Users Speak Out!
letters are testimonials from those who have found Farabloc helpful in
dealing with Pain
Testimonial of the Month for May 2005
June 11, 2010
Date: Wednesday, November 23, 2011, 11:35:46
Subject: Mrs I J Porter's Farabloc Jacket:
I bought a Farabloc jacket from you in the
Spring to help me cope with my Fibromyalgia pain. It took a little while to
show any effect but in a few months it has been fantastic. I know that it
will never totally rid me of the pain but it is a mere ghost of what it was.
The parts of my body to be most affected with the Fibromyalgia at that time
were my tops of arms, shoulders and knees. Unfortunately over the past few
months it has begun to badly affect my wrists, hips and thighs. these parts
are just as bad as my shoulders etc used to be. As my jacket does not cover
these parts it looks as though I am going to have a Farabloc garment that
will cover them made. When we spoke on the phone in the Spring I pointed out
that my computer skills are negligible and that I have to wait until my
daughter visits from France to do any ordering and financial dealings, so it
will be two weeks or so before I can order a garment. In the meantime I hope
that you will be able to let me know if it is possible to have something
like a pair of pyjama trousers made to fit me. As I only wear my jacket in
bed and it has been effective I presume wearing trouser will also do the
trick. I am hoping that they can be made with an opening at the front which
will perhaps have velcro tabs like the jacket. Is it possible for you to
give me some indication of the probable cost? I am really thankful for the
pain relief that I have had so far so I thank you very much.
I J Porter (mrs); Preston, Lancashire, UK
After scalding the whole upper surface of my right hand with boiling
water.......the pain was excruciating! I followed all first aid protocols
and hoped things would settled down. My hand throbbed, pulsated, burned
constantly and trembled in shock. No pain kills or anything I did could stop
my extreme discomfort. I then wrapped a Farabloc blanket around my hand in
desperation to get a few hours sleep that night. To my amazement the nerve
endings became totally calmed and I felt a total relief from my
earlier symptoms. I faithfully wore the cloth and saw the wound heal over
the next few weeks.....with a huge blister covering the entire top of my
hand. I was certain that I would have a scar remaining that would require
plastic surgery to fix. Weeks passed and the healing process progressed, I
began to notice the skin returning to its nature state and color. I was very
amazed after wearing the Farabloc blanket for the entire duration of the
healing process.......I have absolutely no scaring as a result of the
accident! I truly believe not only did the Farabloc relieve my pain
instantly, but helped heal my hand back to normal.
Yours very truly,
Port Moody, BC
2000, Sydney, Australia
Read what Jamie
Borisoff, Captain of the Canadian Men's National Wheelchair Basketball Team,
has to say about Farabloc:
July 18 2OO1: Re: Donation of Farabloc Jacket
Dear Mr. Kempe,
I would like to take a moment to thank you
for donating material for a Farabloc jacket back in the fall of 2000. I
apologize in taking so long to write this letter. I fastidiously wore my
Farabloc jacket at Sydney Paralympic Games. Although it is hard to compare
my experience at the Paralympics to anything else, I believe the jacket
provided positive benefits to me during intense training and competition at
the games. Certainly, it contributed to a warm and relaxed felling in the
stressful environment of the games. I continue to wear the jacket after
training sessions here at home.
As you might have heard, the Canadian
Paralympic Team enjoyed unprecedented success in Sydney. I was fortunate
enough to captain the gold medal winning men’s wheelchair basketball team,
obviously an outstanding conclusion to my experience I have included an
action shot of me at the games for your records.
Once again, thanks for your support
Jamie Borisoff, Captain
Canadian Men’s National Wheelchair
Read this letter to reporter Peter
Clemente of UTV
Hello. My name is Enrico Cornale. I am
writing this letter in regards to the report that you did on the "Farabloc
I am 55 years old and I started having
muscle cramps in my right leg in May of 1976. I went to see the family
doctor and he sent me to a specialist. It was then found that I had poor
blood circulation. To make a long story short, my right leg was amputated
below the knee in November of 1979. From that point, until now, my leg has
been amputated three more times, and now I am left with a six inch stump.
