can do the things he wants to do.

Mitch, 16 year-old male with teenage acne: Used probe over his face 8 minutes at 200 and mat 8 minutes at 25. In 4 sessions, he noticed a significant improvement in skin with teenage acne.

Joe, 73 year-old male—18 months of diarrhea. Source not found through exhaustive testing, resolved in six days with MRS 2000+designo 3 times per day, mat 8 minutes at 10, pillow over abdomen 24 minutes at 10, pillow over abdomen 24 minutes at 50.

Mary, 88 year old diabetic with hip (trochanteric) bursitis of 6 months and 2 rounds of PT and two cortisone shots. She used the MRS 2000+designo 2 times, mat 8 min at 25, probe 16 minutes at 200 and the bursitis was resolved.

Pain Research (A Short Summary)

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Ankle sprain

Acutely sprained ankles represent a frequent and common injury among active duty troops in training, and are a significant source of morbidity with respect to days lost to training. In a randomized, prospective, double blind study of 50 grade I and II (no gross instability) sprained ankles, a statistically significant decrease in edema was noted following one treatment with pulsed electro magnetic field (PEMF) therapy. The application of this modality in acutely sprained ankles could result in significant decreases in time lost to military training.

– Military Medicine

Back pain

Back pain and the whiplash syndrome are very common conditions involving tremendous costs and extensive medical effort. A quick and effective reduction of symptoms, especially pain, is required. Magnetic fields appear to have a considerable and statistically significant potential for reducing pain in cases of lumbar radiculopathy and the whiplash syndrome.

– Neuro Rehabilitation

Back pain – low back

This randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled clinical trial studied the effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic therapy (PEMT) in patients with chronic lower back pain. PEMT produced significant pain reduction throughout the observation period compared with baseline values. The percentage change in the NRS score from baseline was significantly greater in the PEMT group than the placebo group at all three time-points measured. The mean revised Oswestry disability percentage after 4 weeks was significantly improved from the baseline value in the PEMT group, whereas there were no significant differences in the placebo group. In conclusion, PEMT reduced pain and disability and appears to be a potentially useful therapeutic tool for the conservative management of chronic lower back pain.

- Journal of International Research

We evaluate the efficacy and safety of therapeutic electromagnetic fields (TEMF) on chronic low back pain. Secondary objectives included the investigation of the effects of TEMF on psychometric measures. Both groups improved over time. Although groups were similar during the treatment period, treated subjects (TEMF of 15 mT) improved significantly over sham treatment during the 2-week follow-up period (20.5% reduction in pain); There were no reported serious adverse events. This study demonstrates that TEMF may be an effective and safe modality for the treatment of chronic low back pain disorders.

- Pain Practice

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

PEMF exposure in refractory carpal tunnel syndrome provides statistically significant short and long-term pain reduction and mild improvement in objective neuronal functions. Neuromodulation appears to influence nociceptive-C and large A-fiber functions, probably through ion/ligand binding.

- Pain Medicine


Severe joint inflammation following trauma, arthroscopic surgery or infection can damage articular cartilage, thus every effort should be made to protect cartilage from the catabolic effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines and stimulate cartilage anabolic activities. Previous pre-clinical studies have shown that pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) can protect articular cartilage from the catabolic effects of pro-inflammatory cytokines, and prevent its degeneration. The percentage of patients who used NSAIDs was 26% in the active group and 75% in the control group. At 3 years follow-up, the number of patients who completely recovered was higher in the active group compared to the control group. Treatment with I-ONE aided patient recovery after arthroscopic surgery, reduced the use of NSAIDs, and also had a positive long-term effect.

- Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

Chronic pain

Specific pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) have been shown to induce analgesia (antinociception) in healthy human volunteers. These findings provide some initial support for the use of PEMF exposure in reducing pain in chronic pain populations and warrants continued investigation into the use of PEMF exposure for short-term pain relief.

