Frequently Asked 


Your Questions answered here…

How does MBST work?

The MBST therapy devices used magnetic resonance therapy targeted at certain tissues to affect the biological processes occurring. It regenerates damaged cells by helping to promote the production of healthy tissue.

What are the side effects of MBST therapy?

There have been no reported side effects of MBST therapy since it was first applied internationally in 1998.

Will I immediately feel better after treatment?

Though there are different effect ranges for different conditions, for instance spinal disc pathologies can take up to 10 weeks to see consistent improvement, osteoporosis and osteoarthritis are degenerative conditions and so takes time to be counteracted.

Studies show in more than 80% of cases pain was significantly reduced after 3-5 sessions and patients reported associated improved mobility.  (1,2,3)

(1) Levers et al. 2011, Orthopädische Praxis, 47, 11/2011, 536-543 |

(2) Kullich/Steinecker2013, SCHMERZnachrichten, 4a 

(3) Overbeck et al. 2003

How long does the effect of the MBST therapy last, and can the treatment be repeated?

The results are dependent on many differing factors such as age, lifestyle, severity and nature of the condition. 

After MBST therapy, the healing process continues beyond the conclusion of the treatment, and patient data shows that significant pain reduction can be verified years after the therapy.

Patient data from the treatment of osteoporosis shows a significant increase in bone density one year after treatment.  MBST treatment can be repeated any number of times, and some patients (with more advanced or chronic conditions) do undertake a top up 6 months or a year later. (3,4,5)

(3) Overbeck et al. 2003

(4) Handschuh/Melzer 2008, Orthodox, 5/2008

(5) Kullich et al. 2016, Berichte des naturwissenschaftlich-medizinischen Vereins Salzburg, 18, 7-17

Do I need a referral from a GP or healthcare professional?

No, a detailed assessment is carried out for each patient ahead of MBST treatment.  On occasion an x-ray or MRI scan may be required.

We welcome patients by referral and will carry out an assessment in line with the referral notes provided.

Will I need to take medication?

MBST therapy requires no medication.  The only requirement is that you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water, before, during and for at least a month after your full treatment programme. 

If you wish to take pain relieving or anti-inflammatory medication, you should consult you GP.  

What should I wear?

MBST therapy is targeted magnetic therapy, you will not need to undress to have the therapy, but we recommend you wear loose fitting comfortable clothes. 

What happens during an MBST session?

Therapy sessions last for an hour (the amount of sessions required depends entirely on the nature and severity of the individual injury or condition).

During therapy you simply need to remove your shoes and lie down. Most patients bring a book, listen to music, or simply have a sleep.

Is the treatment painful?

Not at all, the treatment is completely painless and the MBST device also makes little to no noise (unlike its imaging counterpart the MRI).

Are there any contra indications to treatment?

We do not recommend treatment if you have active implants such as pacemakers, defibrillators (ICD systems) – unless they are MRI safe – pain and insulin pumps or tumours in the treatment area.

We also don’t advise patients that have HIV, cancer, leukaemia or other rare metabolic diseases to have treatment. If you are or think you may be pregnant we also advise against the treatment. 

The MBST therapy does not affect the fitness to drive and to operate machinery. No interactions with other therapeutic measures are currently known to us.

I have private medical insurance does it cover using MBST?

Unfortunately, current medical insurance does not cover a course of MBST therapy.

It could however cover the cost of post therapy physiotherapy sessions.

What does an experienced sports doctor say about MBST?

The MBST therapy supplements rehabilitation measures, speeds up healing processes and thus leads to a quick restoration of performance ability (6)

(6) Dr. Med René Toussaint 2016, Sportärztezeitung 02/2016

Is the effectiveness of MBST therapy proven by studies?

The effectiveness and tolerability of the therapy when applied to many diseases and complaints of the musculoskeletal system (and their associated discomforts and impairments) are confirmed by meaningful data from numerous studies, specialist publications and peer-reviewed journals.

Selected research articles

Cartilage Regeneration –  Evidence of areas of knee cartilage showing regeneration as seen by MRI before and after treatment https://www.thebodyworksclinic.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/03/study_patella-thickness_frobose.pdf

Joint Arthritis – Reduced pain and increased function in arthritic patients when treated with MBST https://www.artrosecentrum-nederland.nl/wp-content/uploads/2016/01/Functional-Improvement-in-Finger-Joint-Arthrosis-by-Therapeutic-Use-of-Magnetic-Resonance.pdf

Joint Arthritis – 10 year study of 4,500 patients showed lasting improvements in both pain and function with MBST https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/23539765/

For a comprehensive list of publications, or to read the full peer-reviewed journals and other published studies, please email info@encompasshealth.uk.

What does it cost?

Treatment prices range between £975-£1500 depending on the duration of the course required.   

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