I have been in constant pain 24 hours a day
from the first time that my leg was amputated back in 1979. The types of
symptoms were; burning sensations in the stump, sharp pains, and not being
able to sleep through the night was a daily routine for me. As for
medication, I started with valium and took every type of drug on the market
to relieve the pain, but nothing worked.
All of this changed on September 23, 1993,
the day I received the Farabloc cloth.
I first found out about this cloth by
reading about it in the Vancouver Sun in late August. A week later, I saw
your report on UTV.
I can't even begin to explain what this
cloth has done for me. It is like a miracle. Ever since the first day that I
used it, I have felt no pain at all. I am sleeping through the night and
also haven't taken any medication since then. If I feel the pain coming on,
I put on the Farabloc cloth, and the burning sensation goes away within a
half an hour. It seems so hard to believe, but this is all true.
Ove the years, I have inquired to doctors,
specialists, and anyone, if there was anything they could do to stop the
pain and suffering. They all said that there was nothing more that they
could do. SInce then, I have told them about the cloth and they said they
have never heard of it.
I would like to take this opportunity to
thank you Peter, for airing that report on TV. To let people everywhere find
out about this amazing cloth. Hopefully they can benefit from this, as I
Thank you again.
Listen to what the
British Columbia Track Team has to say:
"I used it twice this
month. First after a very hard workout, for four hours while at work and
then when my knee was sore. Both times I used Sport Body Toner also and both
times I recovered quickly. I believe the Farabloc helped quicken the
recovery in conjunction with SBT."
slipped and fell on the interior stairs and bruised the living daylights out
of two of her toes as she slid into the wall at a turn within the stair
winder after sliding down the whole (rather steep) flight. We thought they
might be broken - swollen as could be, purple above and below -bleeding
under one of the nails. Couldn't walk at all. So I tried something; Knee
wrap around her foot and toes each night. Well in two days, the bruising had
nearly vanished - and she's recovered almost fully. No bruising. No purple.
I'm not just a tad amazed.
"For one month I wore
the Farabloc sleeve for 20 min. before going to bed on the right wrist only
(to treat tendonitis). The results were: less pain in my wrist, much faster
recovery from bruising (1-2 day difference), less bone bruising, improvement
in muscle strength, improved blood circulation in fingers. I'm glad I took
the time to test your product. It opened my eyes as to what Farabloc is
capable of and its wide variety of uses."
"Nightly I wrap B size
around legs, use A size around chest area. Before Sat & Sun rides wrap the
legs under tights, and also after the ride is over for the rest of the day.
Definitely improves recovery, legs feel fresh. The next day the legs are
much less bred. I am able to recover quite well while on the rides after
hard effort, and am able to ride quite strongly on consecutive days. My legs
feel fantastic, better than I can remember them feeling EVER! One notation
is having a better night's sleep. I am more rested on waking and during the
day, and seem to need less hours of sleep."
"In June my hamstring
was so injured I couldn't do a workout on Thursday night. After 4 nights of
wearing Farabloc, I was healed enough to compete on Sunday and won a duathon.
Two weeks later I broke 40' in a 1OK running race for the first time. The
next night I won the Tour of White Rock Criterium. I never would have had
the ability to recover that quickly without Farabloc. What I like best is
that Farabloc is non-intrusive and doesn't need an appointment. I simply
sleep in the pants while my body heals and recovers in record time."
"I feel moved today to
write to you to express my unqualified gratitude for the magnificent release
from pain I have experienced through the use of your incredible Farabloc
Seventeen months ago I
suffered a complex lower leg fracture which involved my knee joint, and
required extensive surgical repair, including the insertion of several pins,
screws and a metal plate to support the affected areas through the
subsequent stages of healing.
I had been advised that
recovery from an injury of this nature would be a slow and painful process,
and thought that I had prepared myself for that. However, after fourteen
months of daily pain, continuing inflammation, restricted mobility, and
additional unpleasant side-effects from medications prescribed to alleviate
my physical distress, I was frankly becoming weary of the whole process, and
struggling with the additional burden of depression. Then things literally
turned around with the discovery of your product! The very week that I
decided to go off all medications due to side-effects, I purchased one of
your Farabloc cloths, and began wrapping my knee area at bed-time. I covered
the full length of my scar as suggested, and left the cloth on during the
entire night in an attempt to find some relief from the pain which to that
point had caused nightly sleep disruption. Relief was immediate as I quickly
became aware of a pleasant, pulsating warmth which was very soothing, fell
asleep without effort, and awoke in the morning to the surprising knowledge
that I had, in effect, slept the night through for the first time since
before my accident and subsequent surgery, and had no pain!