- Pain Research & Management

Dental pain

Two hours of exposure to a weak, oscillating magnetic fields induced a significant decrease in three parameters (dental sensory and cutaneous pain and tolerance thresholds), whereas the other two parameters showed a similar tendency. When the same subjects were exposed to a sham treatment, only marginal, nonsignificant variations in all parameters were observed. These results represent the first piece of evidence that weak alterations of the magnetic field may induce hyperalgesia in humans.

- Bioelectromagnetics


It is well known that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) can induce repair of non-healing bone fractures. It is generally believed that non-invasive, EMF therapy might have a broad, albeit currently unrecognized clinical potential. Since T cells are key modulators of inflammation, the development of EMF based therapeutic devices to regulate their activity can be expected to provide important tools to treat numerous human inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis and arthritis.

- Biomedical Sciences Instrumentation

Knee pain

Low-amplitude, extremely low frequency magnetic fields are safe and effective for treating patients with chronic knee pain due to osteoarthritis. Reduction in pain after a treatment session was significantly greater in the magnetic field-on group (46%) compared to the magnetic field-off group (8%).

- Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine

Knee arthritis

In patients with symptomatic osteoarthritis of the knee, PMF treatment can reduce impairment in activities of daily life and improve knee function.

– Wiener Klinische Wochenschrift

Lumbar fusion

Sixty-one randomly selected patients who underwent lumbar fusion surgeries for discogenic low back pain between 1987 and 1994 were retrospectively studied. All patients had failed to respond to preoperative conservative treatments. Forty-two patients received adjunctive therapy with pulsed electromagnetic field (PEMF) stimulation, and 19 patients received no electrical stimulation of any kind. Average follow-up time was 15.6 months postoperatively. Fusion succeeded in 97.6% of the PEMF group and in 52.6% of the unstimulated group. The use of PEMF stimulation enhances bony bridging in lumbar spinal fusions. Successful fusion underlies a good clinical outcome in patients with discogenic low back pain.

- Advances in Therapy


In the active-treatment group, all assessed criteria were significantly improved at the end of the migraine/headache study. 76% of active-treatment patients experienced clear or very clear relief of their complaints. Only 1 placebo-patient (2.5%) felt some relief; 8% noted slight and 2% reported significant worsening of symptoms. No side effects were noted.

- Advances in Therapy

Ten of the 22 subjects who had actual exposure received 2 additional weeks of actual exposure after their initial 1-month follow-up. All showed decreased headache activity (50% good, 38% excellent). Thirteen subjects from the actual exposure group elected not to receive additional exposure. Twelve of them showed decreased headache activity by the second month (29% good, 43% excellent). Eight of the subjects in the placebo group elected to receive 2 weeks of actual exposure after the initial 1-month follow-up with 75% showing decreased headache activity (38% good, 38% excellent). In conclusion, exposure to pulsing electromagnetic fields for at least 3 weeks is an effective, short-term intervention for migraine, but not tension headaches.

- Headache

Neck pain

Patients' with chronic neck pain preferences were for pulsed electro magnetic field (PEMF). At 6 months, in the PEMF group, 33 patients were improved, 5 not improved and 4 lost to follow-up. In the spa therapy group, 24 patients were improved, 14 not improved and 6 lost to follow-up, for significantly greater improvement in the PEMF than spa therapy group (p=0.02). Significant improvement was seen in both groups in terms of pain score, Copenhagen scale score and score on some dimensions of the MOS SF-36 survey. PEMF seems to be superior to standard spa therapy group without massage in control of neck pain. The difference between groups, although perhaps biased, seems to suggest the importance of our conclusions.

- Annales de Readaptation et de Medecine Physique


An average improvement of 23-61% occurred in the clinical variables observed with active treatment, while 2 to 18% improvement was observed in these variables in placebo treated control patients. No toxicity was observed. The decreased pain and improved functional performance of treated patients suggests that this configuration of PEMF has potential as an effective method of improving symptoms in patients with OA. This method warrants further clinical investigation.

- Journal of Rheumatology

Osteoarthritis – Knee/Cervical spine

We conducted a randomized, double blind clinical trial to determine the effectiveness of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) in the treatment of osteoarthritis (OA) of the knee and cervical spine. Matched pair t tests showed extremely significant changes from baseline for the treated patients in both knee and cervical spine studies at the end of treatment and the one month follow up observations, whereas the changes in the placebo patients showed lesser degrees of significance at the end of treatment. PEMF has therapeutic benefit in painful OA of the knee or cervical spine.

