Q: How does MBST work?
A: MBST or Molecular Biophysical Stimulation Therapy is a therapeutic version of MRI. It utilises an electromagnetic field to stimulate damaged cells to regenerate by creating a field surrounding the injured area of the body, regenerating cartilage, tendons, ligaments and bones.
Q: Am I suitable for MBST?
A: The first step is to arrange a consultation with our experienced physiotherapists. They will take a detailed history of your symptoms and perform a physical examination. Ascertaining the underlying cause of any pain and discomfort is essential. For example, hip problems can often manifest themselves as pain in the back or knee.
You cannot have MBST with the following conditions:
- if you have a pacemaker, ICD systems or pain/insulin pumps
- if you have HIV or leukaemia
- if you’re pregnant
Q: Is MBST suitable for advanced osteoarthritis?
A: Even patients suffering from advanced osteoarthritis can see some improvement, but the amount of existing cartilage cells does affect the outcome. After treatment, we advise you do not stress the affected the joint immediately after treatment, but follow a careful rehabilitation programme.
Q: How does a MBST treatment feel?
A: The MBST machine looks like an examinations couch with two panels on either side. The treatment field is created within the panels. During each session, you will lie with the injured part of your body sitting within the field for an hour. You will not feel any pain or discomfort and can relax while reading a book, or listening to music.
Q: How many MBST sessions will I need?
A: A treatment programme will comprise of either 7 or 9 sessions, depending on the type of condition you have. Ideally, the sessions will take place on consecutive working days.
Q: What results can I expect from MBST therapy?
A: MBST is often used to treat degenerative damage that may have been developing over many years. Reversing that damage can require a number of sessions and results are not necessarily immediate, although some patients do report a quick improvement in their mobility and pain in the immediate period after treatment.
For most patients, the improvements will take a few weeks to even 2 to3 months for the effect to become apparent. Sadly, not every patient can be guaranteed improvement, but if patients are selected carefully with the right indication for treatment this should be a rare event.
Longer term, MBST patients also report an improvement in pain and function for several years after treatment, but this is patient specific depending on their level of activity or employment.
Q: Are there any side effects of MBST?
A: MBST has been used therapeutically since 1998 in clinics around the world. To date, there has been no reported side effects to MBST therapy.
Q: Do I need a referral for MBST treatment?
A: You do not need a specialist referral for MBST, but you must always have an assessment in clinic to ensure you will benefit from treatment. Call us on 020 3282 7553 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, if you would like to arrange an assessment.
Q: How much does MBST cost?
A: The initial 60-minute assessment by a qualified health professional costs £250. They will then advise you as to whether you’re suitable for MBST and, if you are, whether you require 7 or 9 sessions.
7 sessions: £1600
9 sessions: £1900
These prices are inclusive of the initial assessment and follow-up. If additional/supplementary treatment is recommended, this would be charged separately.
If a patient is assessed and it was felt that they required alternative treatment, then the patient would only be charged the for the consultation at £250. If they subsequently returned for MBST within 6 months, that £250 would be taken off their treatment cost.