In addition, my knee
was considerably less stiff, and movement was much easier while continuing
to wear the cloth the following morning, and I was elated! I continued to
apply the cloth on a nightly basis, as well as periodically during the day
with the same results each time, and in addition, after one week noticed
that the inflammation had also noticeably decreased! Considering that this
had not occurred to the same extent after all the months that I had been
taking anti-inflammatory medications, I strongly feel that there has been a
link through Farabloc, and I am so excited about the product that I am
sharing my experience with everyone I meet who indicates they have a need
for an alternative for pain management. The only negative aspect for me is
that the discomfort does ultimately return with the removal of the fabric,
but I can handle this now as I know that relief is as close as the next
I also feel that daily
application of the cloth has enhanced my recovery process for there is a
different, positive quality to the physical sensations in my leg now, and I
can't help but wonder what would have happened had I known about Farabloc
earlier in my recovery process.
In closing, I am deeply
grateful for the opportunity to use, and benefit from your wonderful
product, and applaud you for the vision and the commitment to pain
management that is evidenced in its creation. May God continue to bless you
in this great, good work!"
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"Dear Farabloc: I am
rarely compelled to write product manufacturers to tell them how great their
products are but this is an exceptional case. I have had 18 months of
chronic nerve impingement and tendonitis in my left arm from playing guitar.
Nothing worked for me - oral pills, injections, physiotherapy or
acupuncture. I had resigned myself to not being able to play guitar anymore,
which is my favorite hobby.
I heard your
advertisement on CKND radio in Vancouver and decided to order an 8 inch by
30 inch cloth via your website, with absolutely no expectations. After 3
nights of wearing the cloth I was able to play guitar with significantly
less pain and after 1 month of wearing it every night, I can play whenever I
want for as long as I want with almost no pain! Thank you for making my life
significantly more enjoyable!"
"Jan 26 2003
Hello there, sometime in the 80's I purchased a Farabloc 30"X30". It has
given me great relief of pain on several occasions, like using it for
several weeks on a 14" scar (surgery) on my chest and abdomen, then for a
while on some (Sport injuries) severe hip (tendonitis) pain, as well as for
the same type of problem on my shoulder and some other aches and pains on
In all cases the pain
disappeared almost instantly and completely. In June 2001 I broke my wrist
and tore some ligaments. After 6 weeks the cast was removed and I had to
attend several physiotherapy tortures. For weeks during and after I suffered
light to severe pain, being almost 70 years of age things heal very slowly.
Then just 4 weeks ago I cleaned out a drawer and came across my
30"x30"Farabloc. Even though I ended up with a fairly thick wrap around my
wrist, the pain disappeared completely within 15 minutes. Some times I have
to leave it off and if there is a change in weather in the making I get pain
instantly and Farabloc makes it disappear."
"I have been suffering
from menstrual cramps for 20 years. For the past 14 years I have been on
prescribed medication specifically for cramps. During this time I always
take the medication for at least 3 days. This involves a minimum of four
pills per day. The prescription started with 250 mg of Anaprox then went to
550 mg of same and this month I started taking 250 mg of Ponstan.
(When) I tried using
Farabloc for the first time, I started on day two and it worked. I did not
have to take any pills. I wrapped the Farabloc around my stomach area during
the day and evening, even while I slept. I had no pain and did not need to
take any pills.
I feel that I must
point out that when I tried the Farabloc I was very sceptical. I really did
not think it would help. I was also afraid that because I didn't think it
would work that (mind over matter) my brain had already convinced my body it
would not work.
All I can say now is
that it does work and I look forward to not having to use pills any longer.
I cannot express my
appreciation and gratitude for Farabloc."