- Journal of Rheumatology


The objective was to understand the effects of low-frequency pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMFs) on chronic bony pain, bone mineral density (BMD), bone strength and biochemical markers of bone metabolism in the patients of osteoporosis. Low-frequency PEMFs relieves the pain of primary osteoporosis quickly and efficiently, enhances bone formation and increases BMD of secondary osteoporosis.

– Chinese Medical Journal

Pain PEMF exposure in refractory CTS provides statistically significant short- and longterm pain reduction and mild improvement in objective neuronal functions. Neuromodulation appears to influence nociceptive-C and large A-fiber functions, probably through ion/ligand binding.

- Pain Medicine

Pelvic pain

Unusually effective and long-lasting relief of pelvic pain of gynecological origin has been obtained consistently by short exposures of affected areas to the application of a magnetic induction device producing short, sharp, magnetic-field pulses of minimal amplitude to initiate the electrochemical phenomenon of electroporation within a 25 cm2 focal area. Treatments are short, fasting-acting, and economical and in many instances have obviated surgery.

– European Journal of Surgery

Rotator cuff tendonitis

The value of pulsed electromagnetic fields (PEMF) for the treatment of persistent rotator cuff tendonitis was tested in a double-blind controlled study in 29 patients whose symptoms were refractory to steroid injection and other conventional conservative measures. At the end of the study 19 (65%) of the 29 patients were symptom-less and 5 others much improved. PEMF therapy may thus be useful in the treatment of severe and persistent rotator cuff and possibly other chronic tendon lesions.

- The Lancet

Sacral pain

Magnetic stimulation of the sacral nerve roots is used for neurologic examination. However, no one has reported therapeutic efficacy of pain relief from pudendal neuralgia with sacral magnetic stimulation. Sacral magnetic stimulation immediately eliminated the pain. The pain relief lasted between 30 minutes and 56 days (median, 24 hours). Adverse effects were not observed. This pilot study indicates that magnetic stimulation of the sacral nerve roots may be a promising therapeutic modality for pain relief from pudendal neuralgia and sciatica. Further studies should be performed to determine the appropriate intensity and frequency, as well as the utility of a second course, of magnetic stimulation treatment.

- Diseases of the Colon and Rectum

Spinal cord injury The use of oscillating field stimulator treatment in patients with spinal cord injury is safe, reliable, and easy. Compared with the outcomes obtained in compliant National Acute Spinal Cord Injury Study III plegic patients, the results of the present study indicate efficacy, and the FDA has given permission for enrollment of 10 additional patients.

- Journal of Neurosurgery: Spine


The experimental group showed a significant increase in mouth opening (mean = 34.95 to 41.70 mm, p = 0.002), right lateral movement (mean = 7.85 to 10.80 mm, p = 0.001) and left lateral movement (mean = 7.65 to 10.85 mm, p < 0.0001). No significant (p > 0.1) change in the control group occurred for mouth opening (mean = 38.50 to 39.65 mm), right lateral movement (mean = 8.60 to 8.75 mm) and left lateral movement (mean = 8.50 to 8.80 mm). No side effects were reported during the treatment and the two week follow-up. These results suggest strongly that PRFE is a safe and effective treatment for TMJ arthralgia as well as for increasing mandibular range of motion.

- Cranio


Treatment for wounds included two modalities: standard medication and alternating or pulsating magnetic field. Magnetic therapy proved highly effective: wound healing was 3-3.5 times faster while duration of treatment--2-3 times shorter than in standard procedure. Clinically-verified partial adhesion-related intestinal obstruction was eliminated by magnetic procedure in 18 children after combined treatment for lymphosarcoma involving the ileum.

- Volpr Onkol

Pulsed radio frequency energy was used as an adjunct to basic wound care of 3 large, long-standing (6 years) stage III and IV pressure ulcers that were unresponsive to conventional therapy. The ulcer on the right foot healed within 4 weeks, the left heel ulcer reduced in size by 95% at 7 months, and the large sacral ulcer healed to closure in 11 months. Conclusion: Pulsed radio frequency energy treatment with basic wound care, if administered early in the course of pressure ulcer therapy, might avoid the lengthy hospitalizations and repeated surgical procedures necessary for treatment of uncontrolled ulcers, reducing the overall cost of treatment and improving the quality of life for chronically ill or injured patients.

- Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery

More PEMF Research on Paina and Arthritis

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Ankle Sprain

Results of this double-blind, placebo-controlled study indicated that treatment with two 30-minute sessions of noninvasive pulsed radio frequency therapy is effective in significantly decreasing the time required for edema reduction in patients suffering from lateral ankle sprains.

A.A. Pilla & L. Kloth, "Effect of Pulsed Radio Frequency Therapy on Edema in Ankle Sprains: A Multisite Double-Blind Clinical Study," Second World Congress for Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine,

8-13 June 1997, Bologna, Italy, p. 300.


Three hours of exposure to a 50-Hz magnetic field in this study revealed that experimentally induced inflammation and suppressed arthritis in rats was significantly inhibited as a result.

Y. Mizushima, et al., "Effects of Magnetic Field on Inflammation," Experientia, 31(12),
December 15, 1975, p.1411-1412.

Another double-blind, placebo-controlled research study on the effects of pulsed electrical fields administered over a 4 week period revealed significant improvement in patients receiving the therapy relative to the controls.

J.C. Reynolds, "The Use of Implantable Direct Current Stimulation in Bone Grafted Foot and Ankle Arthrodeses: A Retrospective Review," Second World Congress for Electricity and Magnetism in Biology and Medicine,
8-13 June 1997, Bologna, Italy.

In this general review article on the treatment of patients with psoriatic arthritis with magnetic fields, the authors state that an alternating low-frequency magnetic field (30-40 mT) from such generators as "Polius-1″ and "Polius-101″ improves the clinical state of afflicted joints. Such treatments are normally carried out for 30 minutes per day over a period of 15 to 20 days.

V.D. Grigor’eva, et al., "Therapeutic Use of Physical Factors in Complex Therapy of Patients with Psoriatic Arthritis," Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, (6), 1995, p. 48-51

This research studied the effects of magnetolaser therapy alone or combined with conventional drugs in rheumatoid arthritis patients. This treatment utilized a AMLT-01 device for magnetolaser therapy and consisted of 14 days with 6 minute exposures daily. An obvious improvement was seen after 3 days of treatment, with greater improvement by patients suffering from mild to moderate levels of the disease. End results computed into a 90 percent patient improvement rate.

9B.Y. Drozdovski, et al., "Use of Magnetolaser Therapy with an AMLT-01 Apparatus in Complex Therapy for Rheumatoid Arthritis," Fiz Med, 4(1-2), 1994, p. 101-102

This study on 7 to 14 year old juveniles suffering from rheumatoid arthritis examined effects of low-frequency magnetic fields from a Polius-1 device. Ten

daily treatment exposures of 10 to 12 minutes each were conducted on three experimental groups. The three groups showed 58, 76, 37 percent beneficial effects from the treatment.

E.A. Shlyapok, et al., "Use of Alternating Low-Frequency Magnetic Fields in Combination with Radon Baths for Treatment of Juvenile Rheumatoid Arthritis," Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, 4,

1992, p. 13-17.

Low frequency and constant magnetic fields in patients suffering from rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthrosis was the focus of this study. Patients with stages 1 & 2 rheumatoid arthritis as well as patients with osteoarthrosis deformans, showed the beneficial effects from treatments. These low frequency, constant magnetic fields were found especially beneficial to the knees, ankles and wrists.

V.D. Grigor’eva, et al., "Therapeutic Application of Low-Frequency and Constant Magnetic Fields in Patients with Osteoarthritis Deformans and Rheumatoid Arthritis," Vopr Kurortol Fizioter Lech Fiz Kult, 4, 1980, p. 29-35.

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