Because I refuse to use all those prescription drugs that cause side
effects, I have, for many years, persevered with pain of
arthritis which kept me awake, off and on, every night. One hip, especially,
and shoulders took turns being too painful to lie on, to the point that I
had to shift back and forth in bed during the night.
However, for about
seven months I have been sleeping on my 33x28 Farabloc blanket and I am now
able to “sleep through the night.” Unbelievable!!! Though costly - it is
worth its weight in gold - and more - to be able to sleep at night, as well
as to be able to tolerate my joints during the day. Sleeping regularly on
Farabloc seems to have gradually built up more and more resistance against
the pain. Now, though not eliminated, it has lowered to a level that I can
handle, even during the day, in all the joints of my body."
Carpal Tunnel Syndrome
I recently had surgery for Carpal Tunnel
Syndrome. Immediately following removal of the stitches I started using the
Farabloc Mitt. I wore it every night for about two months and my hand always
felt so warm and relaxed but not sweaty. . . Recovery has been excellent. I
was able to go back to regular activities sooner than the doctor had
initially indicated. I was able to lift heavy items and use the rotary wrist
motion much more quickly than had been anticipated, sometimes even
surprising myself. . . I am grateful for the added support of the Farabloc
Mitt in speeding my recovery.
My name is Joanne, I am 53 and I was diagnosed
with fibromyalgia in 1997. Since then I have tried just about everything to
get relief. For the last 8 years ( twice a week) I have been going for
acupuncture, tens and ultra sound to get relief. This past March I was given
a health magazine and there was an article in there about Farabloc. I
ordered a sheet and have not had to go for treatments since the beginning of
May. I cannot tell you how wonderful it is to feel good again, without
constant pain. This is like an answer to my prayers. I'll tell everyone
I have recently been
part of the Farabloc Clinic under Dr. Gordon.
I have had arthritis in
my left knee for over one year, and really found no decrease in pain. Even
two separate injections of Steroids did not help, or daily taking anti
inflammatory pills. My life was pretty painful.
I can’t thank you
enough for the Farabloc fabric and the immediate positive results. Stairs
are no problem now and the pain is very minimal from time to time only.
I had heard about
Farabloc on the radio, but never saw the product for sale.
Thank you all so very,
Once again thank you.
Mrs. M. Dennis
Recently, my brother purchased a Farabloc
square and mitt from you, in hopes it would give me some much-needed relief
from my osteo-arthritis pains. My arthritis progressed rapidly, swollen
joints which are now becoming deformed and sleep was almost impossible, and
the more tired I got the more the pain increased. I cannot tolerate the
usual medications that are prescribed such as Motrin, endorphin etc., so I
appeared a hopeless case. I am happy to say that I now enjoy relief from the
excruciating pain and I am now able to fall asleep and be comfortable. I
wear the cloth on my shoulder and the mitt on my most painful hand. I feel a
lovely airy warm glow instead of the terrible pain. I will certainly tell my
Doctor about your cloth, and I thank you for manufacturing it and I can't
thank brother enough for getting them for me.
It is my pleasure to relate my experience in
the use of Farabloc. In March 2004 I underwent total knee replacement by Dr.
Kendall at Richmond Hospital. At that time I was put on his list for a hip
replacement on the same side. He told me he would not perform the surgery
for at least six months, in order for the knee to completely recover. In the
meantime he arranged for me to have cortisone shots in the hip to relieve me
of pain in the hip. They worked extremely well for many months but then the
pain came back with a vengeance. Having listened to Dr. Hister on CKNW
promoting the use of Farabloc I decided to call your Coquitlam office. A
very pleasant lady told me it may help, after I told her my situation, so I
ordered some material.
Back in August I had spent all morning thoroughly cleaning my car inside and
out. When I was finished I was experiencing excruciating pain, but as luck
would have it, when picking up our mail there was a brown envelope from
Farabloc. I could not open the envelope fast enough to see if it would have
any effect on my pain. When opened it was a piece of fabric neatly folded in
about a 7" square, I put it inside my shorts and sat down, within minutes I
felt wonderful relief from the pain. I have worn it every day, except at
night, since mid August without pain. I'm well aware that it is not a cure
but if it will keep me pain free for a length of time I am happy. At 86
years of age the less surgeries the happier I am. I have told many of my
friends what relief it has given me and given them all your information.
Thank you for the pain free period I have
enjoyed and I hope it will continue to be effective.
"With regards to the
Farabloc cloth I purchased from you, I want you to know of the most
marvellous results I have had from it. I had bursitis in my shoulder so bad
I couldn't raise my arm and I'm arthritic in my hands and other joints and
very painful back pain. I am a new person. My friends cannot believe the
change in me. I have no back pain, my shoulder is fine. I can now make a
fist with my hand and have easy movement. I had difficulty holding a pen.
Now I am writing easily and no pain just a wee bit of stiffness. I just had
my 73rd birthday... so it's never too late to find help. I don't fully
understand just what the cloth does, but it has worked miracles for me."
"I have had tendonitis
for five years in my arms. They were very painful especially when I laid
down on them.
My friend told me about
Farabloc. I spent hundreds of dollars on anti-inflammatory, ended up
flushing them down the toilet as they made me very ill.
The day I bought my
Farabloc my arms were so sore I wanted to take a Demarol, but my family was
visiting from out of town. I didn't want to be doped up so I laid with my
Farabloc and had a nap.
I noticed my arms were
feeling better, so I wore the Farabloc all night. For the first time in
years there was relief from pain.
I tell everyone that
will listen and those that won't. I highly recommend it."
New Westminster, BC
"This letter is to
endorse Farabloc which I have been fortunate to use along with my nurse and
her niece aged five who has arthritis in her whole body. (She) was in severe
pain and crying and, after wrapping her up in Farabloc at night, the next
morning she said the pain had gone away. She is still using Farabloc
(blanket) every night."
Subject: Limb Cover
First and foremost, I, on behalf of my father-in-law want to thank all of
you for the prompt attention you took to get the limb cover I ordered to my
father-in-law. He received it on Friday and says that he hasn't felt this
good in the almost 3 years since his amputation.
We are so thrilled.
Thank you. We will sing your praises all over the state of Texas. Again
thank you for again for this wonderful Christmas present no only for him but
for us all."
thought you would like to know about our experience with Farabloc. My wife,
Mary, had breast cancer surgery about 5 years ago. She did not want chemo so
she opted to have her right breast removed. The surgery went very good, but
for the past 5 years she has had nothing but pain, mostly phantom pains. The
doctors could give her no help at all, other than pain pills which she
refused to take.
one of my health news letters I read about Farabloc. It sounded too good to
be true, but I had to try something for my poor wife. We still cannot
believe how good the Farabloc is working. As soon as my wife has some pain
she puts on the Farabloc and is pain free. You cannot believe how happy she
is. She insisted that I write and tell you how good Farabloc is working for
Thank you very much."
On March 15 of 2006 I was at the blood lab at
Gilbert and Westminster Hwy in Richmond and I passed by the office of Dr.
Nixdorf and saw an advertisement in the window regarding phantom pains so I
took down their information and made a few phone calls and I made an
appointment to have a cover made for my stump and shoulder as I lost my left
arm about 40 years ago and have had phantom pains for hat
Since I've gotten the Farabloc cover I've
noticed a great improvement in my life. Now when I get pains I put on the
Farabloc and within minutes the pains lessen and start spacing out
decreasing in intensity. I sleep much better and am not nearly as tired the
following day. I strongly recommend the Farabloc to anyone who suffers with
phantom pains and I am sure it will help make your life much better - don't
wait 40 years to find relief like I did.
Sincerely, FA Richmond, BC
To whom it may concern,
Since I had my left leg
amputated 7 years ago, I've had terrible phantom pains. Pain killers
provided some relief, but not always -- at times they persisted.
Your device with the
woven stainless steel mesh has been a God send. When it is applied at the
onset, it provides complete relief.
To Whom It May Concern:
On February 17, 1987 my son Andrew, eight years of age, had his left leg
amputated at the hip in the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Among the many
hurdles we had to overcome were the phantom pains Andrew had after the
surgery. There didn't seem to be any answers to this problem. One type of
medication made the pains tolerable when combined with a T.E.N.S. machine.
They took some of the sharpness of the shocks away. I brought the pills and
the T.E.N.S. home with us on March 15 because Andrew could not do without
On March 20, Mr. Wahl
and Mr. Kempe came to Squamish in the hopes that they would be able to help
us with these phantom pains. They left a "blanket" with us and told us to
wrap Andrew in it when the pains begin, and hopefully this could be a
Wanting to know if this
would work I took him off the medication which I had tried to do two days
before, but with no success.
When the pains started
I wrapped him, waist down, in the blanket and the relief was immediate. The
pains stopped and he relaxed. During the night he awoke shuddering from the
pains, I used the "blanket" and he went right back to sleep. Now I put it on
him for all night and he sleeps comfortably.
He has had no
medication since I started the blanket and I have not used the T.E.N.S.
machine once since.
I hope other people in
the same situation can be helped by this method to deal with a difficult
My thanks to these
gentlemen for their time and caring for our little boy.
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To Whom It May Concern:
On January 13, 1989 I
was involved in an industrial accident. A 1 ton counterweight from a 988
loader fell 3-1/2 feet onto my left foot crushing it from instep to toes.
The Doctors at Royal Columbian Hospital tried to save my foot. For the first
week I was in severe pain, taking 40mg of Morphine every 4 hours. One day an
attendant from the physiotherapy Within 2 days my Morphine dosage was cut in
half in a week it was down to 4 mg per 4 hours.
However the impact of
the steel had completely crushed my foot & circulation was severely impaired
and one by one my toes died. On February 17, 1989 the decision was made to
amputate the foot. After the operation I found that I was having severe
phantom pain from my toes and instep of my amputated foot. The Farabloc
Blanket was put to use again and I felt relief within hours. Within a week I
was only using the blanket at night as this seemed to be the time of day
that the phantom returned.
By March 10, 1989 I
found I was having almost no phantom pain but found the blanket to be of
great assistance in relieving nerve pain as the end of my leg was coming to
I am sure that this
instrument of relief will be of great comfort to me in the days ahead as I
am fitted with my new foot.
My Thanks go out to the
people who have made this Blanket available.
A. M. H.
You have been kind
enough to let me use the Protective Fabric, as I am a war invalid, heavily
wounded during the war, with an amputated leg.
I have repeatedly used
the Protective Fabric at night against nerve pain in my amputation stump and
can now report the following regarding the fabric.
I have been plagued by
strong nerve pain at night, not being able to sleep as a result of it. I
would wrap now the fabric around my stump and would be able to go to sleep
as a result of that. I can warmly recommend therefore the fabric and I would
not want to do without it.
For the use of the
fabric I would like to thank you cordially and wish you the Best of success
with the fabric for the sake of all people with amputatations.
With friendly regards,
Dear Sir or Madam:
I had my left leg
amputated below the knee in June 1994 and has suffered almost constantly
from phantom pain. These were truly intense pains and the pills that had
been subscribed to lessen the frequency of phantom attacks and pain just did
not seem to work.
One morning while
reading the morning paper I noticed an advertisement for amputees who
suffered from phantom pains and suggested that they try "Farabloc" I was a
little sceptical and through the (NET) I found a wealth of information,
thinking (what did I have to lose) I ordered a below the knee farabloc
fitting and for me it has worked and the phantom pains have been almost
"I would recommend
FARABLOC to amputees who suffer as I did for three years. "
I bought your product
on November 12, 1988 - as an amputee, I had a great deal of pain- your
product has changed my life - four friends with chronic pain noticed the
change in me and also bought a Farabloc - all are better for it ... now my
doctor wishes to have pamphlets and all available information.
Please send all your
pamphlets directly to:
Dr. M.G. Nutting 15508-87 Avenue Weilos Clinic Edmonton, Alberta T5R 4GS
My Dear Mr. Kempe:
I have wonderful news
to tell you about your Farabloc". My name is Ethel Hiller, and I wrote to
you a few weeks ago.
I have suffered phantom
pain since Feb/94, twice that month and each time for 19 hours. Six months
later, again for 31 hours and still later on for 24 hours. That's when I
decided to order your Farabloc - I was desperate --- that was my luckv day,
but I did not know it then.
On Jan. 27, 1995, my
phantom pain came back and I wrapped your Farabloc around my stump. The pain
only lasted 5 1/2 hours. I couldn't believe it!
I sent the blanket back
and asked you to please make up one with my specifications which you did
expertly I might add!
Well on Saturday, March
11, I was awakened at around 5:30 AM with phantom pain in my right foot (my
right was amputated above the knee June 1992).
I immediately put on
the Farabloc sock on my stump and could feel the warmth starting to
penetrate. I couldn't sleep so at 6:30 - one hour after the pain started I
decided to get out of bed.
I put on my special
leotards (gobst) then the Farabloc sock and put my stump into my prosthesis.
This was only one hour after my pains began, and lo and behold no more pain
at 7 AM I use a few death rattles (that's what I call them) and it was all
ONLY ONE HOUR
I continued wearing the
Farabloc sock for about 5 1/2 hours then very carefully took it off and
placed it back in my bureau drawer.
You are a genius to
have developed this fantastic cloth and I thank God everyday that I was able
to contact you to obtain this miraculous material.
I can't believe my good
fortune, and you have made a friend for life!
"Within minutes of
putting on my Farabloc sock, I felt relief. Since then recurrences of
phantom pain have been quickly and effectively blocked by Farabloc. As I
said, "Like the credit card company, I never leave home without it."
North Vancouver, BC
UBC Clinical Study about Farabloc and
Phantom Limb Pain
Health Care News
Farabloc is a product
promoted for the relief (not cure) of intermittent phantom limb pain. It is
a linen fabric with ultrathin steel threads to be worn over the stump and
claimed to shield nerve endings from external electrical and magnetic
In a double blind,
cross-over design, 34 subjects reported their pain relief level on a Visual
Analogue Scale during a pretreatment period, Farabloc or placebo treatment
period, a no-treatment or "washout" period for the control of any carry-over
effect, and an alteration of treatment period. The results were
statistically significant (p < .001) in favour of the Farabloc period.
Of the 34 subjects, 21
reported their greatest pain relief during Farabloc intervention. However,
the clinical significance of the findings may be questioned since only two
subjects reported complete or near complete pain relief with Farabloc, and
the number of potential users is limited. Nevertheless, Farabloc is a
relatively inexpensive alternative compared to other therapeutic measures
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Rehabilitation -- Study looks at pain relief:
significantly reduces, if not completely eliminates, episodic pain."
used by amputees to relieve their phantom limb pain, is now being tested to
determine whether it could be just as effective in easing pain caused by
other diseases particularly rheumatoid arthritis.
Frieder Kempe, the
developer of Farabloc who lives in Coquitlam, has seen his product gain
greater acceptance by amputees and insurance agencies over the years. He is
currently working on gathering hard data to support preliminary tests that
suggest Farabloc might be as effective in alleviating pain caused by other
Professor Dr. Gerhard
Bach, a leader in Germany in treating rheumatoid diseases, who works at a
private hospital near Frankfurt, was in Vancouver a few weeks ago to discuss
the subject further with Kempe.
"I became interested in
phantom limb pain more than ten years ago and as a result of my own tests
have no doubt that Farabloc does relieve the pain suffered by many
amputees," said Bach. "We have subsequently used Farabloc in other diseases
like degenerative diseases of the large joints, back pain, fibrositis and
rheumatoid arthritis, and now require double-blind, cross-over studies to
confirm what we have observed.
"I myself am conducting
a study using Farabloc in fibrositis, which is a very common disease.
Unfortunately, we don't know what triggers it. At present we use
anti-rheumatic drugs to relieve pain," said Bach.
Farabloc was created
out of Kempe's belief that phantom limb pain was caused by external
electrical and magnetic fields irritating the severed nerve endings of
stumps. He decided to shield the nerve endings from these external forces
and began working on a product to form such a shield. Farabloc was the
Farabloc is made of a
series of ultrathin steel threads woven, in a specific pattern, into a linen
fabric. This fabric can be sewn into a garment like a glove, sleeve or sock,
and is worn over the amputation site as soon as pain is felt. It does not
irritate the skin, and can be machine-washed and dried.
significantly reduces, if not completely eliminates, episodic pain," said
Kempe. to sustain pain relief the garment must be worn for a few hours from
the time the pain begins, in two or three layers over the stump.
Currently, tests are
under way to determine whether Farabloc will reduce the pain of tendonitis
in the lower arm, and also sports-related injuries that cause swelling
especially of the knees and arms. "Initial findings show that swelling is
reduced dramatically." said Kempe.
Corporation was incorporated in Canada more than ten years ago and has been
well received in Europe and North America. In British Columbia, agencies
like the Workers Compensation Board, ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British
Columbia), and the Ministry of Social Services now recognize the value of
Farabloc and pay compensation to patients using the product.
I would like to thank
you for the opportunity to try Farabloc with some of the patients and staff
of the Extended Care Unit.
I was able to offer
Farabloc as an alternate method of pain management to twenty people with a
variety of chronic pain problems. Of this group, the people with pain
related to joint discomfort reported the best relief.
Recognizing that pain
can be extremely disabling, it was a pleasure to be able to offer such a
safe and cost-effective modality for the management of chronic pain.
I would like to see
Farabloc introduced to more clinical settings and wish you continued success
Senior Occupational Therapist
OPI - LETTER - 25 - T
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Downsview Rehabilitation Centre
(The patient) is a 73
year old man who suffered a severe crush injury to his left foot with
multiple fractures to the metatarsals and phalanges, in September of 1934.
He developed gangrene in his lower extremity and had to be subjected to a
Gritti-Stokes amputation shortly thereafter.
He has always suffered
from phantom limb sensation and pain and various attempts to control this
pain have been futile in the past. He has had local injections, a neurectomy,
various modalities of physiotherapy and he has taken numerous analgesics,
without any significant relief.
Finally in March of
1986 I discussed the advantages and use of the Farabloc. He was very eager
to try this new modality. It appeared to provide him with the pain relief in
the phantom limb and shortly after he was supplied with a sheet, his wife
made some stump socks out the Farabloc material for him. He was able to wear
this both with and without his prosthesis and he obtained tremendous relier
of his phantom symptoms.
Now that he is back
home again, and ambulating once more, he has requested the use of a Farabloc
sheet to convert into bandages for his stump.
This patient has
decreased his intake of analgesics, substantially since the Farabloc was
introduced to him. I expect that he will continue to use the Farabloc and
continue to benefit from it.
Coordinator, Amputee Clinic
The War Amputees of
2827 Riverside Drive,
Ottawa, Ontario K1V 0C4
Tel: (613) 731-3821
Dear Mr. Kempe:
Thank you for
continuing to keep us up-to-date on the FARABLOC product.
I forwarded the newer
information to Mr. Chadderton and to Faye Lavell of our Service Bureau and
they were pleased to add it to their files on phantom limb pain.
I have been asked to
write to you as several Departments within The War Amps maintain active
files on FARABLOC.
Certainly many of our
war amps feel that your product is effective in combating phantom limb pain.
We continue to send the information out on a regular basis and have, of
course, published extensive material on it in The Fragment magazine.
I am sure that you will
also remember that Mr. Chadderton sent the information to Dr. W.B.C.
Robertson, the Medical Director of DVA's Veterans Services Head Office some
time ago and that triggered a full-scale review of the product by DVA. Dr.
Robertson expressed his appreciation for the material as he stated that DVA
had not heard of FARABLOC.
We also continue to
send copies of the material which you have provided to us to members of the
public who contact us from time to time concerning phantom limb pain.
Thank you for keeping
us up-to-date on the developments which indicate further support for your
Director of Communications
Ex-Service Men's Association
Patron: Her Royal
Highness Princess Alice.Duchess of Gloucester
Vice Patron: Lady Willoughby de Eresby
Ex-Service Men's Association
Frankland Moore House,
185-187 High Road,
Chadwell Heath, Romford, Essex RM6 6NA
Telephone: 01-590 1124
...There is no shadow
of doubt that for a number of amputees and other people with certain
injuries that this product does give enormous benefit so our view is that it
ought to therefore be made available especially to amputees.
With Good wishes,
British Limbless Ex-Service Men's Association